For the ill and the absent-minded -

Here, you will find a very brief summary of class discussions and activities, lists of assigned readings and links to other resources. It should serve as a reminder of what we covered in class and/or of what you missed by being absent physically and/or mentally. Please read the posts and talk with your classmates before stopping me in the hallways to ask me if "we did anything important the other day". Feel free to make comments and if you're still confused, please email me!

(NB: I do not condone class absences - you must be present, in class, actively listening and participating whenever possible. Always communicate your absences with the school office as well as with me. It is your responsibility to make arrangements for missed learning opportunities. You MUST meet all assignment deadlines.)

22 September 2016

A - The absurd.

Learners read their independent novels.

We did a gallery walk to view some teasers of "10 Selfies."

I spoke briefly about "the self-portrait" and challenged learners to consider the artful presentation of self in social media and photography in preparation for the Pecha Kucha to come.

Learners worked in groups to list all the events of Part I of Camus's The Outsider.  I pointed out that it's a misnomer to think that nothing "really happens" in the novel - we listed all the events on the whiteboard - yes the whiteboard!

I gave a few notes on Camus - his background, his politics, his philosophy.  We discussed the notion of the absurd and Camus's interest in existentialism.

ONGOING: Selfies!

NEXT CLASS: Pecha Kucha

EXIT SLIP: What is the political climate and historical context of Camus's novel? (Please post your thoughts below.)


21 September 2016

G - Allegiance, Glory, and Fate

I did a very brief summary of Beowulf and gave learners the opportunity to outline and draft their essays for Friday.

There were some great discussions around what the essay could like - I hope some of you go with the podcast route!

NEXT CLASS: Timed, in class "essay"

COMING UP: The Importance of Being Ernest, Ashland

19 September 2016

A - The bigger picture.

Learners read their independent novels.

We finished discussing "The Japanese Quince."

Learners worked in groups of three or four to read and discuss Atwood's poem, "This is a Photograph of Me."  We spoke about identity, the individual, and other and how Atwood's poem might connect to that big idea.

NEXT CLASS: The Outsider

POST: A teaser - one of your ten selfies!

16 September 2016

G - Going at it on your own... in pairs...

Some learners worked in pairs to read and discuss "The Battle with Grendel" and "Beowulf's Burial." A few other learners looked at Venerable Bede and "The Seafarer" as an extension of Anglo-Saxon ideals.

We discussed details connected to:

  • allegiance to lord and king
  • the love of glory as the ruling motive for a noble life, and
  • the adherence to the inevitability of fate.
READ: "The Old English Period" and "The Medieval Period" (pages 41-54)

BRING:: Your mobiles!

15 September 2016

A - The one sentence fiasco thingamabob.

Learners used the first few minutes of class to complete their Learner Profiles from the school website.

We read together "The Japanese Quince" and I asked learners to post a sentence summary of its plot onto the padlet.

READ: The Outsider

ON GOING: Selfies - what identifies you? (Use #ignaciowordup)

EXIT SLIP: What is the purpose of the tree in the story? (Please post your reply below.)


14 September 2016

G - The one with the shire.

Learners took some time to practise their Anglo-Saxon by reading a few verses from The Prologue of Beowulf.

We read together and discussed "The Coming of Beowulf," and "Unferth's Taunt."  I highlighted specific details connected to Anglo-Saxon ideals:

  • allegiance to lord and king
  • love of glory
  • inevitability of fate.
PRACTISE: Write three lines of Anglo-Saxon verse keeping in mind A/S ideals, caesura, alliteration, four strong beats, kennings.  Choose an event and tell the story!  Please post it below.

NEXT CLASS: Finishing off Beowulf, the Norman Conquests, the middle ages, Venerable Bede

NB: Starting next class, we will meet in Room 107.

13 September 2016

A - The one with only twenty minutes.

We read "Identities" and reviewed how to attack a short story.

We chatted specifically about setting, plot, and character. I asked you consider the various identities...

PRACTISE: Take 10 selfies that show your various identities. (If you are on Instagram or Twitter, please use #ignaciowordup)