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ERIC Number: ED263601
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
Literature Assignment of the Month. [Compiled from Columns in Four Issues of "Notes Plus," September and November 1984 and January and September 1985.]
Notes Plus, v2 n1-3 Sep 1984-Jan 1985 v3 n1 Sep 1985
The teaching activities presented in this paper focus on four literature assignments. The first explores the concept of love throughout two short stories, John Collier's "The Chaser" and Max Shulman's "Love Is a Fallacy." It contains a "true love opinionaire," a discussion of irony in the stories, and a follow-up evaluation. The second assignment deals with teaching the elegy through a comparison of W. H. Auden's "In Memory of W. B. Yeats" with Percy Bysshe Shelly's "Adonais" or John Milton's "Lycidas." Auden's poem provides a natural introduction to many aspects of modern poetry, to the elegy in its various forms, and to the nature of poetry and the poet's place in society. The third assignment directs students to compare Simon and Garfunkel's song "Patterns" with Amy Lowell's poem "Patterns," and Simon and Garfunkel's song "I am a Rock" with John Donne's prose passage from "Meditation 17." It discusses comparing themes, reviewing poetic elements, hearing the musical elements of poetry, and comparing forms. In the fourth assignment, the teacher plays a tape of the poem "The Hollow Men," by T.S. Eliot, asking students to imagine making a video of the poem. After students have described their images of the poem in writing, they begin to understand the poem and to gain confidence in themselves as readers. (EL)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.