American Lit 11/21 – Your People project

Great presentations today. I learned some interesting stuff.

Over break please finish Song of Solomon (that shouldn’t be more than 60 pages if you’ve been keeping up).

Also, if you didn’t get one, here’s a rubric for part II of this project (the map was part one). Start thinking about what kind of journey you could go on to discover a bit about your self-identity. Here’s the rubric: your-people-project

Superheroes 11/21 – “Vicious Cabaret”

Today we looked at the song that is the prelude to book two called “Vicious Cabaret.” We connected it to two Shakespeare quotes about how life is like a play. You can see the instructions here: shakespeare-and-vicious-cabaret-lyrics-lesson. If you missed class today make sure you do this classwork at home so you have stuff to work with tomorrow.

After writing about whether or not drama is a good metaphor for life, we looked at the lyrics to “Vicious Cabaret”.

Then we watched these three clips from the movie “Cabaret”, which takes place in Germany just as the Nazis are coming to power. The club in the movie has a very similar name to the club we’re going to see soon in the book, so we know there’s some connection here.

We ended class writing with you connecting the book and the song lyrics to the video clips. Basically, we want to know how is the fascist England of “V for Vendetta” like a “vicious cabaret”?

We’ll start with that tomorrow as we read the next chapter in class, which also takes place in a cabaret.

American Lit 11/17 – Your People

Today we started a two part project (the second part will come later) about “your people.” For tomorrow, you’re going to present a map that shows us 1) where “your people” are or were, and where you’d go to discover more about yourself or your identity (just like Milkman).

Here’s the rubric for this:

Your People, Your Identity Narrative

“Milkman smiled and let his shoulders slump a little. It was a good feeling to come into a strange town and find a stranger who knew your people. All his life he’d heard the tremor in the word: ‘I live here, but my people…’ or: ‘She acts like she ain’t got no people,’ or: ‘Do any of your people live there?’ But he hadn’t known what it meant: links” (Morrison 229).

Part I: Make a map of at least five locations (locally or globally) where you have people: links, places that shaped your family’s identity, places you’d go to find your own identity. Each of these locations should be annotated with information about how it relates to you. This can be done on a Google map or on a physical map.

Locations Annotations Presentation
Your map has at least five locations where you have “people” or would be a significant location for discovering your identity or history (5 points) Each location on the map is color coded and annotated with why it’s relevant to your life, history or identity. (5 points)

Map is presented to the class in a way where we learn about your history, people and your burgeoning identity. (5 points)

If you can’t figure this out here’s step by step instructions to get an editable Google map:

Also, you can use to check where else in the world you may have people, and for some of you, what your name means.

Here’s my map example:

Superheroes 11/17 – Talking about the devil

Today we looked at the lyrics to the Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy for the Devil” and connected the narrator in the song to V’s role in British society. You also handed in the sheets we started on Tuesday that had you research the allusions to the devil in the section you read earlier this week.  Hand it in tomorrow if you didn’t today.

For tomorrow please read to page 118.