Module TWO - Twisted Love

Sept. 28 - Oct. 9

Essential Questions

1) What is love? What are the ways “love” can be experienced?

2) What is a healthy relationship?

3) How do individuals define “good relationships” for themselves?

At the completion of this module you can expect to:

  • Critically read and evaluate a literary text, essay and poem.
  • Support your critical analysis by answering specific questions on the text using textual evidence.
  • View a presentation explaining terminology and definitions needed for success in this class.
  • Participate in the class’s discussion board.

Lesson #1 - Model Paragraph Response & Checklist

Your paragraphs should look like this, and include the following:

Topic Sentence

Concrete Details

Direct quotation from reading

Explanation of quote

Concluding sentence


Holden attempts to have relationships with other people, such as Sally, but he fails because he is afraid of being close with people. When Holden first meets with Sally, he is very nice to her face, but inwardly he is distancing himself. For example, on page 106, Sally tells him it would be grand to see him. “Grand. If there’s one word I hate, it’s grand. It’s so phony. For a second I was tempted to tell her to forget about the matinee”. Other relationships he attempts are with the girls in the bar, Ackley, and even a cab driver. He fails at each attempt. Holden is depressed and even though he would like to try and have relationships with others, he is not ready mentally. The only person he comes close to having a true relationship with is his sister Phoebe.


Assignment #1 - "A Rose For Emily"

Listen and answer questions online as the story is being read (you should also follow along with the text). Make sure you enter your name correctly because this is how your answer will get graded.

Assignment #2 - A Rose For Emily Analytical Questions

Answer TWO questions in depth from below:

1. What is your response to the end? What foreshadowed the ending?

2. What is the conflict in this story? If Miss Emily is the protagonist, who is the antagonist (a character or force that acts against the protagonist, denying his or her desires)?

3. In paragraphs 1 and 2, the author speaks of buildings and structures, describing Miss Emily as a fallen monument. Where else do related images occur? If Miss Emily is a fallen monument, what is she a monument to?

4. In this story, an aristocratic Southerner murders a Yankee carpetbagger. Is the story about the triumph of a defeated South over a supposedly triumphant North? What is this story really about?

5. Why are we not surprised when Homer disappears? How does the storyteller ensure that we are not surprised?

6. What is your analysis of the character Tobe? Why does he make the choice to stay? Why are we told he "walked right through the house and out the back and was not seen again"?

Assignment #3 - A Rose For Emily Quiz - take in Schoology

Assignment #4 - Firework by Amy Lowell

Post your analysis of the poem, "Fireworks" here. What is this poem saying? What is the relationship between the two people here? What is the poet saying about this? Comment on what images you see, including the use of shapes and colors and how they illustrate the meaning of the poem.


You hate me and I hate you
And we are so polite, we two!

But whenever I see you, I burst apart
And scatter the sky with my bursting heart.
It spits and sparkles in the stars and balls,
Buds into roses – and flares and falls.

Scarlet buttons, and pale green disks,
Silver spirals and asterisks,
Shoot and tremble in a mist
Peppered with mauve and amethyst.

I shine in the windows and light up the trees
And all because I hate you, if you please.

And when you meet me, you rend asunder
And go up in a flaming wonder
Of saffron cubes and crimson moons,
And wheels all amaranths and maroons.

Gold lozenges and spades
Arrows of malachites and jades,
Patens of copper, azure sheaves
As you mount, you flash in glossy leaves.

Such fireworks as we make, we two!
Because you hate me and I hate you.

By Amy Lowell