Focus: Is it good to have dreams, even if we don't achieve them?
1. Warming up: Considering your own dreams...
Describe a few genuine dreams you have for yourself within the next ten years. College? Career? House? Family? Sports? Hobbies?
What would it specifically take between now and then for you to achieve those dreams? In other words, list the steps that need to happen in order to make those dreams come true.
What specific obstacles might stand in the way of achieving those dreams?
If you never achieve those dreams, is it still good to have those dreams? Explain your thinking.
2. Reading together Langston Hughes's "'Dreams"
Thinking about diction: Which verbs are the most powerful ones? What are their connotations?
Thinking about figurative language: What does Hughes compare dreams to? How are dreams like these things?
Thinking about theme: How might Hughes respond to our focus question of the day?
Thinking about synthesis: Would Steinbeck agree with Hughes?
3. Analyzing Mary Oliver's and Robert Burns's poems in small groups
4. Synthesizing the poets' ideas about dreams with Steinbeck's:
Both Steinbeck and _____________ (poet of your choice) agree that dreams ________________, but Steinbeck thinks that dreams are ______________________ while __________________ (poet) suggests that dreams are __________________.
1. Read the overview of the summary-response essay and the list of possible topics, linked HERE.
2. Start a Google doc called "___________ (your last name) Summary Response", and put that doc in your Of Mice and Men folder so that it's shared with me.
3. Copy and paste the topic you've chosen directly into the document and spend ten minutes brainstorming ideas about what you might write about.
4. Independent reading.