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AP English III Language and Composition. August 29th or 30th. At the bell.

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at the bell
At the bell

In your composition book write about a television show (or movie) you watched recently. Consider what, if any, stereotypes were presented. Describe the characters. What did the director utilize to present the character the way he/she wished viewers to perceive that character?

class overview
Class Overview


Essential Questions



Complete discussion about Momaday’s The Way to Rainy Mountain

Today’s lessons


Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media in order to make informed decisions and solve problems, evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source and noting any discrepancies among the data.

Write formally and informally to a variety of audiences.

Evaluate a speakers point of view, assessing his/her tone.

essential questions
Essential questions
  • How does a memoir work for the writer and the reader?
  • How has media affected images of Native Americans?
  • What are benefits and detriments of literary stereotypes?
  • How do media shape perceptions?
  • Help! For extra credit please bring TOMORROW a fresh typed copy of your poem or essay about yourself that you submitted the first week. I would like to hang some on the bulletin board. You may have your name attached or not. You may change some name in the piece if you want to remain incognito. Have it on one sheet (modify spacing to do this).

Read pages 71-81 in Holt

You may obtain the textbook online. I’ll tell you as soon as I learn(!)

Your memoir paragraph is due on Friday (1st, 3rd, and 4th) and Tuesday (6thd)—remember a four-line heading on top left and center the title on the line after it

Submit your CB Friday.

Continue reading The Scarlet Letter. We will be discussing/writing about it week after next.

prompt for the memoir optional
Prompt for the memoir (optional)

In your CB write about a life-changing moment in your life. It does not have to be THE most significant moment. Rather, choose one of the top moments that you do not mind someone (possibly) reading. I say possibly because one never knows who might peek into your CB sometime. Tell what happened and why it resonates as important to you.

close reading
Close reading

Three voices/narrators

    • Ancestral voice—tells folk lore
    • Historical voice—relates history
    • Authorial/personal voice—shares his feelings, life
  • Give evidence of the three “narrators.”
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Close reading
  • “The Kiowas reckoned their stature by the distance they could see, and they were bent and blind in the wilderness.”
  • Discuss this pulling sections from the text.
close reading2
Close reading
  • Talk about the contrasts in Momaday’s text.
close reading3
Close reading

Where do you see irony in the pages?

close reading4
Close reading
  • Discuss when Momaday’s purpose is to entertain, inform, and persuade in the text.
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Close reading

Teacher and scholar Kenneth M Roemer has argued that In the Way to Rainy Mountain, “Momaday links the survival of his people to their ability to remember, preserve and pass on stories” (quoted in Holt 63). Do you agree that a culture’s survival rests on this ability? Explain using evidence from this text.

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Close reading
  • What are some insights Momaday gains about his heritage during his pilgrimage from Yellowstone to his grandmother’s grave at Rainy Mountain? What is the most important insight? Show evidence in the text.
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Close reading

“There are things in nature that engender an awful quiet in the heart of man:

Devil’s Tower is one of them”

(lines 85-86).

  • Memoirs help writers know themselves. Memoirs help readers know others and think how the experience of others affect us.
  • Now we continue our discussion on Native Americans
take a poll
Take a poll
  • How much TV do you watch a week?
    • Sitcoms
    • Crime
    • Reality
    • Drama
    • Cartoons
    • News
  • How does that affect your worldview?

What stereotypes are depicted?





Married people


Police officers


Middle Easterners

native american stereotypes
Native American stereotypes
  • Westerns

Good guys/bad guys

Native Americans



watch media smart
Watch Media Smart

Native American steretyping in

The Stagecoach, a film

The Lone Ranger, a TV show

Smoke Signal, a film

Anaylze each


How could/can/will this knowledge presented today affect how you view media?