1. Small Groups - Historical Background
Each small group is responsible for a part of the informational text that gives some context and insight into American Renaissance.
Independently, you will study your assigned topic, take notes, and find the answer to one or more of the essential questions relevant to your topic. The notes must provide some context for the answer(s): the audience must know not only WHAT the answer is, but also must be able to understand WHY this is the answer. Essential questions: What is Transcendentalism, and how did Transcendentalists view the world? Who are Dark Romantics, and how did they view the world? Emerson, Hawthorne, Thoreau, and Poe-Transcendentalists or Dark Romantics?
Each group then will create a slide show and present the information to the rest of the class. The class will take notes.
Check the guidelines for the slide show and make sure that your slides meet each expectation:
Familiarize yourself with the grading rubric for your presentation:
a. Review the following slideshow that summarizes American Transcendentalism.
b. Select one of the following songs. Listen to the recording and follow along by looking at the lyrics.
c. Compose a brief response to the following question(s): Does the song of your choice reflect transcendentalist ideas and/or ideals? If it does, which ideas/ideals does it relate to/represent? Find specific details in the song lyrics to back up your argument.
As applied to all of your writing assignments, your argument must be in ACES format.
FCA: The response begins with a focused, specific and clear position in response to the question(s)- 10p.
FCA: The argument/position is effectively supported with at least two pieces of textual evidence pulled from the lyrics - 10 points.
FCA: Each supporting detail is interpreted, explained and connected to the main idea/the argument/position -10 points.
3. H.D. Thoreau, "Resistance to Civil Government" p. 249
Download and complete the following assignment on the first part of Thoreau's essay:
Download and complete the assignment on the last part of Thoreau's essay:
4. Rhetoric/Persuasion/Rhetorical Devices
a. Please follow this link to a brief review and specific examples of the three modes of persuasion:
b. Download the following organizer for rhetorical analysis. We will use it to analyze an example of persuasive speech:
c. Examples of rhetoric in speech for independent practice:
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d. Examples of rhetoric in advertisements for independent practice:
5. M.L. King, "Letter from Birmingham City Jail"
Download and complete the following assignment. You will need your textbook to look up the text on p. 256.
6. New American Poetry-Small Group Assignment
Each member of the group is responsible for a part of the informational text that gives some context and insight into American poetry of American Renaissance movement.
Independently, you will study your assigned topic, take notes, and find the answer to the essential questions relevant to your topic. The notes must provide some context for the answer: the audience must know not only WHAT the answer is, but also must be able to understand WHY this is the answer.
Each group member then will share his/her information with the rest of the small group. The rest of the group will take notes. Your notes will be turned in for evaluation.
a. Study the slideshow and take notes on different types of irony
b. Complete the guided notes to review the three types of irony:
8. E. Dickinson-poetry analysis
a. Download and complete the guided notes on types of rhyme in poetry.
b. Read E. Dickinson's poems " I Heard a Fly Buzz" on p. 392 and "Because I could not stop for Death" on p. 391, and respond to the following questions:
c. Identify and explain the irony in each of the following poems
9. Free Verse: Walt Whitman's "I Hear America Singing"
Download the following document. Carefully familiarize yourself with free verse, then read W. Whitman's poem and identify examples of sound devices and parallelism:
10. Free Verse poem
Compose an original free verse poem by following directions:
1. Write a paragraph entitled "Who I AM." Reflect on who you are, what you stand for, what your believe in, what you value, what you enjoy, etc.
2. Go back and break the paragraph into lines. Split in lines by ideas, or by placing focus on certain words, phrases or images.
3. Revise the lines to include sound devices and repetition to create cadence.
The poem will be graded on the following:
FCA1: Content quality- 10 points
FCA2: Free verse form: cadence, sound devices-10 points.
Resources to download
1. Vocabulary, Thoreau: Download and complete the following assignment based on vocabulary from Thoreau's "Resistance to Civil Government":
2. Vocabulary, Poe: Download and complete the following assignment based on vocabulary from Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher"
3. Sound Devices: Download and complete the guided notes and practice exercises on alliteration, consonance, assonance, and onomatopoeia.
4. Symbolism: Download and review the use of symbols in literature