Archive for February, 2013

24
Feb

Hey young ones! Is is a pretty cool week. We’ll be starting Dickens’ classic A Tale Of Two Cities and learning a bit about the social, political, and literary mileau surrounding the novel. That said, here’s the week:

Monday: I’ll start the day by collecting both your copies of Siddhartha and collecting your rough drafts from the aforementioned essay. Afterwards I’ll be handing out Dickens’ novel and providing you with a mini-lecture on the French Revolution.

Tuesday: We’ll be spending a bit of time with the entirely too famous first line of the novel, discussing the literary device anaphora, and making our first journal entry (it’s totally just for fun). I have a short lecture on serial publication, and we’ll end class by sharing our own lists.

Wednesday: I’ll be handing out your first vocabulary piece, then we’ll be reading part of chapter 1 aloud.

Homework: Read through chapter 4 for Friday.

Thursday: After a short lecture on Gothic literature, I’ll be giving you some time to read.

Friday: The day will begin with a quiz on chapters 1-4 then we’ll end with a short series of discussion questions in your journals.

Homework: Read chapters 5-6 for class on Tuesday.

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21
Feb

Hey juniors! Sorry for the slightly later than normal update this week. The President’s day holiday (and Youtube videos of Larry Coryell…) waylaid me a bit. That said, here’s your week.

Wednesday: We’ll be discussing the function of the setting in the novel thus far, specifically how different settings cause Huck to behave differently. There is a short assignment that will also demand that you make a point of integrating textual evidence cleanly and correctly.

Thursday: After a short lecture on the developing crisis of morality that Huck is experiencing while at the Wilks’ home, I have a short set of discussion questions exploring this developing problem.

Homework: Read 29-31

Friday: The smart kids will be expecting a quiz on the previous evening’s reading. Afterwards, I have a short writing assignment on the passage in which Huck resolves to go to hell. I’ll post it after class for those of you who are absent.

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21
Feb

Hey s’mores! Sorry for the slightly later than usual post this week, but here’s the short version of what we’re working on this week.

Wednesday + Thursday: Remember, both of these days are work days for our Siddhartha essay. You can use this time however you see fit, but please remember that I do require that you turn in a rough draft with your final.

Friday: I’ll have a set of laptops in the room for you to finish whatever work you need to on your Siddhartha essays. Remember, you need to craft your own thesis about the text based on an analysis of Hesse’s literary devices. The essay is due by 11:59:59, as per normal.

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10
Feb

Hey, s’mores! I’ve been a bit behind on my posts these last few weeks. Sorry about that, and I’ll do a better job. That said, here’s the week:

Monday: I’ll be handing back your journals, and we have a short warm-up on The Ferryman in which we’ll be discussing the symbol of the ferryman himself and the metaphor of the river. Afterwards, I have a short set of discussion questions on said chapter. I’ll also be giving you Vocabulary 3.

Homework: Read The Son.

Tuesday: After one last warm-up, we’ll be discussing the questions from Monday and then transitioning into a short set of discussion questions on The Son.

Homework: Read Om.

Wednesday: I will start the day with a set of discussion questions for Om, and we’ll be discussing them in class.

Homework: Read Govinda. .

Thursday: After our last set of discussion questions on Govinda we’ll be discussing portions of the end of the novel and comparing them with traditional Buddhist teachings then discussing Hesse’s purpose in writing as he did. I will also be collecting your journals and dialectical journals.

Friday: Two things will happen on Friday. First, you’ll take short final on the novel. Afterwards, you will receive your final essay topics.

Homework: Rough Draft for Monday.

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1
Feb
Gotama
1. What is the significance of saying that Gotama’s features are “perfect”? (28)
2. Are Siddhartha’s arguments to Gotama fair? Why aren’t they persuasive?
3. How does the Buddha dismiss Siddhartha? How is the end of Chapter 3 different
from the previous chapters?
4. Discuss this quote: “[Gotama] has robbed me, yet he has given me something of
greater value.” (36)
5. In the end, why doesn’t Siddhartha follow the Buddha? Does this fact suggest
that the Buddha’s teachings are wrong?
6. Why does Govinda decide to follow the Buddha?
7. To this point, is Siddhartha a static character or a dynamic character? Is
Govinda?
Awakening
1. Define the “Self” as used on page 38.
2. Explain Siddhartha’s decision in the second paragraph on page 39. What are the
practical consequences of this decision?
3. Discuss this quote: “Meaning and reality were not hidden somewhere behind
things, they were in them, in all of them.” (40)
4. Why does Siddhartha need to be “alone”? (41)
5. What is the “awakening” or realization in this chapter?
6. How does Siddhartha relate to the world differently in this chapter?
7. Predict where Siddhartha is going at the end of this chapter.
8. Is the tone consistent to this point of the text or does Hesse seek to make the
reader feel something different in this chapter?
Gotama
1. What is the significance of saying that Gotama’s features are “perfect”? (28)
2. Are Siddhartha’s arguments to Gotama fair? Why aren’t they persuasive?
3. How does the Buddha dismiss Siddhartha? How is the end of Chapter 3 different
from the previous chapters?
4. Discuss this quote: “[Gotama] has robbed me, yet he has given me something of
greater value.” (36)
5. In the end, why doesn’t Siddhartha follow the Buddha? Does this fact suggest
that the Buddha’s teachings are wrong?
6. Why does Govinda decide to follow the Buddha?
7. To this point, is Siddhartha a static character or a dynamic character? Is
Govinda?
Awakening
1. Define the “Self” as used on page 38.
2. Explain Siddhartha’s decision in the second paragraph on page 39. What are the
practical consequences of this decision?
3. Discuss this quote: “Meaning and reality were not hidden somewhere behind
things, they were in them, in all of them.” (40)
4. Why does Siddhartha need to be “alone”? (41)
5. What is the “awakening” or realization in this chapter?
6. How does Siddhartha relate to the world differently in this chapter?
7. Predict where Siddhartha is going at the end of this chapter.
8. Is the tone consistent to this point of the text or does Hesse seek to make the
reader feel something different in this chapter?
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