Literary Examples

Recommendation #1

To begin, make a copy of this poster as a 9 x 13, laminate, and hang in your classrooms. If you are like me, I choose to have them strategically around the room so the students can easily look at them during any class discussion.

Fires of aggression poster 1.1.18

Recommendation #2

Use this poster as the springbroad as you discuss any of the following:

  1. Current events (school shootings, bullying, etc.)
  2. Characters in novels (specific examples linked below)
  3. Historical events (specific examples linked below)
  4. Self-reflection (journaling, writing, etc.)

Specific reference for a class discussion: “Instead of saying, ‘I am suffering from trauma,’ a person can speak with much more precision by saying, ‘I am suffering from meaninglessness,’ or ‘I am suffering from mistrust,’ or ‘I am suffering from shame,’ or ‘I am suffering from helplessness,”’or ‘I am suffering from rage.’ In a similar way, a person can speak with much more precision if instead of saying, ‘I have pain in my body,’ the person says, ‘I have pain in my stomach,’ or ‘I have a pain in my lungs,’ or ‘I have pain in my heart.'” — Chappell, Soldiers of Peace

Below are a few of the specific texts I used in my teachings when the students used the poster to help guided our discussions.

Shelley’s Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus.

Dostoevsky’s Notes from the Underground

Baldwin’s “Sonny’s Blues”

Ellison’s “Battle Royal”