Consequences of the feminine beauty ideal:
Creating anxiety in women
Even clinical depression and suicidality
Social effect of the ideal
The beauty ideal and eating disorders. Also here.
Beauty and self harm
Body image and alcohol abuse
The ideal is a social construct and subject to change over time. Also here.
Indoctrination of the young: The ideal in Fairy Tales (see Discussion and Conclusion)
Young men can be at risk, too.
How to develop a healthy body image (read links, too)
Complete text of THE BLUEST EYE by Toni Morrison
Homework Packet for The Bluest Eye. Guided Reading Questions due throughout the month -- all questions finished by May 31.
Complete audiobook of The Bluest Eye on YouTube.
Due Wednesday, April 12 Read "A Worn Path" by Eudora Welty and answer questions 3, 4, 6, 7 on page 828 of the American Lit textbook plus this: "Compare this story to TEWWG with regard to: (a) race); and (b) the passage of time"
Also Tuesday, April 11 Be prepared for objective test on TEWWG.
Friday, March 10 Be prepared for reading check on TEWWG chapters 5-11!
Reading schedule for Their Eyes Were Watching God.
Chapters 1-4 Wednesday, March 1
Chapters 5-6 Monday, March 6
Chapters 7-11 Friday, March 10
Chapters 12-15 Wednesday, March 15
Chapters 16-18 Monday, March 20
Chapters 19-20 Friday, March 24
You may answer the guided reading questions or you can maintain a reading journal with four entries per chapter. Guided reading questions should be answered in complete sentences which incorporate the question.
Their Eyes Were Watching God. Link to on-line version of the text. Link to .zip file for audiobook.
Due Friday, February 24 Culminating paper for The Joy Luck Club. You have your choice of responding to three of the questions on this sheet OR comparing and contrasting the book and film version of the story in three aspects, as specified in this organizer. Minimum 700 words (2 typed pages), Times New Roman 12, MLA format, including heading.
You can download a .zip file of the audiobook for The Joy Luck Club at this link.
Due Monday, January 23 Reader response essay to the story A Telephone Call by Dorothy Parker, according to this description. A model reader response essay is found here.
Reading Schedule for Joy Luck Club
FEATHERS FROM A THOUSAND LI AWAY
The Joy Luck Club January 5
Scar January 9
The Red Candle January 9
The Moon Lady January 11
THE TWENTY-SIX MALIGNANT GATES
Rules of the Game January 13
The Voice from the Wall January 18
Half and Half January 18
Two Kinds January 20
Rice Husband January 23
MIDTERM EXAMS - No homework January 24-27
Note -- Midterms may include up through “Rice Husband”
Four Directions January 30
Without Wood February 1
Best Quality February 3
QUEEN MOTHER OF THE WESTERN SKIES
Magpies February 6
Waiting Between The Trees February 8
Double Face February 10
A Pair of Tickets February 13
Wednesday, January 4
Bring four (4) open-ended discussion questions for use in a Socratic seminar about How The Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents.
Monday, December 12
Fabulation, or the Re-education of Undine by Lynn Nottage can be read here.
Due Monday, December 5
Completed guided reading questions for the story "Sweat" by Zora Neale Hurston.
Due Wednesday, November 30
Please write a thank-you note to producer-director Aaron Matthews for access to his film My American Girls.
Your note should also include two things you liked or connected to in the film and one question you have, as well as anything else you would like to say. It may be handwritten or digital, by e-mail or share to firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is a link to a .zip file of the audiobook of Garcia Girls. Clink on the link, download the file and then open it with an unzip program to access the .mp3 files and listen to them in the audio app of your choice.
Reading Schedule for How The Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent
Antojos November 18
The Kiss November 21
The Four Girls November 23
Joe November 28
The Rudy Elmenhurst Story November 28
A Regular Revolution November 30
Daughter of Invention December 2
Trespass December 5
Snow December 7
Floor Show December 9
The Blood of the Conquistadores December 12
The Human Body December 14
Still Lives December 16
An American Surprise December 19
The Drum December 21
For each chapter, please complete at least four (4) journal entries in double column format.
Due Tuesday, November 15 Prepare 4 open-ended questions for Socratic Seminar on Annie John.
For Monday, November 7 Prepare for Annie John objective test.
Due Wednesday, November 2 Journal for Chapter 8 of Annie John.
Due Tuesday, November 1 Journal for Chapter 7 of Annie John.
Due Monday, October 31 1000-word essay on the poem "sorry."
Due Friday, October 28 Journal for Chapter 6 of Annie John.
Due Thursday, October 27 Journal for Chapter 5 of Annie John.
Due Wednesday, October 26 Journal for Chapter 4 of Annie John.
Due Tuesday, October 25 Journal for Chapter 3 of Annie John.
Due Monday, October 24 Journal for Chapter 2 of Annie John.
Due Friday, October 21 Journal for Chapter 1 of Annie John.
Due Friday, October 14 Prepare (in writing) four (4) open-ended discussion questions about the film Iron-Jawed Angels.
Due Tuesday, October 11 Read The Storyteller's Daughter through Chapter 20 (the end) and journal.
Due Friday, October 7 Read The Storyteller's Daughter through Chapter 16 and journal.
Due Wednesday, October 5 Read The Storyteller's Daughter through Chapter 13 and journal.
Due Monday, October 3 Read The Storyteller's Daughter through Chapter 10 and journal.
Due Tuesday, September 27: Using at least five examples from the text, write an essay of at least 1000 words on how Glaspell develops a theme in this short play. The theme should have some connection with the broader themes of our course, such as women’s identity; and your proof should be very specific -- particular lines, bits of action, etc.
Suggested themes include:
Law vs. Justice
Violence within the home
Female bonding and/or empathy
Spheres of control (woman - domestic “trifles”; man - the greater world)
Freedom v. confinement
Paper in MLA format
Times New Roman 12
Preferably submitted digitally by attachment or link to email@example.com
PARCC LAT rubric applies
Click the link
to see the television documentary Beneath The Veil
which Saira Shah describes making in Chapter 1 of the book.
Due Friday, September 23
: Read Chapters 8-10 of The Storyteller's Daughter
and complete 5 journal entries for each chapter.
Due Wednesday, September 21
: Read Chapters 5-7 of The Storyteller's Daughter
and complete 5 journal entries for each chapter.
Due Monday, September 19
: Read Chapters 1-4 of The Storyteller's Daughter
by Saira Shah and complete 5 journal entries for each chapter.
You can download blank journal pages here
, and either print them, or type your entries directly into this Word doc. Here is a model journal page
Audiobook is available. Text, e-mail or speak to me in class.
Due Tuesday, September 13
: Annotate the rhymes and the figurative language in "Lost Ones" by Lauryn Hill
Due Monday, September 12
: Read the excerpt from A Room of One's Own
handed out in class and attached here
. Be prepared for class discussion on Woolf's explanation why there is no significant women's literature before the early 1800s. This discussion will culminate in a paper to be assigned.