Today we looked at lines 619-786 in Medea. In this part of the play, Jason and Medea are having and ugly break up. We began to imagine what this would like in the 21st century. How would this look using text messages. We used this Keynote template to create a conversation. When you finish, you should send the Keynote file to me with *p in the subject line.
There is no homework, but we will have Part II of the seminar tomorrow. If you are absent, please be sure to check your email. I will send out the make up question tomorrow morning.
Today was the first day of our Socratic Seminar and you guys rocked it!! Excellent work all around. I’m really looking forward to continuing the discussion on Wednesday.
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
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 looked at The Art of War. We discussed how it’s principles can be applied to many situations such as school, business, and sports. For homework, please finish reading the selections from The Art of War. You can download a copy by clicking here.
We looked at modern applications of Sun Tzu’s philosophy, especially the statement, “To win 100 battles is not the height of skill – to subdue the enemy without fighting is.” We made comparisons with the use of the Stuxnet Virus. Click here for an article from the NY Times that we read in class.
Imagine you are a general leading your troops into battle. What 5 pieces of advice from Sun Tzu would you find especially useful and why? Highlight these quotes in your iBook. Then insert a note explaining why you think that bit of advice is so useful.