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Freshman Learnstrong Lectures (Updated summer 2018)

Textbook Used: Prentice Hall Literature, Grade 9, Common Core Edition, 2012, Pearson Education, Inc.

Freshman English (A) Volume 1 Videos:

Isaac Bashevis Singer’s The Washwoman, p. 24:

Maya Angelou’s New Directions, p. 34:

Joan Aiken’s Sonata for Harp and Bicycle, p. 44:

Edgar Allan Poe’s The Cask of Amontillado, p. 58:

Cynthia Rylant’s Checkouts, p. 82:

Ama Ata Aidoo’s The Girl Who Can, p. 86:

Lady Bird Johnson’s A White House Diary, p. 102:

Julia Alvarez’s My English, p. 112:

James Thurber’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, p. 126:

Isabel Allende’s Uncle Marcos, p. 137:

Arthur C. Clarke’s If I Forget Thee, Oh Earth…, p. 162:

Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, p. 167:

Richard Connell’s The Most Dangerous Game, p. 212:

Judith Ortiz Cofer’s American History, p. 239:

O. Henry’s The Gift of the Magi, p. 258:

Saki’s The Interlopers, p. 268:

Leslie Marmon Silko’s The Man to Send Rain Clouds, p. 292:

R.K. Narayan’s Old Man of the Temple, p. 298:

Amy Tan’s Rules of the Game, p. 214:

Guy de Maupassant’s The Necklace, p. 330:

Toni Cade Bambara’s Blues Ain’t No Mockin Bird, p. 348:

Mark Twain’s The Invalid’s Story, p. 360:

James Hurst’s The Scarlet Ibis, p. 384:

Ray Bradbury’s The Golden Kit, the Silver Wind, p. 396:

Rudolfo A. Anaya’s A Celebration of Grandfathers, p. 442:

Lorraine Hansberry’s On Summer, p. 454:

Sally Ride’s Single Room, Earth View, p. 466:

Neil Postman’s The News, p. 476:

Carl Sandburg’s A Lincoln Preface, p. 500:

John McPhee’s Arthur Ashe Remembered, p. 508:

Lian Dolan’s Carry Your Own Skis, p. 520:

Pete Hamill’s Libraries Face Sad Chapter, p. 528:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s I Have a Dream, p. 540:

Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s First Inaugural Address, p. 550:

Gary Soto’s The Talk, p. 574:

Harlod Courlander and George Herzog’s Talk, p. 577:

Freshman English (B) Volume 2 Videos:

Langston Hughes’ Dream Deferred, p. 620:

Langson Hughes’ Dreams, p. 621:

Jean de Sponde’s Sonnet on Love, 13, p. 623:

Gabriela Mistral’s Rocking (Meciendo), p. 625:

Wordsworth’s I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud, p. 627:

Richard Brautigan’s All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace, p. 633:

Emily Dickinson’s Hope is the Thing with Feathers, p. 634:

Emily Dickinson’s Much Madness is Divinest Sense, p. 635:

Stanley Kunitz’s The War Against the Trees, p. 637:

Walter Dean Myer’s Summer, p. 646:

Tennyson’s The Eagle, p. 647:

May Swenson’s Analysis of Baseball, p. 648:

Edgar Allan Poe’s The Bells, p. 654:

Yusef Komunyakaa’s Slam, Dunk, & Hook, p. 660:

Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky, p. 662:

Mary Tall Mountain’s There is No Word for Goodbye, p. 678:

Naomi Shihab Nye’s Daily, p. 679:

David Hilbun’s Hope, p. 680:

Tyroneca “Ty” Booker’s The Day of the Storm p. 682:

Ernest Lawrence Thayer’s Casey at the Bat, p. 696:

William Stafford’s Fiftteen, p. 699:

Sandra Cisneros’ Twister Hits Houston, p. 701:

Edwin Muir’s The Horses, p. 706:

Richard Wilbur’s The Writer, p. 708:

Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven, p. 710:

Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken, p. 725:

T.S. Eliot’s Macavity: The Mystery Cat, p. 726:

Emily Dickinson’s We never know how high we are, p. 728:

E.E. Cummings’ Maggie and milly and molly and may, p. 732:

Shakespeare’s The Seven Ages of Man, p. 735:

Robert Frost’s Fire and Ice, p. 736:

Whitman’s I Hear America Singing, p. 750:

Daniel C. Buchanan’s Three Haiku, p. 751:

Alice Walker’s Women, p. 752:

Shakespeare’s Sonnet 30, p. 754:

Introduction to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, p. 778-799:

R&J, An Introduction:
R&J, Act 1, A:
R&J, Act 1, B:
R&J, Act 1, C:
R&J, Act 2, A:
R&J, Act 2, B:
R&J, Act 3, A:
R&J, Act 3, B:
R&J, Act 3, C:
R&J, Act 3, D:
R&J, Act 4, A:
R&J, Act 5, A:
R&J, Act 5, B:

Edith Hamilton’s Ovid’s Pyramus and Thisbe, p. 946:

Anton Chekhov’s The Inspector-General, p. 986:

Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, p. 986:

Henry Alford’s Big Kiss, p. 996:

Hamilton’s Mythology, #1: pages 1-23: Introduction to Classical Mythology:

Hamilton’s Mythology #2: pages 24-47: Part 1, Chapter 1, The Gods:

Hamilton’s Mythology #3: pages 47-64: Part 1, Chapter 2, The Two Great Gods of Earth:

Hamilton’s Mythology #4: pages 65-95: Part 1, Chapter 3 and 4: How the World and Mankind was Created; The Earliest Heroes:

Hamilton’s Mythology #5: pages 96-121: Part 2, Chapter 5 and 6: Cupid and Psyche; Eight Brief Tales of Lovers:

Hamilton’s Mythology #6: pages 122-145: Part 2, Chapter 7 and 8: The Quest of the Golden Fleece; Four Great Adventures:

Hamilton’s Mythology #7: pages 146-184: Part 3, Chapters 9-12: Perseus; Theseus; Hercules; Atalanta:

Hamilton’s Mythology #8: pages 185-246: Part 4, Chapters 13-16: The Trojan War; The Fall of Troy; The Adventures of Odysseus; The Adventures of Aeneas:

Hamilton’s Mythology #9: pages 247-291: Part 5, Chapters 17-19: The House of Atreus; The Royal House of Thebes; The Royal House of Athens:

Hamilton’s Mythology #10: pages 292-313: Part 6, Chapters 20-21: Midas—And Others; Brief Myths Arranged Alphabetically:

Homer’s Odyssey: An Introduction:

Homer’s Odyssey, Part 1, p. 1045:

Homer’s Odyssey, Sailing from Troy, p. 1047:

Homer’s Odyssey, The Lotus-Eaters, p. 1048:

Homer’s Odyssey, The Cyclops, p. 1050:

Homer’s Odyssey, The Land of the Dead, p. 1064:

Homer’s Odyssey, The Sirens, p. 1071:

Homer’s Odyssey, Scylla and Charybdis, p. 1073:

Homer’s Odyssey, The Cattle of the Sun God, p. 1076:

Homer’s Odyssey, Part 2, The Return of Odysseus, p. 1089:

Homer’s Odyssey, Argus, p. 1096:

Homer’s Odyssey, The Suitors, p. 1097:

Homer’s Odyssey, Penelope, p. 1100:

Homer’s Odyssey, The Challenge, p. 1103:

Homer’s Odyssey, Odysseus’ Revenge, p. 1107:

Homer’s Odyssey, Penelope’s Test, p. 1111:

Edna St. Vincent Millay’s An Ancient Gesture, p. 1128:

Margaret Atwood’s Siren Song, p. 1130:

Derek Walcott’s Prolouge and Epilogue from the Odyssey, p. 1132:

Constantine Cavafy’s Ithaca, p. 1134:

George G.Toudouze’s Three Skeleton Key, p. 1146:

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Red-Headed League, p. 1164:

Chief Dan George’s There is a Longing, p. 1194:

Nelson Mandela’s Glory and Hope, p. 1200:

Harold Felton’s Pecos Bill, The Cyclone, p. 1218:

Edith Hamilton’s Perseus, p. 1225: