February 9th to February 13th

AP Language & Composition

2.9: Amy Tan multiple choice and discussion. Read Zora Neale Hurston for Tuesday.

2.10: Hurston discussion. Mock synthesis handout/coversheet.

2.11: In Class synthesis on the nature and danger of stereotype. Bring your notebook and your copy of 50 Essays in order to develop an argument on stereotypes in which you will have to cite at least 3 of the 5 essays we read. It will be helpful to refer back to the handout I provided to see the author list, potential connections between them, and how you will construct an argument by bringing the authors’ ideas together with your own.

2.12: Score synthesis. Semester II Project Work Day.

2.13: Extremely short classes because of WACKO. Continue Project Work.

English 4

A Note on the Reading: Chapter 13, parts 1 and 2 begin the author’s entrance into the Brotherhood. After the author reconnects with his past when talking to the yam vendor, he walks into an eviction in Harlem which bothers him. Whereas in the past he might have shied away from a conflict, now he speaks up on the old couple’s behalf and uses their eviction as an example of injustice. This gets the attention of Jack, a Brotherhood organizer, who offers him a job. In Chapter 14 and 15, the process of becoming a part of the brotherhood is not easy. The narrator must leave Mary’s apartment, the safest place he has known since moving north. He also must adjust to a whole new set of expectations once he is associated with the Brotherhood. His discomfort with these new expectations becomes apparent when he attends a social gather at one of the party member’s apartments. Once his transition is complete in chapters 14 and 15, he gives a planned speech on behalf of the brotherhood in chapter 16–this speech is a test which he must pass to become part of the organization. The author embodies his new role as a leading figure in Harlem with this speech, exactly what Mary expected of him when he began to recover at her apartment after the paint factory exploded. In chapter 17, which you will read for next week, the author begins organizing in Harlem and becomes aware of Ras, a much more violent activist who is competing for the same territory.

2.9: Discussion will focus on the author’s newfound pride and the contents of his street speech at the old couple’s eviction.

Read Chapter 13, Part 2: Brotherhood job offer

2.10: Discussion will focus on the author’s reluctance to accept the job offer, and his first discussion with Brother Jack, who has a different perspective on the Old Couple’s eviction.

Read Chapter 14: Brotherhood social gathering

2.11: Discussion will focus on the author’s anxiety, which is triggered when he attends a party the brotherhood hosts. Much like chapters 7-9 when the author had doubts during his first days in NYC, the same pattern holds here.

Read Chapter 15: Leaving Mary’s Apartment; Harlem Street & New Office

2.12: Discussion will focus on the symbolic meaning of this chapter, in which the author is once again reborn. This time he must shed much of his past to become a new man and part of the work the brotherhood carries out.

Read Chapter 16: The Author’s First Speech on behalf of the Brotherhood

2.13: Discussion will focus on the author’s initiation into the Brotherhood. The speech in this chapter can be seen as a test which the author must pass to get accepted into the organization. Not all members are excited after what the author includes in his speech.

Read Chapter 17 for Monday

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