My name is Michelle. I go to Florida State University. My major is English Education, but above all I am a seeker of knowledge
Now that you have finished reading Yeats’ “Crazy Jane Talks with the Bishop,” you are to compose a modern-day rap adaptation. Write out the lyrics (no less than 100 words) and identify which rhyme scheme you used in your song. You may choose from multiple perspectives from which to narrate your rap; this should be clear in your lyrics.
I was walkin’ down the street
when I met the Bishop, we speak
A lot, those breasts be fallin’ and flat,
The veins must be dry as a blood suckin’ bat.
Livin’ in a mansion from above,
Not in some dope pigpen like the three little ones.
They be fair and they be foulin’ like my close siblin’s,
And fair need that foul, I cried.
All my friends be in their deathbeds,
Aint’ that the truth,
Learned it through their bodies’ lowliness
And they be full of pride.
A lady can be vain and cold
When love is on the line,
But Love has made his palace
in the sewer systems
For nothin’, nothin’ can be sole or whole
Without that payment, rent.
Teacher Side Bar: This was a very interesting prompt. For those students who don’t know how to write poetry, let alone a rap, it does seem a bit difficult but it could definitely work if given enough time. The prompt keeps the students accountable for reading the piece as as well as understanding it. If they do not understand it, it would show because their rap would not make sense. I had fun writing the rap even though it is really cheesy. I would probably use this activity in one way or another for my class.
10. This CW puts YOU in charge. So, here goes: if you were to create a CW for either Yeats (either reading) or Woolf, what would you have students do? Provide explicit directions (someone may need to complete it—hint hint).
After reading Yeats’ “A Prayer for my Daughter”, create a story board of images that relates to each major line of the poem. Once you are complete, compile these photographs in order to create a “Poem Trailer”. You may either make this online, using a program such as PowerPoint, or you may make a paper story board and create a flip-book from the images.
15 March 2012
7. We have just completed our first Socratic Seminar, and I want you to use this week’s CW to reflect upon the experience. What did you like about it? What could be improved? Was this a helpful literary discussion technique? Be honest here guys (but tactful). We are going to be doing these again, so I want your input to see how we could make these seminars really work for you all:)
Here were some of my initial thoughts: I like the discussion format—you all did that pretty well. However, I’d like to see more textual reference (actually going back to the text to support an idea, illustrate a concept, etc.). Also, we need to be mindful of each other—if someone hasn’t talked, shoot them a question.
What are your thoughts? Put ‘em here!
I think that Socratic Seminars are extremely effective, however, the way that it was structured for our Pride and Prejudice discussion wasn’t entirely effective for me. I think that it is one activity that really gets students to think about the relevance of the text. One other thing that I like about the Socratic Seminar is that it really gets you to think about outside sources when you are reading/discussing the text. If there is was a way to structure the Seminar and to get all the students involved, it would be beneficial and more effective.
There were many good points brought up but overall the conversation kept straying to random topics and would stay there for a long time. I think that if we all had been prepared with questions instead of just the idea of what we should talk about than it would have worked better. There was a point in the conversation that the people were just talking about Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (whether or not there were many zombies) or if Percy and Mary Shelley both drowned (this went on for well over five minutes). Although those topics are interesting for another conversation it was not relevant to the discussion or what we were supposed to be discussing.
Another area that could be improved is that the same 3 or 4 people kept talking as if they were leading the conversation. There were so many times where I wanted to say something but I couldn’t even get a word out because one of those 3 or 4 people would talk or they would move on to a different topic. I think that raising hands or some other method would make it easier for students to get to all the people who haven’t spoken. Also, whoever wants to change the topic should ask if anyone else has anything else to say before moving to the next idea.
One last concern is that there was only one specific moment when someone referenced a line of the text Pride and Prejudice. I think that if people already had quotes prepared on certain topics than it would make the discussion flow easier because no one is searching for what to say.
Overall, I think that Socratic Seminars can be very effective tools to for students to engage them in the text and promote discussion on other texts and the relevance. There were areas that could be fixed with the discussion that we had but there were also many great points brought up.