ENGL 3830, Literature for the Intermediate Reader
Class Agenda for 4/6/21
We will be meeting via Webex for our class session, which will go from 10-11:40 AM on Tuesday, November 6, 2021. Here is the link to my Webex room: https://wmich.webex.com/your.room.name
10 - 10:30 a.m.
Activity #1: Dunbar-Ortiz, Reese, and Mendoza's An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States for Young People
I will place you into small discussion groups, where you will have 10 minutes to brainstorm responses to these questions. For that reason, you should review the text prior to class so that you can contribute quickly once you are in your group.
- In Chapter 5, the authors cover some extremely complicated ideas, including extirpation (92), literacy (97), and the concept of the "client class" (101). Look through these sections and discuss how the authors make them comprehensible to young readers. Are the strategies effective? Are there other strategies that might be helpful in conveying these ideas?
- In the text as a whole, what were some of the passages that surprised your group the most? List the page numbers to share with the class.
10:35 - 11 a.m.
Activity #2: Fiction and Nonfiction combined in Hale's Treaties
I will give an interactive lecture on Hale's text, pointing out key elements for your consideration. Be sure to have your copy of the graphic novel available and pay particular attention to pages 4-16, as I will be highlighting those the most.
11:05 - 11:40 a.m.
Activity #3: How to Analyze a Comics Spread
For this activity, I will briefly lecture on how to analyze and write about a spread in Hale's Treaties, Trenches, Mud, and Blood. Then, I will place you in groups and ask that you practice analyzing a specific spread. You will then share your conclusions with the class. To prepare for this activity, review the Comics Grammar handout.