WEEK 1: DATES 5.11-5.15
-style of writing
-short Cisneros Biography, modern work
-define vignette: portrait, appeal to sense,
--review figurative language
HW Read and write, pp 3-20 for Thursday; Write “Hairs” or “My Name” mimic, due Thursday.
Independent Reading Review
HW Mimics due tomorrow.
-create sensory wheel for notes: record evidence that fits in the appropriate sense
-Review “The House…,” Answer: What kind of house is it? How does the nun question reveal the character’s true feelings about her house? How does repetition work in this vignette?
-Review “Hairs,” Answer: What kind of hair characterizes her various family members? Record evidence in your sensory wheel.
-Review “Boys and Girls” and Identify motifs. How does the narrator’s circumstances affect her freedom? Identify and analyze the metaphor.
-Review “Cathy, Queen of Cats” and Comment on the figurative language and device, what is their effect? Comment on gentrification and socio-economic status. Comment on narrative or embedded dialogue.
-Review “Our Good Day” and examine bicycle symbolism.
HW Read pp21-32 for MONDAY; and write 1 mimic of your choice for TUESDAY.
WEEK 2: DATES 5.18-5.22
-Review “Gil’s Furniture, Bought and Sold” and examine the significance of the music box. Chart sensory language.
-Review “Louie, His Cousin and His Other Cousin;” What is the significance of the Cadillac? Do people in this neighborhood progress like the rest of the world? Why or why not?
-Review “Marin” and create a chart to document the characteristics of women who influence Esperanza.
HW Mimic due tomorrow. Read pp33-45 for Thursday.
Brainstorm different RITES OF PASSAGE one encounters in his/her lifetime.
-which of Esperanza’s rites have been good? bad? Provide evidence.
Independent Reading Review
-Review Rites of Passage; Review ‘Born Bad” and identify figurative language and its effect on the reader. Read “Edna’s Ruthie” and begin conversation about CINDERELLA COMPLEX. (if time, read excerpts from Carter’s The Bloody Chamber).
-Review “SIre” and explain how Esperanza is different from Sire’s girlfriend? What is the significance of her not knowing how to tie her shoes?
-Review and discuss “Sally,” how does she influence E?
HW Read pp 46-71 for Tuesday, and write 1 mimic.
-Review “A Smart Cookie” and examine what this charts says about regret.
-Review “What Sally Said;” What is Sally’s reality? What happens when parent’s expectations suffocate a child’s developing identity?
MEMORY FREEWRITE (3 step process)
WEEK 3: DATES 5.25-5.29
MONDAY is MEMORIAL DAY!
-Vignette Collection Assignment: see handout
-Review “The Monkey Garden” and explain how the story follows a similar scheme as the rite of passage ones.
HW Read 72-83 for Thursday and write 1 original vignette (see assignment handout for ideas and help)
-Share original vignette
--compiling your collection; student examples.
-Review “Red Clowns” and explore the racial implications; how is the moon voyeuristic; what might the red clowns represent?
HW Read 84-110 and write 1 more original vignette for MONDAY.
-Writer’s Workshop: thoughtshots, baby steps, 6 word memoirs, “Ghost Walk” -suspense writing, etc.
HW Vignette’s DUE TUESDAY!!
-Review “The Three Sisters’ and explain the mythological allusion: 3 fates, Analyze “You must remember to come back. For the ones who cannot leave as easily as you.”
-Review “ A House of My Own;” Literary Allusion to Woolf.
DAY OF FINAL!!!
Vignette collection due!
Prepare for timed writing final, collect evidence, etc.