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Phyllis Schlafly’s most recent news-making came with this op-ed in The Christian Post, but she and her “pro-family” organization The Eagle Forum have been a part of the Conservative movement since 1972, long before Kimrey was born (and also apparently when their website was designed!).

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April 22nd, 2014

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Eighteen-year-old Megan Grassel of Jackson Hole, Wyoming founded Yellowberry, which recently raised over $40,000 on Kickstarter and has received a good bit of press.

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"I’m going to work to help get the Equal Rights Amendment ..." (Madison Kimrey – Open Letter to Phyllis Schlafly) | pending

Oh snap scratch part of my suggestion…ERA missed ratification in 1982. Avi’s annotation has the date correct I just misread.

"I’m going to work to help get the Equal Rights Amendment ..." (Madison Kimrey – Open Letter to Phyllis Schlafly) | pending

Not sure I dig the implication that it is shocking that Madison would know about something before her own time. And the fact that she knows Schlafly at all suggests she would know about it. Schlafly’s Eagle Forum started in 1972, the same year the ERA missed Ratification, which Avi’s first annotation makes clear is no coincidence.

"Does it stink like rotten meat?" (Mr. Z – 6th Period: Langston Hughes’s “Harlem”) | pending

Remember you’re trying to make an interpretive claim that you can apply to the whole poem. Make sure you link your ideas about this line to the themes of the poem as a whole.

"Or fester like a sore— / And then run?" (Mr. Z – 6th Period: Langston Hughes’s “Harlem”) | pending

This is the start of a good claim but I think you can make it even stronger. What types of things might happen if a dream is deferred? Are the images positive or negative? Is Hughes writing only of his own dreams or the dreams of others too?

"Or does it explode" (Mr. Z – 5th Period: Langston Hughes’s “Harlem”) | pending

Is an explosion just destruction or might it also be a release? What happens to energy in an explosion? What might that tell us about dreams in this poem?

"Maybe it just sags / Like a heavy load." (Mr. Z – 5th Period: Langston Hughes’s “Harlem”) | pending

This is a great comment. Let’s push this idea further and think about the poem’s structure as well — why would this possibility get its own stanza? What does that tell us about this idea in relation to those that came before and the one to follow?

"Does it stink like rotten meat?" (Mr. Z – 5th Period: Langston Hughes’s “Harlem”) | pending

What makes a piece of meat rot? How could this happen to a dream? What might happen to a person with a dream deferred that would make Hughes use the image of rotten meat?

"And then run?" (Mr. Z – 5th Period: Langston Hughes’s “Harlem”) | pending

Think about a literal sore (gross I know) — it festers and ultimately will drip or run when it pops (like fluid draining). It’s a pretty messy and very physical image — why would Hughes use it to describe a dream deferred?

"I, too, am America." (Mr. Z – 1st Period: Langston Hughes’s “I, Too, Sing America” (3)) | pending

Think about the difference between saying “I, too, am American” and “I, Too, Am America” — which one do you think is a stronger claim? What does it mean to BE America?

"They'll see how beautiful I am / And be ashamed--" (Mr. Z – 1st Period: Langston Hughes’s “I, Too, Sing America” (3)) | pending

Is it that they’ll be ashamed by his beauty or how they treated him previously? What does this suggest about the speaker’s attitude toward the future?