The technology staff in the Crowsnest is still trying to find out why PBS took the great episode of Whitman off of their American Experience website! We found another great asset on YouTube sharing this on their channel. So, we move forward in the name of using educational material for educational goals. View the first twenty minutes of this video and strive to connect a specific scene from the documentary to one or two lines from any of the Whitman poems on the syllabus. Compose your in 5-7 sentences of Standard English in Word or another word processing software. Read it out loud for fluency’s sake. Then post it in the comment thread below.
Here is an outline below:
0-5 minutes: excellent overview of 19th century American culture.
5-9 minutes: important family background information. Growing up on the margins of early 19th century culture. 9:40 New York City: the place where a young man goes to make his mark in the world. Is that true today for women and men?
10:00—15 minutes: young Walt cultivates a sense of self-reliance (Emerson) and follows his Democratic sympathies and impulses. Needless to say, it’s not great career advice to tell give these “ideals” as excuses for missing work. The technology staff in the Crowsnest wants to prepare you for college and career.
15:00—21: 55 minutes: this portion completes the biographical idea of his growing “urban affection” by the end of this section. It is so fascinating to note that Melville and Poe are walking the same streets during the same period and write about other subjects!