Monday, November 18, 2013

November 19, 2013: What's Happening in A.P. Lit?

Focus: How do the opening chapters of Invisible Man establish everything you need to know about the rest of the book?

1. Warm-up: Exploring the pieces of the puzzle Ellison hands to you in the Prologue and Chapter 1

  • The title of your motif (ex: The battle royal)
  • The best quotation describing your motif (and page number)
  • A few notes on what we know about this motif based on Ellison's first description of it?
  • As you read, please add to the bookmark by doing the following:
  • Write down the page numbers where this motif resurfaces, usually in a slightly different form.
  • Explain how each new version of your motif deepens/alters your understanding of it.  Feel free to ask questions, too.

These, along with your annotations, will be your reading tickets for the time being.  With each reading assignment, we'll trade bookmarks with each other.

Here are the prominent motifs I'm seeing in the Prologue and Chapter 1 so far, but feel free to add to the list:

Monopolated Light & Power (5)
Grandpa's deathbed advice/curse (16)
The battle royal (21-26)
Black men and sensuous white women/the "Brute" (19-20)
Tatlock (24-25)
The Sambo (26)
The electrified rug of coins (27-29)
The brief case (32)
The brass tokens masquerading as gold coins (32)
"Keep This Nigger-Boy Running" (33)
The color white
Eyes and "I's"
Veils and blindfolds

2. Socratic Seminar: The Prologue and Chapter 1 of Invisible Man (and connections to subsequent chapters)

3. Going around the circle with final thoughts and questions

1. Bring your poem to class for tomorrow's metacognitive, as well as any other work you have done on your project or paper.

2. I'm switching up the end of the week just a bit because of absences; on Thursday we will have our next Socratic (Chapters 11 and 12), and on Friday we will have small group discussions (Chapters 13 and 14).  Reading tickets = bookmarks

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