where in the world have you been?

The map below shows where we have gone this year–in short stories, poems, plays, and novels.  Now, you and I are moving on, remembering our time together.

Have fun, work hard, and be good.  When in doubt, recall our course’s essential questions: Who am I? What are my primary responsibilities to myself and the communities in which I live?  What does wisdom look like?  Thank you.

From now on, to contact me, please use this email address: bllbrwn423@gmail.com.  Thanks again.

world lit


Heads Up: Exam Preamble

The first inside page of your exam appears below.  Please ask, if you have any questions about what you will be asked to sign.  Thank you.


Exam Preamble. May 2018

Acknowledgments: Philosophy and Policy

You need to recognize your own interpretations. Knee deep in the digital revolution, you need guided experience of meaningful struggle because the media-saturated culture is relentlessly telling you what to think.

Struggle is natural.  Everyone has his or her own struggles.  Don’t run away from your intellectual struggles by borrowing someone else’s solution.  Stay with the problem. Work through it. I want to know your ideas, your own way of seeing things.  


Plus, it is unfair and dishonest to present someone else’s ideas as your own, when you have found them in a source other than your own mind, our class discussions or the literature we have been studying.  

I know the creative ways you respond to various questions.  I know this because I have read your earlier writings. Creative, confident and honest students make a difference in this world.  When you clearly express your individual, independent perspectives, the world grows smarter and stronger.


I confirm that I have read and understand the above paragraph.

Also, I understand that if I should access any online source(s), which Mr. Brown discourages, I am responsible for acknowledging the source(s) in the acknowledgment-footer of my exam.  Failure to do so will result in an exam failure and further disciplinary action.

Student signature___________________________________________(date)______________

EXAM TUE MAY 22: what to expect, how to prepare, what to bring

The exam looks like this:

poetry section (20%)

Know the poetry terms in your poetry folder’s  table of contents, from both semesters.  Be ready to (1) identify a term in a given poem (2) explain how the device contributes to the overall poem or (3) create an example of a term in an original poem or short set of lines.

11-part-paragraph response on The Samurai’s Garden (30%)

Choose one of the available questions to be answered in a single paragraph.  Questions will be derived from some of the critical thinking skills named and illustrated across the front of Groesbeck 410.

essay section addressing The Kite Runner and Macbeth (50%)

In a multi-paragraph essay, clearly state and develop a response to one of several possible questions.  Each question concerns some area of overlap between these two works.  For example, one work is a play written for the stage, while the other is novel meant to be experienced by individual readers?  How does this affect the two works’ treatment of a similar element–for example, the theme of conscience, or fate; or the development of similar character traits; or the effect of setting on the characters?

Bring no books to the exam.  Just your laptop.  A quote bank will be provided, based on collection from past years.  If you anticipate finishing early and would like to do some pleasure reading until the exam period ends, bring your book.

How do I prepare?  Based on the above description, practice generating possible questions and responses.  Do this on your own, or with a classmate.  If you do this with a classmate, make possible questions then switch and respond and assess each other’s responses.

I will host a review session in the classroom from 1-2pm on Mon May 21, the day before our exam.

Between now and then, as always, if you have a question, ask.


agenda T/W May 15/16: review second-semester major works

Eyal Press email

review strengths and insights of 3 paragraphs sent to Eyal Press ; mark one sentence that you see as particularly strong or insightful

exercise with supplied topic (refuge)–small group design and present response outline

predict SG question, based on one of the critical thinking skills above smart and white boards in 410



agenda W/Th May 9/10: read

learning goal: what is one notable observation about my focal character, from my reading today? what thoughts and/or feelings do I have in response to this observation?

Honors Day schedule: B 9:35-10:35; D 11:55-12:55  Thu May 10: H 1:50-3:00

Time to read

By end of class, in one quadrant of your SG bookmark, show some notes about your focal character (each of the interior quadrants represents one of the seasons that begin with “Winter” and end with the second “Autumn” chapter).

as just one example of note-taking, here are my notes from the first “Autumn” chapter:

fear and attraction 7 unknown

disrupting calm 14 16 27 etc.

being alone, feeling alone 30

like a samurai 30

richness and mystery 31

life not just from within 43

a big storm 51 mother’s letter

Sachin comes down from mtn 54 (forty years)

courage 57




revised revision deadlines

The revision protocol below contains deadlines for application and submission.  Both deadlines have changed.  The new deadline for applying to revise is Wed May 9, 3pm.  The new deadline for submitting revisions to TURNITIN is Wed May 16.

It is still true of the protocol that you may revise one assignment at a time.  Do not start a new revision application, until I have scored the previous revision.


You may use the following REVISION PROTOCOL anytime during this semester,
As long as you submit the annotated rubric by Mon May 7, 2018.
All revisions due to TURNITIN by Mon May 14, 2018.
If you have received below a 90% on a TURNITIN assignment and want to revise for an average of the two scores, download and print the the rubric that corresponds to this assignment.  To find the right rubric, see the links below, or the Canvas page called “rubrics, templates, models.”
On this rubric, identify the assignment you want to revise.
Check the same boxes of this rubric that I did on TURNITIN.  On the BACK of the sheet, explain your specific plans for revision, based on the rubric and my marginal comments, both Quickmarks and other comments.
Hand the completed sheet to me, and wait for its return before you start revising.
Once you have submitted your revised assignment to TURNITIN, return the approved rubric to me, as a signal for me to assess the new version.