As you read, keep track of the different voices and kinds of voices that you “hear” in Steinbeck’s narrative. E.g. make a list of examples of different voices in the text. As you list various voices, think about the relation among these voices: how are they associated with setting? or with authority? can you identify certain genres or clusters of voices that seem to belong together? can you see any patterns in the distribution of voices among the narrator(s) and characters?
Friends, there will be no class today (Monday, March 13) due to a stomach bug that swept through my household over the weekend. Recall, also, that class for Wed. (March 15) is cancelled because I’m scheduled to travel to a conference. In other words, we won’t see each other again until Monday, March 27.
In the meantime, keep preparing your research presentations. Your presentations will happen on Wed., March 29. Each group will be allotted 20 minutes of in-class time. In addition, each “mini-group” will be responsible for a three or four-page write up of your research results. I will add these components to our research project page.
Take a look at the excerpt from In Dubious Battle that I distributed last Wed. Your goal in re-reading this excerpt is to see how much of the whole narrative you can read into this one fragment, i.e. to connect this excerpt as much as you can to the whole novel. Give it a try and we’ll review it the results on Monday, March 27.
Start reading Grapes of Wrath. It’s a fairly long novel, so try to get as far into the book as you can by the time we return to the classroom. (I’d say up to Chapter 19 or so would be a good goal.)
Keep reading In Dubious Battle – – you want to be at least up to Chapter 14. Don’t forget the formal analysis sheet I handed out on Monday. Annotate this excerpt from the novel, indicating characterization, setting, and narration/narrator.
And, work toward your three research questions. It would be good to have a draft of these questions about your topic by Wed. I’ll check in on your google docs.
First, don’t forget: your Tortilla Flat assignment is due!
Keep reading In Dubious Battle, but we’ll pause our discussion of the novel to get your research projects going. See our 1930s page, where I’ve added links to each group’s google doc. I’ve also tried to clarify the purpose and process of your research in a handy little guide. Bring questions (and a portable computing device) to class on Wed.
Let’s read to the end of chapter 8 in In Dubious Battle.
For our research groups: 1) the designated folks should create a google doc for each group; 2) start reading the documents for your group that I’ve included in our research starter-kit; 3) as you read, think about connections between what you’re reading and In Dubious Battle; 4) bring a portable computing device to class on Monday.