Friday, December 4, 2009

The Final Fishbowl: "A Good Man Is Hard To Find"

Hello, outer circle!

A few suggestions for our final fishbowl:

1. Avoid repeating what has already been said; when the conversation gets repetitive, it's time to start a new thread of conversation.

2. As we near the end of the discussion, try to address the work's larger themes. What does the author want us to take from this story? What was her intent in writing it? What is this story really about?

3. Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Fishbowl: A Rose for Emily

Voice your opinion but stay respectful of others' opinions. Remember that we argue with an idea, not a person.

Also, bring a passage from the story into at least one of your comments.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Gothic Fishbowl: "The Lottery"

Wonderful job last time, American Literature Scholars.

Keep bringing in quotations when possible, remember that this is your way of showing me your understanding of the story, and get yourself into a hotseat!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Gothic Fishbowl: "Young Goodman Brown"

Keep up your strong work with our fishbowl discussions. I have two new tasks for you to tackle today:

1. Bring a quote from the story into at least one of your responses.

2. Try to get into a hotseat today, even if it's only for a moment.


Monday, November 16, 2009

Fishbowl #2: "The Minister's Black Veil"

Enjoy your discussion of "The Minister's Black Veil" today. Remember the following:
1. Double check your spelling and grammar; your posts should be professional.
2. Bring in passages from the story when possible.
3. Remember that this is your way of showing me your entire understanding of the story; your questions and comments should be unique.
4. Hit F5 to refresh.
5. Enjoy!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Fishbowl #1: "Fall of the House of Usher"

Have an enriching discussion about Edgar Allan Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher" while the inner circle discusses similar topics out loud.

A few reminders:

1. Hit F5 to refresh your screen (new comments do not automatically pop up).

2. Show professionalism by using correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation; remember that the world will be looking at our blog.

3. If you are responding to someone directly, reference them in your comment.

4. Bring in quotations when possible.


Friday, September 25, 2009

The Stanford Prison Experiment

Please click on this link to read about one of the most controversial experiments of our time: The Stanford prison experiment. Read meticulously, as some of the most fascinating (and disturbing) elements of this experiment are in the little details.

When you have finished reading, I'd like you to use the blog to respond to what you have read. I'm not going to give you guiding questions this time; instead, I'd like you to ask your own questions and offer your own, authentic responses. On Monday in class we will be connecting this experiment to The Crucible, so feel free to start making those connections right now.

Remember that the blog is space to have a conversation, so read others' comments, respond to others' questions, and react to others' reactions.
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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

First Blog: Checking In

Hello, American Literature scholars! For your first blog, please tell me a little bit about yourself. Here's what I would like to know:

1. What are you scared of?
2. What's one thing about you that's kind of quirky?
3. What do you like to do when you're not at school?
4. What are your thoughts about your future--any possible careers in your future?
5. Where is your favorite place in the world?