Sunday, November 4, 2012

november 5

JOURNAL TOPIC: [today's tunes: "My Hero" by the Foo Fighters; "Heroes" by David Bowie]

Heroes are essential to humanity. Every culture throughout history has chronicled their experiences. Today their role is more important than ever; heroes inspire us to think differently, act differently, and ultimately become better versions of ourselves. Even though everyone gets the general idea of a hero, however, the people we admire are as individual as we are. They may have impressive personalities, intellects or physical attributes; they may be ordinary people who accomplish extraordinary goals; they may be public or private. They may even be our friends and relatives.

Write a letter to someone you consider to be a hero. Explain to this person why s/he is heroic and tell the person how s/he has moved or inspired you.

1. Journal
2. Socratic seminar [suggested topics: performative utterances in Hamlet, the essay, vocabulary, recent speakers, study/blog strategies, "Modern Thinkers," how the course can provide maximal value to every participant from now until the end of the semester]; take notes (There's a chance I won't be there, so would you please capture on phones and upload to the YouTube channel?  As always, please be mindful; before you turn on the camera ask everyone whether it's ok to include their image in the video-- if they say "no" please don't.  Thanks.)

1. Post definitions and sentences/remix to your blog under title "fall vocab #11" (due by COB Monday 11.5)
2. Comment to the hamlet essay post from your Socratic seminar notes
3. Write the hamlet essay and bring a hard copy (typed or handwritten) 

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