April 21, 2008

Homework for Wednesday!

Find and print a source.
Using Monday's handout, determine if this source is popular or scholarly.

Do it, or Adam will cry.

Homework for Wednesday!

Find and print a source.
Using Monday's handout, determine if this source is popular or scholarly.

April 18, 2008


In this final research paper, I want to discuss about important issue which was very important once in my life. These topics were important not only in my personal life. But also in overall society and the community that I used to live in.

Topic #1
Corruption and Bribery in most African Countries giving emphasis to Ethiopia

Topic #2
Transportation problems in my birth city, Addis Ababa

Topic #3
The major killing epidemic in Africa, HIV/AIDS.

Blog Journal for Friday, April 18

For this entry, list 3 possible historical research topics. For each topic, briefly describe it and provide a short explanation for how this topic connects to you personally.

April 9, 2008

Blog Journal for Wednesday, April 9

For today's journal, simply post one or two questions or challenges about paper #2 and Song of Solomon. You might think about conflict and history in the novel, characters, etc... OR you might want to write a point for discussion about how your paper is going so far, challenges you are having, questions that you think others might also want to discuss etc...

April 2, 2008

For Friday's Class

1. Consult your Longman Writer's Companion handbook, pp. 202-204.

2. Bring 3 copies of Paper 2, draft 1.

3. Review any one chapter of Song of Solomon and take good notes on plot, characters, themes, etc.

Remember: 2nd Draft due MONDAY!!

March 31, 2008

New Introductions - Monday, March 31st

Post your new introduction using one of the opening strategies discussed in class as a comment.

Introduction paragraph for Major paper #2

People respond to the existing problems in their community in different ways. The acquisition of different perspectives concerning those social problems may led to a conflict as we have seen between Milkman and Guitar in the novel, Song of Solomon. These two characters were in ideological conflict about racial discrimination against African-American. This is the point of interest in my paper.

March 24, 2008

Blog Journal for Wednesday, March 26

For today, your challenge is to create a possible thesis statement for your Paper #2. Use the planning sheet I handed out in class to guide you, and also think about the following:

1. What is a major conflict in the novel?
2. Why do you think this conflict is important?
3. What would you like a reader of your paper (classmates, Adam, Keely) to learn about this conflict?

To get credit for this entry, just write a thesis statement (1-2 sentences). If you want better feedback and practice, try writing a whole introduction paragraph!

Help from the Writing Center

The writing center has a lot of great handouts, and you are welcome to come and pick some up in 9 Appleby. I am putting up some links that might be a big help on this next paper, so you can access them or print them yourselves:


Integrating Quotes:

Analyzing Text:

There are tons more in the writing center, and they're free!

March 11, 2008

Blog Journal for Wednesday, March 12

In making the transition from Paper #1 to Paper #2, you will be expected to think about issues of conflict, culture, and history as they relate to the novel Song of Solomon. For today's entry, choose from one of the following prompts, and write for about 10-15 minutes.

Choose 1:

A. After Milkman hits his father, he has the following realization: "His action was his and his alone. It would change nothing between his parents. It would change nothing inside them. He had knocked his father down and perhaps there were new positions on the chessboard, but the game would go on" ( 68). Explain what he means, and why he might feel this way. In what ways are Milkman's action and reflection historical?

B. When Guitar and Milkman go into the bar, Feather kicks them out, and when he does this, the following conversation occurs:

"So get him outta here."
"He can't help who his Daddy is." Guitar had his voice under control.
"Neither can I. Out."
"What's his Daddy to you?"
"Nothing yet. That's why I want him outta here."
"He ain't like his Daddy."
"He ain't got to be like him--FROM him is enough." (p. 57)

Choose own perspective from this conversation (Guitar or Feather) and explain first, what the character's perspective on Milkman's identity is, and then why the character might have that perspective.

March 10, 2008

Questions for Study - through Chapter 6

1. Pay close attention to character conflicts.
2. Pay close attention to history both between characters, and in the "textbook" sense.
3. Notice changes over time.

March 3, 2008

Blog Journal for Wednesday, March 5

As we discussed today, Morrison's book is a challenging one. However, I'm impressed so far by how much you are noticing and discussing. For today's blog, write on the following:

Choose a chapter (1, 2 or 3) and summarize the main CONFLICTS that take place in this chapter. In other words, don't just describe the events of the chapter, but focus on those involved in the conflict, the reasons for the conflict, the perspectives of those involved, etc... In a way, you're focusing on the same things you thought about for your mini papers, and applying it to the novel. Good luck!

February 27, 2008

Questions for Friday's Reading

1. Compare Morrison's process of writing with your own.

2. How do you feel about Morrison's claim that black people aren't associated with ideas?

3. How do you feel about Morrison's statements about men and women, p. 123?

Fact vs. Truth - class discussion


-For Toni Morrison, "facts can exist without human intelligence, but truth cannot."

- Fact is something that can be proven through a hypothesis with a theory.

- Truth is accepted/agreed on by a specific community, depending on the area.


-Something can be added to a fact to make it fiction.

-If you want to add imagination, fact could be the place you start from.

-Some might view the same work as fiction, or fact. Perhaps fiction could be truth, also?


- You might remember something differently now than how it happened a long time ago.

- It depends on the kind of story it is, how well you remember it - you might remember bits and pieces of things like kindergarten, but something tragic or extreme will be easier to remember with detail.

- There are different kinds of memory - short term and long term memory, and the memory might change as you/your brain grows.