After my discussion today with the Tuesday class, I decided to give you a present: Time.
Let’s amend the plan for this week. We’re going to hold off on reading the article by Jodi Melamed for now– I’ll bring you a hard copy next week, and we’ll discuss what to do next– so you can focus on your annotation assignment.
I want you all to do a really good job on that, and I hope that you will also have your thesis in mind while you do it. And we are still reading Beatty, and I feel like we have a lot to discuss.
So. This week, read The Sellout as planned, and do your annotation assignment. And know that we’ll start thinking more seriously about your thesis beginning next week, so that is something to ponder, too
So! To get ready for our discussion next week, I want to know your concluding thoughts and questions about The Sellout.
- How does our discussion about the proleptic beginning change the way you read the ending?
- How does your reading of Galtung change the way you read the novel as a whole– could you work toward a thesis statement that brings those two readings together? (This will be harder, probably, for students in the Wednesday class, since we didn’t get to discuss this yet.)
- If you were going to write an essay question about The Sellout, what would it be?
Then, also, I want to know what’s on your mind about your thesis. What is exciting to you about the prospect of writing it, and what do you think you’ll need to learn in order to do it well?
I’m asking the question this way as I am thinking about how I can help you learn those things, because I want the thesis to be an exciting and really meaningful experience for you. I’ve been happy to watch you guys having so many good ideas, and I’m sincerely eager to see what happens next.