Juniors: Modernism in T.S. Eliot and Ernest Hemingway (and a Quiz!)

*I’m sorry about the delay in this post. I was out sick on Monday.

This week, the Juniors in Room G17 will finish their study of T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by considering theme in the poem. They will support their reading of theme with a whole class reading of a literary analysis article, in which an Atlantic writer compares Prufrock to today’s hipster. Next, students will move to the short story genre as they read Hemingway’s “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place.” For this story, students will have one class period to prepare for a graded student-led discussion. Students will need to come to the discussion prepared with factual, interpretive, and evaluative questions.

To end the week, students will be given a quiz for which they will have to identify modernist elements of a poem or story in class. Students will write a short essay analyzing the thematic and stylistic features that make the text uniquely “modern.”
At home this week, students should read their choice books, complete the article of the week (will be provided Tuesday), and review their modernist notes.