1. Warming up with your first memoir prompt:
- Make a quick list of dreams you've had that you can remember, especially recurring ones.
- Select one dream and describe in as much detail as your brain allows (if you're artistic, you may draw your dream instead).
- Think about what was happening in your waking world when this dream happened. What aspects of your real life was your dream life dealing with? What's the connection?
2. Connecting back to A Long Way Gone: Look back to the two dreams Ishmael has described:
- Reread the two dream passages on pages 14-15 and 18-19.
- What might the specific images from each dream symbolize about what's happening in Ishmael's waking life?
3. Entering our first fishbowl discussion on Chapters 3, 4, and 5 A Long Way Gone...with a few new twists for the outer circle
Blog Correspondent: You need to jump in a hot seat at least once to offer something profound from the outer circle blog.
But What If...: You think "outside the box." You help us wonder what would have happened if...In other words, you need to jump into the hot seat least once with a question that starts with, "But what if..."
Example from The Kite Runner: But what if Baba had read Amir's story and told him he was proud of him?"
Devil's Advocate: Your job is to respectfully disagree with the inner circle. You need to jump in at least once with a counter argument. This can also simply be an alternate interpretation rather than a flat-out disagreement.
"I see what you're saying, but..."
"Here's another way of looking at it..."
Journal Specialist: You will jump into discussion at least once with an observation regarding your reading journal focus (as a psychologist, outdoorsman, etc.).
1. Read Chapters 6, 7, and 8 for Thursday's fishbowl discussion (20 pages); bring your reading journals/annotations to class tomorrow, Wednesday, for our first round of reading conferences.
2. If you haven't given your book talk yet, you will present on Friday.