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Lesson: Memory, Experience, and Genre


Author: Sarah Lovett
Subject Area: Reading/Language Arts
Grade Level: 10 - 12

Introduction

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.

Goals

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.

Directions

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.


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Title: February 15, 2003 War Protests URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/February_15,_2003_anti-war_protest
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.



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Activity: Read and Analyze Novel Excerpt


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Summarize Henry's morning. Reflect on these questions: How does he react to the protest? What kind of viewpoint do you think he provides? How does this affect your opinion of Henry? Of the protest? Why are the protesters protesting? What do you like or dislike about this way of communicating experience? What is author McEwan's purpose here? Why? What message do you think the author was trying to convey? Think about what you feel: What emotional response do you have to the protest as a result of the excerpt? Why? What does this reflect about you? What do you like or dislike about this way of communicating experience? What is author McEwan's purpose here? Why? What message do you think the author was trying to convey?



Activity: Read & Analyze Blog Post Reflection on Protest


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Summarize this person's experience of the protest. Reflect on these questions: What is the author's purpose? How do you know this? What is your opinion of the author? Why? Of the protest? Why? What do you like and/or dislike about blogging as a means of conveying experience? Why? What is the author's purpose here? Why? What message do you think the author was trying to convey? Think about what you feel: What is your emotional response to the protest as a result of this post? Why? What does this reflect about you?



Activity: Read & Analyze Haikus on Colorado Springs Protest


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Summarize the overall message of these haiku. Reflect on these questions: What is your opinion of the protest? What is the author's purpose? How do you think haiku helped and/or hindered the author's message? What do you think about haiku as a medium for communicating experience? Think about what you feel: What is your emotional response to the protest as a result of these haiku? Why? What does this reflect about you?




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