Taos High – American Lit Readings

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WHEN the dust finally settles and the blood flow is staunched, maps are produced and lines drawn that are viewed as sacred and eternal. Then, the alarm spreads as the movement of people continues. All the while, the plants and animals and the people struggle to persist as the fangs of civilization chew them up.”
~ Charles Bowden, Trinity

 

LETTER TO INSTRUCTOR model

RRN RUBRIC STRUCTURE

RRN SAMPLE

THE CRUCIBLE

NATIVE AMERICA and THE FIRST CONTACT

BOWDEN – TRINITY EXCERPT

Buffalo Soldier lyrics

Leslie Marmon Silko’s A Man to Send Rain Clouds

Iroquois’ The World on the Turtle’s Back

DINÉ BAHANE

Charles Bowden’s National Geographic article

Cabeza de Vaca’s La Relacion 

Ouloudah Equiano’s Narrative 

Bradford’s Of Plymouth Plantation

MADE IN AMERICA – BRADFORD

Puritan Illustrations

COLONIAL – ENLIGHTENMENT

Franklin’s Autobiography

Bryson’s DEMOCRATIC PHRENZY

Jefferson’s The Declaration of Independence 

Patrick Henry’s Speech to the Virginia Convention 

Paine’s The Crisis 

Paine’s Common Sense

Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Irving’s The Devil and Tom Walker

ROMANTICISM

Bryant’s Thanatopsis

Poe’s The Raven

Poe’s The Philosophy of Composition

Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher

Melville’s Moby-Dick

Scarlet Letter Bookmarks

Hawthorne’s Young Goodman Brown 

Stephen King’s The Man in the Black Suit 

Emerson’s Nature 

Emerson’s Self-Reliance

Thoreau’s Walden

Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience

On Civil Disobedience by Ghandi

The Philosopher King

A Modern Walden – Living in a Van Down by Duke 

CIVIL WAR-ERA ~ NATURALISM

A Plea for Captain John Brown

Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address 

Douglass’s Narrative of a Life of a Slave

Bierce’s Coupe de Grace

Bierce’s An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

Bierce’s The Devil’s Dictionary
 Bierce’s classic work of American cynicism and unflagging verbal ferocity. Consult this resource for the journaling assignment for extra credit that will be mentioned in class.

Crane’s The Open Boat

FOR HUCKLEBERRY FINN:
Here is the link to Edward Kemble’s original 174 illustrations for the book

Mark Twain’s The War Prayer

MODERN LITERATURE
Follow this link during your reading of Chapter 5-6:

http://www.livinghistoryfarm.org/farminginthe30s/water_02.html

Follow the above link to the website. 

         Observe the photographs. 

         There are six oral histories in Quicktime format. Listen to one, and then to another excerpt (Example: “Flour Sack Clothing”) and complete a half-page RRN reaction for them. 

         Listen to a second oral history and then another excerpt.  

         You will have a total of 2 half-page RRN entry  reactions completed. 

Is Money the Root of All Evil?

Tom Joad’s Reply to Francisco d’Aconia

– After reading Francisco’s monologue, write a half-page response in the persona of Tom Joad in your RRN. Would Joad agree with d’Aconia? On what points? On what points might they disagree?  

 

STYLE RESOURCES
“The Elements of Style” by William Strunk and E.B. White

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