Thursday, December 15, 2011


Don't forget your question on "Preludes" under the Tuesday post. Also, note the "enduring product" portion of the assignment for January 6. That means a video, a whiteboard lesson, a powerpoint, a piece of student-created art, a set of screenshots -- something that will contribute to how we study for the Eliot chance on the oral commentary AND that will contribute to next year's students.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


Prepare a lesson with your small group for January 6 that will teach us something new about Eliot's "Preludes."

Typed plan with
1. objective
2. plans to meet the objective: activities, handouts, shows, demonstrations
3. an enduring product to contribute to a legacy on this subject
4. a rational, thoughtful, specific, and fair rubric for me to assess you with
5. a way to assess the learning of the class

You have between 10 and 15 minutes. Otherwise, you are pretty free.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


B-day, read "Preludes" and post one question below. Ambitious A-day students can jump right in there as well, but you'll have to find the poem in the "EliotPack" to the right.

Friday, December 9, 2011


Find one snippet about Guy Fawkes that no one else is going to find and bring it in with you to the next class.

Thursday, December 8, 2011


Read or re-read "Tradition and the Individual Talent." Read all of it, but focus your thinking during and after reading on paragraphs 9 and 17. How does Eliot challenge your thinking about art and poetry in these paragraphs? Can you explain what these paragraphs mean -- what is the emotional content of poetry, according to Eliot? How do these paragraphs affect how you read "Prufrock" or "The Hollow Men"?

As you know, the entire text of "Tradition and the Individual Talent" that we will discuss is embedded on the right side of this page.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011


For Thursday/Friday, revise and develop your commentary; type and format it. Keep up with all drafts and the feedback.