Monthly Archives: October 2011

The Odyssey

This article linked below discusses one facet of The Odyssey’s modern-day relevance…

Read it here:  Psychiatrist Uses Homer to Counsel Vets


Reading Schedule and Resources have been posted.  Check those pages.


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Racist Halloween?

Does Halloween provide an opportunity for people to portray racist stereotypes?

click, read, follow the links all the way to tumblr to see the images, then comment.

We are a culture, not a costume.

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Trending: Justice League America?

Check out or re-read the article (its rather brief)

Justice League Article

Then think about and answer the questions posted below.

Justice League Discussion Questions

Feel free to make comments…

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Do you feel trapped?

“Man acts as though he were the shaper and master of language, while in fact language remains the master of man.”

-Martin Heidegger

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Common Task 10.1.3 (Due: 10/19-10/20, Deadline 10/24-10/25)

We’ve been reading Black Boy, by Richard Wright.  Wright’s text is considered autobiographical.  An autobiographical novel like this blurs the lines between fiction and non-fiction.  Wright paints a complex and brutal picture of growing up in the Jim Crow South and “escaping,” to Chicago, yet his text is not restricted to a straight re-telling of facts.  He is free to alter names of characters, re-sequence events, exaggerate and omit.  Wright’s work is still essentially true because it evokes the true meanings of his experience.  In many ways, Black Boy is more true than a mere laundry list of the events and facts of Wright’s life because it involves interpretation, analysis and reflection.  As Wright re-tells and reflects upon the events of his life, he’s making meaning! 


Your assignment:  Write a narrative essay or memoir about a meaningful personal experience.


2-3 pages typed.  Double-spaced.  Calibri 12pt, Comic Sans 11pt or Times New Roman 12pt.

What Good Writers Do

Freytag’s Pyramid

C.T. 10.1.3 Rubric

Guidelines for Writing Dialogue



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As you consider your performance…

Nothing exists except through language.

The more language is a living operation, the less we are aware of it. Thus it follows from the self-forgetfulness of language that its real being consists in what is said in it.

~ Hans-Georg Gadamer

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Common Task 10.1.2

For your second common task, you are asked to:

Present material from a text using oral interpretation or storytelling techniques.

You may choose to present an episode from the novel Black Boy; OR

Perform a poem (from class, from your favorite poet, or an original work); OR

Record and animate a poem (same options)

If you need inspiration for poetry, click on Poet’s Corner on the left hand side of this page.

view your rubrics below:

Rubrics for Oral Interpretation


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