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Sample Lesson Plan for Literature in Translation

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Living with an Author and a Translator

Adapted from Curtis Bauer, The Common’s Translation Editor, and Director of Creative Writing Program and teacher of Comparative Literature at Texas Tech University.

In this exercise you will explore the multidimensionality of a poem, essay, or story by “living with” the author and translator: reading and thinking about their work every day for a week. This is a multi-step assignment so read carefully and make sure you plan in advance.

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Sample Lesson Plan for World Literature: Arabic Literature in Translation

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World Literature: Arabic Literature in Translation

Using Issue 11: Tajdeed

Adapted from Marilyn Sides, Senior Lecturer and Director of Creative Writing, in the Department of English and Creative Writing, Wellesley College

1) Read: Mohammed Rabie’s “Burdens,” Muhammad Khudayyir’s “The Hush Void,” and Mahmoud al-Rahabi’s “The Passing Carts,” as well as the “Contributor Notes” for these authors and their translators.

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Sample Lesson Plan for Writing & Publishing: Encountering the Literary Journal

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Discussion Questions:

What is your first encounter with this magazine, as an object?

What do you think about the physical and aesthetic features of the magazine: the weight, the paper stock, the cover, the cover art, the font? What, if anything, would you change?

How do you read it? In order? Piecemeal? How do you think this affects your reaction to the magazine?

How do pieces (poems, essays, stories, images) relate to each other? What is the effect of their placements on you as a reader?

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Sample Lesson Plans for Literature and Creative Writing Courses

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Group Assignment & Student-led Exercise: Divide students into small groups (trios work well) and give them a week to:

  1. Meet together outside of class with their copies of The Common in hand;
  2. Select, as a group, a poem they particularly like,
  3. Prepare to read that poem aloud to the class, and
  4. Design and lead an in-class writing exercise for their classmates and teacher that is inspired by a technique or aspect of that poem.
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Sample Lesson Plans for Undergraduate Advanced Poetry

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Group Assignment & Student-led Exercise: Divide students into small groups (trios work well) and give them a week to:

  1. Meet together outside of class with their copies of The Common in hand;
  2. Select, as a group, a poem they particularly like,
  3. Prepare to read that poem aloud to the class, and
  4. Design and lead an in-class writing exercise for their classmates and teacher that is inspired by a technique or aspect of that poem.
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Sample Lesson Plan for a First-Year Seminar

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First Year Seminar: The Short Story at Home and Abroad

Adapted from Martha Cooley, Associate Professor of English, Adelphi University

Propose a new literary magazine:

  1. Imagine a literary magazine (or journal, or review—use whichever term you prefer) that YOU would like to read on a regular basis.
  2. Remember that a literary magazine values good writing and good thinking.  Its purpose is not commercial or professional; its purpose is to showcase new, high-quality writing.
  3. Now pretend you’ll be the magazine’s founder and editor-in-chief. As such, you need to develop a “pitch”—that is, a brief, compelling description of the publication that you can offer to people who might be willing to help you make it happen.
  4. What will you say to them when they ask, “What are your hopes and goals for this publication?”
  5. Naturally, you’ll say that the quality of the writing will have to be consistently excellent—otherwise, why bother?  Beyond this essential requirement, think about what you would you like your new literary magazine to contain.
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