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Grendel Attacks!

Today we continued to dig more deeply into Beowulf. We examined lines 144-300 and finally met out title character, but we still haven’t heard his name.

Click here to listen to lines 144-193

In this portion, we learn about the toll Grendel has taken over the last 12 winters.

Click here to listen to lines 193-300

Here we meet our hero, Beowulf as he arrives on the Danish shores. Imagine what this must have looked like for the watchman. Why does he suddenly become trusting of Beowulf and his crew of 14 men.

There is no homework, but you do have Mockingbird Monday coming up.  By 3/6, you should be done with Chapter 16. We also have our vocabulary test on Tuesday.

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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.

Click here for a copy of Beowulf

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?

Be sure to email your answer with *p

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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A Look At Eschatology

Eschatology is the branch of philosophy that deals with the “End of Days” and the conclusion of the universe Today we looked at how other cultures from around the planet view “the end of the world”

We compiled our research into Padlets.  See below

Period 2

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Period 4

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Period 6

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For homework you will look the Christian vision of the End of Days in The Book of Revelation.  Click here to download a copy.

Please read “Selections From The Book of Revelations”
Highlight 3 of your favorite uses of imagery
In a note, explain your selections:
What did you like about each one?
Why did each one strike a chord with you?
Did you find it interesting or scary?

Please email to me with *p

Jesus, Gandhi, Mother Theresa, Dr. King, & The Dalai Lama

We continued our look at Matthew 5-7, otherwise known as “The Sermon on the Mount.” In these lines, we see the distillation of Jesus’ philosophy. We discussed how we can apply some of these ideas in our own lives.

Next we compared Jesus’ philosophy with the ideas of other famous people that shared his ideals. You can see the Padlet below.


Made with Padlet


There is no homework tonight. Please prepare for the unit exam tomorrow.