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April 9, 2012 6:58 PM Subscribe
Please suggest interesting, engaging possible short readings related to Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness' for a high school AP English class seminar, to be facilitated by an undergraduate student with some workshop-creation experience. It should be readable in a single homework assignment and possible to cover during a single class seminar. Other than that, it can be anything (poem, short story, etc).
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I'm volunteering-- well, I'm an observer at an alternative high school's small AP English class, and they're nearing the end of their 2+ month reading of Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness' (note: I've never read it, though I can if absolutely needed). I'd started observing as a practicum for my college class, but am continuing until the theme class I started with finishes up in a few weeks. The teacher, Mr. H, has been mulling over how I can be more involved for the last two months, and suggested I facilitate a seminar on a short work in some way related to 'Heart of Darkness'.
Whatever the selection is, it should be 'fun' enough for these (relatively artsy and engaged) students to get into and to help me to get over my stage-fright. Normally I do okay talking and asking questions if I have genuine thoughts and opinions about material and can't focus on 'oh my god, they're all watching me!'.
I personally am open to interdisciplinary-type stuff that covers historical context, anthropology, and so on. I'm interested in Conrad's own experience captaining a Congo riverboat, but I'm unsure if I could somehow make it English-relevant. I'm a bit afraid a poetry piece would be a non-starter, given I have no existing rapport with the students. Of course, if all else fails, I can still back out, but I don't want to do it simply 'cause I'm intimidated by high schoolers (that's just embarrassing, plus I think these are easy-going, thoughtful kids).