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Conversations in Literature
Conversations in Literature — Workshop
About CONVERSATIONS IN LITERATURE

Individual Program
Descriptions

1. Responding
as Readers


2. Envisioning

3. Stepping In

4. Moving Through

5. Rethinking

6. Objectifying
the Text


7. The Stances
in Action


8. Returning to the
Classroom





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Re: [Channel-talklitconversations] Workshop 7 Response

From: evalu8tor <evalu8tor@yahoo.com>
Date: Thu Jul 14 2005 - 18:56:11 EDT

> In response to "Icarus" by Edward Field.
> I felt this was about a man that was living in his
> past. Earlier in his life he had accomplished great
> things. But now he was just going through the
> motions
> daily. When he was alone he tended to dream and
> brood
> about his past achievement. He seemed very isolated,
>
> depressed, he had no connections to the present.
> I took this as a warning that we are social
> creatures
> who need interaction and connections to others in
> our
> lives, when we do not have this we tend to turn
> inward.
>
> In response to "Icarus" by Stephen Spender.
> I think this poem is about someone feeling that
> they are invincible. They feel all powerful, young,
> and are ready to take on the world. They feel that
> can achieve whatever they attempt. I felt this
> was a difficult poem to understand. After reading
> this, I can easily understand how students get
> frustrated when reading poems.
>
> In response to "Landscape With The Fall Of Icarus"
> by
> William Carlos Williams. I felt Icarus was battling
> his father. I think their was a child - parent
> battle
> of wills struggle going on. Perhap the father tried
> to
> talk to Icarcus about his being more cautious, but
> he
> did not listen. Icarus was a daredevil who glorified
> in taking risks. But in the end his risk-taking
> ended
> his life.
>
> In response to "The House on Mango Street" by Sandra
> Cisneros. The story was told from a child's point of
> view. It gives their prospective of what it is like
> to
> be Mexican, poor, and live in urban area. It's about
> a
> families hope of having something better in
> their future. This is about a families struggle to
> attain the American Dream - to have a home of their
> own. I think this story shows the importance of
> family, the need to dream to achieve. But it also
> shows that as much as we strive, we may not always
> achieve our dreams. We may have to learn to settle
> for
> things in our lives. I found the quote at the end
> very
> meaningful for me: "I dream one day of going away,
> but
> I will come back for the ones who cannot out." I
> really enjoyed this reading it is written in a very
> down to earth manner. I feel that students would be
> able to connect easily to this book.
>
> Brenda
>
>
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