Friday, March 12, 2010

Rotten in the Core

Digging in does not serve well.

Reading, Standard 9, Grade 9 - 10:

Analyze a wide range of 19th- and early-twentieth century foundational works of American literature, comparing and contrasting aproaches to similar ideas or themes in two or more texts from the same period.

Exemplar texts, grade 9 - 10 ("19th- and early-twentieth century foundational works of American literature" in bold):

Stories: Homer. The Odyssey; Gogol, Nikolai. “The Nose;” Henry, O. “The Gift of the Magi;” Steinbeck, John. The Grapes of Wrath; Bradbury, Ray. Fahrenheit 451; Olsen, Tillie. “I Stand Here Ironing;” Shaara, Michael. The Killer Angels; Tan, Amy. The Joy Luck Club; Álvarez, Julia. In the Time of the Butterflies; Zusak, Marcus. The Book Thief. Drama: Shakespeare, William. The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet; Williams, Tennessee. The Glass Menagerie; Ionesco, Eugene, “Rhinoceros;” Fugard, Athol. “Master Harold.” Poetry: Shakespeare, William. “Sonnet 73,” Donne, John. “Song,” Shelley, Percy Bysshe. “Ozymandias;” Poe, Edgar Allen. “The Raven;” Dickinson, Emily. “We Grow Accustomed to the Dark;” Houseman, A. E. “Loveliest of Trees;” Johnson, James Weldon. “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”

I don't know how one is supposed to seriously evaluate something so carelessly slapped together.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It would be easier to take a stand for or against. I can imagine that beginning a careful evaluation might be interpreted as giving a broad endorsement.