Links from Class Today:
We continued our exploration of Medea by Euripides. Today we looked at the differences on characterization based on sex. How is Medea characterized? How are Creon & Jason characterized? We’ll dig deeper into this play next week with a fun coding project (more on this Tuesday)
Don’t forget: Seminar on Monday & Wednesday
Current events took up most of the period today. We’ll continue tomorrow with a discussion on data collection and usage.
No homework tonight.
Today we moved from Asia to Europe to begin our study of Ancient Greece. We began by looking at the history of theater. Here is the video we watched in class:
Tomorrow we will dig deeper into the first 300 lines of Euripides’ play Medea. You will be working in groups and looking at the play through a feminist analysis (more on this later). Tomorrow we’ll look at the way male characters are characterized versus the way female characters are characterized. Click here for the text.
No homework tonight.
Today we held a practice seminar to discuss the short story There Will Come Soft Rains by Ray Bradbury. As a class we discussed how Bradbury was influenced by his world. We looked at literary elements and why Bradbury chose to use the ones he did. Best of all, we did it in the Socratic Method.
We will hold our graded seminar on India/Asia Nov 13th & 15th. Click here for the assignment
There will be not homework until the seminar. Use this time to prepare.
Today we started looking at the concept of the Socratic Seminar. We will hold practice seminar this week so that you can get a feel for how a seminar works. Next week, we will have a graded seminar on Indian & Asian texts. I will distribute those questions later this week.
For homework, please read the short story, “The Will Come Soft Rains” by Ray Bradbury. Please highlight your thoughts, notes, questions and quotes as you read. You do not need to send me the notes, but the more you have, the better you’ll do in the actual seminar.
Make sure you look over the discussion questions at the end of the book
Today we spent the period discussing one of the primary concepts of Buddhism: all suffering comes from desire. If we just stop wanting so many things, our lives will be a lot better. We discussed the Four Noble Truths and The Eightfold Path. We finished by wondering how these principles differ from our traditional Western ideas.
There is no homework tonight.
Today we discussed Hexadecimal, a number system comprised of the familiar ten arabic numerals (0, 1, 2 … 9) as well as the first six English letters (A, B, C, D, E, F). Also referred to as a “base 16” number system, hexadecimal is used in the world of computing to help humans read and talk about large binary numbers. Since there are no symbols reserved for the numbers 10 through 15 in our familiar base 10 number system, the characters A through F are used to represent them.
Please print this out and complete it for homework. I will collect hard copies tomorrow.