English 4

January 15-19

Monday

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Today. No classes MLK holiday

Tonight.

Ongoing.

 

Tuesday

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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

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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

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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.

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

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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

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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
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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

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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

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"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

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