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Tuesday, January 26th 2010 Tuesday, January 26th 2010 Today's Objectives Tuesday, January 26th 2010
Today's Agenda Reminder: Quiz Makeup is tomorrow at BLOCK LUNCH!! One time only!! Part 4 Historical Background: 18501914 Sign up for Diary Entry and Short Story Read Aloud: Sojourner Truth Tuesday, January 26th 2010
Part 4: Historical Background (1850 1914) DIVISION, RECONCILIATION, AND EXPANSION
(the slides for this presentation on historical background are located in the "class PowerPoints" folder on my website- labeled "part 4") Tuesday, January 26th 2010
You will sign up for a Diary Entry and a Short Story today. Here is a bit about each to fill you in: Diary Entries: Mary Chestnut's Civil War Diary (author bio p. 548, diary entry p. 550) Chestnut is living in Charleston before the civil war. She recounts the firing upon Ft. Sumter in Charleston Harbor on April 12, 1951 and her conflicting feelings of hope and fear leading up to this moment. Miriam Davis Colt and her husband decide to move west from New York to Kansas to provide a "better life" for their children. Colt's diary details her preparations and experiences on the trail. Heading West Diary (author bio p. 606, diary entry p. 608) Short Stories
Story of an Hour (author bio p. 640, story, p. 642) Mrs. Mallard receives news that her husband dies in a railroad accident, and this story details her response to the news. According to your text, this story "was considered daring... The editors of atleast two magazines refused the story because they thought it was immoral." The story is filled with irony, an effective technique to convey Chopin's message. Cather explores the bravery of the Western settlers while recognizing the sacrifices they made and the comforts they longed for as she tells the story of Clark and his Aunt Georgiana. In this story, Georgiana's strength and sense of loss show through her experience with a Wagnerproduced concert, bringing her back to her past. A Wagner Matinee (author bio p. 668, story, p. 670) Read Along: Sojourner Truth (page 548, 561562)
Follow along as we read Sojourner Truth's account aloud. Then, individually and on your own paper, prepare responses to the following questions:
1. How would you describe the tone of Truth's account? What words or phrases key you in to that being the tone? What does Truth mean by the last two lines of her account? Where do you see the "slaveholding spirit" present in this piece or in other pieces you have read? How does Truth's account reflect the historical context of the time in which this was written? How do her experiences fit with what you know of both African American and women's experiences during this time? 1. 1. Tuesday, January 26th 2010
Homework for Tonight: Update your graphic organizer you should have parts 1, 2, and 3 COMPLETED and part 4 started with Sojourner Truth. Read the author background for the diary and short story you signed up for. Tuesday, January 26th 2010
On Deck for Block Day: You will have the first half of class to read your diary entry and short story. The second half of class will be devoted to an activity surrounding your readings. ...
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This note was uploaded on 05/16/2011 for the course WRT 114 taught by Professor Cullen during the Fall '09 term at Grand Valley State University.
- Fall '09
- The Story of an Hour