SEM2 Q4 W2 #1: MANDATORY VOCAB STORY

This is a MANDATORY entry:

  • To get credit for this week’s blog entries, you must complete this entry
  • The vocab story also receives a ‘quiz’ grade for the quality of the story

Rules:

  • Use all 10 of the following words
  • Include the part of speech and definition
  • Write 3+ paragraphs
  • Each paragraph must be 5+ sentences

Words:

  • ambivalence – contradictory or conflicting emotional attitudes
  • appease – to soothe; to relieve
  • caustic – burning; sarcastically biting
  • choleric – bad-tempered
  • iconoclastic – attacking cherished traditions
  • indigence – poverty
  • officious – excessively pushy in offering one’s (usually unwanted) services or advice
  • precursor – forerunner
  • solicitous – worried, concerned
  • virtuoso – someone with masterful ability in the arts

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SEM2 Q4 #6: CURIOUS ABOUT EPIPHANIES — ALL CLASSES

NEW RULES for 4th QUARTER for ALL ENTRIES:

  • 1 entry for a “C”; 2 entries for a “B”; 3 entries for an “A”.
  • Length:  Each entry must be a minimum of 3 full paragraphs
  • Paragraphs:  Each paragraph must be 5+ sentences.
  • Any entry that is less than 3 paragraphs — and entries with paragraphs less than 5 sentences – are not guaranteed credit.

BACKGROUND: All of you are extremely bright and have figured out a remarkable range of ideas along the way.  This is a wide open question that allows you to consider anything we’ve discussed in class this year. Absolutely anything.

  • Sometimes the realizations — or ‘epiphanies’ — may have been purely based on the plot or text of something we’ve read.
  • Other times they may have been about something that is in the real world…and suddenly feels connected to our class/texts.
  • Whatever it is, I’m curious about one ‘big idea’ or realization you’ve had this year (that continues to stick with you) because of anything that was discussed in class. Sometimes they’ve been a mixture of both plot and real world.  Actually, it may be hard to separate them.

CHALLENGE: Tell us about ONE thing that really made an impact on you as a person (and student).

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SEM2 Q4 #5: EXPLORING THE WRITTEN WORD — ALL CLASSES

NEW RULES for 4th QUARTER for ALL ENTRIES:

  • 1 entry for a “C”; 2 entries for a “B”; 3 entries for an “A”.
  • Length:  Each entry must be a minimum of 3 full paragraphs
  • Paragraphs:  Each paragraph must be 5+ sentences.
  • Any entry that is less than 3 paragraphs — and entries with paragraphs less than 5 sentences – are not guaranteed credit.

Challenge: Pick one of these quotations about writing that catches your eye.  Offer a reaction:

Quote 1: Writing is making sense of life. You work your whole life and perhaps you’ve made sense of one small area.” – Nadine Gordimer

Quote 2: Writing is a form of personal freedom. It frees us from the mass identity we see in the making all around us. In the end, writers will write not to be outlaw heroes of some underculture but mainly to save themselves, to survive as individuals.” – Don Delillo

Quote 3: If you know what you are going to write when you’re writing a poem, it’s going to be averageDerek Walcott

SEM2 Q4 #4: FOLLOWING THE RESEARCH RABBIT — ALL CLASSES

NEW RULES for 4th QUARTER for ALL ENTRIES:

  • 1 entry for a “C”; 2 entries for a “B”; 3 entries for an “A”.
  • Length:  Each entry must be a minimum of 3 full paragraphs
  • Paragraphs:  Each paragraph must be 5+ sentences.
  • Any entry that is less than 3 paragraphs — and entries with paragraphs less than 5 sentences – are not guaranteed credit.

CHALLENGE: Share with everyone a little about what you’ve discovered so far in your research re: Macbeth (per 4 & 7) or Othello (per 1, 2, 3).  Do the following:

  1. Identify the author and title of the article.
  2. 1 paragraph:  summarize the article (thesis and core ideas).
  3. 2 paragraphs:  identify & react to 2 ideas you found interesting.

SEM2 Q4 #3: WHAT IS ORWELL TRYING TO SAY? — PER 1, 2, 3 ONLY

NOTES:

  • This entry is ONLY for periods 1, 2 and 3.
  • Do NOT do this if you are in period 4 or 7.  We will do this entry once you have started 1984.

NEW RULES for 4th QUARTER for ALL ENTRIES:

  • 1 entry for a “C”; 2 entries for a “B”; 3 entries for an “A”.
  • Length:  Each entry must be a minimum of 3 full paragraphs
  • Paragraphs:  Each paragraph must be 5+ sentences.
  • Any entry that is less than 3 paragraphs — and entries with paragraphs less than 5 sentences – are not guaranteed credit.

BACKGROUND: We’re soon going to be learning a bit about the historical creation of the ‘party’ and Big Brother’s government. In fact, we’re actually going to read one of the documents that helped create this world — Goldstein’s book for those reading ahead.

CHALLENGE: What is the one rule, Big Brother slogan, or piece of ‘party’ propaganda that you’d like to learn more about as we discuss this novel and Orwell’s ideas?

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Image:  One of Orwell’s original hand-written manuscript pages.

SEM2 Q4 #2: CRAZY POP CULTURE MOMENT — PER 1, 2, 3 ONLY

NOTES:

  • This entry is ONLY for periods 1, 2 and 3.
  • Do NOT do this if you are in period 4 or 7.  We will do this entry once you have started 1984.

NEW RULES for 4th QUARTER for ALL ENTRIES:

  • 1 entry for a “C”; 2 entries for a “B”; 3 entries for an “A”.
  • Length:  Each entry must be a minimum of 3 full paragraphs
  • Paragraphs:  Each paragraph must be 5+ sentences.
  • Any entry that is less than 3 paragraphs — and entries with paragraphs less than 5 sentences – are not guaranteed credit.

BACKGROUND: Almost a decade before you were born, a young technology company released one of the most famous television ads in modern history as an ‘attack’ on a larger technology company:

It featured a striking visual image that almost riveted viewers to the screen.

It featured a familiar film theme (can you name it? he smiles).

It also featured a stunning ‘message’ to customers of a competing technology company (that many of you may also be familiar with) that they should ‘revolt’ and consider a different company’s technology (that many of you are also very familiar with).

Challenge: react to the video (found on YouTube through the link above).

  • Remember that you can’t watch this at school unless you ask Mr. Long to show it to you before the weekend begins (wink, wink).
  • Please include the following in formation in the response:

part 1:  what you think of the actual television ad

part 2: any connections to 1984 that catch your attention

SEM2 Q4 #1: VISUAL VOCAB STORY — MANDATORY ENTRY

NEW RULES for 4th QUARTER for ALL ENTRIES:

  • 1 entry for a “C”; 2 entries for a “B”; 3 entries for an “A”.
  • Length:  Each entry must be a minimum of 3 full paragraphs
  • Paragraphs:  Each paragraph must be 5+ sentences.
  • Any entry that is less than 3 paragraphs — and entries with paragraphs less than 5 sentences – are not guaranteed credit.

NOTE: This is a MANDATORY entry that receives 2 types of credit.

  • credit as a ‘quiz’ grade (based on quality)
  • credit as one of the blog entries.

WORD LIST:

  • austere – severely simple and unornamented
  • censure – severe criticism
  • disabuse – to correct a false impression; undeceive mentally
  • flout – to reject; mock; show contempt for
  • heresy – an opinion that contradicts established principles
  • hierarchy – a formally ranked group
  • inconsequential – unimportant
  • innate – present from birth
  • instigate- to get something started
  • luminous – issuing light

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