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1 Agenda 1/20/08 Focus: Dry sense of humor? An overview of satire Focus: Dry sense of humor? An overview of satire Reflections on your essays of place (15 min) Reflections on your essays of place (15 min) Introduction to satire using The Onion Introduction to satire using The Onion Is Twain really damning the human race? Rereading last nights text Is Twain really damning the human race? Rereading last nights text HW: Follow the website calendar. HW: Follow the website calendar.

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3 Satire and The Onion Read your article aloud with your group. Read your article aloud with your group. Discuss the following three questions: Discuss the following three questions: WHAT are the satirical targets? In other words, what is being satirized? WHAT are the satirical targets? In other words, what is being satirized? HOW are these targets being satirized? HOW are these targets being satirized? WHY are they being satirized? Whats the larger message/theme? WHY are they being satirized? Whats the larger message/theme?

4 Agenda 1/21 Focus: Growing adept with Twains satire Focus: Growing adept with Twains satire Quick ACT mystery of the day Quick ACT mystery of the day Warming up to satire: A student mockumentary Warming up to satire: A student mockumentary Creating your own semester: A vote Creating your own semester: A vote Explanation of the summary-response Explanation of the summary-response Fishbowl discussion: The Damned Human Race Fishbowl discussion: The Damned Human Race HW: Follow the website calendar. HW: Follow the website calendar.

5 ACT Mystery of the Day… Please explain the difference between the two sentences below and why each one is correct. Please explain the difference between the two sentences below and why each one is correct. All of Ms. Leclaires students are amazing! All of Ms. Leclaires students are amazing! Every one of Ms. Leclaires students is amazing! Every one of Ms. Leclaires students is amazing!

6 A little tougher… Explain why the following is correct: Explain why the following is correct: Three hours is the average amount of time spent on homework. Three hours is the average amount of time spent on homework. The sentence is inverted, which makes it tough to find the subject. Heres how the sentence would normally look: The sentence is inverted, which makes it tough to find the subject. Heres how the sentence would normally look: The average amount (of time spent on homework) is three hours. The average amount (of time spent on homework) is three hours.

7 Summary-Response: The Damned Human Race Part 1: Type a brief summary of The Damned Human Race Part 1: Type a brief summary of The Damned Human Race Basic Level: Summarize Twains main points and the style he uses to portray those points. Basic Level: Summarize Twains main points and the style he uses to portray those points. Challenging Level: Briefly address Twains attitude towards Social Darwinism as well. Challenging Level: Briefly address Twains attitude towards Social Darwinism as well. This should be no longer than half a page, typed and double spaced. This should be no longer than half a page, typed and double spaced. No analysis/opinionsummary only. No analysis/opinionsummary only.

8 Basic Level Type an analytical response in which you assert what you see as Twains central point in The Damned Human Race. Type an analytical response in which you assert what you see as Twains central point in The Damned Human Race. Although you are asserting your opinion, you still want to avoid words like I and you. Although you are asserting your opinion, you still want to avoid words like I and you. –Start with a clear, specific, analytical thesis –Bullet point three supporting quotations from the article –Type this directly underneath your summary

9 Challenging Level Type an analytical response in which you analyze the validity of Twains argument (what is one of his primary arguments, and did he persuade you?). Type an analytical response in which you analyze the validity of Twains argument (what is one of his primary arguments, and did he persuade you?). Although you are asserting your opinion, you still want to avoid words like I and you. Although you are asserting your opinion, you still want to avoid words like I and you. –Start with a clear, specific, analytical thesis –Bullet point three supporting quotations from the article –Type this directly underneath your summary

10 Sample Thesis Statement for the Basic Level Twains uses satire in The Damned Human Race to reveal that humans ironically distort and pollute their one advantage over other animalstheir sense of morality. Twains uses satire in The Damned Human Race to reveal that humans ironically distort and pollute their one advantage over other animalstheir sense of morality.

11 Sample thesis for the challenging response Twains portrayal of the Moral Sense persuasively reveals that morality cannot exist without sin, suggesting that all humans possess an underlying potential for wickedness. Twains portrayal of the Moral Sense persuasively reveals that morality cannot exist without sin, suggesting that all humans possess an underlying potential for wickedness. Twains depiction of human nature loses truth in its exaggeration; his juxtaposition of humans and animals only highlights the differences between the two species rather than conflating them. Twains depiction of human nature loses truth in its exaggeration; his juxtaposition of humans and animals only highlights the differences between the two species rather than conflating them.

12 Satirical Articles 1: New, Delicious Species Discovered 1: New, Delicious Species Discovered 2: New Anger-Powered Cars… 2: New Anger-Powered Cars… 3: New Prescription-Only Sandwich 3: New Prescription-Only Sandwich 4: Scientists Abandon AI Project… 4: Scientists Abandon AI Project… 5: Teen Mortified after Winning… 5: Teen Mortified after Winning… 6: Books Dont Take You Anywhere 6: Books Dont Take You Anywhere

13 As you watch and listen… Keep a two-columned chart in which you explore the following: Keep a two-columned chart in which you explore the following: (1) What aspects of humanity/society are being satirized? (Satirical targets) (1) What aspects of humanity/society are being satirized? (Satirical targets) (2) How are they being satirized? (What specific techniques/details create the larger criticism?) (2) How are they being satirized? (What specific techniques/details create the larger criticism?) Add onto this list as you listen to your classmates presenting their findings from The Onion articles. Add onto this list as you listen to your classmates presenting their findings from The Onion articles.

14 Agenda 1/22 Focus: Wading into the race in the 19 th century Focus: Wading into the race in the 19 th century Vindicating Vocabulary Quiz: Unit 2 Vindicating Vocabulary Quiz: Unit 2 The exciting and disturbing world of Social Darwinism: A small group exploration The exciting and disturbing world of Social Darwinism: A small group exploration Quick and enticing overview of the response Quick and enticing overview of the response Ethnic Notions: If you think youre ready, youre not. Ethnic Notions: If you think youre ready, youre not. HW: Follow the website calendar. HW: Follow the website calendar.

15 Class, meet Darwin. Read the information about Social Darwinism at the link provided in todays in-class activities on the website calendar. Read the information about Social Darwinism at the link provided in todays in-class activities on the website calendar. In your notes and with your group, please establish the following: In your notes and with your group, please establish the following: (1) Short definition of Social Darwinism in your own words. (1) Short definition of Social Darwinism in your own words. (2) What might make Social Darwinism appealing? (2) What might make Social Darwinism appealing? (3) What might make Social Darwinism revolting? (3) What might make Social Darwinism revolting? (4) Find one specific passage in The Damned Human Race that satirizes Social Darwinism. (4) Find one specific passage in The Damned Human Race that satirizes Social Darwinism.

16 As you watch Ethnic Notions… Please keep track of two things as you watch this documentary: Please keep track of two things as you watch this documentary: What are the different racial stereotypes and their specific characteristics? What are the different racial stereotypes and their specific characteristics? What social / political purpose does each stereotype serve? What social / political purpose does each stereotype serve?

17 Agenda 1/23 (Shortened Class) Focus: Gathering background information on 19 th century perceptions of race Focus: Gathering background information on 19 th century perceptions of race 20 minutes of ALIS reading time 20 minutes of ALIS reading time Collect summary-responses Collect summary-responses Watch Ethnic Notions Watch Ethnic Notions 6 th hour: Announcements and assembly 6 th hour: Announcements and assembly HW: Follow the website calendar. HW: Follow the website calendar.

18 Agenda 1/27 Focus: Are Twains characters racist? Focus: Are Twains characters racist? Take-aways from yesterday and Friday (via fishbowl15 minutes) Take-aways from yesterday and Friday (via fishbowl15 minutes) Early illustrations of race from Puddnhead Wilson (10-15 minutes) Early illustrations of race from Puddnhead Wilson (10-15 minutes) Character close readings and tableaus Character close readings and tableaus HW: Follow the website calendar. HW: Follow the website calendar.

19 Images of Race in PW Please click on the link in todays in-class activities. Please click on the link in todays in-class activities. Scroll down to the early illustrations in Puddnhead Wilson. Scroll down to the early illustrations in Puddnhead Wilson. Browse the images. What might some of these images reveal about Twains culture? How do they overlap with what you learned about race in Ethnic Notions? Browse the images. What might some of these images reveal about Twains culture? How do they overlap with what you learned about race in Ethnic Notions? Copy and paste a few of these images, along with your interpretations of them, into your Ethnic Notions notes. Copy and paste a few of these images, along with your interpretations of them, into your Ethnic Notions notes.

20 Character Distribution 1: Roxy 1: Roxy 2: Wilson 2: Wilson 3: Tom (born Chambers, but is now Tom) 3: Tom (born Chambers, but is now Tom) 4: Chambers (born Tom, but is now Chambers) 4: Chambers (born Tom, but is now Chambers) 5: Percy Driscoll 5: Percy Driscoll 6: The townsfolk 6: The townsfolk

21 Close Readings and Tableaus Circle up as a small group and find one specific piece of Puddnhead Wilson that reveals something important about your character. Circle up as a small group and find one specific piece of Puddnhead Wilson that reveals something important about your character. As a group, perform a close reading of the passage in which you pull out specific word choices (diction) and stylistic devices from the passage and explain why they are significant (one typed copy per group to turn in to Ms. Leclaire). As a group, perform a close reading of the passage in which you pull out specific word choices (diction) and stylistic devices from the passage and explain why they are significant (one typed copy per group to turn in to Ms. Leclaire). See next slide for the creative part… See next slide for the creative part…

22 The Tableau Last but not least, form a tableaua frozen picture with your bodiesthat depicts your character. Last but not least, form a tableaua frozen picture with your bodiesthat depicts your character. All members of your group except for one must be a part of the tableau. You may use props, costumes, and even music, but you may not move or speak; think of yourselves as statues. All members of your group except for one must be a part of the tableau. You may use props, costumes, and even music, but you may not move or speak; think of yourselves as statues. The one member of your group who is not part of the tableau must read the passage aloud while the tableau holds their pose. The one member of your group who is not part of the tableau must read the passage aloud while the tableau holds their pose. Be prepared to present these first thing tomorrow. Be prepared to present these first thing tomorrow.

23 Agenda 1/28 Focus: Twains characterization Focus: Twains characterization Overview of Th and Fri/fishbowl setup Overview of Th and Fri/fishbowl setup 5 minutes to finish preparing tableaus 5 minutes to finish preparing tableaus Present and interpret tableaus Present and interpret tableaus Chapters 1-10: The literal and the interpretative Chapters 1-10: The literal and the interpretative Vocabulary review: Unit 3 Vocabulary review: Unit 3 HW: Follow the website calendar. HW: Follow the website calendar.

24 Fishbowl Directions Write your name on two different sheets of paper. Write your name on two different sheets of paper. Make sure you write down your assigned tasks and dates in your student calendar. Make sure you write down your assigned tasks and dates in your student calendar.

25 Agenda 2/2 Focus: Feeling confused? Let New Historicism help! Focus: Feeling confused? Let New Historicism help! Visitors from the future Visitors from the future Twains tricky time periods: A New Historicist reading Twains tricky time periods: A New Historicist reading Fishbowl #3: Chapters Fishbowl #3: Chapters HW: Follow the website calendar. HW: Follow the website calendar.

26 Visitors from the Future Take out your student calendar and/or one of your notebooks. Take out your student calendar and/or one of your notebooks. Trade with someone who is not sitting near you. Trade with someone who is not sitting near you. Pretend that you are a traveler from a different culture/a different time, and you are exploring this mysterious text that sits before you. Pretend that you are a traveler from a different culture/a different time, and you are exploring this mysterious text that sits before you. What inferences about our culture can you make from this text? What inferences about our culture can you make from this text?

27 New Historicism In Ms. Leclaires terms: In Ms. Leclaires terms: New Historicism is looking at a text, whether its a piece of literature, a piece of art, a poster, a cookie jar, etc., as a window into the time period in which it was produced. New Historicism is looking at a text, whether its a piece of literature, a piece of art, a poster, a cookie jar, etc., as a window into the time period in which it was produced. The text is inseparable from the culture that generated it. The text is inseparable from the culture that generated it.

28 Twains Tricky Time Periods When is Puddnhead Wilson taking place? When is Puddnhead Wilson taking place? When is it actually written/published? When is it actually written/published? Ah ha! Why is this discrepancy significant? Ah ha! Why is this discrepancy significant? So…what might this book reveal so far about life in the 1890s? So…what might this book reveal so far about life in the 1890s?

29 Agenda 2/3 Focus: Twain, twins, and humans on display Focus: Twain, twins, and humans on display Reminders and a new grade in this class Reminders and a new grade in this class The 19 th century human zoos and twins in Puddnhead Wilson The 19 th century human zoos and twins in Puddnhead Wilson Final fishbowl discussion! Final fishbowl discussion! HW: Follow the website calendar. HW: Follow the website calendar.

30 Reminders I still need fishbowl notes from Kristina, Leslie, Preston, Jason, Alex and Megan I still need fishbowl notes from Kristina, Leslie, Preston, Jason, Alex and Megan 6 th hour: I need syllabi from all 4 groups TODAY 6 th hour: I need syllabi from all 4 groups TODAY

31 Six Week Participation Grade February 14 th marks the end of the first 6 weeks. February 14 th marks the end of the first 6 weeks. This semester, you will receive a participation/focus grade at the end of each 6 week period worth 25 points. This semester, you will receive a participation/focus grade at the end of each 6 week period worth 25 points. Right now, everyone has 20 out of these 25 points. Right now, everyone has 20 out of these 25 points. This grade reflects several aspects of your behavior in class: This grade reflects several aspects of your behavior in class: –Your focus in class: Be a good listener and thoughtful contributor. –Your use of the laptops: Each time youre off-task with your laptop, you lose 2 points. –The beginning of class: You should be in your seat with your laptop starting up by the time the bell rings. –The ending of class: We go bell-to-bell; no packing up early.

32 Humans on Display Quickly research human zoos. Define in your notes what a human zoo is. Quickly research human zoos. Define in your notes what a human zoo is. Why do you think people in the late 19 th century were drawn to human zoos? Why do you think people in the late 19 th century were drawn to human zoos? Through a New Historicist lens, what evidence of human zoos do we see in Puddnhead Wilson? Think metaphorically. Through a New Historicist lens, what evidence of human zoos do we see in Puddnhead Wilson? Think metaphorically.

33 More Specifically, Twins on Display With the person sitting next to you, make a list of at least five different twins in PW (again, think metaphorically here dont be afraid to take a risk). With the person sitting next to you, make a list of at least five different twins in PW (again, think metaphorically here dont be afraid to take a risk). The big question: So what? What do you see as the larger purpose of twins in this satirical novel? The big question: So what? What do you see as the larger purpose of twins in this satirical novel?

34 Agenda 2/4 Focus: Existing in Between Races Focus: Existing in Between Races How close is too close? A sample close reading through a New Historicist lens How close is too close? A sample close reading through a New Historicist lens Fridays practice timed writing Fridays practice timed writing Hughes, Twain, and Obama: A Found Poem Hughes, Twain, and Obama: A Found Poem HW: Follow the website calendar (remember our vocab. quiz tomorrow). HW: Follow the website calendar (remember our vocab. quiz tomorrow).

35 Agenda 2/5 Focus: Researching Twain through a New Historicist lens Focus: Researching Twain through a New Historicist lens Turn in your summary-responses Turn in your summary-responses Mini vocabulary quiz: Unit 4 Mini vocabulary quiz: Unit 4 Time to research/prepare for tomorrows timed writing Time to research/prepare for tomorrows timed writing HW: Follow the website calendar. HW: Follow the website calendar.

36 Sample Thesis Statements for Your Enjoyment Twains motif of twins in PW reflects his 19 th societys desire to keep black and white citizens in separate classes while exposing the dependence of each race upon the other. Twains motif of twins in PW reflects his 19 th societys desire to keep black and white citizens in separate classes while exposing the dependence of each race upon the other.

37 The emergence of fingerprinting in the late 19 th century contributes to Twains interest in nature vs. nurture in PW ; fingerprints symbolize that while nature trumps environment in the shaping of a person, identity runs far deeper than race. The emergence of fingerprinting in the late 19 th century contributes to Twains interest in nature vs. nurture in PW ; fingerprints symbolize that while nature trumps environment in the shaping of a person, identity runs far deeper than race.

38 10 minutes of rapid interpretation With the person sitting next to you, skim through the first 10 chapters of PW. With the person sitting next to you, skim through the first 10 chapters of PW. The literal: In your notes, make a list of the 10 most important events that have happened so far. The literal: In your notes, make a list of the 10 most important events that have happened so far. The interpretative: Next to each event, offer a brief analysis (or pose an analytical question) of what larger idea you think Twain is trying to convey through this event. The interpretative: Next to each event, offer a brief analysis (or pose an analytical question) of what larger idea you think Twain is trying to convey through this event.

39 New Historicism For the first section of Huck Finn, we will take a New Historicist angle in our annotations and class discussions. For a strong description of New Historicism, please visit the following website tonight: For the first section of Huck Finn, we will take a New Historicist angle in our annotations and class discussions. For a strong description of New Historicism, please visit the following website tonight: literaryanalysis.htm Tonight, please print out and read this article carefully; highlight and annotate passages that you find helpful.

40 Fridays Timed Writing A New Historicist reading of PW: Pick one aspect of life in the 1890s that Twain is satirizing. A New Historicist reading of PW: Pick one aspect of life in the 1890s that Twain is satirizing. Tuesday: Twins and human circuses Tuesday: Twins and human circuses Wednesday: Fingerprinting and phrenology Wednesday: Fingerprinting and phrenology Thursdayconcept map and time to research Thursdayconcept map and time to research


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