Sunday, September 21, 2008
Click here to read the New York Times article regarding the controversy over The Kite Runner film. Post a brief summary with at least 6 quotes here and be sure to discuss your feelings regarding the article. This is due on 9-26.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
As we study William Shakespeare and read Romeo and Juliet in class, consider the following prompt:
In Shakespeare's time, predestination had immersed itself in the belief system of England. This concept is reflected in the work of Shakespeare. The lives of men and women are "mapped out in the stars", and attempts to transcend or disrupt this order, or chain of being, only lead to tragedy. Does belief in predestination exist in some form today? Do we subscribe to a similar or different philosophy? How does predestination relate to, or conflict with, the "American Dream"? How might you categorize the belief systems of our world today? Do you believe that your destiny is mapped out for you, or do you think that you control your own fate? (3-5 paragraphs; due via post and hard copy 9-19).
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Below you will find a link to a National Geographic article and two links to video clips from 60 Minutes. As indicated on your syllabus, please read/view these links and take notes in preparation for a reading/viewing verification quiz.
Article: "Hazaras: Afghanistan's Outsiders" (9 pages)
60 Minutes: "Bombing Afghanistan" (15 minutes)
60 Minutes: "Ambush in Afghanistan" (15 minutes)
Monday, September 8, 2008
As you begin reading The Kite Runner, use this post to comment on the following: your initial impressions; Hosseini's prose, subject matter, and use of relevant literary terms. Please take thorough notes for reading verification quizzes, note-checks and discussion facilitations.
Khaled Hosseini's Website
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Here is where you will participate in our online discussion by posing 3 potential theme-genre concepts and commenting on at least 10 peer theme-genre concepts. This homework assignment will be graded on September 16th. Make sure to direct your comments with names and to sign all of your comments with your first name and last initial. And- no, that is not my head in the photograph.
You have been assigned the name of a notable songwriter. On your blog, you must now complete a biographical presentation of your given artist(s) including, but not limited to, the following: a list of 10 relevant, interesting facts regarding the artist(s), a timeline, 5 high quality images, a link to relevant video footage, a formal analysis of one song which exemplifies the artist's use of poetic devices, and a short essay examining the artist's contributions to the practice of song-writing. I will check and assess your final products on Tuesday, September 16th. You will share your work with the class this same week. Check the syllabus for exact dates.