Unit Theme: Conformity and Rebellion
Week 5 Focus: Poetry
My Week 5 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:
- (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.
- (Video) Wheatley’s “On Being Brought from Africa to America” performed by Theatre for Transformation (on YouTube).
- (Video) Yeats’ “The Second Coming” read by Tom O’Bedlam, Jim Clark, and Cyril Cusack (on YouTube).
- (Audio) Yeats reading and talking about several of his poems (on PennSound).
- (Video) Hughes’ “Harlem” read by Danny Glover (on YouTube); also as was read for Voices and Visions (a video instructional series on American poetry for college and high school classrooms and adult learners).
- (Audio) Hughes’ “Harlem” read by Meagan Toohey (on archive.org).
- (Audio) Rukeyser’s “Myth” read by Francesca Faridnay (on Poets & Writers).
- (Video) Joseph’s “Warning” read by Jenny Joseph (on YouTube).
- (Video) Nikki Giovanni on Rosa Parks, activism, and civial rights in two parts: part 1 & part 2 (on YouTube).
- (Video) Forché’s “The Colonel”read by Carolyn Forché (on YouTube).
- (Video) A film adapation of Forché’s “The Colonel” by Jordan Dotson (on Vimeo).
- (Audio) Ginsberg’s “Howl” read by Ginsberg in 1956, 1959, and 1995.
- 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.
- 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 Poet as Activist/Poetry as Activism G+ Conversation.
- Initial post by Friday, three responses by Monday: Participate in the Performing the Pleasure and Sense of a Poem G+ Conversation.
- Complete the Week 5 Reflection. (Via Moodle, so you’ll need your ISU creds to access the assessment.)
- Complete the Week 4 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.