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Bring The Catcher in the Rye to class.

The Catcher in the Rye: Read it. Due Wednesday, 3/6. Reading Test.

A.P. checks due Wednesday, 3/6.


Relevant links:

"I carry your heart with me":     https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poems/49493/i-carry-your-heart-with-mei-carry-it-in

"my sweet old etcetera":   http://plagiarist.com/poetry/312/

"A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall":     https://www.bobdylan.com/songs/hard-rains-gonna-fall/

"Masters of War":   https://www.bobdylan.com/songs/masters-war-mono/

"I'm Fixin' to Die Rag: The Vietnam Song":   https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/countryjoeandthefish/ifeellikeimfixintodierag.html

performance at Woodstock of "I'm Fixin' to Die":"   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qPUJhy0Dz4

Jimi Hendrix's "Star Spangled Banner":   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKAwPA14Ni4

Iconic photo ("Saigon Execution"):    http://100photos.time.com/photos/eddie-adams-saigon-execution

Iconic Photo of napalm girl:     http://100photos.time.com/photos/nick-ut-terror-war

news footage:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arfMd_ar91o

(listen to and watch the soldier from 3:12 until 3:27 in above link)

more news footage:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0AmOw06lA0

Green Beret in The Deer Hunter:     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyqr-hGGpQg

"Lemon Tree":   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eceRvPx3wrs


Here are the directions for Wednesday's in-class writing assignment (12/19). (I changed the format of the writing from an essay to paragraph(s):

You must answer both questions.  Pace yourself: approximately twenty minutes for each question. The writing is rough draft quality.The best you could do in forty minutes. 

Write a well-developed paragraph or two that analyzes how the writer uses at least three rhetorical strategies to make his meaning happen.  Your topic sentence will state what’s going on in the passage and cite the rhetorical strategies you will analyze.  Organize your paragraph well.  Try not to make it read like a list of rhetorical strategies.  Consider the order of your sentences. Remember: paragraph unity, coherence, and development.  

If you find it necessary to write two paragraphs, understand that your first sentence is the topic sentence for both paragraphs.In this case, the topic sentence of the second paragraph is more like a sub-topic sentence of your first sentence in the previous paragraph. Don’t forget to include a transition.

Rhetorical Strategies: imagery, figurative language, literal language, paragraph length and content, diction, syntax (kinds of sentences, sentence length, sentence structure), white space, juxtaposition, parts of speech, repetition, structure, rhythm (includes alliteration and assonance); tone.

I will choose from among the following: passages from the chapter "The Things They Carried"; passages from "The Killers" (from the scenes when Nick visits Andreson and returns to the restaurant); poems ("Feeling Fucked Up"; "my sweet old etcetera"; "I Carry Your Heart--"; "Love After Love."


Some notes on "The Lottery"

so much pointless violence....it's a lottery...who's "chosen"

the wicked selfishness of individuals (Tessie: it's "not fair" when she's the one; the children: "both beamed and laughed" when they discover that they aren't)

ther persecution of innocent people for absurd, ridiculous reasons:  What did Tessie ever do wrong? African Americans? homosexuals? Jewish people? etc...so many people have been "marked" for no reason..

all of this is passed on to the next generation ("Here Davey")

people blindly follow tradition (the danger of conformity)

Why do they stone and kill Tessie?  Because they're expected to (mob psychology: everyone follows everyone else and no one follows his/herself).

Why is there a lottery?  "There's always been a lottery."


For Monday, 10/15: Read "The Killers" and explore the possibilities of these questions:

1. Whose story is it? (Choices: Nick Adams, George, Ole Andreson ("the Swede), the killers.)  Why? (Explain your answer.)

2. What is the story about (thematically)?  What idea(s) does the story dramatize?  Explain.

3. Why is the end of the story like stretching a rubber band to the point just before it snaps? What event would make the rubber band snap?

Bring "The Lottery" and We Have Always Lived in the Castle to class on Monday, 10/2.

Thursday, 9/27: Test on poetry and rhetorical strategies. Know these poems: "good times"; "homage to my hips"; "Merry-Go-Round"; "Harlem"; "Negro Speaks to Rivers"; "Still I Rise"; "What Do Women Want."  Know these rhetorical strategies: rhythm, the dash, repetition, allusion, living language (slang, etcetera), parallel structure, image (imagery), simile, rhetorical question, style (colloquial, informal, conversational, etcetera), tone, "show don't tell."


for "The Negro Speaks of Rivers": 

Euphrates: river flowing through Turkey, Syria, and Iraq into the Persian Gulf.

Congo: river flowing through west central Africa into the Atlantic.

Nile: river flowing through Egypt into the Mediterranean.  Each passes through lands where ancient civilizations once flourished.