21st Century Literature, 2015 - HOMEWORK

For Thursday, 9/3
Please bring in one thing you've read this week.  It can be anything -- article, blog post, tweet, story.  It must be
  • less than 3 pages long
  • written this century
  • printed out

For Thursday, 9/10
Read "Letter to My Son" by Ta-Nehisi Coates

For Monday, 9/14
Re-read "Letter to my Son," mark up with questions/reactions, observations, etc
Get copy of The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao from library

For Thursday, 9/17
Write journal/response to "Letter to My Son" -- what's most on your mind as you think about the reading & class discussion?

For Friday, 9/18
Read to p. 33 in The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

For Monday, 9/21
Read to p. 75 in The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Bring in:
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2 questions
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2 inferences
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2 personal responses or speculations

For Wednesday, 9/23
Read to p. 114 in The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Journal response:  Choose one of the questions or inferences we came up with today.  What new thoughts/questions/guesses does this reading raise about it?

For Monday, 9/28
Read to p. 201 in The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Journal -- open prompt.  Please write about whatever juicy ideas or questions this reading  raises for you!

For Thursday, Oct 1
Read to p. 261 in The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Journal -- no specific prompt -- explore an idea or question that's already been raised (in class or your prior journals)

For Monday, Oct 5
Oscar's Perspective
writing due (assignment attached below)
Read to p. 307 in The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

For Wednesday, 10/7
Finish The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Bring in one juicy question about the book. (Think of it as a potential essay question.  Can be one we've already explored or something new.)

Oscar Wao Essays Due Monday, 10/19

For Wednesday, 10/21

  • Return Oscar Wao to library and take out White Teeth by Zadie Smith
  • Read the two hand-outs on Svetlana Alexievich: 
    • http://human.hrw.org/alexievich/
    • http://www.themoscowtimes.com/arts_n_ideas/article/selected-writing-by-svetlana-alexiyevich/537999.html
  • Written response -- what do you notice/wonder/speculate about 21st century lit after reading the Alexievich and Junot Díaz back to back?

For Thursday, 10/22
Read to page 21 in White Teeth
Add your thoughts to shared Google Doc

For Monday, 10/26
Read to page 55 in White Teeth
Write an observation and respond to at least two other people on the shared Google Doc

For Wednesday, 10/28
Read to page 102 in White Teeth
Write an observation under the theme of your choice on the shared Google Doc

For Thursday, 10/29
Read to page 133 in White Teeth
Choose a theme (you can continue with the one you looked at for today's hw or choose a new one)  and underline anything that pertains to it.

For Monday, 11/2
Read chapters 7 - 8 (pp. 135 - 174) in White Teeth
Journal -- ask yourself an interesting question about the book so far and think about it on paper for 1 - 2 pages

For Wednesday, 11/4
Read to page 217 in White Teeth
Note places that give more glimpses into Samad

For Monday, 11/9
Read chapter 11 in White Teeth
Drafts of 3 documents for Dossier project (attached below)

For Thursday, 11/12
Read chapters 12 - 14 in White Teeth

For Monday, 11/16
Read to page 360 in White Teeth
Keep working on Dossier project (attached below)
Keep noting interesting themes/patterns/character development, etc

For Wednesday, 11/25
Revisit class document.  Choose your favorite 3 themes.  Explain why they're at the top of your list.

DOSSIERS DUE MONDAY, 11/30

ARTIST'S STATEMENTS DUE WEDNESDAY, 12/2

For Wednesday, 12/9
Monday's in-class essay on White Teeth due (assignment attached below)

For Monday, 12/14
Read to p. 30 in Behind the Beautiful Forevers

For Wednesday, 12/16
Read to p. 68 in Behind the Beautiful Forevers

For Monday, 12/21
Read chapters 6 - 7 in Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Expect reading quiz

For Wednesday, 12/23
Read chapters 8 - 9 in Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Expect reading quiz or interpretive dance

For Monday, 1/4
Read chapters 10 - 12 in Behind the Beautiful Forevers

For Thursday, 1/7
Finish Behind the Beautiful Forevers

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