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A Man Made Cold by the Universe

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

by Sherry Simpson.
Probably the best essay written by a person who went to visit Bus 142 to try to figure out what is all meant. Read a cleaned up and illustrated copy here.

Into the Wild: Reading Guide

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Attached is a copy of the Reading Schedule we will follow for Into the Wild, along with the Reading Journal assignments. Creating your own high quality interpretive questions is really the key to understanding the book, and the key to a remembering stuff for a test!
ITW Reading Guide

Making Meaning with Walden

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Walden is a book that merits a close reading, but you don’t have to read it all in order. Thoreau drops 24 carat nuggets of wisdom along the way that are worth considering all by themselves.
Find 3 nuggets in “Economy,” up to page 65.
Illustrate, using the attached sheets as a model.
Walden Illustrated Quotations
The House Has […]

Good links

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

The best general source page for all things Chris McCandless, created and maintained by George Mason University.
Heather Horton is obsessed with the bus. And she’s taken some good photographs.
Want to figure out about “The Slabs” mentioned in Into the Wild?
They have their own website! Visit
Warning: You’ll see the darker side of the “free” hipster […]

Argument Essay: Considering the Statue

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Read the third page of the handout, and write a well reasoned analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the arguments presented. Try to use terminology effectively: argument, assertion, premise, proof, deductive argument, inductive argument.
Pay particular attention to premises which you might question. Identify them, and quote them.
Remember, you’re only concerned with the essay prompt […]

Macbeth and the “Sandbank of Finitude”

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Sometimes I make up an assignment because I really don’t understand something, and I want you to explain it to me.
This is that sort of assignment. I know Hegel’s theory of tragedy applies to Shakespeare, but I have some trouble fitting it all together. So I hand this one off to you. Start with the […]

Race and Space: The Midterm Question

Friday, January 14th, 2011

Russell Banks, a contemporary novelist and critic, has observed that there are really only two great themes in American literature: Race and Space.
Is he right?
Read the attached essay question in pdf form, then start gathering material for an essay on the midterm.
Here are some handy online resources for the original words and pictures:

Huckleberry: A Reading Guide

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Keep a reading journal and be prepared to discuss Huckleberry Guide after vacation.
Check the attached pdf for details…

Country of the Pointed Firs: What’s it all About?

Monday, December 6th, 2010

A slideshow with all your quotes and a little music is available at
You can open high quality, medium, or cellphone quality versions.
Sarah Orne Jewett’s masterpiece is about the Maine coast and its people, but there is something deeper going on. What is it? What is Jewett trying to communicate to us as readers?
Take […]

Synthesis #2: Have College Freshmen Changed?

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Have college freshmen changed over the past several years, since your parents were 18?
Read the Room for Debate discussion in the New York Times and come up with your own answer.
Neil Montgomery’s research on helicopter parenting is summarized by Rachel Rettner at Links like this off the main page are fair game, but don’t […]