Monday, May 15, 2017

The Great Gatsby Bookblog

For each chapter, you need to create a bookblog[1] entry that includes the following features:
  •          1 textual observation[2] on a theme in the novel, either how it is functioning for a particular character/situation or how it figures into Fitzgerald’s argument in the novel. Possible themes include: the corrupting influence of wealth, the hollowness of the upper class and of the American Dream. Also interesting to explore would be the question of the character of love and its worth, for example, what is worth doing or giving up for love?
  •         1 textual observation on character development
  •          1 textual observation about the use of symbol, metaphor, or color (color in terms of symbolism, meaning, etc)

You may find that a dialectical journal format works well for this, though I leave form up to you as long as it contains the elements listed above.

20 points a piece

Please use a common naming scheme for these: "Chapter 1 bookblog" and so on.

[1] A bookblog is a booklog done on your blog.  I have no idea if it’s a real word; I made it up one morning several years ago.  I do not claim originality though.  I imagine it’s been coined before.  J
[2] For the purpose of this assignment, textual observation refers to an analytical comment rooted in a specific text. Please provide the page number and include the actual text if possible (sometimes it is too long).  There are a number of sites that contain the full text of The Great Gatsby.

Friday, March 24, 2017

The Bird and the Machine

  1. Blog your answers to the Questions on Rhetoric and Style on page 608 (there are 9 of them). 
  2. Using your answer to question 9 and our close read of the last two sections of the text on Friday (I know we didn't finish, but hopefully our discussion will allow you to see more than you already saw in your individual/partner close reads), write a short reflection on what the relationship between humanity and science & technology is and should be.
Sadly, Ex Machina, the movie Jalyn and I were talking about, is not available to stream on Netflix, but if you have Amazon Prime, it is included in your Prime subscription.

Check out and look through the prompt options so you can be thinking a bit about the issues you may want to write about.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Women's Brains

As we wrestle with the unpleasant, but important to understand Women's Brains by Stephen Jay Gould, work on the Rhetoric and Style questions 1-12 on pages 354-55 of the TLC book as well as the Discussion Question #1. They are due Thursday.

As you work with this essay, think about the implications of the ideas in the essay -- both those of Gould and of those he quoted. Are there echoes of those ideas alive and kicking today? How? When? Where? To what extent? ;) Append a brief reflection on those questions at the end of questions 1-12.

Next week we'll look at some more gender themed stuff while also hitting the test prep with another timed write and more multiple choice.