Archive for American Lit B

September 7, 2006

Today we listened to an excerpt from “My Bondage and My Freedom” by Frederick Douglas. 

Homework:  Worksheet – Reading Strategy:  Establishing a Purpose

Tuesday September 5

We began class by listening to two spirituals:  Swing Low, Sweet Chariot and Go Down Moses.  After reading a brief historical selection about the origins of spirituals, we had a discussion on the meaning of Opression and how music and literature can help people speak their minds and motivate change.  Randy was quick to jump on the term ALLUSION. 

Homework:  Complete the comprehension questions for The Red Badge of Courage.

Week of August 28-September 1

This week we have been reading, together, an adapted version of “The Red Badge of Courage” by Stephen Crane.  We also had a test on the “Episode of War” and “Willie Has Gone to the War.”

Week of August 21-25

We read “An Episode of War” by Stephen Crane and “Willie Has Gone to the War’ by George Cooper.  We explored the differences between Realism and Naturalism.  We watched a brief film based on a young girl’s diary during the Civil War. 

Grammar homework:  Subject/Verb Agreement

Week of August 14-18

Students were introduced to the first unit in American Literature B:  REALISM

The Essential Question for this period is:  How does the literature of this period reflect and shape American society?

Key terms for this period are Regionalism, Naturalism and Realism.  Students were given an overview of the mid-19th Century and the effects the Civil War had on literature.