Happy Halloween

I thought it might be nice to take a break from out unit on Asia and India to spend a little time talking about the things that scare us in movies and books.  How do authors and directors get us to scream and jump in our seats?  We looked at a couple of short films and discussed what made them disturbing.  Then we looked at “two sentence” short stories.  How can we convey a sense of horror in only two sentences?

I asked you to write your own two sentence stories.  I’ve included the transcripts below.

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There is no homework.  We’ll dive back into our India/Asia unit tomorrow.

Have a safe and happy Halloween.

The Analects of Confucius


You will have the entire period for the exam, so make sure you’re on time.  The exam will cover everything we’ve done in The Epic of Gilgamesh and The Old Testament.  It may also include any supplemental material including poems, paintings, and/or songs.

Today we discussed the Tao Te Ching and Taoism’s relationship with nature.  Throughout the work, Lao Tzu uses natural imagery to send a message about living in harmony with the world areound us.  Remember the example we discussed about the road and the forest.  In the West, we would rip out the forest to make way for the road.  The Taoist would make the road work through and around the forest so that both may exist in harmony with each other.

We finished by looking at The Analects of Confucius.  We immediately noticed Confucius and Lao Tzu seem to be in conflict with each other.  We began a group activity that involves analyzing a single aphorism and creating a short video.  We will continue with this on Monday.

There is no homework tonight.  Be ready for the exam tomorrow.

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Review & Recap


Today was devoted to reviewing the answers on our last vocabulary exam. We spent the rest of the period getting enrolled in a new app/system called Recap.  Click here to download the app for your ipad. This will allow you to respond to some homework questions with a short video. We had a little time to play with it in class. I hope you’re comfortable with it because this is how you will submit your homework tomorrow night.

If you were absent, please see me before 1st period tomorrow to get you enrolled.  If you can not make it first period I will be available 5th & 8th Period.

No homework tonight

The 100 Questions

Today we looked at The 100 Questions from The Mahabharata.  We were able to draw some comparison between the questions the Yaksha asks and the 10 commandments.  We keep seeing that common thread of God (or the gods) testing man.  This story is no exception. We finished by creating Tableaux Vivant’s of specific questions and answers.

We also reviewed for the Unit Exam on Thursday.  The exam will cover The Epic of GIlgamesh and The Old Testament.  We spent half the period today going over practice questions.  At this point, you should have a pretty good idea of what the exam will look like.  We will continue to prepare next week.

There is no homework.  Enjoy your weekend

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Comparing Genesis & The Rig Veda

Today we used the Venn Diagram app from Read Write Think to compare the creation story in Genesis with the creation story in the Rig Veda.  How are they similar? How are they different?  Here is one great example from class:

After completing the Venn Diagram, I asked you to read The 100 Questions.  A copy of the text can be found in The Bookstore at the top of the page.  For homework, I’d like you to finish reading The 100 Questions. As you read, please highlight 4 significant quotes.  Insert a note for each quote explaining why YOU think each quote is significant.  When you finish, please email me your notes with *p in the subject line.

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An Introdcution to The Indian Texts

Some important organizational notes:

Our unit exam scheduled for Thursday October 20 has been moved to THursday October 27.  I’ve sent an alert to your calendars.  

Today we started to study some of the ancient Indian texts.  We looked at Night in class, and we examined the authors use of literary elements and language.  We discussed how the tone of these reading differs from the tone of the Old Testament. Click here for a copy of the texts.
For homework, please read Creation in the Indian texts.  Then go back and read Genesis I (I emailed you a copy earlier today).  Compare and contrast the two passages. You do not need to send me anything.  We will be using this information for an in-class activity tomorrow.

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The Book of Job Part I

We wrapped up the story of Abraham and Isaac today by creating mind maps that explore the characterization of both God and Abraham.  Was it right for God to test Abraham’s faith in such a cruel way?  Why would God need to test him anyway? God testing man is a common idea that we see throughout the Old Testament.  Our next piece, The Book of Job, is no exception. In this selection, God and Satan square off to test the faith of a man named Job.

For homework, please read The Book of Job. When you finish, please do a blog post that adresses the following question: How is this story similar than other stories we’ve read in the Old Testament?  How is it different?  Your blog post should be 300-400 words and should have an photo that was found on Creative Commons.

Please see the lesson below for important dates.

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The Sacrifice of Isaac

Today we discussed Genesis 22.  Click here for a copy I asked you to highlight and information on God’s characterization yellow and any information on Abraham’s in green.  We’ll go over this tomorrow.

We also discussed the irony of the covenant Abraham makes with God.  As a result of that covenant, the Jews become God’s chosen people.  If that is the case then why have the JEwsih people been persecuted throughout history?

No homework tonight