Unit Theme: Conformity and Rebellion
Week 4 Focus: Fiction and Nonfiction
My Week 4 Rundown
Before you begin this week’s reading, review the discussion prompts for this week’s G+ Conversations. The following texts will serve as the basis for this week’s discussion:
- Introduction to the “Conformity and Rebellion” section, LHE 312-13.
- (Fiction) “Bartleby the Scrivener” by Herman Melville, LHE 314-40.
- (Fiction) “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” by Ursula K. Le Guin, LHE 357-61.
- (Fiction) Individual choice: Read at least one of the remaining stories in the “Fiction” section of “Culture and Identity” in LHE.
- (Nonfiction) “A Modest Proposal” by Jonathan Swift, LHE 482-88.
- (Nonfiction) “Letter from Birmingham Jail” by Martin Luther King, Jr, LHE 490-502.
- (Nonfiction) Individual choice. Read at least one of the remaining essays in the “Essays” section of “Conformity and Rebellion” in LHE (this could include the texts in the “Looking Deeper” section).
- (Audio) Melville’s “Bartleby the Scrivener” read by Bob Neufeld for LibriVox (in four parts).
- (Webtext) An online study version of Melville’s “Bartleby the Scrivener,” with hypertext notes and questions prepared by Ann Woodlief of Virginia Commonwealth University. This could be a useful resource to help you understand some of the story’s anachronisms and such.
- (Video) Le Guin’s “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” read by Squisher Busada on YouTube, in two parts: one and two.
- (Audio) Swift’s “A Modest Proposal” read by John Gonzalez for LibriVox.
- (PDF) The “Statement by Alabama Clergymen” that prompted Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail.”
- (Video) A dramatic reenactment of the “Statement by Alabama Clergymen” and MLK’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” as performed by Corey Jones.
- Record two entries in your Reading Notebook.
- Search the internet for an online resource that supplements one of the texts from this week’s reading (see my list of supplemental texts for examples of what you might find). Once you’ve found your resource, paste a link in this shared Google spreadsheet. Be sure to fill in all the information asked for in the sheet.
- By Thursday: Using #amreading, post three comments on Twitter for the texts you read this week. By Sunday: Reply to three of your peers’ tweets, responding to what they’ve said about the text (e.g., say what you liked or didn’t like about it, another quote that struck you from the text, etc.). You can find your classmates on Twitter via the list on the flipside of this link.
- Initial post by Thursday, three responses by Sunday: Participate in The Tone of Rebellion G+ Conversation.
- Initial post by Friday, three responses by Monday: Participate in the Conformity and Rebellion Across Artistic Genres G+ Conversation.
- Complete the Week 4 Reflection. (Via Moodle, so you’ll need your ISU creds to access the assessment.)
- Complete the Week 5 Terms to Know Quiz (Extra Credit). (Via Moodle, so you’ll need your ISU creds to access the quiz.) See my explanation of the Terms to Know EC Assignment in this video.
*Unless otherwise noted, assignments are due by midnight of the date posted.