English 4 spring archive

February 12-16

Monday

tolstoy6 

 

 


 

Today. Kavi and Jonathon lead our discussion of pages 226-250.

Be acquiring our next book. Details in middle column.

Tonight. Read The Road pages 251-287. Prepare your own thoughts and review these questions. Come prepared to engage in thoughtful and animated discussion.

Be sure to respond to peergrade feedback for 2-6-18, The Road essat #1 revision by 8:00 tomorrow. That's 8 am.

Ongoing. Have your copy of Ibsen ready to go next week. See middle column for details.

Thursday, February 15 by 15:30. 2-15-18, The Road essay favorite passage: 50-point essay.

 

 

Tuesday

chekov6 

 

 


 

Today. Diego S and Bach lead our discussion of The Road 251-287.

Tonight.

Ongoing. Thursday, February 15 by 15:30. 2-15-18, The Road essay favorite passage: 50-point essay..

 

 

Wednesday

chinuaachebecolor6 

 

 

 

 

Today. Essay work in class, favorite passage essay, due tomorrow by 15:30. Bring your copy of The Road.

Tonight.

Ongoing. Thursday, February 15 by 15:30. 2-15-18, The Road essay favorite passage: 50-point essay.

 

 

Thursday

neruda6 

 

 

 

 

Today. Essay work in class. Essay due by 15:30 to 2-15-18, The Road essay favorite passage: 50-point essay.

Tonight. Have Ibsen ready to go next week.

Ongoing. Monday, February 19 by 22:00. Peergrade, The Road favorite passage essay. Responses to feedback due by 8:00 (am) Wednesday, February 21.

 

 

Friday

wislawasymborska6 

 

 

 

 

Today. Raffle holiday. No class.

Tonight. Have your copy of Ibsen ready to go next week. First reading Tuesday night.

Ongoing. Monday, February 19 by 22:00. Peergrade, The Road favorite passage essay. Responses to feedback due by 8:00 (am) Wednesday, February 21.
 

The Road
reading links

theroadcover6

reader's guide from publisher
scariest passage in all literature? (spoilers)
NYT review (spoilers)
review by James Wood (spoilers)
Darkness by Lord Byron
McCarthy on the origin of language
McCarthy's biography
Psychological power of storytelling
Selected scholarly articles on The Road
Finding meaning in life
The Road vocabulary lists
List of The Road reading questions
D
iscussion guidelines and reading schedule
 

 

Cormac McCarthy speaks
to Oprah Winfrey

 

 

The quest for God in The Road

 

 

The Road
Alan Warner

road5"We can divide the contemporary American novel into two traditions, or two social classes. The Tough Guy tradition comes up from Fenimore Cooper, with a touch of Poe, through Melville, Faulkner and Hemingway.
     "The Savant tradition comes from Hawthorne, especially through Henry James, Edith Wharton and Scott Fitzgerald. You could argue that the latter is liberal, east coast/New York, while the Tough Guys are gothic, reactionary, nihilistic, openly religious, southern or fundamentally rural. The Savants' blood line (curiously unrepresentative of Americans generally) has gained undoubted ascendancy in the literary firmament of the US. Upper middle class, urban and cosmopolitan, they or their own species review themselves. The current Tough Guys are a murder of great, hopelessly masculine, undomesticated writers, whose critical reputations have been and still are today cruelly divergent, adrift and largely unrewarded compared to the contemporary Savant school. In literature as in American life, success must be total and contrasted 'failure' fatally dispiriting.      "But in both content and technical riches, the Tough Guys are the true legislators of tortured American souls. They could include novelists Thomas McGuane, William Gaddis, Barry Hannah, Leon Rooke, Harry Crews, Jim Harrison, Mark Richard, James Welch and Denis Johnson. Cormac McCarthy is granddaddy to them all. New York critics may prefer their perfidy to be ignored, comforting themselves with the superlatives for All the Pretty Horses, but we should remember that the history of Cormac McCarthy and his achievement is not an American dream but near on 30 years of neglect for a writer who, since The Orchard Keeper in 1965, produced only masterworks in elegant succession. Now he has given us his great American nightmare.      "The Road is a novel of transforming power and formal risk. Abandoning gruff but profound male camaraderie, McCarthy instead sounds the limits of imaginable love and despair between a diligent father and his timid young son, 'each other's world entire'. The initial experience of the novel is sobering and oppressive, its final effect is emotionally shattering.
     "All the modern novel can do is done here. After the great historical fictions of the American west, Blood Meridian and The Border Trilogy, The Road is no artistic pinnacle for McCarthy but instead a masterly reclamation of those midnight-black, gothic worlds of Outer Dark (1968) and the similarly terrifying but beautiful Child of God (1973). How will this vital novel be positioned in today's America by Savants, Tough Guys or worse? Could its nightmare vistas reinforce those in the US who are determined to manipulate its people into believing that terror came into being only in 2001? This text, in its fragility, exists uneasily within such ill times. It's perverse that the scorched earth which The Road depicts often brings to mind those real apocalypses of southern Iraq beneath black oil smoke, or New Orleans—vistas not unconnected with the contemporary American regime."

Assignments due
read them in full

stephenkingworking6


Thursday, February 15 by 15:30. 2-15-18, The Road essay favorite passage: 50-point essay. Each of you has chosen a passage to begin your discussion. Now that you've finished the novel, I want you to choose your favorite passage, however you determine it.
     You will write an essay of at least 500 words about why that passage is your favorite. Does the passage use literary elements in an interesting way? Does it make you feel? Does it make you understand something? Does it think about theme in an interesting way?
     Define your why—that's your thesis—then write about it in an essay, using quotations to illustrate and explain your topic and ideas. Continue to practice writing effective opening and closing ¶s and to use ¶ hooks to transition from topic to topic. Do more with evidence. Be engaged. Be interesting.

Monday, February 19 by 22:00. Peergrade, The Road favorite passage essay. Responses to feedback due by 8:00 (am) Wednesday, February 21.

 

 

The next book you need

ibsenfourplayscover3

 

Essay documents

Grading notes
Essay editing marks, with explanations
LBH sentences crafting packet
LBH punctuation packet
Comma usage quick guide
Essay rubric, technical
Essay rubric, conceptual
Asking good quesstions
MLA style center

 

 

From McCarthy's other works

mccarthybookcovers4

"You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from." No Country For Old Men

"I got what I needed instead of what I wanted and that's just about the best kind of luck you can have." The Sunset Limited

"The point is there ain't no point." No Country For Old Men

"The man who believes that the secrets of the world are forever hidden lives in mystery and fear. Superstition will drag him down." Blood Meridian

"The world is quite ruthless in selecting between the dream and the reality, even where we will not." All The Pretty Horses

"People complain about the bad things that happen to em that they don't deserve but they seldom mention the good. About what they done to deserve them things" No Country for Old Men

"It is personal. That's what an education does. It makes the world personal." The Sunset Limited

"In the end we all come to be cured of our sentiments." All the Pretty Horses

"Love makes men foolish." Cities of the Plain

"If a man's at odds to know his own mind it's because he hasn't got aught but his mind to know it with." Blood Meridian

"Those who cannot see must rely upon what has gone before. If I do not wish to appear so foolish as to drink from an empty glass I must remember whether I have drained it or not." Cities of the Plain

"You always pay too much. Particularly for promises. There aint no such thing as a bargain promise." No Country for Old Men

February 5-9

Monday

tolstoy5 

 

 


 

Today. Raffle holiday. No classes.

Be acquiring our next book. Details in middle column.

Tonight.

Ongoing.

 

Tuesday

chekov4 

 

 


 

Today. Grant and Nick lead our discussion of The Road 168-189.

Tonight. Study for tomorrow's vocab quiz, The Road list 4. Sentences might or might not come from the novel. Vocabulary lists now linked under The Road reading links in right column.

Ongoing. Sunday, February 11 by 22:00. Peergrade, 2-6-18, The Road essay #1 revision. A 100-point participation grade. Be sure to respond to the feedback you receive.

 

 

Wednesday

chinuaachebecolor5 

 

 

 

 

Today. Vocab. quiz The Road list 4. Here are zipgrade ids.

Tonight. Read The Road pages 190-204. Prepare your own thoughts and review these questions. Come prepared to engage in thoughtful and animated discussion.

Ongoing. Sunday, February 11 by 22:00. Peergrade, 2-6-18, The Road essay #1 revision. A 100-point participation grade. Be sure to respond to the feedback you receive.

 

 

Thursday

neruda4 

 

 

 

 

Today. Luke and Connor lead our discussion of The Road 190-204.

Tonight. Read The Road pages 205-225. Prepare your own thoughts and review these questions. Come prepared to engage in thoughtful and animated discussion.

See your The Road essay #1 revision essay for grade and comments.

Ongoing. Sunday, February 11 by 22:00. Peergrade, 2-6-18, The Road essay #1 revision. A 100-point participation grade. Be sure to respond to the feedback you receive.

 

 

Friday

wislawasymborska5 

 

 

 

 

Today. Diego F. and Dylan lead our discussion of The Road 205-225.

Tonight. Read The Road pages 226-250. Prepare your own thoughts and review these questions. Come prepared to engage in thoughtful and animated discussion.

Ongoing.Sunday, February 11 by 22:00. Peergrade, 2-6-18, The Road essay #1 revision. A 100-point participation grade. Be sure to respond to the feedback you receive.
 

The Road
reading links

theroadcover5

reader's guide from publisher
scariest passage in all literature? (spoilers)
NYT review (spoilers)
review by James Wood (spoilers)
Darkness by Lord Byron
McCarthy on the origin of language
McCarthy's biography
Psychological power of storytelling
Selected scholarly articles on The Road
Finding meaning in life
The Road vocabulary lists
List of The Road reading questions
D
iscussion guidelines and reading schedule
 

 

Cormac McCarthy speaks
to Oprah Winfrey

 

 

The quest for God in The Road

 

 

The Road
Alan Warner

road4"We can divide the contemporary American novel into two traditions, or two social classes. The Tough Guy tradition comes up from Fenimore Cooper, with a touch of Poe, through Melville, Faulkner and Hemingway.
     "The Savant tradition comes from Hawthorne, especially through Henry James, Edith Wharton and Scott Fitzgerald. You could argue that the latter is liberal, east coast/New York, while the Tough Guys are gothic, reactionary, nihilistic, openly religious, southern or fundamentally rural. The Savants' blood line (curiously unrepresentative of Americans generally) has gained undoubted ascendancy in the literary firmament of the US. Upper middle class, urban and cosmopolitan, they or their own species review themselves. The current Tough Guys are a murder of great, hopelessly masculine, undomesticated writers, whose critical reputations have been and still are today cruelly divergent, adrift and largely unrewarded compared to the contemporary Savant school. In literature as in American life, success must be total and contrasted 'failure' fatally dispiriting.      "But in both content and technical riches, the Tough Guys are the true legislators of tortured American souls. They could include novelists Thomas McGuane, William Gaddis, Barry Hannah, Leon Rooke, Harry Crews, Jim Harrison, Mark Richard, James Welch and Denis Johnson. Cormac McCarthy is granddaddy to them all. New York critics may prefer their perfidy to be ignored, comforting themselves with the superlatives for All the Pretty Horses, but we should remember that the history of Cormac McCarthy and his achievement is not an American dream but near on 30 years of neglect for a writer who, since The Orchard Keeper in 1965, produced only masterworks in elegant succession. Now he has given us his great American nightmare.      "The Road is a novel of transforming power and formal risk. Abandoning gruff but profound male camaraderie, McCarthy instead sounds the limits of imaginable love and despair between a diligent father and his timid young son, 'each other's world entire'. The initial experience of the novel is sobering and oppressive, its final effect is emotionally shattering.
     "All the modern novel can do is done here. After the great historical fictions of the American west, Blood Meridian and The Border Trilogy, The Road is no artistic pinnacle for McCarthy but instead a masterly reclamation of those midnight-black, gothic worlds of Outer Dark (1968) and the similarly terrifying but beautiful Child of God (1973). How will this vital novel be positioned in today's America by Savants, Tough Guys or worse? Could its nightmare vistas reinforce those in the US who are determined to manipulate its people into believing that terror came into being only in 2001? This text, in its fragility, exists uneasily within such ill times. It's perverse that the scorched earth which The Road depicts often brings to mind those real apocalypses of southern Iraq beneath black oil smoke, or New Orleans—vistas not unconnected with the contemporary American regime."

Assignments due
read them in full

stephenkingworking5


Tuesday, February 6 by 15:30. The Road essay #1 revision due to turnitin and Peergrade assignment 2-6-18, The Road essay #1 revision. A 100-point essay grade. Give your essay more focus on one central and sustained topic; more wfe; stronger opening and closing ¶s; use ¶ hooks. Feel emboldened to use any new information from the novel to enrich your thinking.

Wednesday, February 7. Vocab. quiz The Road list 4.

Sunday, February 11 by 22:00. Peergrade, 2-6-18, The Road essay #1 revision. A 100-point participation grade. You are to respond to the feedback you receive by 8:00 Tuesday, February 13. If you do not respond, you can score no higher than 85.

 

 

The next book you need

ibsenfourplayscover2

 

Essay documents

Grading notes
Essay editing marks, with explanations
LBH sentences crafting packet
LBH punctuation packet
Comma usage quick guide
Essay rubric, technical
Essay rubric, conceptual
Asking good quesstions
MLA style center

 

 

From McCarthy's other works

mccarthybookcovers3

"You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from." No Country For Old Men

"I got what I needed instead of what I wanted and that's just about the best kind of luck you can have." The Sunset Limited

"The point is there ain't no point." No Country For Old Men

"The man who believes that the secrets of the world are forever hidden lives in mystery and fear. Superstition will drag him down." Blood Meridian

"The world is quite ruthless in selecting between the dream and the reality, even where we will not." All The Pretty Horses

"People complain about the bad things that happen to em that they don't deserve but they seldom mention the good. About what they done to deserve them things" No Country for Old Men

"It is personal. That's what an education does. It makes the world personal." The Sunset Limited

"In the end we all come to be cured of our sentiments." All the Pretty Horses

"Love makes men foolish." Cities of the Plain

"If a man's at odds to know his own mind it's because he hasn't got aught but his mind to know it with." Blood Meridian

"Those who cannot see must rely upon what has gone before. If I do not wish to appear so foolish as to drink from an empty glass I must remember whether I have drained it or not." Cities of the Plain

"You always pay too much. Particularly for promises. There aint no such thing as a bargain promise." No Country for Old Men

January 29-February 2

Monday

tolstoy3 

 

 


 

Today. Juan and Keenan lead our discussion of The Road pages 131-144.

Be acquiring our next book. Details in middle column.

Tonight. Read The Road pages 145-167. Prepare your own thoughts and review these questions. Come prepared to engage in thoughtful and animated discussion.

Read through your The Road essay #1 comments to see where you need improvement for the essay revision.

Ongoing. Friday, February 2. A revised draft of The Road essay #1 opening ¶ uploaded to peegrade assignment 2-2-18 Revised opening ¶, The Road essay #1. 50-point participation grade.

Sunday, February 4 by 22:00. Peergrade, 2-4-18 Revised opening ¶, The Road essay #1 A 50-point participation grade.

Tuesday, February 6 by 15:30. The Road essay #1 revision due to turnitin and Peergrade assignment 2-6-18, The Road essay #1 revision. A 100-point essay grade. Give your essay more focus on one central and sustained topic; more wfe; stronger opening and closing ¶s; use ¶ hooks. Feel emboldened to use any new information from the novel to enrich your thinking. .

 

Tuesday

chekov3 

 

 


 

Today. Will and Juan Carlos lead our discussion of The Road 145-167.

Tonight. Study for tomorrow's vocab quiz, The Road list 3. Sentences might or might not come from the novel. Vocabulary lists now linked under The Road reading links in right column.

Ongoing. Friday, February 2. A revised draft of The Road essay #1 opening ¶ uploaded to peegrade assignment 2-2-18 Revised opening ¶, The Road essay #1. 50-point participation

Sunday, February 4 by 22:00. Peergrade, 2-4-18 Revised opening ¶, The Road essay #1 A 50-point participation grade.

Tuesday, February 6 by 15:30. The Road essay #1 revision due to turnitin and Peergrade assignment 2-6-18, The Road essay #1 revision. A 100-point essay grade. Give your essay more focus on one central and sustained topic; more wfe; stronger opening and closing ¶s; use ¶ hooks. Feel emboldened to use any new information from the novel to enrich your thinking. .

 

 

Wednesday

chinuaachebecolor4 

 

 

 

 

Today. Vocab. quiz The Road list 3. Here are zipgrade ids.

Tonight. Review writing opening ¶s in Trimble, Writing with Style Chapter 3. Begin drafting your revised opening ¶.

Before Thursday's class, look through your The Road essay #1 and my comments. I want you to come to class with questions about essay writing, your essay in particular and my comments.

Ongoing. Friday, February 2. A revised draft of The Road essay #1 opening ¶ uploaded to peegrade assignment 2-2-18 Revised opening ¶, The Road essay #1. 50-point participation grade.

Sunday, February 4 by 22:00. Peergrade, 2-4-18 Revised opening ¶, The Road essay #1 A 50-point participation grade.

Tuesday, February 6 by 15:30. The Road essay #1 revision due to turnitin and Peergrade assignment 2-6-18, The Road essay #1 revision. A 100-point essay grade. Give your essay more focus on one central and sustained topic; more wfe; stronger opening and closing ¶s; use ¶ hooks. Feel emboldened to use any new information from the novel to enrich your thinking. .

 

 

Thursday

neruda3 

 

 

 

 

Today. Writing instruction today in class. Focus, wfe.

Tonight. Complete drafting revised opening ¶ for The Road essay #1 revision. Upload to peegrade assignment 2-2-18 Revised opening ¶.

Ongoing. Friday, February 2. A revised draft of The Road essay #1 opening ¶ uploaded to peegrade assignment 2-4-18 Revised opening ¶, The Road essay #1. 50-point participation grade.

Sunday, February 4 by 22:00. Peergrade, 2-4-18 Revised opening ¶, The Road essay #1 A 50-point participation grade.

Tuesday, February 6 by 15:30. The Road essay #1 revision due to turnitin and Peergrade assignment 2-6-18, The Road essay #1 revision. A 100-point essay grade. Give your essay more focus on one central and sustained topic; more wfe; stronger opening and closing ¶s; use ¶ hooks. Feel emboldened to use any new information from the novel to enrich your thinking. .

 

 

Friday

wislawasymborska4 

 

 

 

 

Today. Writing instruction today in class. Have your revised opening ¶ ready to upload.

Tonight. Read The Road pages 168-189. Prepare your own thoughts and review these questions. Come prepared to engage in thoughtful and animated discussion.

Sunday, February 4 by 22:00. Peergrade, 2-4-18 Revised opening ¶, The Road essay #1 A 50-point participation grade.

Tuesday, February 6 by 15:30. The Road essay #1 revision due to turnitin and Peergrade assignment 2-6-18, The Road essay #1 revision. A 100-point essay grade. Give your essay more focus on one central and sustained topic; more wfe; stronger opening and closing ¶s; use ¶ hooks. Feel emboldened to use any new information from the novel to enrich your thinking.
 

The Road
reading links

theroadcover4

reader's guide from publisher
scariest passage in all literature? (spoilers)
NYT review (spoilers)
review by James Wood (spoilers)
Darkness by Lord Byron
McCarthy on the origin of language
McCarthy's biography
Psychological power of storytelling
Selected scholarly articles on The Road
Finding meaning in life
The Road vocabulary lists
List of The Road reading questions
D
iscussion guidelines and reading schedule
 

 

Cormac McCarthy speaks
to Oprah Winfrey

 

 

The quest for God in The Road

 

 

The Road
Alan Warner

road3"We can divide the contemporary American novel into two traditions, or two social classes. The Tough Guy tradition comes up from Fenimore Cooper, with a touch of Poe, through Melville, Faulkner and Hemingway.
     "The Savant tradition comes from Hawthorne, especially through Henry James, Edith Wharton and Scott Fitzgerald. You could argue that the latter is liberal, east coast/New York, while the Tough Guys are gothic, reactionary, nihilistic, openly religious, southern or fundamentally rural. The Savants' blood line (curiously unrepresentative of Americans generally) has gained undoubted ascendancy in the literary firmament of the US. Upper middle class, urban and cosmopolitan, they or their own species review themselves. The current Tough Guys are a murder of great, hopelessly masculine, undomesticated writers, whose critical reputations have been and still are today cruelly divergent, adrift and largely unrewarded compared to the contemporary Savant school. In literature as in American life, success must be total and contrasted 'failure' fatally dispiriting.      "But in both content and technical riches, the Tough Guys are the true legislators of tortured American souls. They could include novelists Thomas McGuane, William Gaddis, Barry Hannah, Leon Rooke, Harry Crews, Jim Harrison, Mark Richard, James Welch and Denis Johnson. Cormac McCarthy is granddaddy to them all. New York critics may prefer their perfidy to be ignored, comforting themselves with the superlatives for All the Pretty Horses, but we should remember that the history of Cormac McCarthy and his achievement is not an American dream but near on 30 years of neglect for a writer who, since The Orchard Keeper in 1965, produced only masterworks in elegant succession. Now he has given us his great American nightmare.      "The Road is a novel of transforming power and formal risk. Abandoning gruff but profound male camaraderie, McCarthy instead sounds the limits of imaginable love and despair between a diligent father and his timid young son, 'each other's world entire'. The initial experience of the novel is sobering and oppressive, its final effect is emotionally shattering.
     "All the modern novel can do is done here. After the great historical fictions of the American west, Blood Meridian and The Border Trilogy, The Road is no artistic pinnacle for McCarthy but instead a masterly reclamation of those midnight-black, gothic worlds of Outer Dark (1968) and the similarly terrifying but beautiful Child of God (1973). How will this vital novel be positioned in today's America by Savants, Tough Guys or worse? Could its nightmare vistas reinforce those in the US who are determined to manipulate its people into believing that terror came into being only in 2001? This text, in its fragility, exists uneasily within such ill times. It's perverse that the scorched earth which The Road depicts often brings to mind those real apocalypses of southern Iraq beneath black oil smoke, or New Orleans—vistas not unconnected with the contemporary American regime."

Assignments due
read them in full

stephenkingworking4


Wednesday, January 31. Vocab. quiz The Road list 3.

Friday, February 2. A revised draft of The Road essay #1 opening ¶ uploaded to peegrade assignment 2-4-18 Revised opening ¶, The Road essay #1. 50-point participation grade.

Sunday, February 4 by 22:00. Peergrade, 2-4-18 Revised opening ¶, The Road essay #1 A 50-point participation grade.

Tuesday, February 6 by 15:30. The Road essay #1 revision due to turnitin and Peergrade assignment 2-6-18, The Road essay #1 revision. A 100-point essay grade. Give your essay more focus on one central and sustained topic; more wfe; stronger opening and closing ¶s; use ¶ hooks. Feel emboldened to use any new information from the novel to enrich your thinking.

Sunday, February 11 by 22:00. Peergrade, 2-4-18, The Road essay #1 revision. A 100-point participation grade.

 

 

The next book you need

ibsenfourplayscover1

 

Essay documents

Grading notes
Essay editing marks, with explanations
LBH sentences crafting packet
LBH punctuation packet
Comma usage quick guide
Essay rubric, technical
Essay rubric, conceptual
Asking good quesstions
MLA style center

 

 

From McCarthy's other works

mccarthybookcovers2

"You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from." No Country For Old Men

"I got what I needed instead of what I wanted and that's just about the best kind of luck you can have." The Sunset Limited

"The point is there ain't no point." No Country For Old Men

"The man who believes that the secrets of the world are forever hidden lives in mystery and fear. Superstition will drag him down." Blood Meridian

"The world is quite ruthless in selecting between the dream and the reality, even where we will not." All The Pretty Horses

"People complain about the bad things that happen to em that they don't deserve but they seldom mention the good. About what they done to deserve them things" No Country for Old Men

"It is personal. That's what an education does. It makes the world personal." The Sunset Limited

"In the end we all come to be cured of our sentiments." All the Pretty Horses

"Love makes men foolish." Cities of the Plain

"If a man's at odds to know his own mind it's because he hasn't got aught but his mind to know it with." Blood Meridian

"Those who cannot see must rely upon what has gone before. If I do not wish to appear so foolish as to drink from an empty glass I must remember whether I have drained it or not." Cities of the Plain

"You always pay too much. Particularly for promises. There aint no such thing as a bargain promise." No Country for Old Men

January 22-26

Monday

tolstoy2 

 

 


 

Today. Calvin and Chris lead our discussion of The Road pages 90-113.

Exploratory writing for The Road essay #1 due today by 15:30.

Be acquiring our next book. Details in middle column.

Tonight. Read The Road pages 114-130. Prepare your own thoughts and review these questions. Come prepared to engage in thoughtful and animated discussion.

Begin planning for The Road essay #1. Review Trimble Chapters 1, 2, 3, and 5. A quick review should do. Pay special attention to Chapters 3 & 5 about writing opening and closing ¶s.

For the essay, I'll be looking for a TH that offers an insight into theme from evidence; for WFE, elaboration working from evidence to show your thinking; for ¶ hooks (document here); for an engaging opening ¶ and closing ¶ (Use the models in Trimble Chapters 3 & 5.); and for an interesting engagment with the topic. Be interesting.

Ongoing. The Road essay #1, in class Thursday and Friday January 25 & 26. See assignment details here.

 

 

Tuesday

chekov2 

 

 


 

Today. Scott and Jack lead our discussion of The Road 114-130.

Tonight. Study for tomorrow's vocab quiz, The Road list 2, pages 34-97. Sentences might or might not come from the novel. Vocabulary lists now linked under The Road reading links in right column.

Begin more extensive planning for The Road essay. Take what I've marked or what you've already seen as a good idea from your exploratory writing. What question or questions does the idea raise? Which is most interesting to you? Make a list of evidence that addresses your question. How does that evidence shape your thinking? What do you have to say about that topic? Write a TH.

Ongoing. The Road essay #1, in class Thursday and Friday January 25 & 26. See assignment details here.

 

 

Wednesday

chinuaachebecolor3 

 

 

 

 

Today. Vocab. quiz The Road list 2. Here are zipgrade ids.

Degen exercise page 163 due today in class. Handwrite them.

Tonight. Take the beginning TH you wrote and the list of evidence you created and begin outlining an essay by topics/examples. Begin to break free of the 5-¶ model essay and to really think about the evidence and where it leads you. Your outline might be a list of what you want to show about your TH, with the illustrating evidence beneath each item.

Ongoing. The Road essay #1, in class Thursday and Friday January 25 & 26. See assignment details here.

 

 

Thursday

neruda2 

 

 

 

 

Today. The Road essay #1 in class today. Your goal is to write a draft based on your essay.

Tonight. Peergrade The Road essay #1 due by 22:00. Continue work on The Road essay #1.

Ongoing. The Road essay #1, in class Thursday and Friday January 25 & 26. See assignment details here.

 

 

Friday

wislawasymborska3 

 

 

 

 

Today. The Road essay #1 by the end of class. I'll be looking for a TH that offers an insight into theme from evidence; for WFE, elaboration working from evidence to show your thinking; for ¶ hooks (document here); for an engaging opening ¶ and closing ¶. Use the models in Trimble

Tonight. Read The Road pages 131-144. Prepare your own thoughts and review these questions. Come prepared to engage in thoughtful and animated discussion. I would also like you to read this article about finding meaning in life from bigthink. See if it applies to The Road.

Ongoing. Sunday, January 28 by 22:00. Peergrade, The Road essay #1. A 100-point participation grade.
 

The Road
reading links

theroadcover3

reader's guide from publisher
scariest passage in all literature? (spoilers)
NYT review (spoilers)
review by James Wood (spoilers)
Darkness by Lord Byron
McCarthy on the origin of language
McCarthy's biography
Psychological power of storytelling
Selected scholarly articles on The Road
Finding meaning in life
The Road vocabulary lists
List of The Road reading questions
D
iscussion guidelines and reading schedule
 

 

Cormac McCarthy speaks
to Oprah Winfrey

 

 

The quest for God in The Road

 

 

The Road
Alan Warner

road2"We can divide the contemporary American novel into two traditions, or two social classes. The Tough Guy tradition comes up from Fenimore Cooper, with a touch of Poe, through Melville, Faulkner and Hemingway.
     "The Savant tradition comes from Hawthorne, especially through Henry James, Edith Wharton and Scott Fitzgerald. You could argue that the latter is liberal, east coast/New York, while the Tough Guys are gothic, reactionary, nihilistic, openly religious, southern or fundamentally rural. The Savants' blood line (curiously unrepresentative of Americans generally) has gained undoubted ascendancy in the literary firmament of the US. Upper middle class, urban and cosmopolitan, they or their own species review themselves. The current Tough Guys are a murder of great, hopelessly masculine, undomesticated writers, whose critical reputations have been and still are today cruelly divergent, adrift and largely unrewarded compared to the contemporary Savant school. In literature as in American life, success must be total and contrasted 'failure' fatally dispiriting.      "But in both content and technical riches, the Tough Guys are the true legislators of tortured American souls. They could include novelists Thomas McGuane, William Gaddis, Barry Hannah, Leon Rooke, Harry Crews, Jim Harrison, Mark Richard, James Welch and Denis Johnson. Cormac McCarthy is granddaddy to them all. New York critics may prefer their perfidy to be ignored, comforting themselves with the superlatives for All the Pretty Horses, but we should remember that the history of Cormac McCarthy and his achievement is not an American dream but near on 30 years of neglect for a writer who, since The Orchard Keeper in 1965, produced only masterworks in elegant succession. Now he has given us his great American nightmare.      "The Road is a novel of transforming power and formal risk. Abandoning gruff but profound male camaraderie, McCarthy instead sounds the limits of imaginable love and despair between a diligent father and his timid young son, 'each other's world entire'. The initial experience of the novel is sobering and oppressive, its final effect is emotionally shattering.
     "All the modern novel can do is done here. After the great historical fictions of the American west, Blood Meridian and The Border Trilogy, The Road is no artistic pinnacle for McCarthy but instead a masterly reclamation of those midnight-black, gothic worlds of Outer Dark (1968) and the similarly terrifying but beautiful Child of God (1973). How will this vital novel be positioned in today's America by Savants, Tough Guys or worse? Could its nightmare vistas reinforce those in the US who are determined to manipulate its people into believing that terror came into being only in 2001? This text, in its fragility, exists uneasily within such ill times. It's perverse that the scorched earth which The Road depicts often brings to mind those real apocalypses of southern Iraq beneath black oil smoke, or New Orleans—vistas not unconnected with the contemporary American regime."

Assignments due
read them in full

stephenkingworking3


Wednesday, Jan. 24. Vocab. quiz The Road list 2.

Monday, January 22. Your exploratory writing for The Road essay #1 to turnitin assignment 1-22-18, The Road exploratory writing by 15:30. Copy/Paste the topic before the writing. See details on The Road essay assignment. This writing is a 50-point participation grade.

Thursday, January 25. Peergrade, The Road essay #1 by 22:00. A 100-point participation grade.

Friday, January 26. The Road essay #1. See assignment details here. Read the document in its entirety. I'll be looking for a TH that offers an insight into theme from evidence; for WFE, elaboration working from evidence to show your thinking; for ¶ hooks (document here); for an engaging opening ¶ and closing ¶ (Use the models in Trimble Chapters 3 & 5.); and for an interesting engagment with the topic. Be interesting.

Sunday, January 28 by 22:00. Peergrade, The Road essay #1. A 100-point participation grade.

 

 

The next book you need

ibsenfourplayscover

 

Essay documents

Grading notes
Essay editing marks, with explanations
LBH sentences crafting packet
LBH punctuation packet
Comma usage quick guide
Essay rubric, technical
Essay rubric, conceptual
Asking good quesstions
MLA style center

 

 

From McCarthy's other works

mccarthybookcovers1

"You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from." No Country For Old Men

"I got what I needed instead of what I wanted and that's just about the best kind of luck you can have." The Sunset Limited

"The point is there ain't no point." No Country For Old Men

"The man who believes that the secrets of the world are forever hidden lives in mystery and fear. Superstition will drag him down." Blood Meridian

"The world is quite ruthless in selecting between the dream and the reality, even where we will not." All The Pretty Horses

"People complain about the bad things that happen to em that they don't deserve but they seldom mention the good. About what they done to deserve them things" No Country for Old Men

"It is personal. That's what an education does. It makes the world personal." The Sunset Limited

"In the end we all come to be cured of our sentiments." All the Pretty Horses

"Love makes men foolish." Cities of the Plain

"If a man's at odds to know his own mind it's because he hasn't got aught but his mind to know it with." Blood Meridian

"Those who cannot see must rely upon what has gone before. If I do not wish to appear so foolish as to drink from an empty glass I must remember whether I have drained it or not." Cities of the Plain

"You always pay too much. Particularly for promises. There aint no such thing as a bargain promise." No Country for Old Men

January 15-19

Monday

tolstoy1 

 

 


 

Today. No classes MLK holiday

Tonight.

Ongoing.

 

Tuesday

chekov1 

 

 


 

Today. The Road 26-46.

Tonight. Study for tomorrow's vocab quiz, The Road list 2, pages 34-97. Sentences might or might not come from the novel. Vocabulary lists now linked under The Road reading links in right column.

Ongoing. Monday, January 22. Your exploratory writing for The Road essay #1 to turnitin assignment 1-22-18, The Road exploratory writing by 15:30. Copy/Paste the topic before the writing. See details on The Road essay assignment. This writing is a 50-point participation grade

The Road essay #1, in class Thursday and Friday January 25 & 26. See assignment details here. Review writing instruction from last semester.

 

 

Wednesday

chinuaachebecolor1 

 

 

 

 

Today. Vocab. quiz The Road list 2. Here are zipgrade ids.

Degen exercise page 163 due today in class. Handwrite them.

Tonight. Read The Road pages 47-69. Prepare your own thoughts and review these questions. Come prepared to engage in thoughtful and animated discussion.

Ongoing. Monday, January 22. Your exploratory writing for The Road essay #1 to turnitin assignment 1-22-18, The Road exploratory writing by 15:30. Copy/Paste the topic before the writing. See details on The Road essay assignment. This writing is a 50-point participation grade

The Road essay #1, in class Thursday and Friday January 25 & 26. See assignment details here. Review writing instruction from last semester.

 

 

Thursday

neruda1 

 

 

 

 

Today. Langston and Mark lead our discussion of The Road 47-69.

Tonight. Read The Road pages 70-89. Prepare your own thoughts and review these questions. Come prepared to engage in thoughtful and animated discussion.

Now that the first round of discussions are done, some observations:

1) Know what you think is central in your chapters, what topic is key. That key topic is the focus of the discussion, at least to begin. Discussions can digress a lot and loss focus. Try not to let that happen.

2) Find the passage you think most richly addresses that key topic. Begin with the passage. Have someone read it, then ask us questions about the passage, using those questions to branch out.

3) Interact with students, ask follow up questions; challenge, etc. Don't let students just make a statement then move to another student. Link student responses to the key issue.

4) Preparation. Leading a discussion is tough. You need to know everything about your section and the novel, to have its facts ready to hand so that you can take us to a key passage, add a passage, challenge a student response, etc. Don't underestimate the need for thorough and deep preparation. Begin by making a list of passages that illustrate your key topic. Know what you want us to understand.

5) Try to bring us to clear and full understanding of your key issue by the end of class, a wrap up.

6) Take us to the text. Take us to the text. Take us to the text. Always and ever.

Ongoing. Monday, January 22. Your exploratory writing for The Road essay #1 to turnitin assignment 1-22-18, The Road exploratory writing by 15:30. Copy/Paste the topic before the writing. See details on The Road essay assignment. This writing is a 50-point participation grade

The Road essay #1, in class Thursday and Friday January 25 & 26. See assignment details here. Review writing instruction from last semester.

 

 

Friday

wislawasymborska1 

 

 

 

 

Today. Tyler and Gabe lead our discussion of The Road 70-89.

Tonight. Read The Road pages 90-113. Prepare your own thoughts and review these questions. Come prepared to engage in thoughtful and animated discussion.

Ongoing. Monday, January 22. Your exploratory writing for The Road essay #1 to turnitin assignment 1-22-18, The Road exploratory writing by 15:30. Copy/Paste the topic before the writing. See details on The Road essay assignment. This writing is a 50-point participation grade

The Road essay #1, in class Thursday and Friday January 25 & 26. See assignment details here. Review writing instruction from last semester.
 

The Road
reading links

theroadcover2

reader's guide from publisher
scariest passage in all literature? (spoilers)
NYT review (spoilers)
review by James Wood (spoilers)
Darkness by Lord Byron
McCarthy on the origin of language
McCarthy's biography
Psychological power of storytelling
Selected scholarly articles on The Road
The Road vocabulary lists
List of The Road reading questions
D
iscussion guidelines and reading schedule
 

 

Cormac McCarthy speaks
to Oprah Winfrey

 

 

The quest for God in The Road

 

 

The Road
Alan Warner

road1"We can divide the contemporary American novel into two traditions, or two social classes. The Tough Guy tradition comes up from Fenimore Cooper, with a touch of Poe, through Melville, Faulkner and Hemingway.
     "The Savant tradition comes from Hawthorne, especially through Henry James, Edith Wharton and Scott Fitzgerald. You could argue that the latter is liberal, east coast/New York, while the Tough Guys are gothic, reactionary, nihilistic, openly religious, southern or fundamentally rural. The Savants' blood line (curiously unrepresentative of Americans generally) has gained undoubted ascendancy in the literary firmament of the US. Upper middle class, urban and cosmopolitan, they or their own species review themselves. The current Tough Guys are a murder of great, hopelessly masculine, undomesticated writers, whose critical reputations have been and still are today cruelly divergent, adrift and largely unrewarded compared to the contemporary Savant school. In literature as in American life, success must be total and contrasted 'failure' fatally dispiriting.      "But in both content and technical riches, the Tough Guys are the true legislators of tortured American souls. They could include novelists Thomas McGuane, William Gaddis, Barry Hannah, Leon Rooke, Harry Crews, Jim Harrison, Mark Richard, James Welch and Denis Johnson. Cormac McCarthy is granddaddy to them all. New York critics may prefer their perfidy to be ignored, comforting themselves with the superlatives for All the Pretty Horses, but we should remember that the history of Cormac McCarthy and his achievement is not an American dream but near on 30 years of neglect for a writer who, since The Orchard Keeper in 1965, produced only masterworks in elegant succession. Now he has given us his great American nightmare.      "The Road is a novel of transforming power and formal risk. Abandoning gruff but profound male camaraderie, McCarthy instead sounds the limits of imaginable love and despair between a diligent father and his timid young son, 'each other's world entire'. The initial experience of the novel is sobering and oppressive, its final effect is emotionally shattering.
     "All the modern novel can do is done here. After the great historical fictions of the American west, Blood Meridian and The Border Trilogy, The Road is no artistic pinnacle for McCarthy but instead a masterly reclamation of those midnight-black, gothic worlds of Outer Dark (1968) and the similarly terrifying but beautiful Child of God (1973). How will this vital novel be positioned in today's America by Savants, Tough Guys or worse? Could its nightmare vistas reinforce those in the US who are determined to manipulate its people into believing that terror came into being only in 2001? This text, in its fragility, exists uneasily within such ill times. It's perverse that the scorched earth which The Road depicts often brings to mind those real apocalypses of southern Iraq beneath black oil smoke, or New Orleans—vistas not unconnected with the contemporary American regime."

Assignments due
read them in full

stephenkingworking2


Wednesday, Jan. 10. Vocab. quiz The Road list 2.

Monday, January 22. Your exploratory writing for The Road essay #1 to turnitin assignment 1-22-18, The Road exploratory writing by 15:30. Copy/Paste the topic before the writing. See details on The Road essay assignment. This writing is a 50-point participation grade.

Friday, January 26. The Road essay. See assignment details here. Read the document in its entirety.

 

 

The Road reading journal

Since students are leading discussions and supplying questions for each reading section, your journal should include responses to those questions. All of them. Your reading journal becomes your concrete preparation for the day's class.
     I'd love to see you practicing B3 blending, writing sentences that include evidence and analysis of it. Doing that is a good way to improve your reading, your understanding, and your ability to communicate your ideas to other people, skills helpful in discussion and in writing.
     Let the journal, then, take the form of a simple notebook entry beginning with the day's pages underlined, then the question numbers and your responses. During the discussion, students and myself might call on you and ask for a response. If you don't have a good one prepared, then your daily participation grade will suffer, as it should.

 

 

Essay documents

Grading notes
Essay editing marks, with explanations
LBH sentences crafting packet
LBH punctuation packet
Comma usage quick guide
Essay rubric, technical
Essay rubric, conceptual
Asking good quesstions
MLA style center

 

 

From McCarthy's other works

mccarthybookcovers

"You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from." No Country For Old Men

"I got what I needed instead of what I wanted and that's just about the best kind of luck you can have." The Sunset Limited

"The point is there ain't no point." No Country For Old Men

"The man who believes that the secrets of the world are forever hidden lives in mystery and fear. Superstition will drag him down." Blood Meridian

"The world is quite ruthless in selecting between the dream and the reality, even where we will not." All The Pretty Horses

"People complain about the bad things that happen to em that they don't deserve but they seldom mention the good. About what they done to deserve them things" No Country for Old Men

"It is personal. That's what an education does. It makes the world personal." The Sunset Limited

"In the end we all come to be cured of our sentiments." All the Pretty Horses

"Love makes men foolish." Cities of the Plain

"If a man's at odds to know his own mind it's because he hasn't got aught but his mind to know it with." Blood Meridian

"Those who cannot see must rely upon what has gone before. If I do not wish to appear so foolish as to drink from an empty glass I must remember whether I have drained it or not." Cities of the Plain

"You always pay too much. Particularly for promises. There aint no such thing as a bargain promise." No Country for Old Men

 

 

A draft page from Blood Meridian

draftpageBloodMeridian

January 8-12

Monday

tolstoy4 

 

 


 

Today. A welcome, a review of policy and expectations and my new grading scheme, about being a second semester senior. How we'll do The Road. Writing on The Road, a 50-point quiz.

Tonight. Read The Road reading and student-led discussion schedule, beneath The Road reading links in right column, in its entirety. Know what's expected of you. Also, check for any conflicts with the day of your discussion—and know for certain what's written in red atop the schedule. See the revised The Road reading journal assignment in middle column.

Ongoing.

 

Tuesday

chekov5 

 

 


 

Today. The Road 3-13. Your questions, observations.

Tonight. Study for tomorrow's 25-point vocab quiz. Sentences might or might not come from the novel. Vocabulary lists now linked under The Road reading links in right column.

Ongoing.

 

 

Wednesday

chinuaachebecolor2 

 

 

 

 

Today. Vocab. quiz The Road list 1. Here are zipgrade ids.

Set The Road essay #1. See details beneath Assignments due in middle column.

Tonight. Read The Road pages 14-25.

Some questions for thought, reflection. Since I've written so many, you need choose only three for your journal.

     1) How does McCarthy describe the landscape? Note the details in his descriptions, the odd words, "cauterized," for example. Are you seeing a similarity in the details that describe the landscape and the world? List a few adjectives to characterize the world of The Road. What does McCarthy want us to know and to feel about that world?
     2) What's the tone of the book so far? The world is bleak. Is the tone? Is the narrator without hope? Are the characters?
     3) McCarthy's fond of sentences fragments. Why, do you think? Why a fragment instead of a full sentence?
     4) How does McCarthy describe and characterize the boy? What traits does he emphasize? What about him does he draw our attention to? Why?
      5) McCarthy's style is very often like poetry in its images, its sensory richness and the way it leads us to see familiar things in unfamiliar ways. Look at some imagery and some figurative language (similes and metaphors, for instance). Choose your favorite example and think about what it does.
     6) What is the relationship between man and nature? Is it only what seems most apparent, inimical?
     7) Much of this section is centered on the man. What does McCarthy want us to know about him? How does McCarthy shape our reactions to him? Do we admire him? Does he seem a good father? What are his struggles, his conflicts?
     8) What important places do the man and boy visit in this section? What's key about those places?
     9) How do the man and boy think about the past?
     10) What "progress" do the man and boy make in this section? Any significant advances or setbacks?

Ongoing.

 

 

Thursday

neruda5 

 

 

 

 

Today. The Road 14-25.

Tonight. See updates to The Road discussion guide and reading schedule.

Ongoing.

 

 

Friday

wislawasymborska2 

 

 

 

 

Today. The Road 14-25.

Tonight. Read The Road 26-46 in preparation for our first discussion. Discussion leaders, use the assignment doc and know the expectations, requirements, and deadlines.

Complete the exercise about repeat and analysis modifiers in Degen, page 163. Write them on a sheet of paper for hand in. A 50-point quiz grade.

Ongoing.
 

The Road
reading links

theroadcover1

reader's guide from publisher
scariest passage in all literature? (spoilers)
NYT review (spoilers)
review by James Wood (spoilers)
Darkness by Lord Byron
McCarthy on the origin of language
McCarthy's biography
Psychological power of storytelling
Selected scholarly articles on The Road
The Road vocabulary lists
List of The Road reading questions
D
iscussion guidelines and reading schedule
 

 

Cormac McCarthy speaks
to Oprah Winfrey

 

 

The quest for God in The Road

 

 

The Road
Alan Warner

road435"We can divide the contemporary American novel into two traditions, or two social classes. The Tough Guy tradition comes up from Fenimore Cooper, with a touch of Poe, through Melville, Faulkner and Hemingway.
     "The Savant tradition comes from Hawthorne, especially through Henry James, Edith Wharton and Scott Fitzgerald. You could argue that the latter is liberal, east coast/New York, while the Tough Guys are gothic, reactionary, nihilistic, openly religious, southern or fundamentally rural. The Savants' blood line (curiously unrepresentative of Americans generally) has gained undoubted ascendancy in the literary firmament of the US. Upper middle class, urban and cosmopolitan, they or their own species review themselves. The current Tough Guys are a murder of great, hopelessly masculine, undomesticated writers, whose critical reputations have been and still are today cruelly divergent, adrift and largely unrewarded compared to the contemporary Savant school. In literature as in American life, success must be total and contrasted 'failure' fatally dispiriting.      "But in both content and technical riches, the Tough Guys are the true legislators of tortured American souls. They could include novelists Thomas McGuane, William Gaddis, Barry Hannah, Leon Rooke, Harry Crews, Jim Harrison, Mark Richard, James Welch and Denis Johnson. Cormac McCarthy is granddaddy to them all. New York critics may prefer their perfidy to be ignored, comforting themselves with the superlatives for All the Pretty Horses, but we should remember that the history of Cormac McCarthy and his achievement is not an American dream but near on 30 years of neglect for a writer who, since The Orchard Keeper in 1965, produced only masterworks in elegant succession. Now he has given us his great American nightmare.      "The Road is a novel of transforming power and formal risk. Abandoning gruff but profound male camaraderie, McCarthy instead sounds the limits of imaginable love and despair between a diligent father and his timid young son, 'each other's world entire'. The initial experience of the novel is sobering and oppressive, its final effect is emotionally shattering.
     "All the modern novel can do is done here. After the great historical fictions of the American west, Blood Meridian and The Border Trilogy, The Road is no artistic pinnacle for McCarthy but instead a masterly reclamation of those midnight-black, gothic worlds of Outer Dark (1968) and the similarly terrifying but beautiful Child of God (1973). How will this vital novel be positioned in today's America by Savants, Tough Guys or worse? Could its nightmare vistas reinforce those in the US who are determined to manipulate its people into believing that terror came into being only in 2001? This text, in its fragility, exists uneasily within such ill times. It's perverse that the scorched earth which The Road depicts often brings to mind those real apocalypses of southern Iraq beneath black oil smoke, or New Orleans—vistas not unconnected with the contemporary American regime."

Assignments due
read them in full

stephenkingworking1


Monday, January 8. 50-point quiz The Road, initial thoughts due to turnitin assignment 1-8-18, The Road, What's interesting and why/how? by end of class.

Wednesday, Jan. 10. Vocab. quiz The Road list 1.

Monday, January 22. Your exploratory writing for The Road essay #1 to turnitin assignment 1-22-18, The Road exploratory writing by 15:30. opy/Paste the topic before the writing. See details on The Road essay assignmen. This writing is a 50-point participation grade. .

Friday, January 26. The Road essay. See assignment details here. Read the document in its entirety.

 

 

The Road reading journal

Since students are leading discussions and supplying questions for each reading section, your journal should include responses to those questions. All of them. Your reading journal becomes your concrete preparation for the day's class.
     I'd love to see you practicing B3 blending, writing sentences that include evidence and analysis of it. Doing that is a good way to improve your reading, your understanding, and your ability to communicate your ideas to other people, skills helpful in discussion and in writing.
     Let the journal, then, take the form of a simple notebook entry beginning with the day's pages underlined, then the question numbers and your responses. During the discussion, students and myself might call on you and ask for a response. If you don't have a good one prepared, then your daily participation grade will suffer, as it should.

 

 

Essay documents

Grading notes
Essay editing marks, with explanations
LBH sentences crafting packet
LBH punctuation packet
Comma usage quick guide
Essay rubric, technical
Essay rubric, conceptual
Asking good quesstions
MLA style center

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