American Lit 12/1 – No Name Woman

For Monday, finish reading “No Name Woman” and come with the following questions answered:

1) In her study of her aunt, what conclusions does Maxine Hong Kingston come to regarding her own identity or sense of self? In other words, how has Maxine Hong Kingston’s discovery of her “people” helped discover her own identity?

2) Give one example of how Kingston’s “perhapsing” helped her fill a gap in knowledge about her family’s life and what it contributes to Kingston learning more about her family’s identity.

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

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:

American Lit. 11/9/16 – Literary Theory Lenses response

Hi American Lit-ers,

Now that you’ve seen five presentations (as well as your own) on different lenses literary scholars use to analyze literature, it’s time for you to put into writing what details, questions or conclusions your classmates came to that you wouldn’t have thought of.

In case you need a reminder, here are the lenses we studied in class:
-Psychoanalytical (Freudian)
-Critical Race Theory
-New Historicism

In the comments below, explain how one of these groups revealed an aspect to Song of Solomon that wouldn’t have occurred to you otherwise. In another paragraph explain why scholars might align themselves to a prescribed literary lens when analyzing and writing about literature.

Song of Solomon literary theory presentaitons – 11/1

Hi American Lit.,

Here are some resources for your project:

First, here’s my example power point presentation: new-criticism-presentation

Second, here’s the rubric and lit theory explainers: lit-theory-presentation-rubric-and-supplies-for-sos

As for outside research, here are two links for you:
-Here’s one to Clark’s library. I’d use places like Academic OneFile and Jstor to start. You’ll need a Clark ID to get in:
-You all have Worcester Public Library cards now through school, so use their page to access databases as well. Here’s a good place to start:

Here are some resources for your works cited page. This is for electronic sources, which I’m guessing most of you will be using for this project:

Good luck!

American Lit 10/17 – What’s in a name?

Over the weekend you were supposed to read chapter 1 of Song of Solomon. If you didn’t, tonight’s your night to catch up.

Today we talked about the significance of names and naming in the book, though not necessarily what specific names in the book mean. We found out that the Dead family ascribes great importance to a name.

In class, we used to learn about our own names. Tonight, and preferably in the comments below, explain how your name and your identity are connected. Do you go by a nickname? Does the name meaning or popularity reveal your identity somehow?