·We need to keep ADDING TO and REFINING WHAT we do when we
annotate, or TALK TO THE TEXT.
·If you haven’t posted here with your trio, you need to do that by
classtime tomorrow.If you were absent
Friday, I’ll help you at the end of class today.
New Unit Focus:
Minimalism! Who’s excited?! J
Thinking Prompt:What is a
“literary movement”?Can you think of
ones you talked about in American Lit or American Novel?
“Popular Mechanics”—short story by Raymond Carver
1.Read and annotate the story.Make at least ten annotations—but this is only a guideline.
2.Answer questions 1-5 on a sheet of notebook paper. Use a
complete sentence or two for each one!
3.Head your paper, “Popular Mechanics” Reading Journal,
4.Please play on FREE RICE until everyone in class has finished 1,
2 and 3.Make sure you’re in OUR CLASS
GROUP!J (ten-ish minutes)
When We’re All Ready
1.Discuss #1-5—any disagreements?
2.Be able to cite the text to support your point.
1.Get with your group, and create a tableaux.
2.Fill out your “Dramatic Tableaux” worksheet (ONE per group).
3.We’ll perform the tableaux pieces in a few minutes! Yay!
We watched and guess three tableaux today; we'll watch the rest tomorrow.
a.Study your twelve words for the vocab
2.“Popular Mechanics” Reading
your ONE answers in complete, developed sentences—academic language!
what you want to say (what you think), and then say what the story said
all parts of the question.
3.6 =Morgan and Keri and Kaitlin B.
4.7=Michael and Allan and Sarah
5.8=Logan and Brittany and Bridget
6.9=Gabe and Zuleyma and Jenny
7.10=My model for you
8.11=Laurenand Kaitlin W.
9.12=Christina and Clay
Here’s my model for what your assignment should look/sound like:
story was originally titled, “Mine”. When I read the story, then read the title
again, “Mine” is an obvious choice. Both parents were possessive of the child,
fighting over the baby like two kids fight over a toy, all the time yelling,
“Mine!” That title makes sense, but it doesn’t add a dimension to the story, or
make me curious. But “Popular Mechanics” is more subtle. It makes me wonder,
Why did Carver title the story this way? What could the title be referring to?
title of Carver’s story is “Popular Mechanics”. There’s a magazine of the same
title, and it features do-it-yourself instructions for home improvement
projects. It’s a magazine for people who like to work on things, and for people
who like to understand how things work--mechanics. The last third of the story
reminds me of a mechanical process when the parents are fighting over the baby:
“…he worked on her fisted fingers with one hand and with the other hand he
gripped the screaming baby up under an arm near the shoulder”. And the woman’s
motions sound similarly mechanical: “She caught the baby around the wrist and
leaned back.” Obviously, the ending isn’t about home improvements—it’s the
complete opposite, home destruction. And I wonder about the title every time I
read this story. I reconsider it every time. I wouldn’t do that if the title
was simply “Mine”.