In class on Tuesday, we discussed some of the passages we had selected in our groups. We also talked about instructions for the exam and the logistics. I said that I would make final decisions. Here they are:
We narrowed down passages to the eight listed in the post on passages. Review those.
We talked about instructions and logistics about how many passages you need to write about, etc. Here are those answers:
- How many passages will appear on the exam? Six
- How many passages will you have to choose and write about? Three
- How many different texts must you cover in total (identified and compared to)? Four (each passage you identify plus one from before the midterm)
- For comparisons, how many from the first half of the class, and how many post-midterm? at least one from before the midterm
Finally, here’s a bonus: correctly completing Part 1 (identification) for the other passages will earn you extra credit!
In class I mentioned that now is the time to finalize your glossary entries. This means making sure you have 15, and making sure they have the right category (glossary) and are edited and revised as needed to follow the Glossary Project instructions.
Please ask questions here by replying to this post.
For the rest of the semester, we will think about and respond to our readings with a focus on identifying important passages. This will prepare us for the final exam.
When it’s your turn to post,
- identify a passage you think is important and add it to your post (either type it or copy and paste it from the website where the story was posted)
- Then, in one paragraph, interpret and analyze the passage, calling attention to specific details and words in the passage.
- in another paragraph, apply your analysis of the passage to the argument you think the story as a whole is making.
- in another paragraph, compare how a moment/scene/event/image/symbol/motif in another text includes a similar issue or theme you identified in the argument or in some way resonates with the passage you chose. Be as specific as possible, including details and from that moment.
For Wednesday’s class, volunteers should post by Tuesday at 8pm; everyone else can respond by 10am on Wednesday. Feel free to post about “The Shawl” by Cynthia Ozick, “The Shawl” by Louise Erdrich, or “What You Pawn I Will Redeem” by Sherman Alexie.
UPDATE: For Monday’s class, volunteers should post by Friday night; everyone else can respond by 10am on Wednesday. Posts can cover “You in America” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, or “What You Pawn I Will Redeem” by Sherman Alexie, or “The Shawl” by Cynthia Ozick, “The Shawl” by Louise Erdrich.
Whichever story you use for your post, please be sure to follow the structure listed above.