October 9, 2008

Revised Schedule for Week 7

Due to the cancellation of our class yesterday, I've had to tweak our schedule slightly.

As a result, here is what we'll be doing for next week.

1) FOR MONDAY: Over the weekend, please read Zora Neale Hurston's "How It Feels to Be Colored Me" (Cohen) and Alice Walker's "Looking for Zora" (class handout). In lieu of an in-class writing assignment on Monday, you will be writing a 1-2 page typed double-spaced paper focusing on the relationship of Walker's essay to Hurston's. (Think about the question of identity, since we'll be talking about that on Wednesday.) You will turn this paper in on Monday.

2) BLOG QUESTION: Due by class time on Monday. Did what you learned about the real Zora Neale Hurston and the town of Eatonville in Walker's piece change the way you looked at Hurston's essay? How do you think growing up in an insular Black community shaped Hurston's sense of identity? The question is posted in the next blog entry, below; please reply to that thread.)

3) FOR WEDNESDAY: Read the Toure (Moodle), Staples (Cohen), Fitzgerald (Lopate), and Benchley (Lopate) essays. On Wednesday we will discuss these as well as the Walker and Hurston essays. If we have time, we'll do a short in-class writing on identity; if we don't have time, you will do it as homework.

We will *not* be reading MLK's "Letter from Birmingham Jail"; we will also be pushing back the E.B. White essay "Once More to the Lake" until 10/27.

This should put us back on schedule by the following Monday, when we'll look at Orwell.

Please email me if you have any questions at all.


September 14, 2008

Essay grading guidelines

Here is a copy of the grading rubric I will be using when evaluating your personal essays. (Disregard the "revision" section, since that won't come into play until the end of the semester.)

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September 5, 2008


In case you misplace your copy of the syllabus, you can download it here:

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