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Lot of stuff to cover for today! Here goes:

First, we have the short story “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker. I will include resources below as well as what we read and did in class.

The audiobook:

A scene from Alice Walker’s “Everyday Use”:

Second, 3rd Quarter Reading Project: Short Stories… let’s just call it “The Reading Project” from this point… You should select your story no later than Tuesday, 28th of January 2020 by the end of the day.

3rd Quarter Reading Project: Short Story Selection Turn-in

I also figured you may be missing your short story… so here are some suggestions!

Very Short Stories for Middle and High School Students to Read Online

160 Great Short Stories

Short Stories for High School

Best Short Stories and Collections Everyone Should Read

Short Stories by David Bowles (chicano fantasy and science fiction)


Free Speculative Fiction Online (free science fiction and fantasy)

We reviewed TPCASTT reading while discussing Robert Frost and two of his works. In addition, the new creative poetry tasks were assigned. Finally, the Short Story Project was handed out. Hope you found a story for Monday/Tuesday!

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.

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.

Monday and Tuesday we learned about the concepts of “Self” & “Identity”, I have included the PowerPoint below. In addition, we discussed the idea of “The Watcher at The Gates”, an essay from Gail Godwin on our inner critical voice.