Poverty and Literature


 

EU71


 

Spragins


 

Spring 2018

3rd Period Even Days; Drop Down Day 1


 

 

 

 

Second Semester Topics:

 


David Hilfiker, MD, Urban Injustice: How Ghettos Happen (2004)



Ta-Nehesi Coates, Between the World and Me (2015)
J.D. Vance, Hillbilly Elegy (2016)

 

 

 

 


Richard Wright (1908-1960)

Richard Wright, Native Son (1940)

 

 

 

 

Nicholas Lemann, The Promised Land (1991),  "Washington"

August Wilson, Jitney (1977) 

 

 

 

David Simon and Ed Burns, The Corner (2000) HBO Mini-Series, directed by Charles Dutton


David Simon and Edward Burns, The Wire (2004-10) HBO Series
Lynn Nottage, Sweat (2017)

 

 

 

Month

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Cycle


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Exam Make-up Day

 

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Cory Booker, Senator from New Jersey
and former mayor of Newark


Paul Ryan, United States Representative for Wisconsin's 1st congressional district since 1999 and  now the Speaker of the House. He was the Republican Party nominee for Vice President of the United States in the 2012 election


Ben Carson,  Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

 

Preliminary Poll 

Happy New Year:

Debating the War on Poverty Fifty Years Later: 

The Trump Administration's Position:

Homework:

 

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Hilfiker Essay due on Thursday, February 1st at 3:30 pm

Urban Injustice: How Ghettos Happen by David Hilfiker, MD  

Introduction:

Chapter One, "Building the Ghetto: A History" (Study Guide) (GoogleDocs Guide Chapter One) (Hilfiker Outline) (Blank Guide for your note taking)

Discussion: The Causes of Poverty:

  • Macro vs. Micro Effects;
  • Intended vs. Unintended; 
  • Government Action vs. Private Action
  • (Study Guide Answers)

Homework:

 

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Liz Bowie, Unsettled Journeys: Torn Between Two Worlds: Refugee Students Adapt to a New World at Patterson HIgh School Baltimore Sun 10-30-15
Reading Day

 

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The Problem We All Live With, Norman Rockwell (illustration for Look 1964)


Redlining in Baltimore

Liz Bowie and Michael Dresser, Maryland state and local governments urged to increase school funding by $2.6 billion The Baltimore Sun 12-8-16

 

Urban Injustice: How Ghettos Happen by David Hilfiker, MD

Hilfiker Essay due on Thursday, February 1st at 3:30 pm

Homework:

For further reading:
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James Baldwin,
"Letter to My Nephew on the One Hundredth Anniversary of the Emancipation"
from The Fire Next Time (1963)

Homework:

Ta-Nehesi Coates, Between the World and Me (2015)

Part One (pp. 1-71) (Google Docs Study Guide) (Study Guide)

 

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Parent Conference Day

 

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The Mercator Map vs. Contemporary World Maps
The Mercator Projection How Big is Africa? (Economist)
World Map Cylyndrical Equal Area

 

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Mondawmin, Baltimore


Howard University Lawn
Timothy Williams, In Baltimore, Brazen Officers Took Every Chance to Rob and Cheat NY Times 2-6-2018

Charles W. Mills, "White Ignorance" from Race and Epistemologies of Ignorance ed Tuana and Sullivan (2007) social epistemology: feminist theory applied to race. This is an essay which Coates must have read during his countless hours spent in the library.  (Notes)

Video:

Ta-Nehesi Coates,
Between the World and Me
(2015)

Part One (pp. 1-71) (Google Docs Study Guide) (Study Guide)

Richard Wright, Between the World and Me (1935) Homework:

Part Two (pp. 73-132) (Google Docs Study Guide) (Study Guide)
2 12 1 READING DAY

 

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Civil War Monument


Brooklyn
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu gave a historic speech at Gallier Hall on Friday, May 19, 2017 as the final of four Confederate monuments was taken down at Lee Circle just blocks away.

Ta-Nehesi Coates, Between the World and Me (2015) 

Part Two (pp. 73-132) (Google Docs Study Guide) Homework:

For further study:
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Thurs.



Black Lives Matter


Marion Post Wolcott / Library of Congress


Ta-Nehesi Coates, Between the World and Me (2015)

  • Part Three: The Visit with Dr. Jones (pp. 133-52) (Study Guide) (Google Docs Study Guide
  • Michele Alexander, Ta-Nehisi Coates’s ‘Between the World and Me’ NY Times 8-17-15
  • The Atlantic Interview: The growing prominence of The Atlantic's national correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates means that he's often asked to comment on matters on which he lacks expertise, but he demurs. In a conversation with The Atlantic's editor in chief Jeffrey Goldberg, recorded in front of an audience at South by Southwest in Austin, Coates explains why he isn't interested in interviewing Donald Trump, why he cannot use Twitter ever again, and how his complicated feelings about America inflect his writing for Captain America. 

The Original Underclass:

  • Alec MacGillis, The Original Underclass: Poor white Americans’ current crisis shouldn’t have caught the rest of the country as off guard as it has. Sept 2016 The Atlantic
  • Bob Davis and  Joshua Jamerson, Donald Trump Is Still Their Man: In the heart of Virginia coal country, the people of Buchanan County gave candidate Trump some of his biggest majorities, and they remain loyal. The big reason: a local rebound.
    WSJ Jan. 20, 2018
  • J.D. Vance, America's Forgotten Working Class TED VIDEO Sept 2016
Homework:

J.D. Vance, Hillbilly Elegy (2016) (Study Guide)

 

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Professional Day

2 19 0 Mon. Presidents Day
2 20 5 Tues.
2 21 6 Wed.




J.D. Vance,  Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis 2016

(Study Guide) Homework:








 

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Opioid Deaths by County 2015

(from "Washington" Nicholas Lehmann's chapter on LBJ's War on Poverty in The Promised Land (1992))

"The term "culture of poverty" had been invented in 1959 by a popular anthropologist named Oscar Lewis, who described it as "a way of life which is passed down from generation to­ generation" and produces people who "are not psychologically geared to take full advantage of changing conditions or increased opportunities which may occur in their lifetime...."

Lewis argued that a ‘Culture of Poverty’ describes a low economic class whose habits, like joblessness, marriage problems, and crime, are passed on from generation to generation producing people who are not psychologically geared to take advantage of changing conditions or opportunities.

"The most likely candidates for the culture of poverty are the people who come from the lower strata of a rapidly changing society and are already partially alienated from it. Thus landless rural workers who migrate to the cities can be expected to develop a culture of pov­erty…."

Liberal sociologists and anthropologists invented the concept to refute Social Darwinists and suggest that the lower classes were not inferior, only poorly educated.  (During the 1970’s conservatives would commandeer the notion of a ‘culture of poverty’ and redefine it as an underclass of people that had become permanently trapped in poverty, beyond the reach of government assistance.)

Poverty is defined as a ‘social pathology’. The obvious solution? Government itself should serve as the means of treating the poor through ‘acculturation’: educating children, feeding them nutritious food, teaching them work habits, teaching adults the folkways of the middle class.

J.D. Vance, Hillbilly Elegy (2016) (Study Guide)
Homework:
For further reading:






 

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J.D. Vance, Hillbilly Elegy (2016) (Study Guide)

(pp. 129-152) Chapter Nine: Grades 11-12: Living with Mamaw
(pp. 153-178) Chapter Ten: The Marines
(pp. 179-196) Chapter Eleven: Ohio State

Homework:
For further reading:






 

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Reading Day

 

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The Best and Worst Places
to Grow Up in Your Area
J.D. Vance, Hillbilly Elegy (2016) (Study Guide)

(pp. 197-208) Chapter Twelve: Yale Law School
(pp. 209-222) Chapter Thirteen: Social Capital
(pp. 223-234) Chapter Fourteen: The Enduring Psychological Damage of J.D.'s Upbringing
(pp. 235-248) Chapter Fifteen: Policy Recommendations
(pp. 249-257) Conclusion

For further reading:
Homework:
  • Essay Comparing Coates and Vance: Compare and Contrast the journeys to adulthood of Ta-Nehesi Coates and J.D. Vance. 
  • Consider:
    • Childhood Trauma
    • The Psychological Obstacles Each Had to Overcome
    • Key Moments in the Journey to Adult Autonomy
    • What is to be done?
  • Remember that working class whites and blacks are natural political allies, yet political exploitation of "social issues" (Abortion, Gun Control, Immigration Reform) have long divided them. Together, no political force could stop them.

 

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Jacob Riis, 5 Cents a Spot  (1890)


Jacob Riis, Bandit's Roost (1890)

National Child Labor Committee (1905) Lewis Hines

 


Essay Comparing Coates and Vance due by 3:30 p.m.

Photography and Ideology:

Homework:
Lange, Breadline (1936) Lange,  Migrant Mother Photos
 from Farm Security Administration  Photos (1936-38) (LOC)

 

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Richard Wright (1908-1960)


Canada Lee as Bigger Thomas


Face the Racist Nation (Podcast) On the Media WNYC Mar 02, 2018

Backgrounds to Richard Wright
Homework:
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The Skywriter


The Night Ride

 

James Baldwin, "Everybody's Protest Novel" from Notes of a Native Son (1948)

Essay Assignment on Native Son

Wright, Native Son, Book One: "Fear" (Study Guide) (Discussion)

  • Saturday Morning in the Thomas’ Apartment (3-12) 
    • The Kitchenette Apartment
    • The Rat
    • The Situation of the Thomas Family
  • On the Street  (12-22)
    • Symbol: The Poster and the Skywriter
    • The feeling in Bigger's Gut
    • Bigger and Gus Playing Generals
  • The Pool Hall (22- 29)
    • Blum's Delicatessen
    • The Vicious Cycle of Bigger's Thinking
  • At The Movies (29-34)
    • The Surreal Newsreel
    • Fantasizing about Jan and Mary
  • Terrorizing Gus (34-41)
    • Why does Bigger attack Gus?
    • What is the relationship between racism and Black on black violence"
    • Can Bigger process what he has done?
  • The Interview (42-51)
    • The Gun
    • What does Bigger think off this job opportunity?
    • What role does Bigger play during the interview?
  • Mary, Peggy and the Blind Woman  (51-62)
    • How does Bigger respond to meeting Mary?
    • What makes encounters with Mrs. Dalton so eerie?
  • The Night Ride with Mary and Jan  (62-80)
    • What is so wrong about the way Mary and Jan treat Bigger?
    • Why is Bigger humiliated at Ernie's Chicken Shack?
    • How demeaning is it for Bigger to 'chauffeur' Mary and an around the Park?
  • Bigger and Mary Stumble Towards Bed  (80-87)
    • What conflicting feelings possess Bigger as he helps Mary to bed?
    • Could Bigger have done anything differently?
  • The Furnace (87-93)
    • Note the ways that Wright imbues this scene with horror.

Homework:

 

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Spring Break

 

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Spring Break






 

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Ato Essandoh, as Bigger Thomas, and Felicia V. Loud, as Bessie, star in "Native Son" at Intiman Theatre.



 

Essay Assignment on Native Son

Wright, Native Son, Book One: "Fear"  (Study Guide) (GoogleDocs Guide Book One)

Wright, Native Son, Book 2, "Flight" (Study Guide Book Two) (Discussion)

New Consciousness (97-116)
Improvisation (116-129)
Bessie (129-149)
Interrogation (149-172)

The Ransom Plan (172-184)
Discovery (184-220)
Flight  (220-241)
The Manhunt (241-270)

Homework:

 

 

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READING DAY

 

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New Report from the Equality of Opportunity Project headed by Raj Chetty of the Stanford Center for Poverty and Equality:

Wright, Native Son, Book 2, "Flight" (Study Guide 2) (discussion)

  • New Consciousness (97-116) 
    • First Reaction vs. the New Bigger
    • Seeing His Family, His Friends and
      His People with New Eyes
    • New Political Consciousness
  • Improvisation (116-129)
    • Arrival at the Daltons
    • Manipulating Mrs. Dalton 
  • Bessie (129-149)
    • Making Love with Bessie
    • The Ransom Plan Conceived
    • Bessie's Choice
  • Interrogation (149-172)
    • Manipulating Britton
    • The Dream Sequence
    • Confronting Jan
  • The Ransom Plan (172-184)
    • Southside Real Estate
    • The Ransom Note
    • Bessie's Blues (180) (239-40)
    • The Drop Point
  • Discovery (184-220)
    • The Plan Unravels
    • The White Cat and the Self Feeding Furnace
  • Flight  (220-241)
    • The Rape/Murder
  • The Manhunt (241-270)
Homework:
For further reading:
3 26 3 Mon.






 

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Max and Bigger Intiman Theatre
Seattle (2006)

 

Wright, Native Son, Book 3, "Fate" (Study Guide) (discussion)
Sartre's Existentialism (Video)

  • Bigger’s Cell (271- 310)
    • Return to Consciousness
    • The Mob: The Jungle Beast
    • Rev. Hammonds: "A po' sinner boy'
    • Jan: Excuses Bigger for the Crime
    • Max: The World Made You This Way
    • The Daltons: You Rejected Our Aid
    • Mrs.Thomas: Promise You Will Pray
    • Prosecutor Buckley: Implicate the Communists
  • The Inquest (310-340)
    • Inquest: Grand Jury Determines if a Crime has been Committed
    • Coroner's Purpose: Inflame the Mob
    • Jan Interrogated: A Pimp for your Girlfriend?
    • Mrs. Dalton's Earring
    • Mr. Dalton's Inflated Rent
    • Bessie's Corpse
    • Return to the Scene of the Crime
    • The Burning Cross
    • The Madman in Bigger's Cell
  • Interview with Max (341- 363)
    • Articulating Feelings
    • A Reason to Live
  • The Trial (363- 418)
    • Max’s Case for Mercy
    • The Motive
  • Max’s Speech (382-415)  
    • Preoration
    • Thesis
    • American History
    • The Situation of Blacks in 1940
    • Reflex, not Action
    • Was Mary Murdered?
    • Was Bessie Murdered?
    • Conclusion     
  • Bigger Achieves Consciousness (418)

Homework:

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Atto Essandoah as Bigger Thomas Intiman Theatre, Seattle (2006)

 

Wright, Native Son, Book 3, "Fate" (Study Guide) (discussion)

Bigger’s Cell (271- 310)
The Inquest (310-340)
Interview with Max (341- 363)
The Trial (363- 418)
Max’s Speech (382-415)       
Bigger Achieves Consciousness (418)

Homework:

 

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Good Friday

 

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Professional Day






 

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MLK


RFK

 

Essay Assignment on Native Son, due 3:30 p.m.

The War on Poverty at 50:

LBJ's War on Poverty

Review: Hilfiker on The War on Poverty

1960s Poverty Awareness (11)
Civil Rights Movement (11)
Vietnam (11)
Black Power Movement (11)
Riots (12)
Moynihan Report (12)
AFDC (12)
Great Society Funding Levels (12)
Failure of the Great Society (12)

Homework: 

 

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LBJ


Malcolm X

 

War on Poverty Flow Chart due due Thursday April, 12th at 3:30 p.m

Helpful Chronological Framework

Class Discussion: What does it take to fight a “War on Poverty”? (just like a “War on Drugs” or a “War on Terrorism”)

Lemann, The Promised Land Washington,  (study guide) (study guide googledocs) (outline (answers)

Homework:

For further study:

 

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READING DAY
4 10 2 Tues.

 

 

 


Daniel Patrick Moynihan  (1927-2003)


Richard Nixon (1913-94)

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War on Poverty Flow Chart due due Thursday April, 12th at 3:30 p.m

Lemann, The Promised Land Washington,  (study guide) (study guide googledocs) (outline  (answers)

Homework:


For further study:

 

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August Wilson (1945-2005)

August Wilson Backgrounds

Jitney (1977; 1997)

Homework:

 

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Bearden, Rocket to the Moon (1971)


The Cast of Jitney

Act One of Jitney (Study Guide)

The Day the Thunderstorm Breaks:
  • Today's the day that Becker will announce to his drivers that the Urban Renewal is moving in, he's moving out, and he's not sure that he wants to keep the business going.
  • Today's the day that Fielding finally gets himself fired.
  • Today's the day that the feud between Youngblood and Turnbo breaks wide open.
  • Today's the day that Rena confronts Youngblood with her suspicions about his running around with Peaches.
  • Today's the day that Becker's boy, Booster, is getting out of the penitentiary and coming home to meet his father.

Thesis: How are the strands of the action inter-related? (ie, is it just an accident that each of these thunderheads breaks simultaneously?)

  • Act One Scene One
    • The Hill District comes alive.
  • Act One Scene Two
    • What has pushed Turnbo over the edge today? (Look at his rant about respect. (30-31)) What does he tell Rena?
    • Why has Rena run out of patience with Youngblood? What was the straw which broke the camel's back for her? (32-35)
    • Why is Becker thinking about giving up after the city let him know that they were gonna board up the place the first of the month? (36)
    • Who did Booster kill? Why? (39)
  • Act One Scene Three
    • How does the fight between Youngblood and Turnbo break out? (43)
    • Describe the way Becker functions in this neighborhood: what makes his presence essential?
    • How does Fielding get himself fired? (51) Who does he dream about twenty years later? (53)
    • Becker and Booster
Homework:

 

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Bearden, Village of Yo, ca. 1964

Act One of Jitney (Study Guide)

The Day the Thunderstorm Breaks:
  • Today's the day that Becker will announce to his drivers that the Urban Renewal is moving in, he's moving out, and he's not sure that he wants to keep the business going.
  • Today's the day that Fielding finally gets himself fired.
  • Today's the day that the feud between Youngblood and Turnbo breaks wide open.
  • Today's the day that Rena confronts Youngblood with her suspicions about his running around with Peaches.
  • Today's the day that Becker's boy, Booster, is getting out of the penitentiary and coming home to meet his father.

Thesis: How are the strands of the action inter-related? (ie, is it just an accident that each of these thunderheads breaks simultaneously?

Homework:

 

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Paul Butler as Becker


Carl Lumbly as Booster

Act One Conclusion: Becker and Booster: Booker vs. Malcolm

Act Two of Jitney (Study Guide) (Quiz)

Connections to African American History:

Homework:
4 23 1 Mon.




"Who Gets to Tell a Black Story?" Scott. New York Times. New York, N.Y.: Jun 11, 2000.

 

Jitney Essay Due at 3:30 pm

Introduction to The Corner (1992) by David Simon and Edward Burns:

The Corner - Episode 1 - "Gary's Blues" (2000)

The Corner 1-2 (Study Guide)

The New Corner of the 1990’s (60-74)
How has corner culture changed in the last thirty years?
How does the analogy to ‘a watering hole’ fit?
What were the old rules? What are the new rules?

 

 

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The Corner of Monroe and Fayette in West Baltimore

"Facing Up to Baltimore's Reality on HBO" Pamela Haag Christian Science Monitor Aug 6, 2007

 

 

The Corner 1-2

Homework:

The Corner - Episode 2 - "DeAndre's Blues" (2000)

The Corner 3-4 (Study Guide)

Homework:

The Thirty Year History of the West Side and Decline (1955- 85) (86-99)      

What political point are the writers making by entwining the story of William McCullough with the story of his neighborhood’s decline?

When did the neighborhood start to decline? Why?
What is the terrible irony of the impact of de-segregation on West Baltimore?

 

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The Corner 3-4

Mayor Dixon's New Policing Strategy

Homework:

The Corner - Episode 3 - "Fran's Blues"

The Corner 5-6 (Study Guide)

from The Corner by David Simon and Edward Burns (1997)
4 27 5 Fri.

 

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AP's

 

The Corner 5-6

Homework:

The Corner - Episode 4 - "Dope Fiend's Blues"

The Corner 7-8 (Study Guide)

Babies Making Babies (230-236) 

Why do the teens in the ghetto conceive so many illegitimate children?
What value system, beyond middle class morality, is at work?
What is the conventional wisdom about this issue in middle class America?

5 1 7 Tues AP's

 

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AP's




 

The Corner 7-8


Homework:

The Corner - Episode 5 "Corner Boy Blues"

The Corner 9-10, Epilogue (Study Guide)

The Welfare (371-379)  

What is Fran’s experience like at Rosemount when she goes to apply for welfare?
What impact does welfare have on the corner?
What types of programs would Simon and Burns call for to effectively address the crisis in the cores of our cities?
What kind of national consensus would be required to pass such legislation?
In the current political climate what chance does such legislation have of passing?
What then should be done?
5 3 9 Thurs. AP's

 

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AP's


From Two Broken Lives to One New Beginning
NY Times August 9, 2007

 

The Corner 9-10, Epilogue

Homework:

The Corner - Episode 6 - "Everyman's Blues"

5 7 1 Mon. AP's

 

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AP Exams

 

 

 







The House I Live In: David Simon on drug laws – video Guardian

The Wire creator David Simon on what's behind the US war on drugs - extended video interview  Guardian May 2013

Kurt Schmoke, The Wire and the real Baltimore:  What the hit television drama - having just entered its fifth and final season - tells us about the city I governed and America's war on drugs  Guardian  January 11 2008

Is this the best TV series ever made? The Observer, Saturday 19 July 2008


"Facing Up to Baltimore's Reality on HBO" Pamela Haag Christian Science Monitor Aug 6, 2007

Ylan Q. Mui,  Long-term unemployed struggle to find — and keep — jobs: Research suggests joblessness becoming harder to escape The Washington Post   APR 18 2014

City selling Baltimore’s high-rise public housing to private entities: Participation in new federal program will mean housing subsidies for developers – and uncertainty for tenants Melody Simmons, Baltimore Brew 2/27/2014

'The Wire' Season Four (Googlemaps)


 


Talley’s Corner Essay Due Friday at 3:30 pm

From The Culture of Poverty to “The Underclass”:

  • "The Underclass"- a group beyond the help of government
  • Conservatives seize the ‘Culture of Poverty'  term in 1977-82 era.
  • Drugs, crime, teen pregnancy, unemployed, socially alienated, school dropouts, welfare moms, urban decay, and the black hole of welfare spending.
  • Ken Auletta in 1977 Time Magazine article entitled "The American Underclass" suggested that a whole class of people were emerging in the inner city who might be beyond the reach of any form of help:
  • The Underclass:

a)     not listed as unemployed because they have given up even looking for a job.

b)     hostile street criminals and hustlers

c)     incorrigible welfare moms

d)     school dropouts

e)     drunks/addicts/ the homeless

  • West Baltimore, 1998:
    • Bethlehem Steel is Gone.
    • The Middle Class is Gone.
    • Concentrated Poverty in High Rise Housing: (Laffayette Courts came down in 1995; The Franklin Terrace Demolition (really Lexington Terrace in 1996) (Season 3 Episode 1)
    • The Evolution of the Drug Corner: Crack Cocaine, ‘Deregulation’ of the Drug Trade and the Disintegration of the Single Parent Family
    • Reagan Era Cuts in Social Services: (Public Education, Child Care, Housing Assistance)
    • Public Education in the Ghetto: The Last Best Hope for Corner Kids
    • Jobs: No Market for Unskilled Labor
    • Police Policy: The War on Drugs: Zero Tolerance, Three Strikes, Stop and Frisk, Hot Spots and Prison as a Growth Industry vs. Community Policing, The Paper Bag Law, Drug Treatment and Rec Centers for Kids (Community Action)
    • Councilman Martin O'Malley Runs for Mayor

Homework:

 

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Wed.

AP Exams






Dukie

Randy

Michael

Namond

Sherrod

Talley’s Corner Essay Due Friday at 3:30 pm

Final Project:

The Wire: Season Four: Key Moments for the Corner Kids
  • Herc, Carver and Randy (Juvenile Justice)
  • Prez and Dukie (Public School Teachers)
  • Bunny and Namond (Special Education)
  • Cutty and Michael (Community Rec Leagues and After School Programs)
  • Bubbles and Sherrod (Homeless Children)
  • Marlow and all of them (The Corner Drug Kingpin)
Essay Question: How does 'The Wire' characterize the efforts of adults and public institutions to reach out to middle school agde kids in need? Is this depiction accurate?

Search the season's episodes for moments which involve your kid. Research the institution connected to the relationship your kid develops with an adult who tries to intervene in the child's life.

Use the Googledocs page to create an index of key moments. Be prepared to present to the class.

Homework:

 

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AP Exams

 

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Bubbles

Bunny

Cutty

Colvin

Prez

TThe Wire: Season Four: Key Moments for the Corner Kids
  • Herc, Carver and Randy (Juvenile Justice)
  • Prez and Dukie (Public School Teachers)
  • Bunny and Namond (Special Education)
  • Cutty and Michael (Community Rec Leagues and After School Programs)
  • Bubbles and Sherrod (Homeless Children)
  • Marlow and all of them (The Corner Drug Kingpin)

Essay Question: How does 'The Wire' characterize the efforts of adults and public institutions to reach out to middle school agde kids in need? Is this depiction accurate?

Search the season's episodes for moments which involve your kid. Research the institution connected to the relationship your kid develops with an adult who tries to intervene in the child's life.

Use the Googledocs page to create an index of key moments. Be prepared to present to the class.


Homework:


Readings from The Corner (1997) by Simon and Burns

 

5

14

6

Mon.

 

 

 

 


The Corner of Monroe and Fayette in West Baltimore

Group targets Baltimore vacants with art, activism (Sun 8-10-13)


 


The Wire Projects:


Essay Question: How does The Wire characterize the efforts of adults and public institutions to reach out to middle school agde kids in need? Is this depiction accurate?

Search the season's episodes for moments which involve your kid. Research the institution connected to the relationship your kid develops with an adult who tries to intervene in the child's life.

Use the Googledocs page to create an index of key moments. Be prepared to present to the class.


Readings from The Corner (1997) by Simon and Burns


Homework:

  • The Wire Projects

 

5

15

7

Tues.









David Simon

Essay Question: How does The Wire characterize the efforts of adults and public institutions to reach out to middle school agde kids in need? Is this depiction accurate?

The Wire Projects: Presentations
  • Herc, Carver and Randy (Police and Juveniles)
  • Prez and Dukie (Public School Teachers)
  • Bunny and Namond (Special Education)
  • Cutty and Michael (Community Rec Leagues and After School Programs)
  • Bubbles and Sherrod (Homeless Shelters; NA)

Homework:

 

5

16

8

Wed.















Lynn Nottage, Sweat (2015) (GoogleDoc)

 

5

17

9

Thurs.

Senior Exams

 

5

18

10

Fri.

Senior Exams

 

 

 

 

 

 Lynn Nottage, Sweat

5 21 1 Mon
Lynn Nottage, Sweat

 

5

22

2

Tues.

Encounter Begins

 

5

23

3

Wed.

 

5 24 4 Thurs.

 

5

25

5

Fri.


 

5

28

0

Mon.

Memorial Day

5 29 6 Tues.
5 30 7 Wed.
5 31 8 Thurs. Reading Day

 

6

1

9

Fri.

Exams

 

6

4

10

Mon.

Exams

 

6

5

1

Tues.

Exams

6 6 2 Wed. Exams

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6

7

 3

 Thurs.












6 8 4 Fri Faculty Meetings
6 9 Sat. Baccalureate
6 10 Sun. Graduation