AP English 12 February 4, 2015 Quick Write • To receive full points you need to be writing the ENTIRE time! What characteristics do you typically associate with people who identify themselves as “Nobodies”? What does it mean to be a “Nobody”? How does society commonly treat its “Nobodies?” Independent Reading • 20-25 minutes • Reminder: In order to receive daily SSR points you must be present and on task. That means NO sleeping, doing homework, leaving the classroom for restroom/library, talking, distracting others, etc. Class Activity “We Real Cool” by Gwendolyn Brooks “We Real Cool” • Title-Ponder the title –Group of “cool” people hanging out. “We Real Cool” • Paraphrase-Translate each line of the poem – 1. They are cool – 2. They left school – 3. They stay out late – 4. They hit straight – 5. They sing about bad things – 6. They have drunk smiles – 7. They play jazz music in June – 8. They are going to die soon “We Real Cool” • Connotation-Examine the devices – Monosyllabic: uneducated and dangerous – Repetition: makes it sound like a chant or song – Alliteration: makes it sound childish and like a nursery rhyme – Internal Rhyme: same as alliteration – Syntax: SVO and SVA makes it sound final “We Real Cool” • Attitude/Tone-Examine both the speaker and poet’s attitudes – Speaker: fake confidence, intolerant, fearful (at the end) – Poet’s Attitude: dislike, dissatisfied, contempt “We Real Cool” • Shift-epiphany –Stanza 4, Line 8 • No “we” as if there’s a realization or something is becoming final. “We Real Cool” • Title Revised-Examine the title again on an interpretive level. –Group of dropouts trying to make themselves appear “cooler” than they are “We Real Cool” • Theme-Recognize the human experience, motivation, or condition suggested by the poem. Must be expressed as a complete sentence. – The theme of the poem is that certain lifestyle choices can yield a moment of satisfaction, but in the long run, wisdom and longevity are what create a happy individual. Homework • Read the introduction and poem “I’m Nobody! Who Are You?” by Emily Dickinson on pg. 501. • Go to Google Classroom, open the document titled “First Impression Response,” read the instructions, and complete the assignment.