Sunday, December 12, 2010

Weekly Agenda Dec 13-17

Demian by Hermann Hesse

MON & TUES
Introduce
-two worlds
-Freud
-Jung
H.C. Andersen's "The Shadow"
-3Q discussion
WED
SSR
Journal #14
(skipped journal entry last week)

THURS & FRI
Review and apply Jungian philosophy to "The Shadow"

Over Break!!!!
Read your ENTIRE independent reading book and complete two journal entries: #15 & #16.


Choose and start reading independent book:
Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid:
Project-2-4 people-Magazine (1 editorial, 1 opinion , 2 ads, 1 poll, 1 book review)
Jamaica Kincaid beautifully delineates hatred and fear, because she knows they are often a step away from love and obsession. At the start of Annie John, her 10-year-old heroine is engulfed in family happiness and safety. Though Annie loves her father, she is all eyes for her mother. When she is almost 12, however, the idyll ends and she falls into deep disfavor. This inexplicable loss mars both lives, as each grows adept at public falsity and silent betrayal. The pattern is set, and extended: "And now I started a new series of betrayals of people and things I would have sworn only minutes before to die for." In front of Annie's father and the world, "We were politeness and kindness and love and laughter." Alone they are linked in loathing. Annie tries to imagine herself as someone in a book--an orphan or a girl with a wicked stepmother. The trouble is, she finds, those characters' lives always end happily. Luckily for us, though not perhaps for her alter ego, Kincaid is too truthful a writer to provide such a finale.

American Born Chinese by Gene Lee Yang:
Project-2-4 people-6 page Comic Book (explore another stereotype, create a hero, share a moral)
Indie graphic novelist Gene Yang's intelligent and emotionally challenging American Born Chinese is made up of three individual plotlines: the determined efforts of the Chinese folk hero Monkey King to shed his humble roots and be revered as a god; the struggles faced by Jin Wang, a lonely Asian American middle school student who would do anything to fit in with his white classmates; and the sitcom plight of Danny, an All-American teen so shamed by his Chinese cousin Chin-Kee (a purposefully painful ethnic stereotype) that he is forced to change schools. Each story works well on its own, but Yang engineers a clever convergence of these parallel tales into a powerful climax that destroys the hateful stereotype of Chin-Kee, while leaving both Jin Wang and the Monkey King satisfied and happy to be who they are. Yang skillfully weaves these affecting, often humorous stories together to create a masterful commentary about race, identity, and self-acceptance that has earned him a spot as a finalist for the National Book Award for Young People. The artwork, rendered in a chromatically cool palette, is crisp and clear, with clean white space around center panels that sharply focuses the reader's attention in on Yang's achingly familiar characters. There isn't an adolescent alive who won't be able to relate to Jin's wish to be someone other than who he is, and his gradual realization that there is no better feeling than being comfortable in your own skin.--Jennifer Hubert

The Lord of the Flies by Sir William Golding:
Project-3 ppl-webquest (locate an island, create a survival guide, bill of rights, and symbol)
William Golding's classic novel of primitive savagery and survival is one of the most vividly realized and riveting works in modern fiction. The tale begins after a plane wreck deposits a group of English school boys, aged six to twelve on an isolated tropical island. Their struggle to survive and impose order quickly evolves from a battle against nature into a battle against their own primitive instincts. Golding's portrayal of the collapse of social order into chaos draws the fine line between innocence and savagery.

January
Demian
T.A.C. analysis complete in Journal
Type and complete responses to individual questions
Review Chapters-3Q discussion
Growing Picture
Independent Projects

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Weekly Agenda Dec 6-10

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

MON & TUES
Hand back Book Report #1
-enter in portfolio log
Revise group paragraphs
-see editing guide
Group Draw and Presentation

WED
SSR
#14

THURS & FRI
Jekyll and Hyde Book Test Study guide
-group study
TEST
HW Complete Independent Reading Questions on turnitin.com
Details-by Dec 17th, please respond to the question on turnitin about your Independent Reading Book. Or, you can respond to another person's comments. Either way, your responses should be thoughtful and convey your full understanding of the book.