After reading the article, "Why the Best Kids Books are Written in Blood" by Sherman Alexie, take a minute and share your thoughts regarding the following questions. Copy the questions and answer them in a post on your blog. Please be sure to use and cite your EVIDENCE from the text to support your answers.
As we discovered yesterday, it didn't take long before we noticed a number of situations and topics being satirized right in the opening sequence of "The Simpsons". Many of you made note of the way the writers were criticizing the American lifestyle, the treatment of the environment, the average employee's work ethic and the recklessness of drivers (among many other things).
Now your task is to reflect on the episode that we watched yesterday, as well as on your notes, and construct your own blog post about the use of satire, its purpose and the different criticism that was being made. Be specific, explain it in detail while referencing the show. Also note if the satire is effective. Remember satire doesn't merely criticize, it hopes to affect change. Do you agree with the criticism and will it affect change? To get full credit on this assignment, you must address all aspects above.
Your task today is to review your essential vocabulary words for our unit on The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.
After you have reviewed the words and definitions, your job is to make one specific connection to the text for each word. Within each example, provide context clues that suggest the word's definition. See the example below.
Before he even knows Arnold, Roger expresses prejudice towards him. He refers to him using very derogatory terms causing Arnold to punch him in the face.
I am an incredibly driven person with a strong work ethic. I’m
certain I acquired my work ethic from my father who instilled in me the importance
of working hard at everything I do in life. There is nothing like the feeling
of success after you've put your heart and soul into a task. Whenever I hear
the lines, “I always loved the feel of sweat on my shirt, Stand back, son, and
let a man work”, I always think of my father and secretly thank him for
teaching me the importance of a work ethic. Without it, I’m certain I would not
be where I am today.
I am also an avid reader; yes, I know, that is a huge shock.
I love to write and I am actually in the process of writing a book. I’m not
sure if I will ever finish it, but it feels pretty great to at least be writing
This is one of my favorite books!
I think I love music as much as I love literature, maybe even more. I grew
up on music as I can’t remember a day of my childhood that music wasn’t
screaming through my home. As a very young person, I saved every penny I had to
buy a receiver, a turntable and these really huge speakers. And because music
was so important to me, listening at home quickly changed into listening and
attending concerts. I’ve lost count as to the number of concerts I’ve attended.
I’d say, if my estimation is correct, I’m close to 500 concerts. I've
seen Springsteen 54 times alone.
Photo by Danny Clinch
Concerts were so important to me that in the mid-90s I
worked a second job at what was once Great Woods, in Mansfield, MA, just so I
could go to concerts for free.
In addition to my
love of music, I think I love to travel equally as much. I began travelling
when I was 18 and have never stopped. I've been to places as ordinary as Disney
World to obscure as Iceland; from the Czech Republic to Las Vegas, from Italy
to New Orleans. I always joke that I do not spend my money on “things”, anyone
can have “things”. I spend my money on life, on experiences that have helped to
shape my life, heightened my curiosity and made me who I am today.
Hey Freshman - here is an example of a blog post that connects an interpretation of the song "Badlands" with what we have learned and talked about in terms of Native Americans. There is also a comment by Mrs. Panarelli below to show you what we are looking for in terms of how you should be commenting on your classmates' posts. Now it's your turn! Read below and then post a lyric response on your own site!
My perception of the Native American culture has changed drastically over the course of my lifetime. As a young person, I knew very little about the native people of our country. Over time, and with a great deal of research, I have come to understand that Native Americans' lives are very different from what I had once thought. In fact, when I listen to the song, "Badlands" by Bruce Springsteen, I can make a variety of connections between the lyrics and to the lives of these indigenous people. Although I'm fairly certain that Bruce Springsteen did not have Indians in mind when he wrote the song, I do know that his sentiments can be connected to anyone who has ever had to struggle to get by in life.
When Springsteen writes, "Girl, I don't give a damn for the same old played out scenes, I don't give a damn for just the in-betweens" I think of the boy in the Frontline video that we watched in class. I specifically connect these lines with Robert, the young boy, who had a dream of being president despite the challenges that he faces everyday. Despite the poverty that surrounds him, despite the fact that his mother is an alcoholic, Robert doesn't "give a damn about his same old played out scenes". He wants to break free of his own "Badlands" and make something of himself, even though the odds are against him. He has hope.
Take a look at the video below and think about the underlining message? What is it? What techniques are being used? Do you think the message is relevant? Does the producer of the video achieve the desired goal? How does it connect to the Sherman Alexie Video? Copy these questions into a blog post and respond in a thoughtful, well developed response. You may include an image if you feel it enhances your response. When you are done, read and respond to at least five of your classmates posts. Don't just say, "good point" or "great post"; anyone can say that! You are smart - think deeply and respond appropriately!
Essential Question - To what extent do we control our moral development and moral choices?
As we read the novel, East
of Eden by John Steinbeck, I’d like you to read it through a lens that
considers the nature vs nurture debate.
With that in mind, I’d like you to complete the following three
activities in an attempt to be reminded of and or to enhance our knowledge of
Station 1 – Listen to the following YouTube documentary.
What argument is the documentary making? What data did the documentary offer in
favor of nature or nurture? Do you agree with the findings? Why or why not? Take notes and answer on the left side of the page and answer the questions
when the documentary is over on the right side of the page. You may discuss
your finding with your group before answering the questions.
Take a look at this year's Pulitzer Prize winners by clicking on the links below. Who won in the different journalism categories? Which one was the most interesting, controversial, worthy and why? Share your response by commenting below this post.
Yesterday, we discussed the use of symbolism within the novel, The Great Gatsby. Because we know that symbols often lead to motifs that help to uncover a theme within a novel, it is helpful to experiment with this idea in order to help your understanding when reading The Great Gatsby. Try this - what ideas, emotions or thoughts come to mind when you think of the following?
Which object might signify deceit? Danger? Brainstorm other ideas with a peer near you and be prepared to share them.
Classifying Modernism isn't always an easy task and understanding it can be even trickier! REMEMBER that Modernism (in literature) spans the time between WWI and WWII, however some would argue that it actually spans through the 1960s. Where it ends, Post-Modernism picks up
Modernism was a reaction to many cultural changes and shocks that began around the time of WWI. "The term encompasses the activities and output of those who felt the "traditional" forms of art, architecture, literature, religious faith, social organization and daily life were becoming outdated in the new economic, social, and political conditions of an emerging fully industrialized world" (Princeton.edu). Modernist were concerned with "the self", while trying to be innovative and experimental. Many writers experimented with form and techniques such as: stream of conscientious, open form, juxtaposition, and free verse. One of the major "shocks was WWI. "It was looked upon with such ghastly horror that many people simply could not imagine what the world seemed to be plunging towards". This left many people who felt alienated and disolusioned with society and the possibility of the American Dream. It also made many individuals questioned authority and left them asking themselves the questions, who am I and how do I fit in to this changing chaotic world? Who were they?? Ernest Hemingway, Virginia Woolf and F. Scott Fitzgerald to name just a few of the most important and experimental authors. Hemingway -
Ernest Hemingway is one of America's greatest authors. He was influenced by his journalistic career. He believed that if one stripped down unnecessary words from his or her writing it became more interesting. He is known for not only his minimalistic / journalistic style, but for what is now known as the "iceburg" theory Hemingway thought that the theme of a story should not be understood from the surface story, but instead it should, as he is quoted as saying, "a writer of prose knows enough of what he is writing about he may omit things that he knows and the reader, if the writer is writing truly enough, will have a feeling of those things as strongly as though the writer had stated them" (Hemingway). -He had an overbearing mother -He was a poor athlete -He loved the outdoors and hunting like his father -Discovered writing in high school -He was considered a "macho" character -He went to Italy to serve in the war -He suffered from depression -He was injured in war and wrote many war stories based on his experiences -He was married three times -He committed suicide by shooting himself with his own shotgun -He wrote many short stories and novels. A Moveable Feast, The Sun Also Rises, For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea are some of his most famous. Listen to the attached documentary about his life to give a complete look at this revolutionary American author.
Why does Dave Jensen "get even" with "Lee Strunk? Why does he go to such great lengths? What is the motivation?
AND - with this in mind, what does this section tell us about the pressures that soldiers face during war? If, during war, your comrades are sometimes all that separates you between life and death and they are the people that you have to rely on above all else; what happens then when this trust is broken?
Do Now - In a blog post, using support from "Enemies" and "Friends", with the following criteria in mind.
Exceptional. The blog post is
focused and coherently addresses the prompt, includes examples and evidence with
explanations or analysis. The post utilizes appropriate and interesting vocabulary,
and it considers multiple perspectives when appropriate. The entry reflects
in-depth engagement with the topic and is free of grammatical errors. It models the ability to make accurate, detailed, and nuanced references
that clearly show connections between specific data and the larger concepts /
subject at hand
Journalism is an ever changing profession. If the last ten years are not an indication of change, I'm not sure what is. The news is always present however, how it is reported has changed drastically over the last 20 years.There has been a change in how the news is delivered, on different platforms and media, who delivers it, what kind of careers are available and how audiences shape what kind of news is offered. Check out the following links and try to discern what journalism is today. What is it like to report the news or follow the news in the 21st century?
Do - now! Answer the following question on your blog? Use examples and evidence from the following sources The Role of Journalism