Focus: Examining dichotomous objects in Invisible Man
2. Warm-up: How can we make sense of the objects in Invisible Man?
Reread the paragraph that starts on page 438 with "I wandered down the subway stairs..."
Draw a line down the middle of a sheet of paper; label one side, "Inside of history," and the other, "outside of history." Then, organize the objects below from Invisible Man into one of those two categories. Be prepared to defend your responses.
The briefcase Dr. Bledsoe's leg shackle Optic white paint Sambo doll
Douglass' portrait Brother Tarp's leg shackle The evicted couple's belongings gold coins naked white women the Founder's statue Trueblood's cabin the Golden Day the white lines on the highway the sealed envelopes yams snow Mary's coin bank the picture of the blind boxer (Ch. 16)
Quickwrite: What does it mean to be "inside history" or "outside history"? Where does the narrator see himself and why? What other categories could you come up with for these objects?
3. Socratic seminar: Chapters 19 and 20
1. Start on your Invisible Man reading assignment for Friday. Simple reading ticket: 10 one-liners. Remember that this Thursday will be a work day.
2. Meet in the library computer lab on Wednesday to work on project rubrics and poetry essay drafts.
3. Essay revisions due this Friday, December 7. Please refer to revision policies (posted on the blog from a few days ago).
4. Poetry papers due this Friday if you want to be able to revise; otherwise, they're due Dec. 12.