Today in class...
“We wear the mask that grins and lies/it hides our cheeks and shades our eyes”
Journal: What do you think that this quote means?
Human beings hide our imperfections behind masks so that when we, as a human race, look in the mirror, we are able to deceive ourselves and others into believing a false reality.
The text we will be reading today portrays the flaws of humanity and provides numerous examples of human beings deceiving themselves and others while hiding behind idealized notions of goodness, equality, and perfection.
Warm-up: Below are ten word pairs. The first word in each pair is a vocabulary word. For each numbered pair, write S in the blank if the second word in the pair is a synonym or A if the word is an antonym. You may need a dictionary or a thesaurus for this activity.
1. impose: burden
2. retribution : retaliation
3. endeavored : avoided
4. obstinate : tenacious
5. immolation : creation
6. impunity : exemption
7. succession : precedence
8. precluded : included
9. recoiling : repulsing
10. connoisseurship : apprenticeship
The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe
My birthday is in two days! :) Happy October Birthdays!
Second day of stations... we will be finishing up today.
Final drafts for your Value of Life essay will be due on Monday. Please include a work cited page. See below... I suggest "Son of Citation Machine" to help with formatting.
Here's another interesting text for value of life...we may look at this.
Monster Trading Card due!
That crazy Odysseus...he really made Poseidon mad by having too much pride--or hubris.
Today in class:
Odyssey Part 1 Stations! We busted through 4 rotations. I have added them for you so that you can stay caught up ;)
We are reading, Cattle of the Sun God, Calypso, The Lotus-Eaters, I am Laertes' Son, and the Historical Introduction. We have already done, The Cyclops, Circe, The Sirens, The Land of the Dead, and Scylla & Charybdis. We may have to write our own odyssey...hmmm.
Don't forget to bring your "Value of LIFE" essay next class!
Polyphemus the CYCLOPS!
Today in Class:
READER'S THEATER!! Hahaha! --This was awesome! Email me pictures and videos so I can post them on this page!! firstname.lastname@example.org
Journal Prompt: What is hospitality? Define it and tell me a bout a time you/your family were hospitable.
Hospitality: In ancient Greece, hospitality was not only welcomed, it was expected. Hosts had an obligation to take in guests, feed them, and house them. Guests also had a strict set of rules: be respectful and bring a gift. Ultimately, the host was responsible for their guests.
Cunning: being clever, or take advantage of people or a situation; tricky.
Tragic Flaw: flaw that will lead to the destruction or downfall of the hero or to those around him/her.
Assign parts and act out "The Monster in the Cave"
Assignment: In your groups, find 1 quote that shows Odysseus honoring hospitality rules, Polyphemus breaking those rules, an example of Odysseus being cunning, and the tragic flaw of Odysseus. When you are done, paraphrase, with your group, the curse Polyphemus prays to his father, Poseidon!
‘O hear me, lord, blue girdler of the islands,
530 if I am thine indeed, and thou art father:
grant that Odysseus, raider of cities, never
see his home: Laertes’ son, I mean,
who kept his hall on Ithaca. Should destiny
intend that he shall see his roof again
535 among his family in his fatherland,
far be that day, and dark the years between.
Let him lose all companions, and return
under strange sail to bitter days at home.’ . . .”
Paraprashing The Odyssey Assignment
Here is the text that needs to be paraphrased:
TELL THE STORY
Sing in me, Muse, and through me tell the story
of that man skilled in all ways of contending,
the wanderer, harried for years on end,
after he plundered the stronghold
on the proud height of Troy.
5 He saw the townlands
and learned the minds of many distant men,
and weathered many bitter nights and days
in his deep heart at sea, while he fought only
to save his life, to bring his shipmates home.
10 But not by will nor valor could he save them,
for their own recklessness destroyed them all--
children and fools, they killed and feasted on
the cattle of Lord Helios, the Sun,
and he who moves all day through heaven
15 took from their eyes the dawn of their return.
Of these adventures, Muse, daughter of Zeus,
tell us in our time, lift the great song again.
Begin when all the rest who left behind them
headlong death in battle or at sea
20 had long ago returned, while he alone still hungered
for home and wife. Her ladyship Calypso
clung to him in her sea-hollowed caves--
a nymph, immortal and most beautiful,
who craved him for her own.
And when long years and seasons
25 wheeling brought around that point of time
ordained for him to make his passage homeward,
trials and dangers, even so, attended him
even in Ithaca, near those he loved.
Yet all the gods had pitied Lord Odysseus,
30 all but Poseidon, raging cold and rough
against the brave king till he came ashore
at last on his own land. . . .
(from Book 1)
Epics, Epic Heroes, and The Odyssey...
Today in class:
We went through this exciting presentation and discovered the world of the monomyth!