Supernatural Lit

Assignments:

(Dates listed are due dates.)

Thurs, 1/30:
Read the the packet of Native American Myths.
Annotate - taking special note of how Supernatural elements are used. What is weird about these stories?
Also, try to make connections between these stories and any other myths/stories you know.  What seems familiar about them?
What larger purposes do such stories serve?
Be prepared to discuss in class.

Wed, 2/5:
Grimms' Fairy Tales: Read "Iron Hans," and "The Nixie in the Pond," and one other Grimms' fairy tale of your choice from this master list.
In your blue-book: make a sketch to represent a key moment or idea from each story.  Label each sketch with the story name.
Be prepared to discuss: 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?

Fri, 2/7:
Myth-Making –
Compose a COMPLETE DRAFT of a myth of your own which does the following:
Feature some local natural feature (plant, animal, mineral, landscape element) such as the ones from the boxes class.
You may use the one you already started, or try another subject.
Mythologize the natural element 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).
Narrative Writing RUBRIC

Tues, 2/11:
Final Draft of Myth due.

Group-Discussion (in Class) of Feminist Lens on "Bluebeard" - the original and "Bluebeard's Final Girl..."

Wed, 2/12:
Read more fairy tales of your choice from this site. They can be tales you have some familiarity with, or new ones to you.
 Then, come up with a proposal for a Fairy Tale Re-Telling of one of the tales you have read- Write out a paragraph in your blue-book explaining a concept for which story you would like to re-tell and HOW.

Wed, 2/19:
Read 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, 2/21:
Complete Draft of Fairy Tale Re-Telling due
In-Class Reading of Chapter 5 of Ocean at the End of the Lane

Tues, 2/25:

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.
Thurs, 2/27:
Final Draft of Fairy Tale Re-Telling due.