9/22-25 We finished the novel and discussed the subtext possibilities. We looked at what Hemingway said about the novel and discussed the purpose of literature. We then had our first timed essay assignment. See me if you were absent.
9/20-21 We briefly discussed today's writing prompt and then continued reading and discussing the novel. We finished the novel just as class ended on A day. B day did not quite finish. Expect to write next time.
9/18-19 We discussed today's writing prompt and then continued reading and discussing the novel (up until the fish begins to circle). We began discussing the levels of possible subtext present in the work.
9/14-15 We continued reading and discussing the novel (up until about page 60). Talk to someone who was here if you were not. Also, we had our first class-start writing prompt today (see below). These are turned in every 5. This is #1.
9/12-13 We finished discussing the background schema and began reading and discussing the novel. We read until page 36 or so (depending on which period you're in). You should be annotating based on our discussion.
9/8-11 We read and discussed the subtext of Ernest Hemingway's "The End of Something." We discussed fishing, water, and boats as subtext for relationships. We read Margaret Atwood's "You Fit Into Me" as an example. We then took notes on some geography and biology related to the novel.
9/6-7 We peer-reviewed the papers from last time. We then took notes on Ernest Hemingway's biography in preparation to read our first novel. If you weren't here, get the notes from someone who was.
9/1-5 We wrote a literary analysis of "The Masque of the Red Death." We then discussed how subtext is created using symbolism and diction in that story. We discussed some other methods of imbuing a story with subtext. We read "Hills Like White Elephants" by Ernest Hemingway and wrote a short literary analysis about that story as well.
8/30-31 Disclosure documents were turned in today. We discussed Edgar Allan Poe's biography briefly. We then discussed his writing style (in particular, his diction). We then read and discussed "The Masque of the Red Death" in some detail. If you were absent, read the story (the title is a link) and discuss it with someone who was here in class. We did not get to the writing assignment, so it will be next time.
8/28-29 We finished discussing and taking notes on the characteristics and origins of American Modernism. Yep. That's about it.
8/24-25 We went over the disclosure document and class policies briefly. The printed, signed last page of the disclosure is due on Wednesday, August 30th for A day and the 31st for B day. The book report was assigned. See the buttons to the left. We then discussed the film from last class period. We then peer reviewed the papers from last time paying particular attention to the amount of summary or concrete detail as opposed to the amount of commentary. Finally, we began taking notes on American Modernism principles.
8/22-23 If you were absent, you should talk to someone who was here and then come see me. We discussed the advantages and disadvantages of being "nice" and how to appropriately be critical. We briefly discussed American Modernism. We then had a writing pre-assessment in which each student wrote a short literary analysis of the Damien Nenow short film, "Paths of Hate." The film is posted below.