Unit Theme: Conformity and Rebellion

Week 5 Focus: Poetry


My Week 5 Rundown



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This Week’s Reading


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:

  • Required:
    • (Poetry) “On Being Brought from Africa to America” by Phillis Wheatley, LHE 392.
    • (Poetry) “She rose to His Requirement” by Emily Dickinson, LHE 396.
    • (Poetry) “The Second Coming” by William Butler Yeats, LHE 399-400.
    • (Poetry) “Harlem” by Langston Hughes, LHE 456.
    • (Poetry) “Myth” by Muriel Rukeyser, LHE 408.
    • (Poetry) “Warning” by Jenny Joseph, LHE 411.
    • (Poetry) “Dreams” by Nikki Giovanni, LHE 416.
    • (Poetry) “The Colonel” by Carolyn Forché, LHE 420.
    • (Poetry) “Howl” by Allen Ginsberg, full-text online.
    • (Poetry) Individual choice: Read at least one of the remaining poems in the “Poetry” section of “Conformity and Rebellion” in LHE.

Other Preparation Activities

  • 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.
  • Review the Book Review assignment.



*Unless otherwise noted, assignments are due by midnight of the date posted.