Blog Entry #9 – “SE Asia Unit Reflections” – Due Feb. 13

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading our SE Asian novels, and I hope that you have enjoyed our rich classroom discussions.  Like I said at the start of our unit, I think that encountering tough issues in literature — in the form of stories — can bring the complexities of our modern world into a new…

Blog Entry #7 – “Holocaust Survivors’ Stories” – Due Dec 3

The famous writer and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel once said, “To forget a Holocaust is to kill twice.”  The more life I live and the more I learn about history, I would absolutely agree with him.  It is essential — to history, to humanity, and to ourselves — to make purposeful efforts to remember this horrific…

World War II Poetry Analysis – Due Nov 21(B,E) / 22(G)

As I hope you remember from 10th grade, Europe has been home to some of the finest poets the world has ever known.  Because I like to touch on a little poetry as we “travel the world” in each unit, I’d like you to spend today digging into some quality European poetry.  A while back,…

Blog Entry #4 – “Childhood Rebellion” – Due Oct. 4(B) / 5(E,G)

An unavoidably important element of Persepolis is the “coming-of-age” journey of Marji.  While the book’s historical and political content is obviously crucial, I would argue that the book, at its core, is the story of one girl’s complex transition from childhood into adolescence and adulthood. The process and struggles associated with growing up are a…

Poetry by and Inspired by Rumi – Due Sept 24(B,E) / Sept 25(G)

I don’t do poetry much in World Lit, but when I do, I think it’s worth it!  As a first step into this unit, I’m excited for you to get exposed to Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rumi, the incredible classical Middle-Eastern poet who has withstood the test of time in rare form.  Perhaps you’ll soon discover why…

Blog Entry #3 – “Culture and Morality” – Due Sept. 10

The tension between culture and morality seems to be ever-present in The Good Earth, but I think it reaches a climax when Lotus enters the picture.  I of course think that Wang Lung committing adultery is morally wrong, but these cultural questions still naggingly tug in the back of my mind.  Would I have felt…