Am Lit – Links

September 30th, 2016

These links provide PDF files you can print or websites you can visit.

The Great American Read!

“Letter from Birmingham Jail” – audio – we left off at 25.57

American Essays – packet

American Essays – text

Below are twenty choices for your fourth essay. If you have an idea for another one, run it by me.

Patrick Henry – “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!” – 1775 (on revolting from British rule)

Ralph Waldo Emerson – “Self-Reliance” – 1841 (on individualism)

Ralph Waldo Emerson – “Nature” – 1844 (on nature)

Ralph Waldo Emerson – “Thoreau” – 1862 (on Thoreau)

Elizabeth Cady Stanton – Address Delivered at Seneca Falls – 1848 (on women’s rights)

Frederick Douglas – “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” – 1852 (Douglas was an escaped slave)

Henry David Thoreau – “Slavery in Massachusetts” – 1854 (on slavery, in a free state)

Henry David Thoreau – “Economy” – 1854 (on living simply, the first chapter of Walden)

John Muir – “The American Forests” – 1897 (on conservation)

W.E.B. Du Bois – “Of Our Spiritual Strivings” – 1903 (first chapter of The Souls of Black Folks, print copy available)

Rachel Carson – “The Obligation to Endure” – 1962 (on the environment, from her book Silent Spring)

Martin Luther King, Jr – “I Have a Dream” – 1963 (on equal rights)

Martin Luther King, Jr. – “Beyond Vietnam” – 1967 (on his opposition to the Vietnam War)

Malcolm X – “Message to the Grassroots” – 1963 (on equal rights, taking a more militant stance than Martin Luther King, Jr.)

Malcolm X – “The Ballot or the Bullet” – 1964 (on equal rights, taking a more militant stance than Martin Luther King, Jr.)

Harvey Milk – “The Hope Speech” – 1978 (on gay rights)

Cesar Chavez – “Lessons of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” – 1990 (on MLK and pesticides, on behalf of the United Farm Workers)

Bronson Koenig – “What I Found at Standing Rock” – 2016 (on the Native American protest, by a basketball player)

Alex Burdo – “Taking a Knee to Racial Equality” – 2016 (on the Colin Kaepernick protests, by a journalism student at Brown University)

More on the Colin Kaepernick protests:

Al Gore – Acceptance speech at Ashten Awards – 2017 (on global warming)

Monica Lewinsky – “Emerging from ‘The House of Gaslight’ in the Age of #MeToo” – 2018 (on the #MeToo movement)

Katie Roiphe – “The Other Whisper Movement: How Twitter Feminism is Bad for Women” – 2018 (on the #MeToo movement)

Native American literature – writing prompts

Native American literature – packet

“Fleur” – online text – scroll down a bit to get to the beginning of the story

“Yellow Woman” – online text


The links below are for the formal writing tasks. We will work on it all in class.

Differences and similarities between essays and narratives

Citing sources in essays

Expository essay – outline

Argumentative essay – outline

Narrative writing – outline

Expository essay – editing sheet

Argumentative essay – editing sheet

Narrative writing – editing sheet

Expository essay – grading rubric

Argumentative essay – grading rubric

Narrative writing – grading rubric

Using Transitions Effectively – PDF to help with Organization from the University of Washington 

Integrating Quotations – PDF to help with Ideas & Content from the University of Wisconsin

Conventions – a handout addressing common problems that I have observed in student writing

The Writer’s Handbook – great online writing resource from the University of Wisconsin