Thursday, November 29, 2012

Friday, Nov. 30th


1. Interpreter 2 worksheets were checked for completion.

2. Section 4 finished their discussion on Interpreter Worksheet 1.

3. Both sections worked on developing a supportive paragraph for a sample thesis:

In the shorts story, Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri unveils a sympathetic aspect to an otherwise fallible character.

If you'd like a fresh copy of the outline, it can be found in the Short Story Unit on the Edline page. It is titled, Outline Extended. 


1. Prepare for the quiz by reviewing your answers for Interpreter Worksheet 2 and practicing writing in the outline format that was given to you today.

2. Write a proposal of 150 words or more about a topic of interest for your Short Story Analysis regarding any of the three stories we have already read. Refer to the assignment sheet found on Edline in the Contents section within the Short Stories Unit folder.

3. Read and annotate the chapter from How to Read entitled 'Now Where Have I Seen Her Before'.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Wednesday, Nov. 28th


1. Today we took a quiz pertaining to the reading assigned from the book "How to Read Literature Like a Professor".

2. We then worked on writing for an essay topic going over the outline format and attempting to gather evidence and work out what is important to include in a paragraph.


Prepare for the quiz by completing and perhaps conferencing with your peers regarding the second worksheet on Interpreter of Maladies. Then be sure to answer a few samples answers regarding what you might be guess as short answer questions on the quiz regarding how the author uses repetition, characterization, diction to develop a perspective on a concept unique to what is popular belief.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Monday, Nov. 26th


1. Interpreter of Maladies Discussion (section 3 finished, section 4 will complete next class)

2. Short Story Analysis Introduced (section 3 only)


1. Download and complete Interpreter 2 worksheet by Friday for Quiz.

2. Read chapters 1 and 2 out of the book How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster.

Both documents can be found on Edline in the Contents section of the Short Story Unit.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Tuesday, Nov. 20th


Homework was checked for annotations on the short story, Interpreter of Maladies, by Jhumpa Lahiri. Additionally, students were to complete one subsection of each section of the Interpreter worksheet in order to participate in today's discussion.

Only 1a - 1c/d was completed during class. There is much to unpack in the story and we will do so in stages.


Prepare for the next class by commenting below on the following. Feel free to comment by extending the conversation first posed by another classmate by replying to their post:

Identify the cancer in the Das family dynamic? What aspect of their relationship collectively contributes to their lack of health?

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Wednesday, Nov. 14th

Today we finished our discussion of Tim O'Brien's Things They Carried. Possible topics for the Short Story Analysis paper we will be writing were pointed out in class.

Discussion notes looked like the following for each class:
section 3, part 1
section 3, part 2

Section 4, part 2
Section 4, part 1

 Secondly, we read aloud 0.5 pages to 1 pages of your finished memoirs to the class. We also answered the following questions on the back of our final-final copy:

1. Describe the writing process this time. What did you do differently? How much time did you allocate to this? What were some aspects of your writing you focussed on?

2. Is your piece in a publishable state? If so, why? If not, why not?

3. If you had to write another memoir, what would you do differently?

1. Read Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies. You can find the PDF in the Contents section of our Edline page.

2. Complete the worksheet titled Interpreter Worksheet for the same letter you were assigned previously.

3. Many were assigned the task of redoing their In-Class discussion notes for Things They Carried. To find a sample of notes done well, see Irissa Kim or Sarah Kim from section 3.

4. IRB2 weblog. Take a picture of your book and post it on your weblog (not mine). Describe one character in a short story and describe the way the author develops the character. 300 words minimum.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Monday, Nov. 12

Welcome back from your DWs. 

I'm excited to get right back into the swing of things with you all. Remember to make your health a priority, since the season change or the stress of starting a new sports season or the traveling you may have just returned from can have an effect on your immunity. Get lots of rest and drink lots of fluids--at least that's what I'm trying to do at this juncture.

In reflection of my DW, I wanted to share a thought. After seeing the plight and poverty of the Philippines and feeling dwarfed next to enormous task it would be to see a nation's devastation end, I wondered what good a toy or one more meal or a week of my time would do in the larger scheme of things. By the time I was done brooding over the futility of my charity, I recognized the flaw in my thinking. I was undermining the power of love and time, minimizing what I was giving. I may never know the impact of one afternoon with a child or the latent effects in the life of a villager that now has water and sewage system--but that doesn't matter. Instead, what I decided to believe instead was there was a greater power at hand than mine that extended beyond what I could give and in that design, I was I was empowered to be a part of it. Although I know I can't cure all the ailments of the Philippines, I can trust that what I did matters because by being a part of a greater plan, I am more capable than I had initially believed.

The same goes for everyone. So if you feel discouraged, say to yourself the following, trading out the "you are" and "you" for "I am" and "I":

1. Finish Circle Discussion on Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien.

1. Comment below answering either 3d or 3e, depending on what you were re-assigned in class.

2. After reading the comments of your peers, complete the worksheet to turn in on Wednesday, Nov. 14th. If you are in section 4, we will finish 3a, 3b, and 3c next class.

3. Final-Final draft of memoir is due. Include the original draft with you
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