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

READER RESPONSE NOTEBOOK ITEMS:
Reading, Highlightning, Annotating Example: Here is a sample of a properly Read, Highlighted, Annotated page of assigned reading. Students must complete at least two annotations per column of text ON EVERY SINGLE PAGE to receive their points. Note the use of the four characters the student has created in their READING KEY in the upper right hand corner. All students must read, highlight, and annotate in order to increase their critical reading skills (this helps with SAT performance, future job tasks, etc).

WHAT AN RRN SHOULD LOOK LIKE  : Here is a sample of two well-phrased “Column B” entries from an excellent student’s RRN. You’ll notice a clear arguable point and detailed attention to the text to support that argument. Do this.

RRN Rubric – STRUCTURE

MLA FORMATTING FOR WORKS CITED

READINGS

11 HONORS Notebook Table of Contents

The Crucible RRN Writing Prompts

NATIVE AMERICA and THE FIRST CONTACT

BOWDEN – TRINITY EXCERPT

Buffalo Soldier lyrics

Iroquois’ The World on the Turtle’s Back

DINÉ BAHANE

Silko’s “A Man To Send Rainclouds”

Charles Bowden’s National Geographic article

Cabeza de Vaca’s La Relacion 

Ouloudah Equiano’s Narrative 

Bradford’s Of Plymouth Plantation

Bill Bryson’s Made in America: Mayflower

Puritan Illustrations

COLONIAL – ENLIGHTENMENT

Franklin’s Autobiography

Bill Bryson’s Made in America: 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 Occurance 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:

HUCK FINN STUDY QUESTIONS

Here is the link to Edward Kemble’s original 174 illustrations for the book

Mark Twain’s The War Prayer

MODERN LITERATURE

THE GRAPES OF WRATH – STUDY QUESTIONS

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?  

AMERICAN POETRY

LORD BYRON POEMS

EMILY DICKINSON POEMS

WALT WHITMAN POEMS

ROBERT FROST POEMS

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

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