But I’ve said that phrase to my parents, sister, brother, ex-girlfriends, former classes I taught, pet bird, favorite book, etc. Sometimes it means “I want to get in your pants;” others it means “I commit my life to you,” or “you birthed me, that was pretty cool,” “I grew up with you and we are linked that way forever,” “you were the best classroom I‘ve taught,” “you whistle the Mardi Gras Mambo, that’s pretty cool.” What I’ve just done is made my language more specific to its audience and to the rhetorical situation.
Poetry is that magnified times 10 -- it is the most specific form of expression.
Suggested Time: 35-50 Minutes Procedure: Step 1: Prepare for Lesson People often offer me this complaint when I talk to them about poetry: ‘I don’t understand poetry. But thinking that poets are trying to “hide” their meaning is misleading, and hiding meaning is not what poetry is about.
If the best poets could hide their meaning the most, then the “best” poetry would be unreadable to anybody else.
You may look at the quality of the writing, the quality of the research, and the persuasiveness of the arguments, among other things.
Critical reading is an active process by which a scholar rigorously and systematically questions the literature with the goal of assessing credibility and validity.
Description: This exercise prompts students to reconsider quick and non-interactive reading by comparing the processes. It prompts students to challenge claims in a colloquial manner, and then provides the opportunity to discuss varied viewpoints and draft a counterargument.
It should demonstrate that retaining information is more difficult and time-consuming from a passively read passage. This is aggro active-reading, or active reading with a purpose.
Suggested Time: 40 minutes Procedure: ____________________________________________________________________ The Verbal Shove-Off: Active Reading Purpose: This exercise compels students to engage with authors in an exaggerated take on the “talking back to the text” reading strategy; and serves as a nice precursor to an opinion-editorial. Suggested Time: 60 minutes Procedure: ____________________________________________________________________ How to Eat a Poem Purpose: When reading poetry, students so often feel pressure to find the “deeper” or “underlying” meaning.
Students should be motivated by the outlandish or absurdly biased (poorly researched) essays to challenge the author with questions in the margins of their essays. This exercise is meant to demonstrate that they can read poetry and get meaning from it, and that they don’t need to feel pressure about it.