I woke up this morning and immediately realized that the Ko Un poem I posted yesterday is going to flummox the students. These are, after all, first-term freshmen, and the group I have seems particularly flummoxable. (Spell-check is actually liking the word "flummoxable," which surprises me but is a nice little note to begin the day on.)
I still like the idea of giving them a piece they haven't seen, but I need to make it much more accessible. I was just so enraptured by "discovering" Ko Un that I wanted to share the good work ... but I've now done that through my blog, and I'm going to rethink the exam.
I think I'm going to give them a couple of paragraphs from Rachel Carson's Silent Spring. She makes a lot of use of lists and will be much more accessible for them.
There's such a fine line between appropriately challenging students and inappropriately setting them up for failure!