Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Essay prompts

In case you didn't get the sheet (or failed to look up the prompts online), here's the link:


Monday, January 5, 2015

Whitman homework

Next class, I promise to be less roundabout in my approach to the subject. I don't usually teach about Whitman and Dickinson back to back (as I plan to do), so I approached Whitman somewhat differently than I have in the past because I wanted to find a way to connect the poets. Both (as you'll see) are unique voices in American writing.

The assignment for Friday is:

Write two poems of about 10 lines each. (A little longer is fine, but not shorter.) One poem should (as in Whitman's "I Sit and Look Out") take human suffering as its subject; the other (like "Miracles") should look for what is wonderful about everyday life. Follow Whitman's style: No rhyme; complete thoughts in a line (which may run very long); more direct description than "poetic" description; no rhythm. Though some Whitman poems are more formall poetic (we'll look at one), most of the time, he favors this kind of casual, colloquial style.

Each poem should begin by stating its main idea, move on to a list, and have some kind of concluding line. Don't simply copy Whitman's words. Now, go look at the world, as old Walt would want.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Poetry Out Loud preparation

Here is the link to the videos with tips for reciting:


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Poetry Out Loud

Again, the link to the available poems for Poetry Out Loud is to the right.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Assignment for next Monday/Tuesday (in November!)

Regarding the handout on Kindred:

1. Read and annotate the handout.

2. Type up a list (of sentences) detailing the article's major points.

The link to Poetry Out Loud allowable poems can be found in my link list to the right. Seek out a poem!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Summer 2014 assignment

The link to the summer assignment is in the link list to the right. (If you're using a phone to look at this, enable the fullscreen view.)

Also, please read some other books this summer. I'd love to hear about your reading habits when we come back in the fall. I'm reading a lot!