Lesson: Memory, Experience, and Genre
Author: Sarah Lovett
Subject Area: Reading/Language Arts
Grade Level: 10 - 12
In this lesson you will encounter three genres of writing, novel, blogging, and haiku poetry. You will be asked to analyze these genres, the content of these examples, and to reflect on your own use of at least two of these genres.
1.You will understand that writing can be used to communicate important details about an event. 2.You will be able to use multiple genres to communicate an important event. 3.You will understand the importance of memory and experience as they relate to knowledge of self and the world.
The day our book, Saturday by Ian McEwan takes place is February 15, 2003. This is also the day of war protests around the world against the U.S.'s impending invasion of Iraq. First you will read and analyze an excerpt from the book we are reading, examining both the content of the piece as well as the use of the novel as a means of communicating experience. Next, you will read a reflective blog post about the protest in the UK, analyzing it for its content and its genre. Finally, you will read and analyze a series of haiku poems from Haiku Times about the protest in Colorado Springs, Colorado making sure to reflect on haiku poetry as a mode of communicating experience. Once you have completed this, you will have two offline follow-up activities. For the first one you will have the option of using the novel genre or the blog genre for a detailed account of an important life day/event. For the second you will write a several haiku describing your important day/event. You will then complete a reflection for each.
Directions: Use this page to find out more about the war protests in London and around the world to aid you in your analysis of the readings.