Mr. Jonathan LITTEN

Jon Litten – Class instructions




Jon Litten – 4TH QUARTER

English 1

MAY 26Here are your instructions for Review Week:

1. Finish your MGP project (Due: 6-3-20)

Note: The MGP counts towards your writer’s workshop (25%) of your class grade. Please treat this assignment accordingly.

NOTE: Your MGP reflection is attached. Complete the reflection and include it with your project.

2. Record your presentation/Reflection of your MGP on Flipgrid. (Due: 6-3-20)

Note: This is your final exam. This is a low-stakes way for you to present your research, introduce your topic, reflect, and share some of the genres, etc. It’s only 90 seconds, so please prepare what you plan to say and keep your talk focused.

I will grade these for the content: Intro to your topic, a few of your genres, reflection….


For language/preparedness: composure, articulation, pronunciation, preparedness in your spoken English proficiency.

These are meant for you to succeed, celebrate and share your research, so relax and do a good job.
English 1 MGP
MAY 22Use today to complete your 2nd/3rd genres or whatever else you are doing with your project. I would love to see drafts in order to help you. You can send me drafts today or over the weekend. You have your final check-list, your assignment, your scoring guide, and your due date. Use this week and next to finish your MGP work. Email me with questions/drafts.
MAY 21For today, and this weekend, finish up the play. I am sure you have been reading really carefully, so….

1. Finish Act 5
2. Again, here is the audio book version so you can listen and read along.
MAY 20For your MGP today, review the short mini-lesson on the visual and see the attached MGP Checklist.

MGP Visual Mini-lesson
See attached Check-list
MGP Check list
MAY 19We are running out of time for our Romeo and Juliet reading. Today, let’s speed ahead a little bit.

Listen and read along to Act 4 here. (begins at 5 minutes to skip music intro).
MAY 18Today, I want to review the “Endnotes” part of your MGP project.

1. Watch short video lesson on Endnotes
2. Work on your second Genre for MGP
MAY 15Use today as a reader’s workshop day to get some research done. Write me a dialogue journal about some of the information in your research AND an update on your progress. Tell me your plans for your genres, ideas you have, questions, etc.
MAY 14Read 4.1 for today. Friar Lawrence comes up with a plan to help Juliet’s dilemma. Let’s play with something in relation to today’s reading. These are, after all, the most famous star-crossed lovers.

1. Read 4.1
2. Visit this website on Horoscopes
3. Read through the different signs, different areas, love, work, etc
4. Choose which one you think applies to Juliet at this time during the play.
5. Copy the horoscope and write your reasons for choosing it at this moment in the play.
MAY 13You are supposed to submit a draft of your first genre today. We will also look at another genre you can try in your projects. Please review the attached video lesson.

1) Video Lesson
2) Attached Hand-out (Crot)
3) Submit draft of your first genre
Video attachment

MGP - The Crot
MAY 12Read and enjoy act 3.5. Read carefully, we will have a quiz reading response on Thursday.
MAY 11Spend today trying to complete your first genre for the MGP. Submit your work via google docs. If you are not ready to submit today, submit Wednesday at the latest.
MAY 8If you have not done so, begin your first piece for the MGP. A draft of your first piece is due Monday. This will count as a completion grade for your overall MGP/Writer’s Workshop grade.

1. Review this mini-lesson
2. Work on your draft
3. See attached double-voice (this is an option for a genre you can use).
Double Voice Poem
MAY 7For today, read 3.2-3.3.

1. Read 3.2 -3.3

2. Choose one of the Monologues and record yourself “performing”/reading the monologue on FlipGrid.

3, This will count as a quiz.

Note: You do not need to memorize the monologue. Just try to read in a way that demonstrates your understanding of the text.
MAY 6Hopefully you are continuing to make good use of your research time. Today, please continue working on your MGP. By next Monday (5-11), I want you to be able to submit a draft for your first genre. Use today however you need. You can continue to research or you might be ready to begin your first writing genre. Please email me if you have questions or want to run any ideas past me.
MAY 5Okay-- things are heating up in the play, literally. Benvolio says, “the day is hot, the Capels are abroad ”(3.1.2).

Baz Luhrmann does a really cool interpretation of this scene. Let’s take a look.

1. Read 3.1
2. Watch Scene

When Mercutio is dying, he leaps up onto the decaying theatre stage. In this moment, the director directs our attention to the theatrical--the performativity. Why do you think he has Mercutio deliver his final lines from upon the stage? What is the director trying to show the audience by having Mercutio play his final scene upon a stage?
MAY 4For today, please complete the attached MGP check-in assignment.

1. See attached check-in
2. Google docs/ e mail your check-in
APRIL 30Today, finish reading Act 2.

1. Read act 2
2. Take a virtual tour of this theatre in Shakespeare’s Birth town, Stratford Upon-Avon.
3. Navigate through the gift shop to the theatre. Look around the theatre.
4. Send a google doc or word document response describing the stage and the inside of the theatre. Alos, think about how would this stage limit/influence your director’s decisions for Romeo and Juliet? For example, how would you perform the balcony scene on this stage?
APRIL 29Take a look at this important update on your MGP project including a new grading rubric, a due date, and some useful examples for you to use as you continue in your projects.

1. SEE REVISED Scoring Guide
2. Watch Video Lesson
3. Take a look at the List of Genres
List of genres
APRIL 28Today we are going to read some of R & J and talk about some specific points.

First Read 2.4.

Then, let’s watch 2.4 here.

Next-- Use a google or Word Document to create a wedding invitation for the young couple. Use your creativity and your understanding of the plot and the characters to make a fun invitation with relevant details from the play.

See the attached (incomplete) example invitation.
Romeo and Juliet Wedding Invite
APRIL 24For your Reader’s Workshop today, we are going to keep working on the MGP. Now that each of you has completed your “Getting Started” worksheet and selected a topic. It’s time to discuss some fundamentals of good research practices.


1. Read the Helpful Research Hints Handout
2. Review the Warriors With Words article -- read if you want, but at least skim down to the end to see the Works Cited
3. Give me a list of 5 internet sources you can use for your research
Research Strategy

Warrior with Words
APRIL 23For today, Read 2.3 in R&J. What does Friar Lawrence mean when he uses the metaphor of a plant in lines 23-32? Why do you think he uses this particular metaphor?

As always, email me your responses.
APRIL 22We will continue working on our new MGP projects. Monday, you made a list of 3 possible topics. Today, I want you to choose a topic and complete the “Getting Started” handout.

If you are still struggling to think of a topic, look at the attached list of potential topics.

Also attached is the handout you need to complete (Getting Started).
Getting started

List of topics
APRIL 21Class Instruction
APRIL 20For 4th quarter in English 1, we begin a guided research project-- the Multi Genre Research Project (MGP). As future scholars, it is important for you to begin to learn the guidelines and practices of academic research. But don’t worry, this is not a traditional research project. First of all, you get to CHOOSE what you want to research. Secondly, you will present your research in a variety of creative genres. So we can still have fun with our writing…

For today, read the summary of the explanation of the assignment (VERY CAREFULLY).

Then, RE-READ it!

After you read the instructions for the assignment, really, really, really carefully, send me the following:

1). Your explanation, in your own words of what this assignment is.

2). Something you are confused about or have a question about.

3). Three possible ideas for Research Topics. Remember, half the battle in research is choosing a good topic. So let me help guide your choice.

You will see the explanation of the assignment and a list of possible topics attached. You may choose something else, but just get my approval first.
MGP Getting Started

APRIL 17Happy end of the week. I want to make sure we still create space and time to pursue our Reader’s Workshop, our time to read for the joy of reading. Now is a wonderful time to make reading a part of your daily routine. For myself, I have been reading so much for research that I really needed a break and a chance to enjoy some fiction. I chose Camus’ famous novel, The Plague. If you want to order a copy of that and read along with me, feel free-- we can “discuss” in our dialogue journals. Otherwise, pick a book (in English) of your own. Those at school, feel free to get your books out of my class library. But please take care of them and return them.

Today, tell me what you are reading, and complete a dialogue journal. See my journal below.

Dear Class,

So far, Camus’ The Plague has a pretty strange tone. The book takes place in some French city in Algeria. In the beginning, all of these rats start to mysteriously die. Obviously, the book has some pretty strong relationships to what we are facing now. If I know Camus, the plague is a metaphor-- but for what? I will keep reading.

-Mr. L

APRIL 16Class Instruction
APRIL 15We will go ahead and start a new Writer’s Workshop today. To ease back into the week, let’s just do a little free-writing. Your prompt today:

Write about your perfect day. Imagine this is the first day AFTER quarantine, you don’t have to go to school, you don’t have any obligations-- write about exactly how you will spend your first day of freedom. Who do you want to see? Where do you want to go? What do you want to EAT!? What does the perfect day look like? Who are you with? Have fun! Enjoy thinking and writing about your imagined future.
APRIL 14Class Instruction/docx

Grammar 3

MAY 26Grammar 3
MAY 22For today, for your dialogue journal and final reader’s workshop, take some time to read. Maybe go somewhere quiet and enjoy some reading time. When you are done, please complete a dialogue journal of a kind of final reflection on your reading journey. Not on your book, but on your experiences as a reader this semester. How have you changed as a reader? What were the readings you enjoyed? Which readings did you not enjoy? How are you able to use textual connections to deepen your reading? Etc. Feel free to include any of your other reading reflections as well.
MAY 21For today we will look at a song/text that gives some of the political, historical, and cultural context to the ATD novel we are just finishing. When we are reading fiction, it might be easy to think of the characters outside of the context of the real worlds which produce those characters.

1. Listen/watch song here
2. Complete attached hand-out
MAY 20For today, respond to one of your classmate’s blogs. You may respond to mine or a classmate or both.

My Blog

MAY 19For reader’s workshop we are going to spend some time with a song by a Native American singer, Nahko. This song, “Build a Bridge” has lots of parallels to the novel True Diary.

1. Listen to song Here
2. Check out some annotations here
MAY 18Today I want you to work on posting your blog to the website you created on Thursday. Now you are crafting your blog for publication, so make any last-minute changes and check everything carefully. Like mine, you can add images or other graphics as well.
MAY15Watch the interview with Malala. I think she has a pretty strong message, especially for some of you who don’t seem to be that serious about your education. She says, “we don’t learn the importance of anything until it is snatched from our hands.”

1. Watch interview
2. Dialogue journal -- Again-- Minnie and others- a dialogue journal is not a description of what you read or watched, it is an opportunity for you to think critically (carefully, deeply, seriously) about the topics and ideas we are engaging in class. I know that can be really hard and video games are much easier, but education as we know it might be temporarily “snatched from us”. Will we appreciate it then or will we spend all day on our phones?
MAY 14Please continue to work on your blogs. As you continue to work on crafting a meaningful blog, visit this website and create a blog for yourself.

1. Work on Blog
2. Create Personal Blog on website
3.Take a look at my example

Your first blog will be due next Monday, so you can spend the weekend revising and working on it.
MAY 13For today, go ahead and start a first draft of your own blog. Remember everything we have been learning about blogs so far. Also, take a look at this link on some blog writing tips.
MAY 12For your reader’s workshop today, please read the attached article about the Taliban. This reading will help give social context to the work we have started with Malala. For your dialogue journal, you may either respond to the attached article or your reader’s workshop book.

1. Read attached article
2. Dialogue journal
Taliban Reading
MAY 11Today, to keep working on the blogs from Malala, I want you to brainstorm some topics for your own blog. Remember the blog style: it’s personal writing published for an audience, so it should be something meaningful to you, but that other people can relate to. Take some notes or maybe even work on some free-writes of potential blog topics.
MAY 8For reader’s workshop today. Find another blog, in English, about anything you want. Read the blog. Post the link, and tell me why it attracted your interest. You can find blogs about lots of topics written by a number of different people.

1. Find/Read blog (Here is a blog about Muay Thai)
2. Post Link
3. What it is/why it interested you.
MAY 7Before Malala became so famous and won her Nobel Prize, she first used her voice, her writing, in a blog, to express her feelings to the world. Her personal, online, writing became a powerful political tool. Today we will look at some of her blogs:

1. Visit her website here
2. Read through some of her blogs. Click on the date to see the full version. Also, notice Malala uses images to support her words
3. Pick one of two of the blogs and respond to them in a google doc/word doc
MAY 6Okay. I hope you enjoyed the Nobel Prize Speech from yesterday. Also, I hoped you noticed that Malala, like MLK Jr. used lots of rhetorical devices in her speech. Today:

1). Read the Nobel Prize speech
2). Find as many of the rhetorical devices as you can (You should be an expert after completing your Prezi projects).
MAY 5Now that we read a little background about Malala, let’s take a look at one of her greatest achievements, winning the Nobel Peace Prize.

1. Please watch her speech
2. Take notes on any unfamiliar vocabulary
3. Try to identify her main theme. What is her big idea?
MAY 4We are finally finished with MLK Jr. I hope you enjoyed the study of one of our great civil rights leaders. We are going to shift to something new, but still stay with our theme of civil rights. Now, we will start to learn about a different type of leader. I hope you enjoy 🙂 Let’s start with a little biographical background.

1. See attached biography of Malala
biography of Malala
APRIL 30Please use the rest of the day to complete your “I Have a Dream” Prezi.
APRIL 29Today, just keep working on your “I have a Dream” prezi. This project is due on Friday. Remember you need to complete your prezi and create a recording of you “presenting” your work.
APRIL 28We have been reading lots of poetry about civil rights and the civil rights movement. Today I want you to choose your own poem of protest to read and analyze.

1. First take a look at this brief description of protest poetry
2. Choose one of the poems to read and analyze. You may read more than one but just pick one to analyze. The poems are listed below on the same link. (If We Must Die) is a really cool one.
3. Write an analysis of the poem. Not a summary. Dig deeper. What is the poem about? What types of protest does it suggest? Write some of your personal reactions, questions, and opinions?
APRIL 27Use today to work on your “I have a Dream” Prezi. Also, again, please download zoom. Or find another way to record your presentations with audio. You may be able to add audio into your Prezi. If not you can try zoom or Screen-cast-o-matic.

E-mail me with questions. The point is. You will create your presentation and a recording of your speaking to your presentation. Audio is fine. You do not need to add video.
APRIL 24Class Instruction
APRIL 23For today, we are going to start our next Prezi project.

1. Please review the attached assignment for the “I have a Dream” Prezi.

2. Also see the link to the speech with the assignment for your section.
Prezi Project
APRIL 22For today we will continue with the rhetorical devices. However, we are going to review one of the trickiest ones: metaphor.


Metaphors are one of the most extensively used literary devices. A metaphor refers to a meaning or identity ascribed to one subject by way of another. In a metaphor, one subject is implied to be another so as to draw a comparison between their similarities and shared traits.

1. Review the example here.

2. Watch and take notes on this video here. She is going to review some of the other devices but mostly pay attention to her explanation of metaphor.

3. Find 3 examples of metaphors in “I have a Dream.”
APRIL 21For Reader’s Workshop today, let’s work on a song. This is a hip hop song called “All Black Everything”. Not only is a cool song, but it has tons of rhetorical devices and “allusions” to the Civil Rights era.

Here is the song.

Here is a link to a shared google doc with the lyrics to the song. Make “comments” on some of the rhetorical devices you find. You can also comment on other aspects of the song as well.
All Black Everything
APRIL 17Happy end of the week. I want to make sure we still create space and time to pursue our Reader’s Workshop, our time to read for the joy of reading. Now is a wonderful time to make reading a part of your daily routine. For myself, I have been reading so much for research that I really needed a break and a chance to enjoy some fiction. I chose Camus’ famous novel, The Plague. If you want to order a copy of that and read along with me, feel free-- we can “discuss” in our dialogue journals. Otherwise, pick a book (in English) of your own. Those at school, feel free to get your books out of my class library. But please take care of them and return them.

Today, tell me what you are reading, and complete a dialogue journal. See my journal below.

Dear Class,

So far, Camus’ The Plague has a pretty strange tone. The book takes place in some French city in Algeria. In the beginning, all of these rats start to mysteriously die. Obviously, the book has some pretty strong relationships to what we are facing now. If I know Camus, the plague is a metaphor-- but for what? I will keep reading.

-Mr. L

APRIL 16Here is your exercise today.

1). Please watch this video analysis of “I have a Dream.”


2). According to the video, what does the allusion to President Lincoln and the Gettysburg address do in the speech? Why does it work?
APRIL 15Today we will continue with our Rhetorical Devices and “I have a Dream.” Yesterday, you looked at alliteration and found examples. Today, we will learn about the next device on our list: allusion.

1). Read the definition in your hand out. And

2). Watch this video.

Allusions are everywhere-- even in many of our favorite disney movies. Of course, King uses allusions expertly to help make his speech even stronger and more convincing.

3). Go back to the “I have a dream” annotations website.

4). Find 3 examples of Allusion in the speech and send them to me. Also, write why King uses that particular allusion. Why does he reference this person, place, or thing?
APRIL 14Class Instruction/docxI have a Dream Rhetorical

Writing 3

MAY 26Writing 3
MAY 22For today, I am attaching the guidelines for your final portfolio. Use today to finish working on your humor letter revisions or any other work you need to complete for your final portfolio.
Final Portfolio Guidelines
MAY 21For today, finish reading your novel True Diary. Hard to believe our journey with Arnold/Junior is over. Make sure to read carefully because the novel will be an important part of your final exam.
MAY 20For today, revise and complete your humor letter. Submit a draft for me to look at by today or Friday at the latest. This will be one of your last pieces of writing for the semester, so take your time and do a good job!
MAY 19Today we need to try to finish up our novel. Read to pages 213. Read carefully because your final will be a written response to the text.
MAY 18In years past, we used to study Sitting Bull as one of the freedom fighters in our civil rights unit and as a complement to our study of Native American culture with True Diary. One of the students thought the unit was really hard and used “Sitting Bull” as the topic for his humor letter. Take a look! I think it is pretty funny.

1. See attached student example of humor letter
2. Work on your humor letter
Student example humor letter
MAY 15Begin a draft of your humor letter. Remember the trick to the humor letters is to take an absurd (crazy) topic or idea and treat it seriously. The letters are funny because they walk the line between irony and absurdity.

Give it a try!
MAY 14Instruction
MAY 13We are going to start a new genre this week: Humor writing (we can all use some laughs right now). In order to get going, let's look at some examples.

These examples are from a famous humor writer. He writes them in the style of a letter. Take a look and see what you think

1) Read attached humor writing letters
2) Think of some potential letters you might write
Humor Writing
MAY 12Read and enjoy some more of ATD. For today, read through page 187.
MAY 11Today, let’s look at one more brush stroke. Take a look at the attached hand-out on adjectives out-of-order. Try a few of your own example sentences and then we will review on Wednesday. Adjectives out of order
MAY 8Please submit a draft of your Travel Writing today. I look forward to seeing your work and giving you some feedback.
MAY 7More bad news for Arnold. This guy can’t catch a break. First his grandmother dies and then Eugene, his father’s friend, gets murdered. One of the ways Arnold works through his grief, his sadness, is to make several lists (pgs 176-178).

Today, maybe to cheer you up from your quarantine, you can make these lists also:

People who have given you the most joy in your life: 1-9

List of your favorite foods: 1-9

List of your favorite books: 1-9

One of your own lists: 1-9
Time to put it all together with your Travel Writing piece. Use all the examples we have been reviewing, the mentor texts I provided you, the tips to good travel writing article we read, and everything else we have been working on to work on your Travel Writing piece. Don’t forget to give your article a title. If you already have a draft, great, now, slow down, re-read your work, and make some revisions. Re-vise. Re-see. Then Re-peat!!

You will submit a travel writing draft on Friday for me to review.
MAY 5Today we will revisit an important scene in the book from last week. First do a little reading, then take a look at the video and question below.

1. Read ATD through 173
2. Watch this video on cultural appropriation vs. cultural appreciation.
3. Go back to the funeral scene in ATD. Do you think Ted the billionaire is practicing Cultural appreciation or cultural appropriation? Please Explain. How is the poem from last week, “Powwow Polaroid” related to the theme of cultural appropriation?a Pay special attention to the way the poet uses the camera and taking pictures.
MAY 4For today, read the attached “travel piece” I wrote for a travel blog shortly after moving to California. Respond to me about what you notice in this travel article-- not what it is about, but how it is written. What tips, practices, or tools can you use in your own writing.

1. Read Joshua Tree
2. Respond to article
Joshua Tree
APRIL 30Today, please read the attached poem, “Powwow Polaroid.”

1. Read the Poem
2. Watch the following clip of a real Powwow with an example of fancydancing.
3. Write a response to the following:

Are there any traditional dances/celebrations in your culture to Fancydancing? If so, what? Give some details. What do you think is the purpose of powwow and fancydancing? What are any of your other reactions to the poem or the video?
APRIL 29Okay, we worked on the brush strokes on Monday. Today, we will start a new genre: travel writing. To get started, just think about some of your favorite trips or vacations (A trip or vacation does not need to be somewhere far away or exotic. You could write a good travel piece about something in your own hometown).

To get started, think about one of your most memorable trips and then start free-write about your trip. Write as many details as you can remember.
APRIL 28For today, read to page 162. Pay particular attention to the scene with Ted the Billionaire. Try to understand why Junior and the rest of the tribe get mad at Ted. It seems like he is trying to do something nice, but maybe not.
APRIL 27Class InstructionAppositives
APRIL 24For today, revise and work on your Music Review. You will submit a draft for me to help you with on Google Docs. This will be the first piece for your final portfolio.
APRIL 23For today, read the following poem by Sherman Alexie

On flip grid, talk about similar themes/connections you find between the poem and True Diary.

Flip Grid:
APRIL 22For today’s Writer’s Workshop, continue working on your music review. Your first draft for your music review will be due on Friday (4/25). This is just a draft for me to help you with, but you need to have a good start.
APRIL 21Read through pgs 149 in ATD. Just read and enjoy. You do not need to complete any reader responses today. I hope you are still enjoying the book.
APRIL 20Let’s keep going with our music reviews.

1). Read the attached Music Review Hints.

2). Take a look at the following video lesson.

3). Choose an album for your review. Can you choose a Chinese musician? Yes! Go China, Number 1. Or you can choose whatever music you want. But you need to review a whole “album” -- a collection of songs by one artist.

4). Listen to the album, yes, the whole thing.

5). Take notes

6). Begin your Review-- go forth rock critics!
Online Music review Hints
APRIL 17Class instruction
APRIL 16Class Instruction/docx
APRIL 15We are going to start some new stuff for Writer’s Workshop this semester. Usually, 4th quarter we work on lots of new (hopefully fun) genres. The first one I like to do is music review.

To start, just pick a few of your favorite songs and copy the links:

Blind Melon -No Rain



Then free write to one of the songs. You can include the reasons you like the song, but you want to also try to describe the music. What instruments? Are there vocals? What do the lyrics mean? What genre is it? What is the mood? Just Free Write. No Right or Wrong… Go!

Ex-- THis has to be one of the coolest song intros of all time, from the rattling guitar, and snapping fingers to Shannon Hood’s opening croon erupting then stretching into the first lyrics:

“All I can say is that my life is pretty plain, but I like watching the puddles gather rain.”

He sounds like some postmodern anti-hero. All the while the upbeat melody and guitar betrays the deeply troubled lyrics-- it’s ironic before irony was cool. Anyway, here I sit during this rainy quarantine-- and all I Can do is watch the puddles gather rain. RIP Shannon.
APRIL 14Class Instruction/docx

English 1B

MAY 26English 1B
MAY 22For today, I am attaching the guidelines for your final portfolio. Use today to finish working on your poems.
Final Portfolio Guidelines E1B
MAY 21For today, and this weekend, finish up the novel. Your final exam will be a written response to the text, so make sure you read carefully.
MAY 20Here is an example of a free-write of mine from when I was living in Ecuador. Below I will show you how I move the prose into a poem, working with line endings and stanzas.

1. See attached example of prose to poem
MAY 19We need to spend the rest of this week finishing our novel. Read the rest of the book this week, dividing up the reading between today and Thursday how you choose, in light of your other classes and the rest of your schedule. Be strategic in your study habits.
MAY 18Today, I want to continue working on a poem from our “Where poems hide”-- last week you completed a free write, now let's talk about moving the free-write into a poem form.

1. Review the guidelines on line endings and stanza
2. Begin to revise your free write into poetic form

a. Remember: not all the words from your free-write need to go into the poem
b. Make choices about how to craft the poem, be creative, playful with language
MAY 15Yesterday’s reading was actually from Hitler’s autobiography Mein Kampf. That chapter was his outline for the effective ways to use propaganda to control the masses (the bewildered herd). Today I want you to read the following article from Trump’s presidential campaign. Write a dialogue journal response comparing the two texts.

1. Read Trump use of Authoritarian Propaganda (Attached)
2. Dialogue Journal comparison
Authoritarian Propaganda
MAY 14Read the attached article on propaganda. What are the essential points according to this author for creating successful propaganda?

1). Read attached article
2). Identify main points in creating effective propaganda
MAY 13You are continuing to work on your poetry for this week. Go back to your list of Where Poems hide and pick one of the most energizing topics, the one that feels like it is attracting you. Then just free write about your topic. Don’t try to put it into a poem, with line endings or stanzas. Just get some words on the page. What do you remember about this topic/person/thing/ place where poems are hiding? What can you see? Get as many sensory details as you can. Try to fill up at least one half a page in your notebooks.

1) Free write
2) Send a picture of your free write
MAY 12Read and enjoy some more of F451. Please read through the part where Montag plant’s the book in another fireman’s house. The paragraph ends kind of ominously: “Good night, Mrs. Black…”
MAY 11Let’s keep working with poetry today. Here is a poem by a poet I really enjoy, Robert Hass.

1. Read the attached poem (Robert Hass)
2. Listen to this reading by the poet (try to catch some of the changes (revisions) he makes).
3. Choose something fairly simple from your everyday surroundings, an object, not a person. Try to experiment with describing this simple object, poetically. Move through your own difficulty with the limitations of what language can do. Turn your poet’s eye to the world around you. Let me see what you come up with.
4. Here is one I am playing with:

The Antique Chest

The old wooden chest, brass buckled and
pale, sitting against the the wall where the
brown desk used to be: full of what?

forgotten Christmas ornaments?
Trinkets and knick knacks cast away but not
yet thrown away.

Pictures--the time I was eighteen and invincible
Jacqueline, at prom, before she died,
my first soccer team.

An anonymous sea chest: English? Dutch? German?
What do wooden chests hold after all
If not space?

Or are old sea chests like coffins holding space
For bodies above ground? Or holding memories
on the tip of my tongue?
MAY 8Class Instruction
MAY 7Read the first ten pages or so of Part III. Read to the point of the murder of Captain Beatty. Then tell me your thoughts. Do you think Montag is a freedom fighter, sacrificing his position in society in order to give knowledge back to the people or do you think he is a murderer and traitor to the state who foolishly gave up his wife and his middle class life? What would you do?

1. Read
2. Post your opinion here.
MAY 6I enjoyed reading your responses to a few of the “definitions” of poetry from famous poets and writers.

1). Today, for your warm-up, write your own “definition” of poetry.
2). Take a look at this lesson on Where Poems Hide for me
3). See attached “Where Poetry Hides” Handout
4). Take your notebook and make a list of places poems hide for you
MAY 5Today, we need to press ahead in the novel. Read until the end of Part II.
MAY 4Take a look at the attached “What is poetry” handout. I have gathered a number of “definitions” of poetry by famous poets. Of course, in many ways, poetry can’t really be defined. That is what makes it so elusive, but also so special.

1. Read the various definitions
2. Choose one (or two) you like and respond to it. (e-mail/google doc)
What is Poetry
APRIL 30Today, we are going to continue with some of the themes from the Bradbury interview we watched on Tuesday. Bradbury has emphasized that the book is about the threat of technology to literacy and reading but not about Authoritarianism per se. However, today we will consider the ways in which Authoritarianism, historically and in today’s society, is actually tied to the process of dumbing down society, reducing literacy, and suppressing critical inquiry.

1. Read these few pages of Giroux (attached).
2. Write a response to the ideas in the attached article in connection to the novel so far and the Bradbury interview.
APRIL 29For today, work on your memoir story. Please submit a draft of your version by this Friday (5- 1-20). This does not need to be a final draft, but it should be evidence of your effort so far. I will help you re-vise.
APRIL 28Today, let’s watch this interview with Ray Bradbury. He is talking about the main theme from the book that we explored on Thursday. “Why Read?” “What for?”


Send answers to the following questions in google docs:

How does Bradbury explain the idea for F451 and how it is connected to his short story “The Pedestrian”?

In regards to literacy, Bradbury says, “The real threat is ignorance and lack of education.” How is this elaborated in F451 so far? Why is ignorance or a lack of education dangerous? Like Clarisse says, or many of you may be thinking “So what? Who cares? Why read?”
APRIL 27Let’s keep working on our Memoir/Memory Map Writing.

For today:

Look at another handout on Reading Memoir-- again, how we read should inform how we write

Take a look at the attached memoir “The Last Fourth of July” I wrote a few years ago. (This one is even more special to me because my grandfather just passed and this memoir is part of his living memory).

Continue working on your memoir/free write

Look for the places in your memory to digress, to slow down, to look carefully, to record special details and insights (like Baldwin).

Delete your “I remember, I remember, I remember” -- that was just a prompt to get you started but you don’t want to include that in your final draft.
Reading Memoir

The Last Fourth of July
APRIL 24Class Instruction
APRIL 23For today, read the first 10 pages of Part II in F451. Mildred asks, “Why should I read? What for?” Please complete a one paragraph interpretation of Montag’s response to Mildred.
APRIL 22Today we will continue with our next piece for Writer’s Workshop. You choose one of the points on your map to complete a free writing, now I want to look at some examples of memoir writing and the conventions of memoir as a genre.

Read the attached handout on memoir.

Read this memoir by James Baldwin, one of the greatest writers of our generation.

1. What are some of the aspects of Memoir that you see in Baldwin’s example ?
2. What are any of your other impressions/reactions to this memoir piece?
3. What skills/techniques or approaches that Baldwin is using can you try to use in your own writing?
Writing good memoir
APRIL 21Finish the rest of Part I in F451. Beatty comes over to Montag’s house the day he stays home from work. During that time he gives an explanation about many of the rules in the current society, including the reasons why books were first shortened and then eventually made illegal. All the while, Mildred is just listening, moving around the room, but we never know what she is thinking.

So, for today, imagine you are Mildred writing a letter to one of her friends. Use the letter to imagine what Mildred is thinking? How does she feel about Montag’s behavior. Try to be specific to demonstrate in your letter that you understand the text and that you are able to make informed speculations about Mildred’s thoughts and feelings.
APRIL 20We will continue with our Memory Maps today. Hope you are following along. This will become your first piece for Writer’s Workshop.

1. Pick one of the points on your map (the one with the best story)
2. Free write to that point on your map.

Begin like this..

I remember…..

I remember….

But mostly, I remember…. And let your writing take you deeper and deeper into all the details of the memory. Free write. Go! Fast! Don’t think!

Write your Free Write in a notebook. Take a picture and send it to me.
APRIL 17Happy end of the week. I want to make sure we still create space and time to pursue our Reader’s Workshop, our time to read for the joy of reading. Now is a wonderful time to make reading a part of your daily routine. For myself, I have been reading so much for research that I really needed a break and a chance to enjoy some fiction. I chose Camus’ famous novel, The Plague. If you want to order a copy of that and read along with me, feel free-- we can “discuss” in our dialogue journals. Otherwise, pick a book (in English) of your own. Those at school, feel free to get your books out of my class library. But please take care of them and return them.

Today, tell me what you are reading, and complete a dialogue journal. See my journal below.

Dear Class,

So far, Camus’ The Plague has a pretty strange tone. The book takes place in some French city in Algeria. In the beginning, all of these rats start to mysteriously die. Obviously, the book has some pretty strong relationships to what we are facing now. If I know Camus, the plague is a metaphor-- but for what? I will keep reading.

-Mr. L

APRIL 16On Tuesday you reviewed the section in which Clarisse describes her experiences in school. She commented that most of her learning happened in isolation and that teachers just forced their answers onto students. Today, let’s compare Clarisse’s ideas to the essay, “What a True Education should do.”

In your response complete the following:

Identify the thesis- the main idea of this essay. What is this author saying?
Compare the ideas in the essay with Clarisse’s experiences-- how are these two speakers exploring similar ideas about education or pedagogy (the art of teaching).
Include, as always, your personal response to these ideas.
What a True Education Should Do
APRIL 15For today we are going to begin a new prompt for Writer’s Workshop. Begin by taking out a blank piece of paper, in your notebooks or whatever. Then, think back to the neighborhood, apartment, house, etc. where you lived when you were between 9-13 years old (or another time that has strong memories for you). Try to pick an age when you were younger.

Now, picture everything you can about that place, the other buildings, the neighbors, the streets and trees, the smells and sounds-- everything you can remember. Picture your living space, the physical house. After you take some time to create the picture in your mind, sketch a Map of this neighborhood or apartment complex on your paper. Use as much detail as possible. (Note: some students in the past have sketched a map of one of their former schools). Try to make whatever map you choose as detailed as possible. Label the parts of your map, my house, my street, my neighbor…. And then…

Pick Ten points on your map (ten events -- an event is something memorable that happened). Mark those points and label them. Don’t write the story, just make a note.

Ex. 1) The place where we played four square at the bottom of the street.
2) The time my brother got hit by a car riding his bike (He was Okay!)

Take a picture of your map and email it to me.
APRIL 14Class Instruction/docx