Review for 2006 Hurting and Healing Unit

FINAL VERSION, after 6th period discussion

Bring in one side of one page of direct quotations or literary examples from the literary works.  As usual, you may also jot down words or phrases of your own to organize the material, but don't write complete sentences or paragraphs of your own.

Works used:

1) Alice Walker's "Beauty: When the Other Dancer Is the Self"
2) Scott Russell Sanders' "Under the Influence"
3) Nancy Mairs's "On Being a Cripple"
4) Francis Gilman Perkins's "The Yellow Wallpaper"
5) D. H. Lawrence's "The Blind Man"
6) Fitzgerald's "Babylon, Revisited"
7) Cathedral=Raymond Carver's "Cathedral"

I) Medium patterns (choose two half-period responses (2-3 paragraphs each, 50 points each)


First Period

      # 1) The two triangles in Bl.Man and Cathedral, reactions from two husbands vs. two visitors

      works: 5, 7


# 2/4)  I will merge # 2 (how the respective afflicted characters struggle with their illness or injury in conjunction with their family's support or lack of support)

      works: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

and # 4 (spouses' reactions to husband or wife's afflictions)        

      works: 2, 3, 4, 5,

into one overall question


# 3) bias of the first person narrator: how does that mislead or force the reader into different realizations?

      works: 2, 3                   4, 7


      # 5) the connection between physical injury and mental health

      works: 1, 3, 5, 7


# 10) strong use of settings: negative environment vs. safe escapes from their problems

      works: 4, 2       vs.        3, 5


Sixth Period

      # 1) The two triangles in Bl.Man and Cathedral, reactions from two husbands vs. two visitors

      works: 5, 7


      # 13 (new) impact of alcoholics on their families

      works: 2, 6


# 7) how authors use unreliable narrators to give insight or evoke specific responses form the reader

      works:  4, 7


# 8) the amount of time and the conditions under which people might forgive others for injury done to them

      works:  2, 6               1? Less so   4?


# 12) how children can save adults, as well as the normal role of their responsibilities

            works:  3, 6              1 at end, but enough for whole paragraph?


Editing notes for 6th period, with the rough draft hard copy:  I threw out # 6, 9 & 11.  I merged 2 & 4 into one item.  I inserted a new # 13.



II) Possible full-period essay patterns (choose ONE full-period responses (at least one paragraph for each of four literary works, 100 points for whole response)


(more "how" questions of technique)

A) One or two essay questions focusing on Technical Tools—

Begin with a general content-driven essay question, such as "How do the following writers provide us with clearer insight about how it feels to be injured or ill, how do they guide us towards healing or understanding, if we're closely connected to the afflicted, rather than "damaged" ourselves, and then demonstrate how the writer makes their case using a specific literary device or strategy, such as:


1) How writer structures the narrative to show the influence of the past on the present, the ability or inability for people to heal, to change, to be forgiven

2) use of symbols

3) allusions

4) use of first person narrators for particular effects on the reader

5) settings which confined the main character or increased their sense of despair or illness

5) diction

6) syntax

7) imagery


B) One or two essay questions focusing on Content


8) Establish definitions for "normal", "sane," "healthy,"   vs.  "sick", "crazy,"  "abnormal"

Discuss able-bodied people who are more "disabled" in other respects than the "crippled" ones


9) Hemingway's "being strong in the broken places"  How much do the afflicted recover?  How do they change?  What do we learn from this?


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