Background Information: First published in 1915, The Spoon River Anthology is a collection of free verse poems written from the point of view of a dead person residing in the Spoon River cemetery called "The Hill."
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#1 MERRITT MURDER: Including at least six specific facts and/or direct quotes, write a 150-250 word newspaper article that details the brutal murder of Tom Merritt on pages 90-91 in Spoon River Anthology. It could be a headline news article, an editorial about the judge's verdict, or simply three different obituaries.
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Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters
Presentations in small groups
READ TOGETHER AND DISCUSS:
Allusion: "Blind Jack"
Hypocrisy: "Deacon Taylor"
Ignorance: "Knowlt Hoheimer"
Symbolism: "George Gray"
Compare & Contrast: "Cooney Potter" v. "Fiddler Jones"
Anaphora & Parallelism: "The Hill"
Read Independently: 15 minutes and find some good ones . . .
#2 SPOON RIVER: Write a 150-200 word entry about as many or as few epitaphs as you like.
Create a Newspaper, Local TV News Broadcast, Book of Correspondence, or Dramatization showing your understanding of Spoon River Anthology.
Cooner Potter (p. 27) Dies of a Heart Attack
Last Thursday, Cooney Potter died while preparing his fields for planting. Cooney was known throughout Spoon River as one of the hardest working farmers in the county, often working from sunrise to sunset (1). During his lifetime, he took the forty acres that he inherited from his father, (2) and through hard work and enterprise, heacquired more than 1,500 acres (3).
His longtime friend and neighbor Squire Higbee commented: “He died from smoking Red Eagle cigars.” (4) However, an anonymous source close to the Potter family claimed that smoking wasn’t the only factor: “Eating hot pie and gulping coffee during the scorching hours of harvest time” (5) also had an adverse effect on Cooney’s health. He was just fifty-nine years old (6). He is survived by his wife, two sons, and two daughters. (7)
HOMEWORK: Find a poem that you like and prepare for tomorrow to teach it to your group:
#3 COMPARE: WHAT IS SIMILAR ABOUT THE LIVES OF THESE CHARACTERS?
Check out the posters below. Notice how smoothly it incorporates the two quotations, especially the first one. Notice how it specifically makes language choices to suit its target audience. Notice the clear writing. Notice the clean and balanced arrangement of text, fonts, colors, and images. Well done!!!
Read pages 98 to 132 for Tuesday . . .