“golden lines”

Readings: August Wilson’s Fences Act 1 and selected poetry:

Phillis Wheatley “On Being Brought from Africa to America” (Links to an external site.)
Claude McKay “If We Must Die” (Links to an external site.)
Paul Laurence Dunbar “We Wear The Mask” (Links to an external site.)
Langston Hughes “I, Too, Sing America” (Links to an external site.)
Maya Angelou “Caged Bird” (Links to an external site.)
Tupac Shakur “The Rose That Grew From Concrete” (Links to an external site.)
Like with the American Indian poetry journal entry, you’ll need one entry per poem. I’ve increased the point value for this entry.


Your online reading journal should be your “golden lines” from the weekly readings. A “Golden line” is simply a line or two that jumps out at you while you are reading

the course material. It could either be something that you find interesting or confusing or both. It could be something that makes you mad or something that engaged

you in a way you hadn’t thought of before.

One entry per reading.

The purpose of the online journals is to learn to ask questions of the reading material in critical and new ways and to understand what it means to read actively.

Choose a line or two from the readings.
At the top of the entry, retype the line(s)–this is important so I know what lines you’re responding to.
Why did this (or these) line(s) stand out to you?
Why are these lines significant?
Remember, engage with the text by asking questions—What does the text say? What does the text mean? Why does the text matter?

Sample Solution