Thursday, January 31, 2013

Scribe 1/30

During Class:
  • Finish reading “Dante’s Inferno”
  • What are the Seven Deadly Sins?
  • Read “Two Gallants”
    • connect to guiding question, connect to 7 deadly sins
  • Partner test FRIDAY (On Dante)

  • Know the three creatures
  • Know about the greyhound
  • Why 3?
  • What kinds of senses does Dante appeal to? (besides sight)
  • What does the whirling mass of souls look like?
  • Minos? who dat?
  • Know Beatrice’s significance?
  • What did Dante believe was the most important value of life and why?

  • 7 sins
    • lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, pride
      • annotate Two Gallant packet with different colors for each and highlight and explain

  • Study for Dante test on Friday
    • look over background quiz
    • look over the story
  • Blog post Due Friday
  • Keep working on the Last Lecture
  • Two Gallant Packet Due Friday

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Greatest Wrongs

What are some of the greatest wrongs society can commit? Why are they wrong?

Monday, January 28, 2013

Friday 25, 2013

- Turned in Summery Response. Talk to Mrs. Smith if you were absent so you can get credit for your paper.
- Read out of the literature book about Genesis.
  • God in the book of Genesis gives a choice.
         Guiding Question
- To what extent does the creator have responsibility for its creation?
  • Is God responsible for you and your actions?
  • Is the Devil responsible for you?
- Started reading Dante Alighieri First Canto.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Wednesday 23. 1st hour

Wednesday 23rd 1st hour

    Summary Response over the different songs and movies we watched and listened to.
                 Summary possible topics:
                         Legend - Ridley Scott
                         Devils Advocate - Taylor Hackford
                         "HellonEarth 2006" - South Park  Parker and stone
                         Bedazzled - Harold Ramis
                         "Highway to Hell" - AC/DC
                         "Sympathy for the Devil" - The Rolling Stones
                         "Seven Deadly Sins" -  Hogging Molly
                         "Crossroads" - Eric Clapton
                         Bad - good
                         Dark- Light
                         Evil - Innocence
                         Evil exists in all of us
                         Devil park of everyone
                 Summary Topic Sentence: 1/3 of paper
                          Titles, authors/directors, theme
                           Examples - support theme
                           No personal words, no opinions
               Response: 2/3
                       Topic Sentence
                       Position with why
                       2-3 examples
We then watched a clip from South Parks episode  "Hell On Earth 2006".  Some of the themes are about how the devil was evil when he didn't get exactly what he wanted. After we watched the Devils Advocate and Bedazzled which both demonstrate the theme of choice and how you don't have to choose the devil but how he tempts us all.

After we looked at the paintings.  Smith wanted us to focus on the shadows and the things that stand out in the paintings.

Friday, January 18, 2013

January 18, 2013

Its Friday!!!

After an enthusiastic yet someone delayed Hellos Smith from the English Literature class, we dove right in to our notes on Dante's Hell. We disused the final two levels:
Level 8) the Fraudulent
Level 9) The Treacherous (Betrayal)

Then we explored some songs, videos and pictures about the devil and then analyzed them as a class. These pieces we will use for the Summary Response.

  • Sympathy for the Devil (lyrics)
  • Seven Deadly Sins by Flogging Molly
  • Highway to Hell  by AC/DC
Videos Clips
  • Legend directed by Ridley Scott 
    • the begging scene with Satan and the ending battle


  • Work on your first part the Last Lecture part 1
  • The Summary Response for the Hell unit. It will be due probably next Friday

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Wednesday 1/16/13

Wednesday 1/16/13

Donut Day!

Juniors need to take a the Current Junior Class Options Survey for 2013-14 from the Language Arts webpage. Mrs. Smith recommends all juniors to take World Lit next school year.

We went over the background information of the Dante Alighieri packet that we were given on monday. After going over the information we then took a quiz over it.

Notes on Dante’s 9 circles of Hell from
Circle 1: Limbo “Virtuous Pagans”
Circle 2: “The Lustful”
Circle 3: “The Gluttonous”
Circle 4: “Hoarders & Wasters”
Circle 5: The Styx “The Wrathful”
Circle 6: City of Dis “The Heretics”
Circle 7: “The Violent”
Will go through circle 8 and 9 on Friday

HW: beginning working on 1st part of your Last Lecture

Monday, January 14, 2013

January 14, 2013

Hello Everyone!

We missed Smith this Monday morning and hoped she is at school on Wednesday. After attendence, we turned in our summary respose paper of the Last Lecture. The day proceded as follows:
  • We descused our interpritations of hellas a class. What is like? Who goes there? And what type of punishments there are?
  • A Donte Divine Comdey packet was passed out to us and we read the background information on the first  6 pages of the packet
  • Then we got into groups and discused our own iterpretations of hell compaired to the hell in the bachground information of Divine Comedy.
  • Each group then presented their observations to the rest of the class
Homework: Work on you Last Lecture part 1, review the background information in packet as there will be a quiz sometime this week, and explore Dante's Virtual Tour of Hell at

Friday, January 11, 2013


January 11th, 2013

  • Finished Pausch’s Last Lecture
Notes from lecture:
  • Idea of the brick wall
    • some are there for a reason
  • Charlie and the chocolate factory
    • suddenly got everything he ever wanted
    • lived happily ever after

  • changes to Carnegie Mellon

    • builds a thing called virtual worlds
    • “don’t set a bar because it only stops progress”
    • worked there for 10 years, great experience

  • Aladdin imagineer
    • a one in a five career opportunity
    • changed him forever
    • asked to stay, said no
    • good people to work with
  • ETC
    • success: focus people and learning to work in groups
    • “the infinitely scalable dream factory”
    • worked on the alice project for a long time
      • way to teach computer programming to kids
      • kids made movies and video games
  • Lessons Learned
    • role of parents mentors and students
    • the theory qualifier
    • my son, the doctor
Andy Wan Dam

    • thought of as a mythical creature
    • made me go to graduate school
    • “first boss” respect authority while questioning it
    • we learn from our students
      • president Cohon- having FUN
      • decide if you’re a Tigger or Eeyore
      • never lose the childlike wonder
      • help others
      • loyalty is a two-way street
      • never give up- didn’t get into Brown University

  • how to get people to help you

    • earnest is long term, hip is short term
    • believe in karma
    • you can't get there alone
    • tell the truth
    • brick walls: show our dedication
    • don't bail
    • show gratitude
    • don’t complain just work harder
    • be good at something it makes you valuable
    • find the best in everybody- people will eventually show you their good side
    • be prepared
  • Whole talk was for his children

  • Homework: Summary/ Response due Monday!