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Not a lot to tell for class I’m afraid! Today was the first real assignment on No Red Ink: Vague Pronouns. It’s due by Friday, 24th of January at 3:30pm!

Timed Writing today! We are going over A&P, make sure you have your highlighters (green, pink, and yellow), a writing utensil (pencil or black/blue pen), as well as the Inferences and the Short Story Bingo practice handouts.

Prompt: In the short story “A&P,” what comment does Updike (the author), through the character of Sammy, make about society?

Last review of the short story “A&P” by John Updike. In fact, here is one last practice handout to help prepare for the first timed writing of the quarter.

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Here is the link to turn in your Introduction to Poetry IMAGES assignment.

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We started the week on a strong foot and jumped right into it! We are diving further into Identity and The Self by looking at Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Also, to round out the class period we read and discussed the short story “A&P” by John Updike.

We had a little quiz on yesterday’s poem, Billy Collin’s “An Introduction to Poetry”. A set of Creative Poetry Tasks was also assigned! Creative Poetry Tasks are longer-term assignments that are more about you creatively engaging with the reading and making your own conclusions rather than right-or-wrong answers. These first are due Wednesday, 15 January 2020.

Here is the start of our Poetry Unit! We will be looking at a poem about looking at a poem using a system created to look at poems… poem.

Today we read “Borges y Yo” by Jorge Luis Borges, an Argentine poet and writer. His work falls into several camps although he may be best known for his short stories featuring Magical Realism.

Your homework is to write your own prose poem imitating Borges’ style and subject, this will be due on Friday, 10 January 2020. Rough Draft with edits and Final Draft are required.

PS Here is “Borges and I” in the original Spanish.