"Liberating education consists in acts of cognition, not transferrals of information." -Paulo Friere

Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Great Gatsby and Materialism: The Story of Stuff

How does this film address the issue of money and happiness from a new angle?

What other consequences does trying to find happiness in "stuff" have on our world?

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Allusions in Toni Morrison's Beloved

Homework for Monday:

1. Research the following list. Sum up each character or topic in one or two sentences.


  • Jocasta
  • Aphrodite
  • River Styx
  • River Jordan
  • Washing feet
  • Four horsemen
  • Verse quoted at beginning of novel
2. For each of the above topics, find a quote in the novel that you think might refer to it. 

3. For each quote, write a few sentences answering the following questions:
  • What part of the earlier text is referenced? How is the earlier story re-imagined and put to new uses
  • What effect does each allusion have? 
  • How do the allusions as a whole influence the theme or characterization?

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The Great Gatsby Connection: Does Money Buy Happiness?

Tenth graders,

As you watch, please summarize the main points of the talk in bullet-point format.

After we finish discussing the points of the article, please write a reflection.

1. What is your personal experience with the ideas presented here? What are your opinions?

2. How do these ideas compare or contrast with the ideas of money and happiness presented in The Great Gatsby?

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Beloved Article

Hello Seniors,

Here is the article that is your homework.

Tracing Rape: The Trauma of Slavery in Toni Morrison's Beloved

1. Summarize the argument of the article--the main idea and supporting reasons--in bullet point format.

2. Choose 5 key quotes from this article and copy them into your source book. Respond to each quote with 3-4 sentences of analysis and evaluation. To what extent to you agree with the author?

Monday, April 8, 2013

Spirit Week and Inclusiveness

Halloween Costumes: Racism for Sale

Cross Dressing as Mockery 

In your sourcebooks, I'd like you to sum up 3 main points from each article. Then respond with your own opinions in paragraph form. You don't have to agree with the articles, but I do want you to consider their point of view.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Great Poetry Projects!

Culminating project #2 for almost six full weeks of analyzing poetry.