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360 CHAPTER 12 LITERATURE Leaves Lloyd Schwartz Prereading Questions (Answer after reading the entire poem once.) 1. What is the subject of the poem? 2. Summarize the literal action. 1 5 1. Every October it becomes important, no, necessary to see the leaves turning, to be surrounded by leaves turning: it's not just the symbolism, to confront in the death of the year your death, one blazing farewell appearance, though the irony isn't lost on you that nature is most seductive when it's about to die, flaunting the dazzle of its incipient exit, an ending that at least so far the effects of human progress (pollution, acid rain) have not yet frightened you enough to make you believe is real; that is, you know this ending is a deception because of course nature is always renewing itself- the trees don't die, they just pretend, go out in style, and return in style: a new style. 10 2. 15 It is deliberate how far they make you go especially if you live in the city to get far enough away from home to see not just trees but only trees. The boring highways, roadsigns, high speeds, 10-axle trucks passing you as if they were 20 in an even greater hurry than you to look at leaves: so you drive in terror for literal hours and it looks like rain, or snow, but it's probably just clouds (too cloudy to see any color?) and you wonder, given the poverty of your memory, which road had the 25 most color last year, but it doesn't matter since you're probably too late anyway, or too early- whichever road you take will be the wrong one and you've probably come all this way for nothing. Writing About the Reading 361 30 3. You'll be driving along depressed when suddenly a cloud will move and the sun will muscle through and ignite the hills. It may not last. Probably won't last. But for a moment the whole world comes to. Wakes up. Proves it lives. It lives- red, yellow, orange, brown, russet, ocher, vermilion, 35 gold. Flame and rust. Flame and rust, the permutations of burning. You're on fire. Your eyes are on fire. It won't last, you don't want it to last. You can't stand any more. But you don't want it to stop. It's what you've come for. It's what you'll come back for. It won't stay with you, but you'll remember that it felt like nothing else you've felt or something you've felt that also didn't last. -Schwartz, "Leaves," Goodnight, Gracie 40 lyReadingLab Writing About the Reading omplete nis Exercise on yreadinglab.com Checking Your Vocabulary 1. For each of the words listed below, use context; prefixes, roots, and suffixes (see Chapter 3); and/or a dictionary to write a brief definition or synonym of the word as it is used in the reading. a. irony (line 5) b. seductive (line 6) c. incipient (line 8) d. vermilion (line 34) e. permutations (line 35) 2. Draw a word map of one of the words used in the reading. Checking Your Comprehension 1. In line 3, Schwartz mentions symbolism. To what symbolism is he referring? 2. What is the poet's attitude toward human progress (line 9)? 3. To whom does the word they refer in line 15? 4. Describe the poem's tone. 5. What is the poem's theme? Thinking Critically Why does the author mention pollution and acid rain in line 9? Learning/Study Strategy Annotate the poem using the suggestions for analyzing poetry in the Key Strategy box "How to Read Poetry" on page 347. MyReadingLab For more practice with Textbook Reading, return to MyReadingLab. Click on Reading Textbooks in your Learning Path. TM G I J K shift Z L English 104 Disciplinary Literacy Critical Reading Project In Academic Reading, read and complete the exercises in ONE of the following disciplinary chapters: • Chapter 12 - Reading in the Liberal Arts. Humanities, and Education • Chapter 13 - Reading in Math • Chapter 14 - Reading in the Life and Physical Sciences Then read the longer selections at the end of the chapter. Highlight and annotate the text as you read, then answer the comprehension questions that follow. Write a short essay (250-500 words) on the selection describing how you used the principles of reading in each of the disciplines and how strong of a reader you think you are in that discipline. Consider the following principles; you may not have used all of them, but describe the ones you did use and if you've actually taken a class in this discipline yet: Specialized reading/studying techniques in the discipline Textbooks in the discipline • Identifying key terms in the discipline • Understanding theories • Research in the discipline • Making comparisons and connections Making practical applications • Patterns of organization used • Adapting your study techniques to fit the discipline • How you'd prepare this material for an exam if you were having one Project Content: Consider presenting: • the disciplines included in your area of concentration • characteristics for reading of majors and non-majors • important topics in the discipline • specialized reading techniques • graphics in the discipline А S caps lock D F G I J K shift N X C V B N M ??? alt 96 In 9.P • thought patterns in the discipline • adapting currently used study techniques for the discipline • test taking tips in the discipline • practical application in the discipline A presentation is not required as we are short on time. However, I would like you to prepare as if a presentation would take place. I will be looking for the following when you submit your project. Project Presentation: • well prepared, knowledgeable regarding the topic • interactive materials to engage the class in reading in your discipline • visuals to enhance presentation (Powerpoint, poster, etc.) Rubric: Highlight and annotate text chapter and longer reading (10 points) Application essay of reading the longer essay at end of chapter (10 points) . • Project content (10 points) • Professionalism & creativity of presentation (10 points) Total: Place the reading with your highlighting and annotating and the longer essay and responses in your folder along with your evaluation essay. Include a copy of your powerpoint or a copy of your visual aid. Due date: 20 April 2017 Even though the point total is 40 the project accounts for 30% of your grade. 20
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Critical Reading- Leaves



Prereading Questions

1. What is the subject of the poem?
The subject of the poem is the change of seasons and leaves falling due to the change.
The poem addresses change in not only nature but also the human life and self being.
2. Summarize the literal action
The author uses symbolism throughout the poem to communicate his message.
The symbol of trees shedding leaves represents people transiting from one phase of life
into another. The development can be viewed as personal or communal. The imagery
where he recalls that trees do not die but they just adopt a new style shows the recurring
phases of development. The writer uses the imagery of travelling to view the leaves
falling as the road to effect changes in different aspects and portrays it as boring and
challenging. The contradiction that the person does not want the phenomenon to last but
also does not want it to end is a show of the two sides and lack of enthusiasm that
accompanies change.
Writing about the Reading
Vocabulary Check
1. Definition of words
a. Irony (line 5). Irony is used to show the two differing phenomena in the same
situation. Death and seduction at the same time shows a situation contrary to one’s
b. Seductive (line 6). Seductive is used in the poem to show the beauty of nature.
Described as tempting and attractive, the word shows that nature is enticing.



c. Incipient (line 8). The incipient exit of nature shows that it is only the initial stage. It
is dying but only beginning, acco...

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