American Masters: Dickinson & Whitman

Wednesday 10/30: Idea Harvesting
Students perused the sections on Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson in class.  They created a split-note page for each author and titled each: Ideas/Images & Quotes. As they flipped through each author’s section, they were to collect quotes that stood out to them or make observations about images / ideas in each author’s writings.

Thursday 10/31: Speed-Dating/Idea Rotation
Students spent 5 minutes at the beginning of class finding one more quote / image for each author.  Then students started our speed-dating/musical-chairs rotation sharing what each found and harvesting more ideas from each other.  3-4 rotations per class.

Friday 11/01: Class Compilation
Students added their quotes to a class-list of quotes on the two class-computers.  Each student was to add two quotes from each author.  We will refer to these quote lists as we engage more deeply with each author’s texts.

Monday 11/04 & Tuesday 11/05: Reading Whitman
Brain research shows that you activate certain areas of your brain when you read silently to yourself.  You activate other areas when you read aloud and discuss a text.  So, we’re going to do both.  Students will read sections from Whitman in their text.  See Weekly Journals 5 for more details.

Wednesday 11/06: Reading Dickinson
Today we spend time reading Dickinson silently.  See the entry on the Weekly Journals 5 link for more information.

Wednesday 11/13:
Seminar discussion of verses 6, 20, & 52 from “Song of Myself

Read portions of Robert Hass’ Introduction to “Song of Myself”  or Edward Hirsch’s “To the Reader Setting Out,” an introduction to reading poetry using some of Whitman’s lines as an invitation.

Thursday 11/14:
Seminar discussion of Emily Dickinson’s poems