For this week, we're going to read Harper Lee's stunning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. There are few books that still provoke me after the third-- or seventh-- reading, and this is one of them! I hope you love it as much as I do.
After watching the intro video, scroll down and push play on the second (note: it's an audio interview, not a real video). This is the only known recording of Harper Lee discussing her book, as she fiercely guarded her privacy.
Finally, read this week's handout by Brent Staples, "Just Walk on By: Black Men in Public Space." It's a powerful piece that lends itself to deeper introspection about the assumptions we make every day, and the assumption made about us.
As for your homework, turn in the study guides for O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night, then answer the three questions at the end of the Staples essay. Post them below.
Miss you all! Happy Easter!
Below is the video "discussion" and notes for the coming week. Students also need to finish the BBC documentary on Steinbeck (embedded below). Miss you all!
I'm writing you from the comfort of my living room, where I'm enjoying hot chocolate (*whipped cream, of course* and my famous purple fuzzy slippers. There are some upsides to the 2020 apocalypse =)
In the following three weeks, I will be posting everything you need to know: updates, homework, and lectures right here. It's all in blog format, so you can respond straight to the posts. For now, just keep up with the syllabus. After discussing with several ILA students (and parents), I've decided to do these weeks as a video series, rather than a live discussion, as it will help keep your schedule more flexible. That means YOU CAN REST EASY ON MONDAY! YAY! Homework responses will still be due, but you will have till midnight to send them in to my email.
Stay kind, everybody!