Monday, September 29, 2014

Journalism 9-30: Higher Order Thinking Question Sets

As a comment here, post a carefully designed "Generation Like" discussion question for each type.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Beowulf & The Canterbury Tales

You will utilize this post to complete an online unit regarding Beowulf and Chaucer. As you complete your work, be sure to save it as a Word or Google Document. This unit will take some time, so be sure to work incrementally and manage your time well. Some students find it helpful to copy and paste this post onto their document for convenience. You will submit your completed unit (as a comment to this post) no later than midnight on Monday, 10-13. Please be sure to identify which "part" is which. You will be graded holistically on the + to - scale as 2 quiz grades (AP) or 1 test grade (Level 1 College).
For Beowulf

Click here to link to a full-text online translation of Beowulf. I do not expect you to read the entire work, but you must "sample" enough of it to get a feel for Old English and respond to the following:
B1. What is a caesura? Find an example of a caesura from the text and defend your selection (paragraph).
B2. What is kenning? Find 3 examples of kenning and defend your selections (paragraph).
B3. Beowulf is indicative of Old English and is infused with a curious blend of the traditions and values of Anglo-Saxon culture and the rise of Christianity. Quote and discuss passages from the text that represent this unique dynamic. 

For The Canterbury Tales:

C1: Click here to access the text.  Read The Prologue and the Introduction in their entirety. Chaucer will introduce you to each of his pilgrims; choose 3 of them (one must be The Pardoner). Then, use this link to read the descriptions of characters. Discuss how Chaucer characterizes them: their class, appearance, character, etc. (3 paragraphs).
C2: Click here to check out a dope rap version of The Prologue. Describe the attire of the MC's to verify your visit.
C3: Click here to hear an audio recording of The Prologue in Middle English. Describe the narrator's voice and your impressions regarding how pronunciation, accent and emphasis help you decode the passage. 
C4: Click here to access the Pardoner's Tale. Read his tale (lines 375-682).Compose a response to the following prompt: How is the Pardoner's Tale, in relation to the Pardoner's persona and role, painfully ironic? How does this irony conflict or complement the irony within the Tale itself? How might you characterize Chaucer's tone as echoed through his juxtaposition of the Pardoner's story and personality? What might we conclude about Chaucer's attitude toward religion and morality?
C5: Click here to access a link to Hieronymous Bosch's painting "The Garden of Earthly Delights". Synthesis prompt: Bosch is a Dutch painter who lived and worked shortly after the publication of the Tales. You will be able to zoom in a bit. Examine the triptych and respond to the following questions in paragraph form. 1. What scenes are being depicted in each panel? 2. Create a conversation (RAFT style) between Chaucer and the Pardoner as they discuss the image (particularly the right panel). 


Friday, September 26, 2014

Interdisciplinary Arts: 9-26

1. Click here to view a drawing demonstration by David Kassan. On Kassan's YouTube site, watch at least 2 more- be sure that at least one clip is a time-lapse video. For each video, articulate a) the parallels to course instruction and b) the distinctions (what he does differently, or adds to the process).

2. Link to Mr. Kefor's Academic Writing (linked on the left). Read the Pestalozzi Essay and take notes, focusing on the parallels between the claims of the essay and the content of this course thus far.  You will be quizzed on this next week.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Journalism: 9-26

1. Post your plans for your bucket list achievement here. Which item will you address? When? How will you provide evidence of its completion?

2. As a new post to your blog, answer the following question (an opinion piece) in well-developed paragraphs:

a) How do incentives govern human behavior? What is the best incentive to motivate people? Why?
b) Describe an "aesthetic experience" (Robinson) you've had, and how it has affected you.  

Monday, September 22, 2014

Interdisciplinary Arts: 9-22

1. Locate 3 works of art- 1 still life, 1 portrait, and 1 figure that employ the fundamental behavior of light that we have studied in regard to the sphere. For each piece, compose a paragraph that identifies the key elements of light behavior in the given piece. Be sure to include a link to the artwork, or identify the artist and title.

2. After completing the Aristides reading (Edline), find 3 parallels between her teaching approach and the approach of Anthony Ryder. Identify these parallels and substantiate your claims with direct quotes or excerpts. Then, focus on the distinctions between the two authors/artists and repeat the process.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Interdisciplinary Arts: 9-18 Blog Work

Directions: Follow the steps below, developing a document to post as a comment by the end of the period. Be sure to proofread.

1. Visit the Grand Central Academy Blog. Peruse the blog, being sure to access older posts via the "older" option at the bottom of the post scroll. Locate 3 different images that depict only the block-in stage of the drawing process. Identify each artist and describe the composition as you did in your compositional analyses.

2. Click here to access a video tutorial regarding the edging process. Offer a brief synopsis that includes at least 3 take-aways from the video. Please use headphones if you have them with you.

3. Click here to see more work from Anthony Ryder. Locate a drawing that exemplifies his process as covered in your homework reading. Defend your selection with precision and specificity.

3. For the remainder of class, search the web for cast drawing sites and videos. Post 3 useful resources for your classmates and teacher to consider as we look forward to the next unit.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Interdisciplinary Arts

Please post your Compositional Analysis here. Be sure to include your name and a link to the image.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Journalism: Homework Reading Response

In a carefully constructed paragraph, evaluate the author's ability to convey his position through the literary and rhetorical techniques he chooses. Please remember to include your name in your post.