A guide for ENGL 2501 and ENGL 3801
Students in my classes did their midterms looking ahead to the Boston Marathon, profiling runners who hope to complete their 26.2 in 2014. Many had stories of their 2013 experiences, when the Marathon was shut down after two bombs exploded in the crowds at the finish line, killing three and wounding nearly 300.
For the final, students will be covering the Marathon, taking into account the increased security around the event and interviewing spectators at various points along the route, creating a longform multi-media package for their blogs. Part of that project is examining last year’s coverage, which will start next week.
All three of the stories examine the Tsarnaev family — brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar were the subject of a manhunt in the aftermath of the bombing. Tamerlan is now dead; Dzhokhar is awaiting trial. I recommend not reading them back-to-back since they do cover the same material and they’re all fairly lengthy. The Globe story even has chapters!
Bonus story, which was in response to the controversial Rolling Stone cover: “Behind the Scenes of the Hunt for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev” from Boston Magazine’s September 2013 issue.
Thoughts for class discussion: