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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

Support Materials
Teacher-Talk




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Objectifying the Text


Introduction

Key Points

Learning Objectives

Background Reading

Homework Assignment

Extension:
Classroom Connection


Ongoing Activity
Additional Reading


Homework Assignment

Journal: How can you incorporate a received interpretation of a text (one that has been traditionally accepted as the one "correct" meaning of the work) as students step out and objectify the text?

Reading: In preparation for Workshop 7, you may want to read the poems "Icarus" by Stephen Spender, "Icarus" by Edward Field, "To a Friend Whose Work Has Come to Triumph" by Anne Sexton, "Landscape With the Fall of Icarus" by William Carlos Williams, and the first chapter of the novel The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. All texts can be found in the anthology, Literature: An Introduction to Reading and Writing, 5th edition, Edgar V. Roberts and Henry E. Jacobs, ©1998, Prentice Hall, ISBN 0-13-010076-5.

Some online resources you might want to consult include:

Poem: “Icarus” by Stephen Spender
  • Background information on Spender from Britannica Online.

  • Poem: “Icarus” by Edward Field
  • For the poem “Icarus.”

  • Poem: “To a Friend Whose Work Has Come to Triumph”
    by Anne Sexton

  • Excerpts and reviews of Sexton’s work.
  • A biography and links to additional information about Sexton.
  • An online version of Sexton's poem and other poems themed around the Icarus myth.

    Poem: “Landscape with the Fall of Icarus”
    by William Carlos Williams

  • Visit the following sites for the poem “Landscape with the Fall of Icarus:”
    William Carlos Williams — The Academy of American Poets
    William Carlos Williams — Landscape with the Fall of Icarus
    William Carlos Williams — Emory University

  • Read a biography about Williams.
  • Information about the author’s life and works and links to related information.
  • Links to samples of Williams’ work and information about the author’s life.

    Novel Excerpt: The House on Mango Street, Chapter One, by Sandra Cisneros
  • A biography on Sandra Cisneros, information about her writings and further readings.
  • A teacher’s guide from Random House, including many questions for discussion and background on the book.
  • A Sandra Cisneros Teacher’s file from the “Internet School Media Center.”
  • Reviews, commentary and online resources related to the text, maintained by the Karnes City High School in Karnes City, TX.
  • A list of linked materials on Cisneros and her work, part of the Voices from the Gap, Women Writers of Color site.
  • Two online sections taken from the text of The House on Mango Street at The Literary Link.

    You may also consider reading Chapter 4, "The Classroom As a Social Setting for Envisionment Building," and Chapter 5, "A Practical Pedagogy," from Dr. Judith Langer's Envisioning Literature.

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