This course is designed to consider the viewpoints, experiences, and identities of different cultural groups in society. By closely looking at literature written by and about these experiences, and obstacles, we will enrich our own perspectives.
To accomplish this we will immerse ourselves in literature, write daily, discuss and debate our views and opinions. We will also develop a classroom community that is supportive of one another so that each of us can be active participants and learn from each other. This class will help you develop your own voice, views, and also learn to respect and consider others opinions, experiences and thoughts.
Students research background on James Baldwin, time period/setting of novel, and the history of blues in connection to the novel.
Cultural Vignettes: Students used Sherman Alexie's writing as a mentor text to write their own vignettes that explore their own cultural identity and experiences.
These are drafted, revised, and published as a class reading.
Weekend Responses to Literature through letters, reflections, etc.
Poster/Powerpoint project on Character Study