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English Journals: 3rd Nine Weeks Topics

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Unit One (Choose One)

  • Write a myth comparable to the ones we have read in class.
  • Compare Gilgamesh and Sundiatta as Epic Heroes.
  • Identify and describe an Epic Hero of Pop Culture.

Gilgamesh Required

  • How does knowing about death change the way you live?

Unit Two

  • Essay Response to Prisoner p1029 #9 or Train p1015 #10

Unit Three (Complete both)

  • Trojan War Topics: Using The Iliad p 171 #7,9,11,13 Choose any of these questions and answer for your required essay
  •  Choose any of the Writing response questions for Plato p197, Catullus p301, Ovid p313

English: Week Three Activities

Class Activities for the week

Monday

  • Read Rubaiyait p557 Ans# 1,2,5,6
  • Read Dead Man’s Path p1000 Ans #4

Tuesday

  • Read “The Train from Rhodesia” p1015 Ans#3-7
  • Read “The Prisoner Who Wore Glasses” p1029 #1-4,6,7

Wednesday

  • Write an essay response to “Prisoner” p1029 #8-9

Thursday

  • Read “Anecdotes” p568 Ans#1,3,5,7 Write three 3 of your own.
  • Read “Norwegian Rat” p1037 #1-3, 6

Friday

  • Vocab Group 02 Quiz
  • Literature Unit 02 Test Review

English: Week Two Writing Journals

  • Write a myth comparable to the ones we have read in class.
  • Compare Gilgamesh and Sundiatta as Epic Heroes.
  • Identify and describe an Epic Hero of Pop Culture.

Do you Fear Death?

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originally Published January 2010

After reading Gilgamesh, I asked all of the students to write about their views of Death and Life. You know an assignment that sounds way to complicated for simple homework; thus, they all commune together in the slog of academia. Yet, for me I was almost completely befuddled by this same idea. The question, “how does  knowing about death change the way you live,” was just outside of my wheelhouse. Of course two things immediately popped into my mind. A scene of Capt. Davy Jones asking, ” Do you fear Death? Do your burdens lay bare? Do you wish to postpone judgment?” (The kids think it hilarious when I say it out loud in class with my bad Scottish accent.) But of course that got me thinking about death, and I arrived at another movie moment, Capt. Kirk after the death of Spock. “I haven’t faced death. I’ve cheated death. I’ve tricked my way out of death and patted myself on the back for my ingenuity. I know nothing.” I have never really had to deal with death. So few people I have known have died.  Then I had something to write about, the first time I went to a funeral.

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