Supernatural Lit

Assignments:

(Dates listed are due dates.)

Tues, 9/4:
Read the the packet of Native American Myths.
Annotate - taking special note of how Supernatural elements are used. What is weird about them?
Also, try to make connections between these stories and any other myths/stories you know.  What seems familiar about them?
Be prepared to discuss the stories in class.

Thurs, 9/6:
Pick a tribe from the list (see link, below), and read 3 more stories from that tribe.  Make a sketch to represent a key moment or idea from each story.  Label each sketch with tribe & story name.
https://www.firstpeople.us/FP-Html-Legends/
CLASSWORK (done in class):
THEN, Write at least one half page, but not more than one page to answer the following:
Research, where did this tribe live, traditionally? For what are they known? What do these stories tell you about the values/character of this tribe? How are they similar to/different from the other stories we have encountered?  Point to some specific details from the stories.

If you did not complete the above in class, please turn in on Tuesday, 9/11.

Thurs, 9/13:
Read your Supernatural Independent Reading book-choice for at least 30 minutes. Be prepared to comment about how you liked it, and why.
If you get a few minutes in, and decide you want a different book, you can always go back to the library and grab another. Just put in 30 solid minutes of reading.

Classwork (work to be done in class on 9/13): 
Writing a Myth –
Create a myth of your own which does the following:
Feature some local natural feature (plant, animal, mineral, landscape element) like those in the boxes in class.
You may use the one you already started, or try another subject.
Mythologize the item in a way that reflects your internalized understanding of the native supernatural stories we have read.
Incorporate some common themes and structural and/or stylistic elements from stories we have observed.
Your myth should help convey some life value to people.
Develop at least a couple of engaging characters. (Use some brief Dialogue?)
Use language creatively.
Demonstrate some close knowledge/observation of your subject, as native peoples did (you can research your subject for more information).


Mon, 9/17:
Read "The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees" by E. Lily Yu
As you read, take notes on: What elements of this story seem most "supernatural" to you?  What do you admire about the writing? How is it like and unlike the Native myths we have read?
Be prepared to discuss and/or write about this story in class.

AND

Read some more in your Independent Reading book - at least 20 minutes, but by all means, keep going if you are motivated.

In class on Mon, we will write and talk about the Wasp short story, and you will have more time to work on / talk to a classmate about the Myth you are writing.

Thurs, 9/20:
Read some more in your Independent Reading book - at least 30 minutes, but by all means, keep going if you are motivated.

In class - finish writing/editing your myth and share with me.

Mon, 9/24:
Read "Iron Hans," and "The Nixie in the Pond" from the Grimm's Fairy Tales. Be prepared to write/talk about: How do these stories use supernatural elements? What common mythic patterns do you notice in the stories? How are these stories different from the Native American stories we have read?

Wed, 9/26:
Read three more fairy tales of your choice from THIS SITE.
Make a sketch to represent a key moment or idea from each story.  Label each sketch with story name.  Write a paragraph with some initial ideas about patterns you have noticed in these Fairy Tales, over all.

In Class Reading RETELLING: https://www.tor.com/2013/12/06/modern-fairy-tale-retellings/ 
In Class Film segment Little Red Cap: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpD-ASf9ZgE
In Class Reading POEM: https://www.units.miamioh.edu/technologyandhumanities/sexton.htm
In Class Reading LYRICS: https://www.blumenthalarts.org/assets/doc/Hamilton-Lyrics-ACT-I1-e82b4f261a.pdf 

Fri, 9/28:
Spend some Independent Reading time - at least 20 minutes
AND Come up with a proposal for your Fairy Tale Re-Telling - Write out a paragraph explaining a concept for what story you would like to re-tell and HOW. Type into this GOOGLE DOC, which also explains the assignment.

Tues, 10/2:
Read "Hearing the Waters," by Sherri Mitchell.
In your Composition Book, write a one page response to her essay. How do you understand her key claims about stories? Cite some details from the essay. Do you agree that stories can have such power? What stories have been passed to you by your own family or culture that you feel are most powerful?
AND
SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER!
Tiokasin Ghosthorse is coming to FLHS - 7PM in the AUDITORIUM. Please make every effort to attend!  I will ask you to write a response to this presentation. If you cannot make it, you may watch THIS VIDEO INTERVIEW as a substitute.


Thurs, 10/4:
No new homework because of Tuesday night presentation.
If you cannot make it to the presentation, you will need to watch the video interview linked above.

Mon, 10/8:
1. Make sure you have shared your response to Tiokasin Ghosthorse presentation or video interview with me - on paper or via google docs.  Here are the prompt questions I posted in class for that on Thursday.
2. Finish your fairy tale poem, and have it available to share via google docs.  Objectives for this are listed in google doc above (under Fri, 9/28). Bring Chromebook to class.

Mon, 10/15:
Read at least 30 minutes in your Independent reading book.
Find one passage (around one page) from the book to share with classmates. This passage should reflect some key qualities of the book, over-all, so far, and also feature some use of supernatural elements. Be prepared to read out loud.
ALSO,
Listen to this LORE Podcast about the origins of vampire stories. Take some notes on what you learn.
Big question to think about: Why do you think these vampire stories are so widespread in human culture? What do they reveal about us?

Wed, 10/17:
Continue reading your independent book, at least 30 minutes. If you have not presented, yet, please keep bringing your book to class.

Fri, 10/19:
Read once through the distributed excerpt from Barry Lopez's book, Of Wolves and Men.  Circle words or allusions that are unfamiliar to you. Then, define 3+ new words AND 1+ allusion to history or to classical mythology that was new to you. In class, we will discuss Lopez's claims about how we should understand our own identification with such "beasts."

Tues, 10/23:
Continue Independent Reading for 30+ minutes. Bring your book, your Chromebook, AND a pair of headphones to class.
In class, you will compose a Synthesis Essay about vampires. Here is a document with some info to help you do some preliminary thinking and prep 

Monday, 10/29:
In Class - Work on Your Group's presentation of a Critical Interpretation of "Goblin Market"

Friday, 11/2:
Group Presentations on "Goblin Market" + Keep reading Independent book choice

Wed, 11/7:
In Class Written Response to "Goblin Market". You must apply ONE of the lenses other than the one you presented to analyzing the poem. What particular passages of the poem are better illuminated by this lens? Try to focus on parts of the poem not highlighted by the group.
Here are the documents created by your class:
Archetypal/Mythic Psychological Feminist Eco-Critical Historical/Biographical Marxist

Fri, 11/9:
Keep reading in your Independent Reading book - BRING YOUR BOOK to class, and be prepared to present.
ALSO bring Ocean at the End of the Lane.

Wed, 11/14:
Ocean at the End of the Lane - Chs. 1-4
Read the Prologue, and up through Chapter 4 (page 46).
As you read, make some notes in your composition book:
  • Words you have questions about
  • Good story-telling
  • Uses of “supernatural” elements
There will be a basic content quiz covering these chapters.

Fri, 11/16:
Ocean at the End of the Lane - Chs. 6&7 (through page 71)
As you read, make some notes in your composition book:
  • Words you have questions about
  • Good story-telling
  • Uses of “supernatural” elements
There will be a basic content quiz covering these chapters.

Tues, 11/20
Ocean at the End of the Lane  Chs. 9&10 (91-122)
Take notes as above.
There will be a basic content quiz covering these chapters.

Wed, 11/28
Ocean at the End of the Lane Chs  XI, XII, and XIII
Take notes as above.
There will be a basic content quiz covering these chapters.

Fri, 11/30
Ocean at the End of the Lane Chs  XIV, XV, and Epilogue
Take notes as above.
There will be a basic content quiz covering these chapters.

Tues, 12/4
Read first half of Mary's Monster
Bookmark THREE of the pages you find most engaging, and be prepared to explain why.
Forgot your book? You can check out an e-book through Destiny system using your student ID.

Thurs, 12/6
Finish Mary's Monster
Bring Frankenstein book to class.

Mon, 12/10
Narrative Vignette full draft due

Wed, 12/12
Read up through Ch 1 (pg 21) of Frankenstein
Be prepared to discuss: Why do you think Shelley introduces "the stranger"(14) and "the demon"(11), who are, in fact, the main characters of the novel, through the device of Captain Walton's letters from the Arctic?

Frankenstein Vocabulary Classwork

Fri, 12/14
Narrative Vignette final draft due

Tues, 12/18
Frankenstein Chapters 3-5
Read chapters and complete Reading Journal
(Open the document, and "make a copy" of it to use templates for your own response.)

Thurs, 12/20
Read Frankenstein Chapters 6-8 and complete Reading Journal (see above).

Fri, 1/4
Read Frankenstein chapters 9-12 and complete Reading Journal as above.
IN CLASS - Read chapters 13&14

Tues, 1/8
Read Frankenstein chapters 15-18 and complete Reading Journal as above.
IN CLASS - Read chapter 19

Thurs, 1/10
Read Frankenstein chapters 20-21 and complete Reading Journal as above.

Frankenworld Group Activity

Mon, 1/14
Finish reading Frankenstein

Wed, 1/16
Final Exam - Will involve initial understanding and analysis of Frankenstein.
More info to come.


FIELD TRIP OPTION: On January 9th, Ms. Hilton is offering a field trip to see the Frankenstein Exhibit at the Morgan Library & a Harry Potter Exhibit at the NY Historical Society, both in Manhattan. Here is a permission slip if you are interested. There are some spots left; first come first served.