First Day: 08/20/15
Describe your first day of school. How is it going? What are you excited about in terms of your junior year of high school? What are you anxious about? What are your goals for the year? (collected)
First Week and a Half: 08/28 Describe your first week and a half of school. How is it going so far? What are you excited about? What are you not-so-excited about?
Context: 09/03 Have you ever been in a situation that has been misinterpreted by adults? For example, have adults assumed you (or friends) were doing something wrong and reacted harshly when in fact, nothing ‘wrong’ was happening? If you could have explained yourself, what might you have told them to clarify the situation? Context is very important: have you been in a situation where an adult (or someone else) has missed part of the context and misinterpreted your actions? Explain.
Group Work: 09/04 Describe the work of collaborating on your group stories together. How did you divide and conquer the task? How did you incorporate information from each others’ stories / images? How much work did folks do (I gave you word counts in class – use that as a guide if you want to).
American: 09/05 What does it mean to be “American?” (This is being left purposefully broad & vague so that you can go wherever you want to with your response.)
Jonathan Edwards as Dad: 09/23Write about what you think it would be like to have Jonathan Edwards as a father. What would life be like for you as a teenage if he was your dad? You can position yourself in the 1600’s or position him as your father today.
Ben Franklin & Moral Purity: 10/01
Emerson & Conformity: 10/07
1. write 1-2 things you remember from the video clip we just watched (16:00 – 25:00; 28:00-37; 42:00-46:00).
2. What thoughts do you have about conformity? How do you define conformity? What does conformity look like? What do you think about it?
Thoreau’s Walden: 10/28
Summarize the excerpts you read out of Walden yesterday in class. Use your book & split-quotes if you need to.
How do you define friendship? What are the main characteristics of friendship? Describe your best friend. What makes you BFF’s? Continue reading
The Last of the Mohicans #1: Tues. 10/22
Summarize the film so far. Who are the main characters? Who’s the primary protagonist (good guy) & who’s the primary antagonist (bad guy)? Where do you see conflicts arising from the wildness of the frontier coming into contact with the civilization of “society?” Continue reading
Silent Organization: 10/02 (5th):
Describe the process of working silently as a group toward a common goal. How’d you organize yourselves? Who did what? How would you do it differently next time?
Zobmondo: 10/03 (2nd)
Would you rather be constantly depressed or constantly afraid? Explain your choice.
Freewrite Friday: 10/04
Write about whatever you want for the duration of the journal time. Continue reading
Did you notice any themes showing up across the quotes you chose? How did you choose your quotes? Do you like one author over the other better?
Seminar Questions / Response: 09/19
Create open-ended questions for discussion based on the quotes you chose. Write a few statements about your quotes for discussion: which were your favorite? What do you have questions about yourself? What came up in discussion yesterday during “speed dating?”
Freewrite Friday: 09/20
You know what to do…
Transcendentalist AP Film: 09/24 or 09/25
Respond to this film clip we viewed in class: American Literature Periods – Transcendentalism. What do you think of it? What did she leave out? What would you add? If you were going to make a film to teach Mrs. Stolte’s students about Transcendentalism, what would you do? Describe it in detail.
What comes to mind when you think about the word ‘romantic?’ What kinds of images & expectations does this evoke for you?
City vs. Nature; Urban vs. Rural: 09/04
Which is better: the city or the countryside? Weigh benefits & drawbacks of your preference. What makes one better than the other (or worse than the other)? Continue reading