Sunday, October 25, 2015

Amir's Poison Tree: October 26, 2015

Focus: How do we uncover larger themes?

First Hour

1. Warming up with a close reading/Venn diagram of two simple words: "Poison," and "Tree"

2. Reading William Blake's "The Poison Tree" with three steps:

Step One: Engage the abstract, the gut reaction by exploring "the visual" (imagery)

Step Two: Engage the concrete, the intellectual reaction by exploring the syntax: grammar (periods, question marks, etc), sentence lengths and structures, stanzas, sectioning the poem 

Step Three: Synthesize abstract with the concrete to develop larger patterns, such as theme and tone (try connecting back to your Venn diagram on the title)

Ex: In Blake's "The Poison Tree," the imagery of a carefully cultivated garden and the neatly organized four stanzas of four lines each suggest that revenge is not a wild emotion but a controlled, man-made poison.

3. Synthesizing "The Poison Tree" with The Kite Runner to generate some big ideas

With your partner, compose a "found poem" using lines from the poem and lines from the novel.

Rule 1: Your poem should be four stanzas, four lines each.

Rule 2: Start each stanza the way Blake starts each of his stanzas.
Ex: The first line of your first stanza should be, "I was angry with my friend."

Rule 3: Select lines/fragments from The Kite Runner to fill in the rest of each stanza; search for lines from The Kite Runner that connect to lines from "The Poison Tree."

Rule 4: Read your poem to the class. You and your partner should share the reading meaningfully.

Click HERE for the rubric.

1. You will need your Kite Runner book and annotations this week since we will be writing a short, synthesis essay. Start thinking about a fictional hero you'd like to compare/contrast to Amir.

2. You should finish composing your speech at least three days before you deliver it.

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