Sheild, Hrothgar, & Grendel

We started looking the Seamus Heaney translation of the epic poem Beowulf today.  Today read the first 144 lines of the poem. We’ll spend a lot of time tomorrow going over them tomorrow. We were able to clearly establish that the author is a Christian.  he makes reference over and over again to God & The Lord Almighty.

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Click here for the audio we listened to in class.

Other notes: Our upcoming vocabulary exam on English words derived from Anglo-Saxon will be on Tuesday March 7th.  Click here for a copy of the words.

No homework tonight, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have work.  Prepare for vocabulary or keep reading To Kill a Mockingbird.  You should complete chapters 9-16 by next Monday.

Welcome to Maycomb

We started to did into Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. We discussed the idea that race doesn’t really exist.  It is a social construct.  We invented it. Think about how many problems this invention has caused.

By now, you should have a good idea of what is going in Chapter 1. We spent some time this period examining the characterization of Dill, Atticus, Calpurnia, & Jem.  Then we went on to discuss Boo.

For homework, draw me a picture of Boo Radley. Base it on textual evidence. You may draw on your iPad or on paper. If you use something other than your iPad, take a picture. Use notability to annotate the image with the textual evidence that guided your. decisions. Email to me *P

The Gnostic Gospels Part II

Today we finished out look at the Gnostic Gospels. We looked at a clip from the 1988 film, The Last Temptation of Christ. We examined how this version of the betrayal of Jesus is different than the one we read about in the Gospel of Matthew. Here is the activity:


We concluded by asking the question:

What are some different paths that Christianity might have followed had the Gnostics been able to maintain their influence, and if their ideas hadn’t been buried by the Roman church?

There is no homework this weekend

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An Introduction to The Gnostic Gospels

Today we started to look at The Gnostic Gospels and author Elaine Pagel’s commentary on them.  If this information was left out of the New Testament, what else was left out?  Could there be a clay jar somewhere in the desert with even more “lost texts”?

According to Pagel, early forms of Christianity were very different than the way it is practiced today.  In someways, it was more like the Eastern philosophies and religions we studied earlier this year.

This leads to our homework.  Please read The Selections from the Gnostic Gospels. (Click here for a copy of Selections from The Gnostic Gospels ) In the body of an email, please tell me :

How are the teachings in the Gnostic Gospels similar to the philosophy of Eastern religions?

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Apocalypse & Armageddon

Today we looked at the terms “apocalypse” and “Armageddon” and we learned that they may not mean what we think they do.  We discussed some of the imagery that John of Patmos uses in the selected passages.  His descriptions are vivid and confusing at the same time.

For homework, complete your sound track from class.  You should mail me a Pages document with the following information  for 3 quotes from the Book of Revelation:

The Quote

The Song You’ve Selected

The Artist

A link to the album or the song (Either iTunes or YouTube)

Awn explanation: Why is that song the perfect song for that moment in the Book of Revelation?

Make sure you email me the document with *P

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