Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Three of you have still not claimed any text for your commentary.
Here is my suggestion for your introduction:
The beginning should contain the title, the author, the genre, and general comments about setting and subject. It should contain the specific context of the passage you choose: This passage comes from a middle scene when Boy Willie brings a girl home from a night out and Berniece sends her out. It should contain the significance of the scene you have chosen: The extract serves to introduce the need the characters have for love and physical comfort and contrasts Boy Willie’s lively desires with Berniece’s rule-bound, self-restricted behavior. Finally, it should introduce the principles of division you intend to employ: First, this passage employs disruptive sound effects and actions in the stage directions to intrude on the peace of the house. Second, the language of Boy Willie contrasts with the language of Berniece, emphasizing the difference in their views of their own selves and their culture. Finally, the stage’s physical arrangement provides further information about Boy Willie, Berniece, and their relationships to each other and their history.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Hardly anyone from A-day has chosen a passage for commentary. If you simply show up on Friday with a passage, do NOT expect credit. Your parts must be run through an approval process to be sure there are not endless repetitions. Part of the reason for this assignment is to teach each other about various sections of the play. Not everyone can have the first page.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Friday, September 14, 2012
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
1. Make a case for or against
- Introductory arguments (generalities that you intend to prove)
- Presentation of evidence
- Visual aid to enhance arguments (not to replace or substitute for them)
- Cross examination of the opposing team
- Closing arguments
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Here are the classwork guiding questions for note-taking:
Act I, Scene 1 (continued)
3. Classify the characters who have appeared so far with a brief description and some evidence of their character cited from the text. (Boy Willie, Lymon, Doaker, Berniece, Maretha, Avery, Wining Boy)
4. What or who are the "Ghosts of the Yellow Dog"?
5. Compare and contrast Boy Willie's attitude toward the piano with Berniece's.
6. How does the allusion at the end of the scene influence your evaluation of Boy Willie's attitude toward the piano?