Working in groups of three, create a Snapchat video posting interpreting the role of New York in one of the Claude McKay poems that we read (“If We Must Die,” “America,” “Subway Wind,” “On Broadway,” or “The Tropics in New York.” ). The posting will include text, such as lines from the poem or responses to it.
At least one member of the group should create a separate Snapchat account for this course and share the results with the instructor. We will view your postings at the end of class.
Each group will present a thesis about one of the readings. The group will elaborate on and defend their thesis with analysis of evidence from their text. Each group member must speak at one point during the exercise.
Following the presentations, we will vote using Poll Everywhere.
Group 1: “The Weary Blues”
Group 2: “The Negro Speaks of Rivers”
Group 3: “Harlem Literati”
Group 4: “When the Negro Was in Vogue”
Make one argument about characters’ interactions with each other in your section of Edith Wharton's "New Year's Day" from Old New York (1924), analyzing at least one quotation. You will present your findings to the class.
What is the role of the city in these exchanges? At least one member of your group should investigate the locations in your section using Google Maps. Address their significance in your section.
Group 1: First half of Ch. 1
Group 2: Second half of Ch. 1
Group 3: First half of Ch. 2
Group 4: Second half of Ch. 2
Group 5: First half of Ch. 3
Group 6: Second half of Ch. 3
In Class Exercise:
Review your term in chapter one of Understanding Rhetoric and address its
role in Frank O’Hara’s “The Day Lady Died.” Each group will present its findings to the class.
Select one word from “The Day Lady Died” and address its significance to the poem and its depiction of New York. How does the word that you selected differ from the word you chose the first day? Or, if you missed the first day, what is one word that comes to mind when you think of New York?