Readingļ¼†Discussion
Fantasy and American Culture
- Reading American Gods
Tue. 3rd. Period Keith Olfers
Keywords:
Culture, Discussion, Extensive Reading, Intensive Reading, Presentation, Speaking

In this class we will discuss the book, American Gods. Students will read each chapter before class, and bring written notes regarding points that were difficult to understand, so that everyone can discuss them together. These will be handed in as a part of the participation grade. Students will be responsible for keeping up with the pace of reading: if they miss a class, they are still responsible for handing in their notes for that chapter. Because the events of each chapter build on the events of previous chapters, discussions will not be confined to only the pages read that week. There will be some consolidation each week, but we will not be reading the book in class.

This is an active participation class: students will need to join in the discussion every day for participation credit. Use of PCs or smartphones is not allowed unless specific permission is given. Paper and electronic dictionaries are allowed, but smartphone-based dictionaries are prohibited.


After this class, You will be able to discuss the book American Gods, and heroes from various cultures. You will gain a deeper understanding of mythic literature, and its effect on, and importance to us as an audience.


Attendance: 25%
Participation: 50%
Final: 25%


1

Student Interview / Introduction to the Book

  • Getting to know the characters.
  • The importance of names.

2

Chapter One

  • Discussing Chapter One

3

Chapter Two

  • Discussing Chapter Two

4

Chapter Three

  • Discussing Chapter Three

5

Chapter Four

  • Discussing Chapter Four

6

Chapter Five

  • Discussing Chapter Five

7

Chapter Six

  • Discussing Chapter Six

8

Chapter Seven

  • Discussing Chapter Seven

9

Chapter Eight

  • Discussing Chapter Eight

10

Chapter Nine

  • Discussing Chapter Nine

11

Chapter Ten

  • Discussing Chapter Ten

12

Consolidation

  • Discussing the story so far, in preparation for the final presentations.

13

Final Presentations

  • Student presentations.

14

Final Presentations

  • Student presentations.

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