ALL sections, please read and annotate the poems in the packet provided in class (pdf also below) by Monday 6/5. Please remember, no late work will be accepted, and reassessment is not an option. More important, though, I will be sharing your work with Professor McCloud.
Please be prepared to spend about 60 minutes total broken up over several days on this work before Monday 6/5.
PDF of poetry packet: Vietnam Poetry by Professor Bill McCloud
Reactions and Responses – Please be sure to respond and react to the poems as you read them. You can just make quick annotations, notes, and bullet points; you don’t have to write in complete sentences or anything like that! You can ask yourself questions like…
- What does the poem make you think or feel?
- How does the poem relate to what we’ve learned about in American Studies?
- How do the poems relate to one another?
- What do you like or find interesting about the poem? What do you dislike about it?
- What surprised you, confused you, made you stop and think, made you see from a different perspective?
Questions – As you read the poems, be sure to jot down any questions that come to mind so that we can ask them on Monday!
- What questions do you have for the poet, Professor Bill McCloud?
Notice and Note Signposts – If you happen to notice a signpost, feel free to note it!
- Contrasts & Contradictions: Why is the character doing that?
- Aha Moment: How might this change things?
- Tough Questions: What does this question make ME wonder about?
- Words of the Wiser: What’s the life lesson and how might it affect the character?
- Again & Again: Why does this keep happening or coming up?
- Memory Moment: Why might this memory be important?
Word Gaps – You might need to look up some words or abbreviations.
- Look up words or abbreviations you don’t know.