Read and annotate the Symbolism & Theme poems and w

Read and annotate the Symbolism & Theme poems and watch the Symbolism & Theme PowerPoints before beginning this discussion.
Then, choose your favorite of the poems we read this week and/or the one which gave you the most to think/write about. I recommend reviewing your poem annotations and your Symbolism & Theme Journal before beginning the discussion.
Review all of the sources on the Symbolism & Theme Discussion Resources page.
Style & Symbolism Stories
The first thing you should do each week is read the stories. Make sure to annotate (take notes) as you go: Review the Active Reading Resources to refresh yourself on annotation techniques. The notes will help you with the quiz and with other assignments in the unit.
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Ernest Hemingway, “Hills Like White Elephants (Links to an external site.)” (1927)
A man and a girl waiting at a train station have an intense discussion about their relationship, but neither one tells the truth.
Shirley Jackson, “The Lottery (Links to an external site.)” (1948)
Every June 27th, the people in a small town participate in a lottery with a shocking “prize.”
Preparing for the Journal
Watch the Symbolism & Theme PowerPoints and read/annotate the Symbolism & Theme poems before beginning this response. I go over all of this week’s poems in the PowerPoint videos, so those should be especially helpful.
Completing the Journal
Section 1: Initial Response
Choose 6 of this week’s poems and read them again. When selecting poems, choose the ones you liked and understood the best, and/or the ones that made you think the most.
For each poem, write a 1-2 sentence quick response. Don’t think too hard about it, just write down your thoughts immediately after you complete each poem.
Your initial response should be at least 6 sentences in length (at least 1 sentence for each poem). Bullet point or number the sentences to make them easier to read.
Section 2: Window/Mirror Response
A window/mirror response is all about empathy. In a window/mirror response, you write about a poem that gave you a look into someone else’s life experiences (window) OR reflected your own life experiences (mirror). Sometimes, a poem can do both!
Choose 1 of the poems we read this week. (I suggest using one of the ones you wrote about for the initial response.) If you are writing a window response, discuss what this poem showed you about someone else’s life experiences and then talk about how the poem made you feel. If you are writing a mirror response, discuss why this poem reminded you of your own experiences and then talk about how the poem made you feel. If a poem did both, you are welcome to discuss that as well.
Your window/mirror response should be at least 1 developed paragraph (5-7 sentences) in length.
Section 3: Analytical Response
Choose 1 of the poems we read this week. (You can use the one you wrote about for the window/mirror response or you can choose a different poem.) Then, choose at least 1 of the poetic devices we went over in this week’s PowerPoints:
symbols (these may be universal, conventional, or unconventional)
Note: theme isn’t listed here because you are connecting these devices to the meaning of the poem, and theme IS the meaning of the poem.
Where does the author use the device in the poem? Include at least 1 direct quote from the poem. (To see how to clearly format a quote from a poem, click here Download click here.) How does the device connect to the poem’s meaning?
If you use any sources to help you analyze the poem, make sure to list them. MLA or APA citations are not required, but you do need to give credit to your sources. Don’t use too much from sources! I want you to talk about what you see. Sources are not required.
Your analytical response should be at least 1 developed paragraph (5-7 sentences) in length.
Nathaniel Hawthorne, “Young Goodman Brown (Links to an external site.)” (1835)
A young Puritan man goes on a nighttime journey into the woods that will change his life forever.

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