Per 6 Objects of Our Quest

Essential Questions for the Unit

1.  What makes me who I am?

2. In what ways do our experiences inform and shape our identity?

3.  How do writers use the journey archetype to explore ideas about sense of self?

4.  How does literature help us understand ourselves?

5.  How do different people confront change, discomfort, traumatic, and/or challenging events?

Final Assignment

Writing portfolio


Mon 2/25
from How to Read Literature Like a Professor: “Every Trip Is A Quest (Except When It’s Not)

  • How do the books you have read fit this structure?
  • What self-knowledge was gained by the characters in the end?

Starting Everything Is Illuminated and taking notes on details about characters for google classroom response

HW: Bring in 3 objects (or photos of 3 objects) that you believe represent you in some way AND response on google classroom

Tues 2/26
Discussion:  What shapes our identity?   Are we born with a sense of self (nature) or does our environment and experiences (nurture) have a greater impact?

Writing about our objects:

  • Start by describing your object using sensory details
  • Write down as many memories about your object you can remember
    • When did you get it?
    • How did you get it?  Was it given to you?  Found?
    • What are the details of those memories?
    • How does that object represent who you were when you got it and how does it represent who you are now?

Where I Am From Poem

  • Using the template, create your poem

HW:  Revising the poem

Wed 2/27
Reading the “Where I Am From” poems

Applying the journey archetype to Everything Is Illuminated

According to Jonathan Safran Foer: “As for the autobiographical content, I did make a trip to the Ukraine when I was 19 and I was looking for the woman who saved my grandfather from the Nazis. But the trip in the book didn’t at all resemble the trip that I made. I never met anyone like Alex and never had the encounters that Jonathan had in the book. My novel is much more a response to my trip than a recounting of it.” (The Washington Post)

  • Who is our Quester?
  • His place to go and stated reason to go there?
  • What are his challenges along the way?
  • What is his real reason to go there?  What self knowledge does he gain?

HW:  response on google classroom

Thurs 2/28
“Subtotals” poem

  • Using “Subtotals” we will brainstorm about objects that we have had and have not had in our lives

Return to Everything Is Illuminated

  • Considering Jonathan, what do his objects seem to “give him”?  What seems to be missing?
  • For Alex, what does Jonathan “have” that he does not?

HW:  “Where I Am Not From” poem template and poem

Fri 3/1
Drop

Mon 3/4
Snow day

Tues 3/5
Read “Where I Am Not From”

  • Which poem says more about who you are?

Finish Everything Is Illuminated 

  • Writing the response

Wed 3/6
Finish Everything Is Illuminated 

HW: google classroom response about the self-knowledge our questers gain

Thurs 3/7
Finish the last few minutes of the film and discussion

Reading “Life Without Go-Go Boots” and annotate details for the following questions:

  • How do she struggle against others to define herself?  
  • Where does she notice the absence of the Go-Go boots?
  • What fills the void?

Writing about an object you have not had

Fri 3/8
Reviewing the assignment

Drafting writing workshop & conference time

  • Poem and personal essay

Mon 3/11
Overview of assignment

Discussing “Life Without Go-Go Boots” and identifying effective language

Drafting writing workshop & conference time

  • Poem and personal essay

Tues 3/12
Drafting writing workshop & conference time

  • Poem and personal essay

Wed 3/13
Drop

Thurs 3/14
Drafting writing workshop & conference time

  • Poem and personal essay

HW:  Printing out copies and outlining for the writer’s reflection

Fri 3/15
Writing the Writer’s Reflection and printing out

HW:  Reading background information on Elie Wiesel and the Holocaust