Honors 11: Fences Discussion Cont. + Intro to “Incident” by Baraka/Cullen

We started the hour discussing the remaining time in class and what we still have to do before the end of the semester. I will give you final exam reviews on Monday. We then watched this interview with Denzel Washington on the 2010 revival of Fences on Broadway with him starring as Troy. We watched these scenes and analyzed Denzel’s and James Earl Jones’ performances as Troy.

We also then finished talking about the play in its entirety in terms of characters, symbols, author, message, etc. You added notes to your discussion guide, and I recorded who added to the conversation. Good job. Second hour ran out of time a bit, so we can continue this conversation over the next week +. You submitted your discussion guide for points to the inbox.

For homework, I would like you to continue reading about Amiri Baraka/LeRoi Jones and record important information on him at the bottom of this 1969 poem titled “Incident” that we will discuss tomorrow. Write down as much as you think will help you understand him as a poet, a social/political critic, a leader of the Black Arts Movement, etc. I would like you to read his response to/criticism of a poetry collection titled Angels of Ascent, titled, ‘A Post-Racial Anthology?'” Write down any statements he makes/ideas he has that help you understand him more fully at the bottom of the poem as well.

Finally, Baraka wrote the poem “Incident” in a sort of response to the original 1920s poem by the same name, by Countee Cullen. Do a little research on Cullen as well and jot down what you learn about him at the bottom of his poem “Incident.”

You do not need to read/annotate the two poems just yet. We just want to first understand our poets/authors.

About Emily Mullins

English and Journalism teacher at Berkley High School in Berkley, MI.
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