Superheroes 3/27 – Researching for your presentations

Last week we worked on our presentations which will be on Thursday and Friday. Here’s the rubric: Lit theory rubric XMen
Here’s my example presentation: new-historicism-and-xmen
Here are the explainer sheets: Lit theory presentation rubric and supplies for SoS
Here’s the pdf of the book: god-loves-man-kills-pdf

Remember, we’re trying to use only solid sources: do your best to use use Google Scholar (don’t forget to use the advanced search) or another database search (Jstor, Academic OneFile) to find journals or book excerpts for your presentation. Divide up the work among your group! There are four parts to the presentation.


American Literature 3/23 – Impostor Syndrome

Today we will take a little excursion to psychology and discuss whether or not we can find signs of the impostor syndrome in the characters of A Raisin in the Sun.

To get started, we will watch this TED talk

Then please read the following interview alone or with a partner/small group: PODCAST 64 How Teachers Can Support Students of Color Cult of Pedagogy

The actual recording is about an hour long and it is a quicker read, but if you feel like you would really benefit from listening to the interview while reading along please listen to this podcast.



American Literature 3/21 – Clybourne Park

After finishing reading Clybourne Park be prepared to discuss the following questions on Thursday:

1) Does Clybourne Park serve as an appropriate continuation of A Raisin in the Sun?

2) Compare/contrast Clybourne Park to A Raisin in the Sun. Does Clybourne Park demonstrate that there is one universal American struggle or American Dream?

3) Think back to one of our questions from the beginning of the semester: What should American Literature be or do in the 21st century? Does Clybourne Park do/show/reveal/poke/reflect what you want to see American Lit do from here on out?

4) What do you notice about the style and tone of the play? Which effect does it have on the reader? Compare it to A Raisin in the Sun.

Superheroes 3/20 – Othering

Today in class we talked about “othering” – alienating a person or group of people because of the perception that they’re fundamentally different. You already have an idea about X-Men as a modern day allegory, so now we’re looking at whether or not people today are using the same techniques today as we see in the book.

First, we went over the homework questions from yesterday.

Then we watched the old Twilight Zone episode “Monsters are Due on Maple Street,” which you can find here if you missed it:

We talked about how this episode connects to othering, and what it might’ve been an allegory for when it was broadcast in 1951. Then, we took those same questions and applied it to our X-Men book, especially after talking about this Marvel advertisement for X-Men from the 1980s:

No homework tonight, but make sure you have some idea in your head about how we’re seeing othering and allegory in X-Men.

Superheroes 3/17 – Allegory and starting X-Men: God Loves Man Kills

Today we talked more about allegory. Allegory is a story that uses symbols to create a story with a political or social moral. In cases like the book Animal Farm, allegory allows an author to bring up a complicated idea in an easily digestible (or even hidden) manner.

We watched two film clips that illustrated how the animosity between humans and mutants in X-Men can be allegorical to racism/segregation and gay rights:


After, we started reading God Loves, Man Kills. Over the weekend, please read chapters 1 & 2. god-loves-man-kills-pdf (page 29 of the pdf).

For Monday, use evidence from class, Plato’s Ring story, and/or the book that turns God Loves, Man Kills (or its characters) into an allegory for modern times. Where do you see connections between the book and our world?

Superheroes 3/16 – What is allegory

Hi guys, sorry for posting this a day late.

Yesterday we worked with Dr. Seuss books to come up with a definition of “allegory.” An allegory is a story that uses symbolism to make a political or moral statement.

We talked about why it would be important to understand allegory especially when reading comic books/superhero stories.

Then we moved up to Plato and read his allegory of a shepherd who finds a powerful ring. This was the homework: Plato’s ring

American Literature 3/13 – Education in A Raisin in the Sun

Today, we read Act II Scene II of A Raisin in the Sun. We already talked about Booker T. Washington and Walter’s role in the play. There is one more part that I would like to discuss with you. In the beginning of the scene, George and Bennie are entering the room arguing about education.

How can their argument be understood and which perspective does each character have on the value of education for their lives.

Also, how does this tie in with the rest of the scene and what might Hansberry intent by having her characters argue about this topic? (Think about the time it was written in and the possible audience it was written for)

Leave a comment and answer to at least one other comment by Thursday morning.

Happy snow day everyone! Stay warm and safe!

American Literature 3/10 – I-Search due on Tuesday

Hello Everyone,

Please remember to send me your final draft of your I-Search paper by midnight on Tuesday. If you cannot send me an email, you put a hard copy in my mailbox Wednesday morning.

Make sure to attach a picture of you doing research at the library, add a work cited list, and check for proper MLA style. Refer to OWL and/or Grammarly for more information on style and grammar.

Feel free to email me if you have any questions. (

Good luck!