The goal of this blog post is to begin a conversation during the first night of study hall tonight among students in all four of my classes about individuals’ reaction to our community text, Mark Shriver’s A Good Man. Please reflect on this text and write about one useful takeaway that you had after reading this text. Then supply one sentence or phrase from the text that supports your takeaway (your idea, insight, or claim), and then compose a few sentences explaining how your quotation explains and supports your takeaway. Your total comment should range from 5-7 sentences in Standard English. Please follow MLA guidelines for citing your page number so that we can look up your passage easily. Here’s a great model for help: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/02/ Also recall to italicize titles.
While English teachers usually do not assign many memoirs, this book is interesting in that Sargent Shriver’s life and the way he connected with people brings up so many more topics besides his famous public life of service. There are many topics beyond politics and history, such as parenting, caring for aging parents, career counseling, a great awareness for families who have children with special needs, responding to the call to service, faith, and the reward of serving others. So many readers just appreciate Mark Shriver’s perspective on his father is another way to appreciate this truly great individual. That’s the interesting intimac that a memoir can provide. So feel free to explore any of these or other topics that arose when you read the book.
I have enjoyed going back to our community text, Mark Shriver’s A Good Man, for the above topics, and have had a fun time building to my knowledge of the Kennedy dynasty. In fact, I recently visited the Kennedy Library and Museum with our family (two of our boys studied JFK during the school year), and purposely looked through the exhibits with a “Sargent Striver” agenda and found him in the key moments that the memoir delineates, particularly reaching out to Martin Luther King during the 1960 election, the launching of the Peace Corps, and executing the details of JFK’s funeral. It has also been interesting to see how Striver played a key role in the Johnson administration for the War on Poverty. What an amazing political journey. I now want to bring the biography Sarge to class in case some folks want to pursue his impact on history more. Here’s a link to an interesting video from Meet the Press that was produced after his death. http://www.nbcnews.com/video/meet-the-press/41220320#41220320 What political or historical topics in the memoir did you find interesting?