Classroom Agenda and Homework Mr. Snyder’s 11th Grade English
English 11A MONDAY • Vocabulary Word: Allegory – a story, poem or picture with deeper meaning. • Example: In the bible there are several symbols that are used throughout the text. • The Dove • Fish • Bread • These symbols are used in the bible often and represent a deeper meaning.
AGENDA • Response to Weekly Presidential Address • Warm-up • Write a Haiku (5-7-5) of the night. • Share Haiku’s with partner • Poetry Analysis Paper discussion • Poem 1: An Hymn To The Evening by Phillis Wheatley • Read it out loud • Annotate the poem (as a class) • HOMEWORK
An Hymn To The Night • Soon as the sun forsook the eastern main,The pealing thunder shook the heav'nly plain:Majestic grandeur! From the zephyr's wingExhales the incense of the blooming spring.
An Hymn To The Night Cont. Soft purl the streams; the birds renew their notes,And through the air their mingled music floats.Through all the heav'ns what beauteous dies are spread!But the west glories in the deepest red:So may our breasts with ev'ry virtue glow,The living temples of our God below.
An Hymn To The Night Cont. Fill'd with the praise of him who gives the light And draws the sable curtains of the night,Let placid slumbers sooth each weary mindAt morn to wake more heav'nly, more refin'd;So shall the labours of the day beginMore pure, more guarded from the snares of sin.Night's leaden sceptre seals my drowsy eyes;Then cease, my song, till fair Aurora rise.
Homework Who is Phyllis Wheatly? Why is this poem relevant to this class? What are some pieces/symbols/Lit devices within the poem that can be used for further analysis? Be ready for poem 2 on Tuesday. All work will be graded and analyzed for ownership. If you simply copy your friends work you or your friend will not receive credit. NO EXCUSES!
English 11A Tuesday 4.9 • Vocabulary Word: Didactic poetry – Didactic means to provide a moral or something intended to give a lesson. SO… Didactic poetry means a poem that will give or teach us a lesson. • Today’s Work will center around another Phillis Wheatley poem called, “On Being Brought from Africa to America.” This poem is allegorical take on Wheatley’s enslavement and outlook. It is also a fine example of Didactic poetry. Can you find the lesson she is trying to tell us?
Agenda: Tuesday 4.9 • Turn in homework • Warm up: Pop Quiz (based off of homework yesterday.) • Warm up #2: Chalk Talk: See photo and respond with a short 3 sentence anecdote (short interesting story). • Share with partner • Lecture: Who was Phillis Wheatley? • Poem #2: “On Being Brought from Africa to America” By Phillis Wheatley • Exit Slip: What is the allegory/extended metaphor in this poem? • HOMEWORK
Slave Ship to America Warm- up Respond to this picture with a 3 sentence story. Picture from: http://histclo.com/imagef/date/2007/04/slave-ship01s.jpg
Who is Phillis Wheatley • Her Name • Her Origins • Her life in America as a slave • Her education • Her life in America not as a slave • Her death
Poem #2: “On Being Brought from Africa to America” By Phillis Wheatley • 'Twas mercy brought me from my Pagan land,Taught my benighted soul to understand That there's a God, that there's a Saviour too:Once I redemption neither sought nor knew.Some view our sable race with scornful eye,"Their colour is a diabolic die."Remember, Christians, Negros, black as Cain,May be refin'd and join th'angelic train. http://www.vcu.edu/engweb/webtexts/Wheatley/brought.html
Homework • Annotate the poem and Answer the questions about the poem. • The Questions: • Note that she was brought here as a slave at the age of 7, taken from her family. How does she interpret that action as "mercy,” in line 1? • In line 2, why does she say "pagan" rather than "heathen"? • What difference does that choice of word make to the poem? • In line 5, Wheatley uses the word sable. Sable is defined as the color black; the color black; a mammal valued highly for its dark fur. Why might she be choosing this word instead of "black" or "dark"? • In the line, "Their colour is a diabolic die” Wheatley writes as if black people are dyed by the devil. Yet does she also imply the usual meaning of "die"? Explain. All work will be graded and analyzed for ownership. If you simply copy your friends work you or your friend will not receive credit. NO EXCUSES!
English 11A Wed/Thur 4.10-4.11 • Vocabulary Word: Pragmatism – philosophy of finding truth through practical consequences. • Example • If you listen to rap music you will become a drug addict gangster that is rich. • Example for our reading: If you are a woman who tells off a minister, you would be considered a witch (which is an offense that will end you up dead.)
Wed/Thurs 4.11-12 Agenda • Turn in homework • Warm: With your partner read the poem from yesterday and share your homework responses. • Lecture: Compare and Contrasting first 2 poems. • Poem #3: “On Imagination” • Partner’s planning and producing Alliteration (consonance) • Exit Slip: Notes and Annotations • HOMEWORK
Lecture • How religion is within poetry? • How society is within poetry? • How do the poems, “An Hymn To The Evening” and “On Being Brought from Africa to America” relate and have connections? • How they differ?
On Imagination By Phillis Wheatley • Thy various works, imperial queen, we see,How bright their forms! how deck'd with pomp by thee!Thy wond'rous acts in beauteous order stand,And all attest how potent is thine hand.From Helicon's refulgent heights attend,Ye sacred choir, and my attempts befriend:To tell her glories with a faithful tongue,Ye blooming graces, triumph in my song.Now here, now there, the roving Fancy flies,Till some lov'd objects strikes her wand'ring eyes,Whose silken fetters all the senses bind,And soft captivity involves the mind. http://www.vcu.edu/engweb/webtexts/Wheatley/imagination.html
On Imagination By Phillis Wheatley • Imagination! who can sing thy force?Or who describe the swiftness of thy course?Soaring though air to find the bright abode,Th'empyreal palace of the thund'ring God,We on thy pinions can surpass the wind,And leave the rolling universe behind;From star to star the mental optics rove,Measure the skies, and range the realms above.There in one view we grasp the mighty whole,Or with new worlds amaze th' unbounded soul.
On Imagination By Phillis Wheatley • Though Winter frowns to Fancy's raptur'd eyesThe fields may flourish, and gay scenes arise;The frozen deeps may break their iron bands,And bid their waters murmur o'er the sands.Fair Flora may resume her fragrant reign,And with her flow'ry riches deck the plain;Sylvanus may diffuse his honours round,And all the forest may with leaves be crown'd;Show'rs may descend, and dews their gems disclose,And nectar sparkle on the blooming rose.
On Imagination By Phillis Wheatley • Such is thy pow'r, nor are thine orders vain,O thou the leader of the mental train:In full perfection all thy works are wrought,And thine the sceptre o'er the realms of thought.Before thy throne the subject-passions bow,Of subject-passions sov'reign ruler Thou,At thy command joy rushes on the heart,And through the glowing veins the spirits dart.
On Imagination By Phillis Wheatley • Fancy might now her silken pinions tryTo rise from earth, and sweep th' expanse on high;FromTithon's bed now might Aurora rise,Her cheeks all glowing with celestial dies,While a pure stream of light o'erflows the skies.The monarch of the day I might behold,And all the mountains tipt with radiant gold,But I reluctant leave the pleasing views,Which Fancy dresses to delight the Muse;Winter austere forbids me to aspire,And northern tempests damp the rising fire;They chill the tides of Fancy's flowing sea,Cease then, my song, cease the unequal lay.1767-1773?
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