Monday, January 21, 2013

"Love Builds a Garden"... and appreciation of World War I Themes

Who would have thought that some of these themes could be seen in such diverse settings?  With students engaging and wrestling with themes of World War I, we find that our journey continues onward through even more harrowing terrain.  Here's a look of what is on tap for the week of 1.21- 1.25
Monday:  Students need to finish their seven note taking guides as well as the one paragraph on the film selection.  Prewrites can be used to guide the writing process.  Seven note taking guides and one paragraph are due on Tuesday.  There are extra credit possibilities. Check out the online syllabus.
Tuesday:  Collect note taking guides and paragraphs.  Finish annotating Keller's "Strike Against War" for Themes of World War I.
Wednesday:  Finish annotating Pirandello's "War" for themes of World War I and examples of good writing.
Thursday:  Personal reflection for portfolios and finish annotating Reed's "Whose War?" and the "I.W.W. Stance on War."
Friday:  Ruminate- deeply ruminate- on Yeats' "The Second Coming."  You should really anticipate a pop quiz on Monday.  This is one of the most powerful and influential poems you will ever encounter.  The least we can do is honor it with a tough pop quiz.  Embrace the bazaar of intellectual ideas... and the assessments that come with it.

Along with all of these, students should note that each night features some great extra credit opportunities for thought and points.  At the same time, meditation might not be a bad thing.  Students could really use it with all of the intellectual stress they are under.

If I can be of any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.
All best.
Mr. Kannan

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