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Essential Questions: Poet X and Contemporary America’s Cultural Controversies

Essential Question #1: How do our surroundings (community, family, friends, ect.–or the lack thereof) affect who we are?

Essential Question #2: How does race, ethnicity, language, and religion play into or change the definition of “American”?

Essential Question #3: What should we value more, the beliefs of a person’s culture or the person’s individual beliefs?

 

Monday, January 7th

Topics: Introduction to the Course

Handouts:

Wednesday, January 9th

Topics: Poet X; Essential Questions

Handouts:
Readings
  • Poet X 1-47

Monday, January 14th

Topics: Poet X; Essential Questions

Handouts:
Readings
  • Poet X 48-151
  • You can skim this blog post recapping last class, but it just basically restates what we already covered together.

Wednesday, January 16th

Topics: Poet X; Essential Questions

Handouts:

Readings

  • Poet X 152-220

Monday, January 21st

MLK Day: NO CLASS

Wednesday, January 23rd

Topics: Poet X; Essential Questions

Readings

  • Poet X 221-357
  • You can skim this blog post recapping last class, including with a listing of everything we wrote on the board.

Home

Monday, January 28th

Topics: Home; Setting

Readings
  • Fiction:
    • Michael Anthony, Sandra Street
  • Poetry:
    • Vanessa Howard, Escape the Ghettos of New York
    • Lorna Dee Cervantes, Freeway 280
    • Carter Revard, Driving in Oklahoma

Wednesday, January 30th

Topics: Home; Setting

Readings

  • Fiction:
    • Amy Tan, A Pair of Tickets
  • Poetry:
    • Agha Shahid Ali, Postcard from Kashmire
    • Elías Miguel Muñoz, Returning
  • Essay:
    • Elise Sprunt Sheffield, The “Gentle Wholeness” of Home

Family

Monday, February 4th

Topics: Family; Characterization

Readings
  •  Essay:
    • Merle Woo, Letter to Ma
  • Poetry:
    • Simon J. Ortiz, My Father’s Song
    • Li-Young Lee, The Gift
    • Elías Miguel Muñoz, Little Sister Born in This Land

Wednesday, February 6th

Topics: Family; Characterization

Readings
  • Essay:
    • Fenton Johnson, The Limitless Heart
  • Poetry:
    • Simon J. Ortiz, Speaking
    • Rhoda Scwartz, Old Photographs
    • Naomi Long Madgett, Offspring

Heritage

Monday, February 11th

Topics: Heritage; Point of View

Readings
  • Fiction:
    • William Saroyan, Najari Levon’s Old Country Advice to the Young Americans on How to Live with a Snake
    • Maxine Hong Kingston, No Name Woman
  • Poetry:
    • Maya Angelou, Africa
    • Ray A. Young Bear, in the first place of my life

Wednesday, February 13th

Topics: Heritage; Point of View

Readings
  • Essay:
    • Margarita M. Engle, Digging for Roots
    • Judith Ortiz Cofer, More Room
  • Poetry:
    • Lorna Dee Cervantes, Heritage
    • Linda Hogan, Heritage

Language

Monday, February 18th

Topics: Language; Rhetoric

Readings
  • Essay:
    • Richard Rodriguez, Aria: A Memoir of a Bilingual Childhood
  • Fiction:
    • Salli Benedict, Tahotahontanekentseratkerontakwenhakie
  • Poetry:
    • Li-Young Lee, Persimmons
    • Ricardo Pau-Llosa, Foreign Language

Wednesday, February 20th

Topics: Language; Rhetoric

Readings
  • Essay:
    • Gloria Naylor, “Mommy, What Does ‘Nigger” Mean?”
    • Rudolph Chelminski, Next to Brzezinski, Chelminski’s a Cinch
  • Poetry:
    • Louise Erdrich, Jacklight
    • Nora Dauenhauer, Tlingit Concrete Poem

Aliens

Monday, February 25th

Topics: Aliens; Reader Expectations

Readings
  • Essay:
    • Jack G. Shaheen, The Media’s Image of Arabs
  •  Fiction:
    • Neil Bissoondath, There Are a Lot of Ways to Die
  • Poetry:
    • Diane Burns, Sure You Can Ask Me a Personal Question
    • Perry Brass, I Think the New Teacher’s a Queer

Wednesday, February 27th

NO CLASS TODAY! I WILL BE PRESENT IN OUR NORMAL CLASSROOM DURING THE NORMAL TIME SO THAT YOU CAN WORK ON YOUR TAKE-HOME MIDTERM OR COME AND ASK ME QUESTIONS. I WILL NOT BE TAKING ATTENDANCE. HOWEVER, YOU ARE STILL EXPECTED TO DO THE READINGS AND TO CONTINUE POSTING TO THE ONLINE CLASS DISCUSSION.

Topics: Aliens; Reader Expectations

Readings
  • Fiction:
    • Margaret Atwood, The Man from Mars
    • Becky Birtha, Johnnieruth
  • Poetry:
    • Marcela Christine Lucero-Trujillo, Roseville, Minn., U.S.A.
    • Tato Laviera, tito madera smith

Spring Break

Monday, March 4th

Spring Break: No Class

Wednesday, March 6th

Spring Break: No Class

Fences

Monday, March 11th

Topics: Fences; Conflict and Structure

Readings
  • Essay:
    • James Seilsopour, I Forgot the Words to the National Anthem
    • Laurence Thomas, Next Life, I’ll Be White
  • Poetry:
    • Pat Mora, Sonrisas
    • Madeline Coopsammy, In the Dungeon of My Skin

Wednesday, March 13th

Topics: Fences; Conflict and Structure

Readings
  • Drama:
    • August Wilson, Fences

Crossing

Monday, March 18th

Topics: Crossing; Theme

Readings
  • Essay:
    • Julia Alvarez, Hold the Mayonaise
    • Gary Soto, Like Mexicans
  • Poetry:
    • Paula Gunn Allen, Pocahontas to Her English Husband, John Rolfe
    • Wendy Rose, Julia

Wednesday, March 20th

Topics: Crossing; Theme

Readings
  • Essay:
    • Lynn Minton, Is It Okay to Date Someone of Another Race?
  •  Fiction:
    • Tobias Wolff, Say Yes
  • Poetry:
    • Juliet Kono, Sashimi
    • Gogisgi, Song of the Breed

Americans

Monday, March 25th

Topics: Americans; Context

Readings
  • Essay:
    • Jesse G. Monteagudo, Miami, Florida
  • Fiction:
    • Bharati Mukherjee, Hindus
  • Poetry:
    • Pat Mora, Immigrants
    • Richard Olivas, [I’m sitting in my history class]

Wednesday, March 27th

Topics: Americans; Context

Readings
  • Essay:
    • Lee Ki Chuck, From Korea to Heaven Counry
    • Adrienne Rich, If Not with Others, How?
  •  Fiction:
    • Toni Cade Bambara, The Lesson
  • Poetry:
    • Jimmy Santiago Baca, So Mexicans Are Taking Jobs from Americans 

Beliefs

Monday, April 1st

Topics: Beliefs; Myth and Symbol

Readings
  • Essay:
    • Leonard Begay, Beyond Sacred Mountains
  •  Fiction:
    • Toshio Mori, Abalone, Abalone
  • Poetry:
    • N. Scott Momaday, The Eagle-Feather Fan
    • Ishmael Reed, I Am a Cowboy in the Boat of Ra

Wednesday, April 3rd

Topics: Beliefs; Myth and Symbol

Readings
  • Fiction:
    • Barry Taragan, Dominion
  • Poetry:
    • Stephen Shu-Ning Liu, My Father’s Martial Art
    • Walter K. Lew, Leaving Seoul: 1953
  •  Essay:
    • Martin Luther King, Jr., I Have a Dream

The Majority/Congress

Monday, April 8th

Topics: The Majority

Readings
  • Available on Elearning as “The Majority”:
    • Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America (excerpts)
    • William Riker, “Social Choice and Constitutional Theory” (excerpt)
    • The Bill of Rights
    • Steven G. Gey, Religion and State (excerpts)
    • James Madison, “Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments”
    • John Rawls, A Theory of Justice (excerpts)

Wednesday, April 10th

Topics: Congress

Readings
  • Continue Discussion of Monday’s readings
  • William Eskridge, Jr. and John Ferejohn, The Article I, Section 7 Game (In Elearning)

The Courts

Monday, April 15th

Topics: The Courts

Readings
  •  Available in Elearning as “Courts”:
    • The Civil War Amendments
    • Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka
    • Griswold v. Connecticut
    • Romer v. Evans

Wednesday, April 17th

Topics: The Courts

Readings

Final Exam Week

Thursday, April 25th, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Final Exam Period: In-Class Essay Exam

Notes:

The main page for this class is here: Engl 2220–Spring 2019

This calendar will be updated with new readings, assignments, and other information throughout the semester. Students will need to revisit this page often.

All handouts: