Monday, November 23, 2009

Listening to "Remorse"

Today we listened to the first part of Remorse: The Fourteen Stories of Eric Morse. This addition to the Ghetto Life 101 series came after five year-old Eric Morse was dropped fourteen stories from a window in the Ida B. Wells projects in Chicago. The boys who dropped Morse to his death were only ten and eleven years old at the time. We continued completing our listening guides as we were listening to Morse's story and we stopped several times for discussion.

A lot of issues were raised in today's class. We'll talk about issues of punishment, the death penalty, crime, poverty, and the realities of inner-city life as we read Monster. It is obvious from today's discussions that you all have a lot of ideas and questions swirling around in your heads.

At the end of class, we had some time to go over the questions for your Rural Life 101 interviews. You all need to ask three of the five preplanned questions and you all need to develop two or more of your own. These interviews are due in class on the Monday after break. Good luck with your interviews and please do not hesitate to email me if you run into trouble among the way!

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