Monday, August 27, 2012

Monday 8/27

Monday 8/27

-Make sure you confirm her blogger request on your email!
-We started off talking about the Man Booker Prize.

-For the Man Booker Prize look at the Independent reading instructions
       1.  Annotations - need 15 pages of annotations for the whole book.
                                - not just underlining, need actual comments
       2.  journal entry - choose one passage and write a summary response in one page
       3.  Items/Symbols/Motifs - can pic things that are a real or a just a symbol through out the book
       4.  Hero
       Presentation - Will explain all subjects in about 4-5 minutes
- We read Oedipus the King from page 5 (red book) or page 6(in newer book) to page 19 or page 18

      -things to think about while reading
           - Plague
           - Dying/Sickness
           - farming/cultivating/growing
           - ego-pride
           - role of fate/destiny - gods control
           - battle against gods
           - truth

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Friday 8/24 class notes

Happy Friday!!!!

I apologize for this being late my family was have some technical problems.

So on Friday in class we started off by getting our Oediopus The King books (See smith on monday to get yours or you can buy a copy in which you can annotate)

Then we proceeded to go over what a good college essay has:
1) creative word choice~ One good resource for this is an interactive website that shows you synonyms for words by branching them off the original. Make sure not to use words you wouldn't use in real life

2)Make sure to use imagery~ Whither with creating a picture or having the reader connect with you emotionally

3)Start strong and finish strong~ make sure that you are staying strong throughout your essay

4)Remember this rule~ 1/3 story and 2/3 you

Then we continued our notes on a tragic hero with the same powerpoint Hero notes

We then discussed the packets we got on Wednesday. Talking about the importance of the masks the actors wore to convey emotion and to help them to speak louder. We also talked about how it was so important that the backdrop was not distracting and how there were only a few main characters were on stage so that everything was focused on the story. This kind of story telling was how Greeks taught their children morals and values. 

After discussing the packets we talked about Oedipus's backround with the following powerpoint oedipus backround. The notes are on the bottom of the page.

We also talked about dramatic irony~ the fact that everyone but the person themselves knows they are doomed 

Then we began reading Oedipus the King pgs. 1-4

1) Influence essay~ Write about someone who has influenced you in your life. Must be typed, a page and a half, and double spaced Due Monday
2) Booker prize choice due monday
3) 3 examples of dramatic irony from Oedipus the King (we will talk more about this Monday)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

August 22, 2012 Recap

Hey guys! Here's what you missed:

  • assigned laptops
  • For homework, read "Oedipus Rex" and "30. A Study of Sophocles" packets.
    • annotate and highlight
  • Post 2 college tips to blog
  • Add your e-mail to class blog so you're able to publish
  • Discussion over college tips
    • Be controversial; but don't cross the line
    • Tell a story; use imagery
    • Don't babble; be considerate of admission officer's time
    • Word choice; but sound like you, not a thesaurus
    • Be original; stand out
    • Be genuine; show them who you really are
    • Revise until perfect
  • How to be a scribe
    • Record events of the day
    • Link assignments
    • Have almost too much information
    • Post same day (before 9:00 pm)
  • Good Donuts vs Bad Donuts
    • can bring other foods
    • bring napkins
  • Laptop Expectations
    • no cords hanging out
    • get laptop at beginning of class
    • handle with 2 hands 
    • report damage
    • $1,300 to replace
Alright, that's the run down of class. We then discussed and took notes on What is a Hero. The notes we have completed so far are below:

Hero Notes
  • Literary Heroes
    • To Kill A Mocking Bird; Atikus
      • defends someone who was unjustly accused
    • Odyssey; Odyseus
      • epic hero
      • defeats all battles
    • Anthem
      • break out of conformity
      • champion of ideas
  • Film Heroes
    • Hancock; anti-hero
      • not typical (ex. drunk)
    • Frodo; epic hero
      • went through journey
    • Katniss; free the people
      • introduced a life saving idea to society
    • Iron Man; anti-hero, epic hero, tragic hero
      • too much pride= tragic hero
  • Historical Heroes
    • Abe Lincoln
      • unified the nation
    • MLK
      • break free from conformity
    • Rosa Parks
      • stands up for personal cause that influences others
We recognize that all heroes fight for freedom and spread a message. We now began talking about the specific types of heroes.
  • Tragic heroes
    • noble birth
    • wisdom
    • tragic flaw
    • faced with a choice then always choose wrong
    • reversal of fortune (caused by tragic flaw)
    • realize their misfortune is their own fault
    • often dies in the end. 
That's as far as we got!
-Jessica Sotwick