Homework for Critical Reading Toward Critical Writing


Winter Break Homework: Read 1984. Be prepared to discuss the book, beginning to end, when we return on January 10. 

Due 11/15: 

  • Read "Poetry is Not a Luxury" by Audre Lorde. 

  • Write a short response on the power of poetry. Prompt sent out via email. 

Due 11/8:   

  • Read Watch this video on quote integration. This one is also helpful, as is this one

  • Short essay on Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun (prompt sent through email)

  • Read selected poems by Adrienne Rich (PDF sent through email)

Due 11/1: 

  • Finish A Raisin in the Sun.

  • Be sure refresh your memory by reading a summary of the play before class on Wednesday. The internet abounds with summaries. 

  • Read this article in The Atlantic on "white flight" and the demographic makeup of American neighborhoods since the mid-century. As you read, think about how and why a play like A Raisin in the Sun is still relevant today.

  • Read How to Not Write Bad pages 98-100 and 103-108. 


Due 10/25: Read A Raisin in the Sun up to Act II Scene 2. Google search Lorraine Hansberry and/or A Raisin in the Sun and be ready to share something you learned. Read How to Not Write Bad pages 59-67. 

Due 10/18: Read "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (link: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/theliteratureofprescription/exhibitionAssets/digitalDocs/The-Yellow-Wall-Paper.pdf). Read "The Lady of Shalott" by Alfred Lord Tennyson (link: https://www.commonlit.org/texts/the-lady-of-shalott). Print both and bring them to class on 10/19. Be prepared to discuss this question: Consider how both texts follow isolated women in rather different settings. What do these two texts say about the role of women in society, or what it can feel like to be isolated in a room or on an island?

Due 10/4: Finish your Long Essay and submit it in class. 

Due 9/20: Read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time to page 100. Complete the closed-book, take-home grammar and mechanics quiz. Be prepared to contribute to discussion and read aloud on Wednesday.

Due 9/13: Write your Close Reading Literary Analysis on Poe's "The Black Cat." Instructions have been sent by email. Submit a typed hard copy in class. Read A Study in Scarlet, all. Bring the book to class and be ready to discuss it. 

Due 9/6: Read "Reading and Writing about Literature" (PDF, distributed through email on 8/30); Read How to Not Write Bad pp. 30-33, 40-52

Due 8/30: Active (Re-)Reading Notes from Poe's "The Black Cat" (instructions sent through email); Read How to Not Write Bad pp. 1-30

Due 8/23: Read "Annotating While You Read" (PDF) and "New Criticism" (PDF) (Both distributed through email on 8/16--let me know if you haven't received it.)

Due 8/16: Read Poe, "The Black Cat"