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Teaching auto wreck

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Teaching auto wreck

  1. 1. Teaching “Auto Wreck” (1942)<br />By Ryan Reede<br />
  2. 2. Step 1<br />Give the students background information on the time period.<br />Show a WW2 Documentary to the class such as “The Pacific” and let write down adjectives that describe what they see or hear regarding bloodshed on the Pacific Theater of WW2.<br />
  3. 3. Step 2<br />Let the student read “Auto Wreck” by Karl Shapiro. <br />Next, have them go back through the poem and generate a list of all of the violent, bloody and graphic imagery words used.<br />Let the students find the similarities in their lists from the film and the poem<br />
  4. 4. Step 3<br />Assign HW assignment to type of a one page biography on Karl Shapiro’s life.<br />On the next day of class, go over his life, specifically his time spent on the Pacific (1940-1945) during the Second World War, and his role inside of a hospital there.<br />Discuss the trauma one can go through seeing firsthand the destructive tendencies of war.<br />
  5. 5. Step 4<br />Have the students respond to two questions.<br />1. Describe how writing about an incident such as an automobile accident through personal war experience would differ from having that same accident described through the eyes of a news reported per se.<br />2. How does the violent and graphic imagery in “Auto Wreck” tap into the emotions of the reader.<br />

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