Calendar

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

Due:
  • Reading Journals: either in-class in a notebook or folder or electronically using the “journal” dropbox in Elearning. These journals may be handwritten, and they will not be graded based on handwriting, spelling, or grammar.
Readings

Final Exam Week

Monday, April 22nd, 2:00 p.m.: The deadline to post on time to last week’s Elearning discussion board on “The Courts.”

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

Final Exam Period: WE WILL NOT BE MEETING. YOU HAVE A TAKE-HOME FINAL EXAM I WILL GIVE YOU ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17TH.

Saturday, April 27th, 11:59 p.m.: The deadline for submitting your take-home final exam response using the “Final Exam” dropbox in Elearning. All tardy online discussion posts on the topics since spring break are also due by this point to get at least partial credit, although tardiness will impact your grade.

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: