This week-long, introductory class is taught during the year at various times in conjunction with College Week, Special Studies Units and as part of a professional development series for teachers called "Teachers As Writers."
This class is an introduction to the poetry, fiction, and non-fiction of the writers from the Beat Generation. This course will involve writing and reading on a daily basis. An example of “best writing” and a PowerPoint presentation are requirements for this course.
To understand the political, social, and artistic climate during the time of the Beat Generation.
To appreciate the continued interest in the Beat phenomenon forty years after the style became famous.
To engage in and influence the ongoing critical debate about Beat ideas, Bohemianism, popular culture, and writing by being active creators of corroborating or competing texts.
Complete reading assignments/pony cards
PowerPoint presentation or Broadside creation
Example of “best writing”
“Best writing”= typed copy of the golden nuggets captured during the free write sessions. Minimum one-page, typed & double-spaced.
Visual representation= 10 - 12 minutes, exploring one of the following topics: the Beat Generation, Atomic Bomb (& aftermath), an individual representative of the Beat Generation or the lasting influence of the Beats.
Journal Independently: answer question, "How has reading and listening to the writing of the Beat Generation influenced the writing you've done in class?"
Share out: all-group (answer to question)
Watch video with a partner (length 11:15): The Source (Beat Documentary, part 1). As you watch, take notes with partner, answer question: "What did you learn from this documentary clip that is new/What confirms what we've already learned in class?"
Timed Writing: 10 minute free write (add to previous writing, or start new)
By 8:00 am Friday, please email your best writing to Mr. Ernewein (PErnewein@denveracademy.org); minimum length, one page typed/double-spaced
Feel free to reach out to Mr. Ernewein directly with questions through email.