James Baldwin

James Baldwin   Mini Biography https://www.biography.com/embed/30350121     “Sonny’s Blues” “Sonny’s Blues,” 1957 YouTube Recording of “Sonny’s Blues” Assignment #1 Read and annotate James Baldwin’s “Sonny Blues.” Above, you will see a digital PDF of the short story. Please use this version if you do not have The Story and Its Writer with you. You might findContinue reading “James Baldwin”

Zora Neale Hurston

  Who was Zora Neale Hurston? As you take a moment to explore Hurston’s hometown, be sure to view Eatonville from multiple lenses and to take notes. Click on the Google map included below, visit the town’s official website, skim the NY Times article about Eatonville’s historical legacy, and watch PBS’ biography on Hurston. RememberContinue reading “Zora Neale Hurston”


Author: Herman Hesse Who is Hermann Hesse? Nobel Prize in Literature in 1946 Life Story Difference between Hinduism and Buddhism Creation of Hinduism   Digital Version of Siddhartha Comprehensive Glossary of Terms Siddhartha film (1972) Writing Reflection: Write a reflection explaining what sort of spiritual quest you would take.  How would you define the word spiritual?  WhatContinue reading “Siddhartha”

The Harlem Renaissance

1920-1930s Langston Hughes (the voice of the Harlem Renaissance) 1902-1967   Hughes speaks at UCLA in 1967 Hear Hughes read his own poetry in 1967 as he speaks to the students at the University of California, Los Angeles. “A Negro Speaks of Rivers” “I, Too” “I look at the world” “Dreams” “The Weary Blues” “DreamContinue reading “The Harlem Renaissance”

Comparative Essays

What is a comparative essay? Examples: Half-and-Half (text-by-text) Structure Discuss all of A and then all of B.   Point-by-Point Structure Alternate points about A with comparable points about B       Works Cited: Walk, Kerry. “How to Write a Comparative Analysis.” The Writing Center at Harvard University. 1998. http://writingcenter.fas.harvard.edu/pages/how-write-comparative-analysis