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.
Seminar discussion of verses 6, 20, & 52 from “Song of Myself”
Seminar discussion of Emily Dickinson’s poems