AP Language and Composition:
2.2: In class write to an open argument prompt.
2.3: Self-Assess in class write.
We will attempt to make this process efficient so you have time to start reading Brent Staples, Black Men in Public Space. Bring 50 Essays to class. This reading will start a series of 5 essays from 50 Essays, all of which address the nature and danger of stereotype. the purpose of this sequence is to prepare you to write an essay in which you make an argument for the nature and danger of stereotype based on your reading and experience. We will work as a class to develop a prompt based on the reading and you will eventually write the essay in class.
2.4: Discussion of Brent Staples. Read Nancy Mairs, On Being Cripple
2.5: Discussion of Nancy Mairs. Read Cofer, The Myth of the Latin Woman
2.6: Discussion of Judith Ortiz Cofer. Read Amy Tan, Mother Tongue
A note on the reading: This stretch of the reading begins with the narrator’s lengthy discussion with Young Emerson, who takes the time to tell the narrator that he has been fooled by Bledsoe’s promise. The contents of the letter are revealed, and the narrator vows revenge. Soon after, he takes a job at a paint factory, where he meets Lucius Brockway, an old man who has worked in the basement of the plant for quite some time. Lucius adds to the author’s understanding of the new social dynamic in New York. This also leads to an explosion, a symbolic pathway to the narrator undergoing an experimental treatment which leads to his rebirth into a third major phase in the book, his involvement with the Brotherhood. But before he becomes part of the brotherhood by giving a powerful speech, he stays with Mary Rambo, a maternal figure who takes him in after he gets evicted from Men’s House. There is a clear pattern here–the author constantly undergoes changes in this coming-of-age novel. This sequence of chapters are much like the sequence of chapters that began the book and resulted in the narrator arriving in the North. This time the sequence doesn’t force him to move, but does take him from ignorance to enlightenment, and from relative anonymity to becoming well-known, at least in Harlem.
2.2: We will discuss the narrator’s meeting with the blueprint man and Emerson’s son, both of whom help shatter the narrator’s mistaken notion of reality. The content of the letters Bledsoe gave the narrator is revealed on pages 190-191.
Read Chapter 10, Part 1: New job at the paint plant.
2.3: Discussion will revolve around the narrator’s impression of Lucius Brockway, and the union men.
Read Chapter 10, Part 2: Paint plant explosion
2.4: Discussion will entertain the symbolic meaning of the explosion. This is yet another threshold the narrator crosses. This is the third major barrier he has passed thus far.
Read Chapter 11: Treatment for injuries sustained in the explosion–rebirth
2.5: Chapter 11 is a continuation of the narrator’s crossing a third threshold. This time he has to deal with treatment for the injuries he sustained in the paint plant explosion.
Read Chapter 12: Meeting Mary Rambo
2.6: Friday’s discussion will focus on the narrator’s new insights after having survived the paint plant explosion, experiencing the electric lobotomy treatment, and then arriving at Mary Rambo’s, one of the first maternal figures he meets in the novel. She helps ease the narrator into his new understanding.
Read Chapter 13 for Monday: Yet another threshold, street vendor, speech, the brotherhood