Blood Meridian (Homework Plan)

Blood Meridian (Homework Plan)
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I teach Blood Meridian in my 12th grade Advanced Placement class. It is the last novel I teach before the May test because it is so incredibly rich in imagery and so awesomely sophisticated in its language. It is truly symphonic. It is also, in my opinion, the greatest novel of the 20th century. So students are engaged with a titan of literature just before they must re-engage with some lesser titans on the AP test (I'm not saying McCarthy is the titan, only his magnificent novel. As authors go, I would have to give Delillo that crown).

I have no formal in-class lesson plan for Blood Meridian because, when we're not talking about the novel, the rest of our time is spent in preparation for the AP test--working with AP prompts, writing in response to those prompts, analyzing poetry, strategizing on multiple choice, etc. But athough Blood Meridian is solely a homework lesson plan, the novel generates literally hours of in-class discussion during the thirty days we are reading it. So plan to set aside a good portion of in-class time to allow all opinions to be voiced, challenged, defended, etc... Expect debate!!!

The Chapter 23/Epilogue homework (see preview) is typical for each homework throughout the reading. Students must write two pages in response, and each night's reading is discussed in detail the next day. Each homework is copy-ready. In other words, if, for example, there are 30 students in the class, then you would make 15 copies of the Chapter 23/Epilogue homework. Copy the page, cut it in half (or, depending on the chapter, in thirds or fourths), then give it to the students. No extended writing of the assignment on the board is needed.
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