Wednesday, February 22, 2017
New Yorker article on Emerson - Reflection Questions
Consult with a partner and discuss these questions. Additionally, write your responses down on a sheet of paper (your notes for English class, not your warm-up journals)
  1. Explain Emerson’s understanding of grief. What was so frustrating about grief to him? Consider the line, “‘I chiefly grieve that I cannot grieve’” (1). You may have to reread the section a couple of times.
  2. What do you think “interior oratory” means? Consider each word independently, then put those two ideas together. What could that mashup possibly mean?
  3. What are you thoughts on the poem “Threnody”? Use at least three complete sentences in your response. Keep in mind that this poem is about his son, Waldo.
  4. What does Chiasson mean that Emerson’s “prose was poetry”?
  5. How do you want your writing to develop? What kind of writer do you want to be? Like Emerson and make it into its own “architecture”?

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
  • "Mango Says Goodbye Sometimes" - The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros
  • I like to tell stories. I tell them inside my head. I tell them after the mailman says, Here’s your mail. Here’s your mail he said.
  • I make a story for my life, for each step my brown shoe takes. I say, “And so she trudged up the wooden stairs, her sad brown shoes taking her to the house she never liked.”
    I like to tell stories. I am going to tell you a story about a girl who didn’t want to belong.
    We didn’t always live on Mango Street. Before that we lived on Loomis on the third floor, and before that we lived on Keeler. Before Keeler it was Paulina, but what I remember most is Mango Street, sad red house, the house I belong but do not belong to.
    I put it down on paper and then the ghost does not ache so much. I write it down and Mango says goodbye sometimes. She does not hold me with both arms. She sets me free.
    One day I will pack my bags of books and paper. One day I will say goodbye to Mango. I am too strong for her to keep me here forever. One day I will go away.
    Friends and neighbors will say, What happened to that Esperanza? Where did she go with all those books and paper? Why did she march so far away?
    They will not know I have gone away to come back. For the ones I left behind. For the ones who cannot out.

  • Reflection Questions:
    • What was your first reaction to the text? What phrase or word captured your attention? What confused you?
    • What sort of person do you imagine the writer to be? Why do you think she wrote this?
    • Though we have little information about the physical description of the Mango Street house, what kind of image does the writer paint? What key words and/or phrases create this image?