The author of this story, Jack Finney, is also the author of one of my favorite novels, Invasion of the Body Snatchers. He was a great sci-fi and fantasy writer, though this story has none of those elements, it is still a great tense read.
The poems look at what is needed to achieve greatness. “Equipment” focuses on what you already have (eyes, arms, etc…) and how others who succeeded had the same. Sort of, like a mom saying you’re just as good as LeBron, you’ve got arms and legs just like him. “If” focuses more on what internal things need to happen for you to be a successful person. (Be aware the references to my son are because of the times the poem was written in.) “If” tells you how to act and react.
Timothy” was used as an example of implication. It is difficult to grasp the true meaning of some thing, especially when in other cases not only is the message confusing, but sometimes others are trying to obfuscate the message. This just adds more confusion, which might be the desired result. Decoding this upbeat song about cannibalism is an exercise towards academic success.
The quiz will focus on the terms from the vocabulary sheet. If you bring handwritten notes you can use them.
Believe it or not, teachers get nervous their first day of school too. Meeting so many new people and messing up or forgetting their names can stress you. Hopefully this will be the beginning of a great year. Those of you using this blog as a resource should find it useful. The reason I started this blog is two-fold. The smarter, sneakier students will hopefully discover the blog and use it to help pass the class. The other reason is to provide an area for students to dialogue with me and each other. This blog can be used to explore works more deeply or discuss events in class in a more controlled environment. Please let me know how you want to use it.
Learning can be scary! Perhaps an English teacher with a flair for the dramatic and a taste for the macabre can act as your guide. I want you to grow brave and face every phantasm of English class, conquering them by learning.