Poverty and Literature


 

EU71


 

Spragins


 

Spring 2018

3rd Period Even Days; Drop Down Day 1


 

 

 

 

Second Semester Topics:

 


Urban Injustice: How Ghettos Happen (2004) by David Hilfiker, MD



Ta-Nehesi Coates, Between the World and Me (2015)
J.D. Vance, Hillbilly Elegy (2016)

 

 

 

 


Richard Wright (1908-1960)

Richard Wright, Native Son (1940)

 

 

 

 

The Promised Land (1991) Nicholas Lemann, Washington

August Wilson, Jitney (1977) 

 

 

 

David Simon, The Corner (2000)


William Julius Wilson, New Yorker Profile
Lynn Nottage, Sweat (2017)

 

 

 

Month

Day

Cycle


Assignment

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

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22

6

Mon

Exam Make-up Day

 

1

23

7

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1 24 8 Wed.

 

 

 


Cory Booker, Senator from New Jersey and former mayor of Newark


Paul Ryan, United States Representative for Wisconsin's 1st congressional district since 1999 and  now the Speaker of the House. He was the Republican Party nominee for Vice President of the United States in the 2012 election


Ben Carson,  Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

 


Preliminary Poll 

Debating the War on Poverty Fifty Years Later:

The Trump Administration's Position:

Homework:

 

1         

25

9

Thurs.








 

1       

26

10

Fri.


 

 

 


Sarah's Uncertain Path NYT 1-21-14
Profiling a pregnant teenager in Missouri, this short documentary provides a window into rural poverty in America's heartland.

 

Hilfiker Essay due on Thursday, February 1st at 3:30 pm

Urban Injustice: How Ghettos Happen by David Hilfiker, MD  

Introduction:

Chapter One, "Building the Ghetto: A History" (Study Guide) (GoogleDocs Guide Chapter One) (Hilfiker Outline) (Blank Guide for your note taking)

Discussion: The Causes of Poverty:

  • Macro vs. Micro Effects;
  • Intended vs. Unintended; 
  • Government Action vs. Private Action
  • (Study Guide Answers)

Homework:

 

1     

29

1

Mon

 


Liz Bowie, Unsettled Journeys: Torn Between Two Worlds: Refugee Students Adapt to a New World at Patterson HIgh School Baltimore Sun 10-30-15
Reading Day

 

1

30

2

Tues


 

 

 


The Problem We All Live With, Norman Rockwell (illustration for Look 1964)


Redlining in Baltimore

Liz Bowie and Michael Dresser, Maryland state and local governments urged to increase school funding by $2.6 billion The Baltimore Sun 12-8-16

 

Urban Injustice: How Ghettos Happen by David Hilfiker, MD

Hilfiker Essay due on Thursday, February 1st at 3:30 pm

Homework:

For further reading:
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4

Thurs

 

 

 

 


Jacob Riis, 5 Cents a Spot  (1890)


National Child Labor Committee (1905) Lewis Hines

 

 

Essay on Hilfiker due at 3:30 p.m

Photography and Ideology:

Lange, Breadline (1936) Lange,  Migrant Mother Photos
 from Farm Security Administration  Photos (1936-38) (LOC)
Ta-Nehesi Coates, Between the World and Me (2015)

Homework:
Part One (pp. 1-71)
  • The Interview (pp.1-13)
  • West Baltimore (pp.13- 38)
  • The Mecca (pp.39-71)

 

2

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5

Fri






 

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West Baltimore

Howard University Lawn
Part One (pp. 1-71)
  • The Interview (pp.1-13)
  • West Baltimore (pp.13- 38)
  • The Mecca (pp.39-71)
Homework:

Part Two (pp. 73-132)
  • The Killing of Prince Jones (pp. 73-84)
  • New York City and Fatherhood (pp. 86-97)
  • Civil War Battlefields (pp. 99-107)
  • Journalism (pp.108-114)
  • Paris: 2014 (pp. 114-132)

 

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7

8

Wed.

Parent Conference Day

 

2         

8

9

Thurs.


 

2         

9

10

Fri.

 

Civil War Monuments

Brooklyn

Coates in Paris

Part Two (pp. 73-132)
  • The Killing of Prince Jones (pp. 73-84)
  • New York City and Fatherhood (pp. 86-97)
  • Civil War Battlefields (pp. 99-107)
  • Journalism (pp.108-114)
  • Paris: 2014 (pp. 114-132)

2 12 1
Black Lives MatterPart Three:

The Visit with Dr. Jones (pp. 133-52)

 

2         

13

2

Tues.




Time Magazine Aug. 29, 1977

The Underclass Debate:

  • "The Underclass"- a group beyond the help of government
  • Term emerges in 1977-82 era
  • Time: drugs, crime, teen pregnancy, unemployed, socially alienated, school dropouts, welfare moms, urban decay, black hole of welfare spending.
  • Ken Auletta in 1977 Time Magazine article entitled "The American Underclass" suggested that a whole class of people were emerging in the inner city who might be beyond the reach of any form of help: the passive poor, hostile street criminals, hustlersdrunks/addicts/homeless. 
Homework:
  • J.D. Vance, Hillbilly Elegy (2015)
(pp. 1- 10) Introduction
(pp. 11- 22) Chapter One
(pp. 23- 38) Chapter Two
(pp. 39- 46) Chapter Three
(pp. 47- 60) Chapter Four
2 14 3 Wed.

 

2         

15

4

Thurs.


J.D. Vance, Hillbilly Elegy (2016)

Hillbilly Elegy:

A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

2016

J.D. VANCE

(pp. 1- 10) Introduction
(pp. 11- 22) Chapter One
(pp. 23- 38) Chapter Two
(pp. 39- 46) Chapter Three
(pp. 47- 60) Chapter Four
(pp. 61- 80) Chapter Five
(pp. 81- 100) Chapter Six
(pp. 101-118) Chapter Seven
(pp. 119-128) Chapter Eight
(pp. 129-152) Chapter Nine
(pp. 153-178) Chapter Ten
(pp. 179-196) Chapter Eleven
(pp. 197-208) Chapter Twelve
(pp. 209-222) Chapter Thirteen
(pp. 223-234) Chapter Fourteen
(pp. 235-248) Chapter Fifteen
(pp. 249-257) Conclusion

Homework:

(pp. 61- 80) Chapter Five
(pp. 81- 100) Chapter Six
(pp. 101-118) Chapter Seven
(pp. 119-128) Chapter Eight

 

2         

16

0

Fri.

Professional Day

2 19 0 Mon. Presidents Day
2 20 5 Tues.
2 21 6 Wed.
Homework:

(pp. 129-152) Chapter Nine
(pp. 153-178) Chapter Ten
(pp. 179-196) Chapter Eleven







 

2

22

7

Thurs.

 








 

2       

23

8

Fri.


Homework:

(pp. 197-208) Chapter Twelve
(pp. 209-222) Chapter Thirteen
(pp. 223-234) Chapter Fourteen
(pp. 235-248) Chapter Fifteen
(pp. 249-257) Conclusion






 

2

26

9

Mon.









 

2      

27

10

Tues.


(pp. 197-208) Chapter Twelve
(pp. 209-222) Chapter Thirteen
(pp. 223-234) Chapter Fourteen
(pp. 235-248) Chapter Fifteen
(pp. 249-257) Conclusion

Homework:
  • Essay Comparing Coates and Vance






 

2

28

1

Wed.

 






Essay Comparing Coates and Vance

 

3

1

2

Thurs.

 Essay Comparing Coates and Vance due by 3;30 p.m.






Richard Wright (1908-1960)


Canada Lee as Bigger Thomas


Backgrounds to Richard Wright
Homework:






 

3         

2

3

Fri.












 

3

5

4

Mon.

 

 

 

 


The Skywriter

 

Essay Assignment on Native Son

Wright, Native Son, Book One: "Fear" (Study Guide) (Discussion)

Saturday Morning in the Thomas’ Apartment (3-12)
On the Street  (12-22)
The Pool Hall (22- 29)

At The Movies (29-34)
Terrorizing Gus (34-41)
The Interview (42-51)

Mary, Peggy and the Blind Woman  (51-62)
The Night Ride with Mary and Jan  (62-80)
Bigger and Mary Stumble Towards Bed  (80-87)
The Furnace (87-93)

Homework:

 

3

6

5

Tues.

 

 

3

7

6

Wed.

 

 

 

 


Ato Essandoh, as Bigger Thomas, and Felicia V. Loud, as Bessie, star in "Native Son" at Intiman Theatre.

 

Essay Assignment on Native Son

Wright, Native Son, Book 2, "Flight" (Study Guide Book Two) (Discussion)

New Consciousness (97-116)
Improvisation (116-129)
Bessie (129-149)
Interrogation (149-172)

The Ransom Plan (172-184)
Discovery (184-220)
Flight  (220-241)
The Manhunt (241-270)

Homework:

 

3 8 7 Thurs.

 

3         

9

8

Fri.






New Masses (May, 1933)


Ato Essandoh, as Bigger Thomas, and Felicia V. Loud, as Bessie, star in "Native Son" at Intiman Theatre.

Wright, Native Son, Book 2, "Flight" (study guide book 2) (discussion)

  • New Consciousness (97-116) 
    • First Reaction vs. the New Bigger
    • Seeing His Family, His Friends and
      His People with New Eyes
    • New Political Consciousness
  • Improvisation (116-129)
    • Arrival at the Daltons
    • Manipulating Mrs. Dalton 
  • Bessie (129-149)
    • Making Love to Bessie
    • The Ransom Plan Conceived
    • Bessie's Choice
  • Interrogation (149-172)
    • Manipulating Britton
    • The Dream Sequence
    • Confronting Jan
  • The Ransom Plan (172-184)
    • Southside Real Estate
    • The Ransom Note
    • Bessie's Blues (180) (239-40)
    • The Drop Point
  • Discovery (184-220)
    • The Plan Unravels
    • The White Cat and the Self Feeding Furnace
  • Flight  (220-241)
    • The Rape/Murder
  • The Manhunt (241-270)
Homework:
For further reading:

 

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10

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Spring Break

 

3         

19

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Mon.

Spring Break






 

3

20

9

Tues.


 

3

21

10

Wed.

 

 

 

 


Max and Bigger Intiman Theatre
Seattle (2006)

 

Wright, Native Son, Book 3, "Fate" (Study Guide) (discussion)

  • Bigger’s Cell (271- 310)
    • Return to Consciousness
    • The Mob: The Jungle Beast
    • Rev. Hammonds: "A po' sinner boy'
    • Jan: Excuses Bigger for the Crime
    • Max: The World Made You This Way
    • The Daltons: You Rejected Our Aid
    • Mrs.Thomas: Promise You Will Pray
    • Prosecutor Buckley: Implicate the Communists
  • The Inquest (310-340)
    • Inquest: Grand Jury Determines if that a Crime has been Committed
    • Coroner's Purpose: Inflame the Mob
    • Jan Interrogated: A Pimp for your Girlfriend?
    • Mrs. Dalton's Earring
    • Mr. Dalton's Inflated Rent
    • Bessie's Corpse
    • Return to the Scene of the Crime
    • The Burning Cross
    • The Madman in Bigger's Cell
  • Interview with Max (341- 363)
    • Articulating Feelings
    • A Reason to Live
  • The Trial (363- 418)
  • Max’s Speech (382-415)       
  • Bigger Achieves Consciousness (418)

Homework:

 

3

22

1

Thurs.

 

READING DAY

 

3

23

2

Fri.


 

 

 


Atto Essandoah as Bigger Thomas Intiman Theatre, Seattle (2006)

 

Wright, Native Son, Book 3, "Fate" (Study Guide) (discussion)

Bigger’s Cell (271- 310)
The Inquest (310-340)
Interview with Max (341- 363)
The Trial (363- 418)
Max’s Speech (382-415)       
Bigger Achieves Consciousness (418)

Homework:

3 26 3 Mon.






 

3

27

4

Tues.


 

 

 


MLK


RFK

 

Essay Assignment on Native Son, due 3:30 p.m.

The War on Poverty at 50

LBJ's War on Poverty

Review: Hilfiker on The War on Poverty

1960s Poverty Awareness (11)
Civil Rights Movement (11)
Vietnam (11)
Black Power Movement (11)
Riots (12)
Moynihan Report (12)
AFDC (12)
Great Society Funding Levels (12)
Failure of the Great Society (12)

Homework: 

3 28 5 Wed.

 

3

29

6

Thurs.

 

 

 

 


LBJ


Malcolm X

 

War on Poverty Flow Chart due Tuesday, April 4th at 3:30 p.m

Helpful Chronological Framework

Class Discussion: What does it take to fight a “War on Poverty”? (just like a “War on Drugs” or a “War on Terrorism”)

Lemann, The Promised Land Washington,  (study guide) (study guide googledocs) (outline (outline googledocs) (answers)

Homework:

 

3   

30

0

Fri.

Good Friday

 

4         

2

0

Mon.

Professional Day






 

4         

3

7

Tues.


 

4         

4

8

Wed.

 

 

 

 


Daniel Patrick Moynihan  (1927-2003)


Richard Nixon (1913-94)

 

War on Poverty Flow Chart due Tuesday, April 4th at 3:30 p.m

Lemann, The Promised Land Washington,  (study guide) (study guide googledocs) (outline (outline googledocs) (answers)

Homework:

 

4         

5

9

Thurs.

 

READING DAY

 

4         

6

10

Fri.

 


August Wilson (1945-2005)

August Wilson Backgrounds

Jitney (1977; 1997)

Homework:

 

4         

9

1

Mon.


READING DAY
4 10 2 Tues.

Bearden, Rocket to the Moon (1971)


The Cast of Jitney

Act One of Jitney (Study Guide)

The Day the Thunderstorm Breaks:
  • Today's the day that Becker will announce to his drivers that the Urban Renewal is moving in, he's moving out, and he's not sure that he wants to keep the business going.
  • Today's the day that Fielding finally gets himself fired.
  • Today's the day that the feud between Youngblood and Turnbo breaks wide open.
  • Today's the day that Rena confronts Youngblood with her suspicions about his running around with Peaches.
  • Today's the day that Becker's boy, Booster, is getting out of the penitentiary and coming home to meet his father.

Thesis: How are the strands of the action inter-related? (ie, is it just an accident that each of these thunderheads breaks simultaneously?)

  • Act One Scene One
    • The Hill District comes alive.
  • Act One Scene Two
    • What has pushed Turnbo over the edge today? (Look at his rant about respect. (30-31)) What does he tell Rena?
    • Why has Rena run out of patience with Youngblood? What was the straw which broke the camel's back for her? (32-35)
    • Why is Becker thinking about giving up after the city let him know that they were gonna board up the place the first of the month? (36)
    • Who did Booster kill? Why? (39)
  • Act One Scene Three
    • How does the fight between Youngblood and Turnbo break out? (43)
    • Describe the way Becker functions in this neighborhood: what makes his presence essential?
    • How does Fielding get himself fired? (51) Who does he dream about twenty years later? (53)
    • Becker and Booster
Homework:

 

4         

11

3

Wed.



4
12
4
Thurs.


Bearden, Village of Yo, ca. 1964

Act One of Jitney (Study Guide)

The Day the Thunderstorm Breaks:
  • Today's the day that Becker will announce to his drivers that the Urban Renewal is moving in, he's moving out, and he's not sure that he wants to keep the business going.
  • Today's the day that Fielding finally gets himself fired.
  • Today's the day that the feud between Youngblood and Turnbo breaks wide open.
  • Today's the day that Rena confronts Youngblood with her suspicions about his running around with Peaches.
  • Today's the day that Becker's boy, Booster, is getting out of the penitentiary and coming home to meet his father.

Thesis: How are the strands of the action inter-related? (ie, is it just an accident that each of these thunderheads breaks simultaneously?

Homework:

 

4         

13

5

Fri.


4166Mon.

Paul Butler as Becker


Carl Lumbly as Booster

Act One Conclusion: Becker and Booster: Booker vs. Malcolm

Act Two of Jitney (Study Guide) (Quiz)

Connections to African American History:

Homework:

 

4         

17

7

Tues.


 

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18

8

Wed.





"Who Gets to Tell a Black Story?" Scott. New York Times. New York, N.Y.: Jun 11, 2000.

 

Jitney Essay Due at 3:30 pm

Introduction to The Corner (1992) by David Simon and Edward Burns:

The Corner Video

from The Corner by David Simon and Edward Burns  (1997) The War on Drugs and Policing Strategies in the Ghetto  (pp. 158-169)

Homework:

The Corner 1-2 (Study Guide)

 

 

4         

19

9

Thurs.


 

4

20

10

Fri.

 


The Corner of Monroe and Fayette in West Baltimore

"Facing Up to Baltimore's Reality on HBO" Pamela Haag Christian Science Monitor Aug 6, 2007

 

 

The Corner 1-2

Homework:

The Corner 3-4 (Study Guide)

4 23 1 Mon.

 

The Corner 3-4

Mayor Dixon's New Policing Strategy

Homework:
 

The Corner 5-6 (Study Guide)

 

 

4

24

2

Tues.

 

 

The Corner 5-6

Homework:

The Corner 7-8 (Study Guide)

 

 

4

25

3

Wed.


 

 

4

26

4

Thurs





 

The Corner 7-8

The Corner 9-10, Epilogue (Study Guide)

 

4 27 5 Fri.

 

4

30

6

Mon.

AP's


From Two Broken Lives to One New Beginning
NY Times August 9, 2007

 

The Corner 9-10, Epilogue

Homework:

5 1 7 Tues AP's

 

5

2

8

Wed.

AP's

 

Wilson, New Yorker Profile;  Reading Guide

The Conservative Final Word: "Are jobs the solution?"  Loury, Glenn C. The Wilson Quarterly. Washington: Autumn 1996.Vol. 20

vs.

"Why Are So Many Americans in Prison?" Glenn C. Loury,  Boston Review July/August 2007

Homework:

Essay: Wilson on The Corner

For further reading:

Fifty-three years after Brown v. Board of Education, the Supreme Court will rule this month on two cases that will decide the future of school integration.

 

5 3 9 Thurs. AP's

 

5

4

10

Fri.

AP's

Essay: Wilson on The Corner
5 7 1 Mon. AP's
Essay: Wilson on The Corner

 

5

8

2

Tues.

AP Exams






Lynn Nottage, Sweat

 

5

9

3

Wed.

AP Exams

 

5

10

4

Thurs.

AP Exams

Lynn Nottage, Sweat

 

5

11

5

Fri.

 

5

14

6

Mon.

 

Lynn Nottage, Sweat

 

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Tues.


 

5

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Wed.


 

 

 

 

 

 Lynn Nottage, Sweat

 

5

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9

Thurs.

Senior Exams

 

5

18

10

Fri.

Senior Exams

 

 

 

 

 

 Lynn Nottage, Sweat

5 21 1 Mon
Lynn Nottage, Sweat

 

5

22

2

Tues.

Encounter Begins

 

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Wed.

 

5 24 4 Thurs.

 

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Memorial Day

5296Tues.
5307Wed.
5318Thurs.Reading Day

 

6

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Fri.

Exams

 

6

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10

Mon.

Exams

 

6

5

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Exams

6 6 2 Wed. Exams

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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6 8 4 Fri Faculty Meetings
6 9 Sat. Baccalureate
6 10 Sun. Graduation