Hope you are all having a wonderful time during these last couple of weeks before the start of school!
I am looking forward to seeing you all soon!
In honor of your embarking into the great unknown, or of merely embarking into summer weather, we need a ritual.
To deal with this need, please come to class Friday with an object, a picture, a collage, a symbolic item that represents your coming of age. After all, you are all in the midst of your own coming-of-age story, and we should honor that progression.
To clarify, symbols are not literal, but instead require explanation. That means if you are a skier, don’t bring me skis. Bring me something that symbolizes your development as a skier, and perhaps is reminiscent of the feeling that skiing brings you. Preferably, bring something small, or a drawing, or a photo… Not literal, remember, so no pictures of you as a child.
Here are some classic stand-by symbols:
Many animals go through tremendous physical transformation; the butterfly is the most common symbol of transformation because it emerges from a chrysalis after its former life as a caterpillar.
Spiders represent weaving, creativity, and fate, depending on what tradition you look at—but, they could symbolize terror of the unknown, the sting of fear in your heart; who knows what spiders might mean for you personally.
You will need to 1) bring the item/symbol/object and 2) explain it.
This is your ticket out of my class, and into the unknown.
MONDAY, TUESDAY, and WEDNESDAY
You worked on your essay in class today.
You were to leave your work here.
See you tomorrow.
Well, as you know, you've been writing your final essay. I suppose you all told your sub what you were supposed to do. Not sure why my post is not published, but I will see what I can discover.
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday will be yours for writing during my class, if need be.
Best wishes for a lovely weekend!
Straight out of sports research, here you go:
1. problem solve (do the work, plan, think); do what you can to prepare
2. define success (only what you can control)
Success probably doesn't mean getting an "A" --hard to practice that.
Success may mean sitting down to do the final, and when you panic, instead of allowing the panic to get worse, you take a breath, slow down, take your time, and do the best you can.
3. Identify the skills/behaviors you need
4. Visualize using those behaviors/skills in your mind, rehearsing, practicing (even out loud).
Thoughts and memories are nearly identical, so by rehearsing ahead of time, you are creating this feeling that you have done this before, with success.
I believe in you all.
Final reading quiz - Cry
Read and discuss essay prompts.
If you would like to write on an alternative subject, you will need to discuss that with me before the end of the class. You will need to write your own prompt and have it approved.
Discussion: People/places who are healed in some way: Jarvis' dad, Kumalo, Absalom's wife, the land...
Outside the book: the country (historically--the Preamble to the South African constitution from post apartheid)
HW - choose prompt and find CDs for the prompt you have chosen--become familiar with any of the information you need to read/understand order to answer the prompt.
Synthesis (one other source) is required for all of the prompts! Some are provided.
FINAL PROMPTS HERE
CD quiz and reading time.
HW - complete book (see reading schedule)
email me if you would like the link to the files: firstname.lastname@example.org
We tried to make connections from Paton's style/content (Jarvis' speech page 187-188?) to the Gettysburg Address. This was not an easy task: they are quite different. Style: point of view, choice of tone, choice of introductory assumptions, choice of content, can all be related or connected, so do it.
1. sum up the section of Jarvis
2. relate it to a section of the address
HW - through page 262