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  1. 1. They Don’t Talk Like They Used To: A Content Investigation in Grammar, Rhetoric, and Victorian Era Poetry and Literature
  2. 2. Course Goals <ul><li>Grammar and rhetoric: learn them better </li></ul><ul><li>Get re-acquainted with the Victorian Era </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Learn the major players in literature and poetry (be able to name drop effectively) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discover themes that were important to the big figures and society in general </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learn to recognize specific poetry </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Essential Questions! <ul><li>What attitudes and values characterized life in Victorian England? America? </li></ul><ul><li>How can explicit instruction in grammar and rhetorical strategies improve student’s writing? </li></ul><ul><li>Are high collars making a comeback? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Enduring Understandings <ul><li>Christian and nature themes dominate “serious” poetry (Romanticism) </li></ul><ul><li>Literature is very concerned with social class, universal themes </li></ul><ul><li>Poetry and literature become more personally oriented </li></ul><ul><li>Grammar and rhetoric should GUIDE writing not dictate it </li></ul>
  5. 5. Products <ul><li>Poetry Portfolio </li></ul><ul><li>Commentary (on Portfolio) </li></ul><ul><li>“ Bill of Writes” </li></ul><ul><li>Movie Review </li></ul>
  6. 6. Poetry Portfolio! <ul><li>A Poem (that could have been written) by Emily Dickinson </li></ul><ul><li>The wind—it bites on certain eves— </li></ul><ul><li>An ungentle caress— </li></ul><ul><li>Unpolite nature’s chill refrain </li></ul><ul><li>For hurt beyond redress </li></ul><ul><li>The weeds and wheat—alike in death— </li></ul><ul><li>Suspended, frosty bend— </li></ul><ul><li>Unharvested in cold, dry soil </li></ul><ul><li>Beginning wishing end </li></ul><ul><li>I despair to mend wounds divine </li></ul><ul><li>While ling’ring here on Earth </li></ul><ul><li>And cringe from ice— cold Winter’s hold— </li></ul><ul><li>Fearing for Spring’s rebirth </li></ul>
  7. 7. Favorite Resource: Blake’s “Songs of Innocence and Experience” <ul><li>William Blake: 1757-1827 </li></ul><ul><li>Themes: Religion, orthodoxy, skepticism, pastoral </li></ul><ul><li>Relevance:Church’s shifting role in culture, reaction to Enlightenment (Voltaire, Rousseau, etc.), relation to Milton </li></ul><ul><li>Favorite Parts: Tiger, tiger burning bright… </li></ul>
  8. 8. Further questions to pursue… <ul><li>Wordsworth! </li></ul><ul><li>The transcendentalists: Emerson, Thoreau, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Past current events </li></ul><ul><li>Literature from other countries and continents </li></ul>
  9. 9. Reflections <ul><li>There’s always more to read </li></ul><ul><li>Merging creative tasks with learning objectives is enriching and a heck of a lot more enjoyable </li></ul>
  10. 10. Questions?

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