Monday, October 25, 2010

Group Presentation Questions from Fire and Ink

Student generated questions for group presentations. Please answer all questions and turn them in on the day each group presents. All questions come from the stories, essays and poems in Fire and Ink,  ED. Frances Payne Adler et al.

Group #1
Poem question

Pg.81 The lesson

1. Why did the kids feel weird when they walked into the toy store?
2. What did the speaker mean by saying that “ain’t nobody gonna beat me at nothing”?
3. Why was the boat so amazing to the kids?

Pg.100 Daddy Blues

1. What can be said about the relationship?
2. What does language do within the poem?
3. How does repetition work in this poem?

Pg.102 Standing In The Elevator

1. How did it feel to be stuck in the elevator while the building was being burn?
2. After the cleaning guy opening the elevator how relief did the guys in the elevator feel?
3. When the guy at a stoplight asks you if he could clean the windshield for a dollar would you have let him clean the windshield?

Pg. 125 White Skin Privilege

1. If people of white skin think of themselves so highly, why don’t they want to distinguish themselves as different races like African-Americans?
2. What are the privileges of the white people?
3. Why are people not being judge as individuals instead of being judge because of their ethnicity or race?

Group 2

The Circuit pg.73

1. What might be the causes of Francisco's lack of speaking English?

2. Why do you think  Francisco and Roberto hide in the vineyards when they see the bus passing by?

3. How would you explain the importance of family in Francisco's family based on their economic status?

Cannery Town in August pg.184

1. Would you assume that these women are given unfair/extreme hours of work?

2. The speaker quotes "I hear/ the night bird rave about work/or lunch..."(184), what do you think the speaker is really referring to?

3. Do you think that type of working environment eventually gave the workers health issues? (I.e. Lung problems, cancer)

From now let is shift... The path of conocimiento... Inner work, public acts pg.198

1. What is the coatlicue state and how does it cope to one's inner feelings dealing with the negative channel as well as the optimistic space?

2. How does one deal with personal concerns while also being confronted by larger public issues in the arena?

3. What is meant by shifting and in regards to shifting, where are they trying to engage in the future?

Cotton Rows

1. What is the theme of the poem?

2. What does the cotton blanket potrays in the poem?

3. What is the significance of belonging to a community?

Group 3

Ping-Pong Poem
1.     “Avatar’s Pandora: A Modern Day Battle in the Congo” by Kambali Musauuli
2.     “At This Hour” by Sarah Gardner

1.     “Persimmons” by Li-Young Lee
a.    Is it more important to learn the meaning of a word or to pronounce it?
b.    Can one learn the new language of the land without losing their mother tongue?
c.     Within the U.S school system, how important is it for a student to hold onto their mother tongue?

2.     “The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action” by Audre Lorde
a.    Why is language violating when it comes to situations that conduct fear we are vulnerable to?
b.    What are some reasons that the truth can’t be written or expressed into language?
c.     Within type of people that are the most dependable when it comes to breaking silence that was an incident in the past and why?

3.     “Coming into Language” by Jimmy Santiago Baca
a.    Why are people afraid to speak out?
b.    Can language and education give us freedom?
c.     Does writing bring peace?
d.    Is receiving an education worth it?

4.     “Peace Grove” by Ray Gonzalez
a.    What does the Peace Grove symbolize and how did it contribute to the making the borders of Mexico?
b.    Racial discrimination has been around since the U.S has been discovered; Do you think borders are an excuse to not only keep illegal aliens from crossing it, but to punish them severely without being prosecuted?
c.     How is one live their life on the borders of between safe and unsafe land when there are constant illegal immigrants and border patrols lurking in every corner without being harassed or accused?

Group 4

Revolution Pg. 346
1.     How does love symbolize a revolution?
2.     Is love capable of stopping war?
3.     Do you consider love to be freedom?

Thank You Ma’am Pg. 333
1.     What are affect and consequences of poverty?
2.     Does the size of Mrs. Jones represent or symbolize something in the story?
3.     Do errors in life create wisdom and compassion?

Call me by my true name Pg.337
1.     Do you think there is a way around a life scarring event other than death?
2.     What does it mean when the narrator talks about not being awake?
3.     Does silence and nonparticipation create ignorance?

The American Invasion of Macun Pg.325
1.      Are the poor and minority population treated differently in society?
2.     What lack of respect of culture is imposed on others by the privilege?
3.     What gives a nation the power to invade a smaller nation and take away their natural resources, heritage and culture?

Ping Pong  Shepherd  Cynthia Cruz Pg.18