Friday, February 20, 2009

Reality supercedes mythology now

The test is taken (and I'm working on the grading); the gods are gone (but not forgotten).
Writers Week is coming! While we attend WW:
*please remember your basic common sense/common courtesy, just as I anticipate you will;
*meet in the auditorium, which means FIND ME, to turn in your daily WW work (starting with the web quest on Monday)
*enjoy it and think about what each presenter brings
*consider your own writing...maybe submit to the Conspiracy!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

It's NOT a Myth!

While Troy's remains have been discovered, Zeus's have not. As king of the Greek gods, Zeus ruled the rest and managed the dysfunctional family atop of Mt. Olympus. Or so we are learning in our quest for true understanding of the Greek Gods and their relationship with humanity.
After reading up on the gods, the class has read parts of Homer's "Odyssey" and studied the background behind it. While students still need some extra studying on the background, the gods seem pretty well understood, and the story of Odysseus and his quest are clear.
Part 1 of Odysseus's story is done: we've read the bits about Calypso, Cyclops, Scylla, Circe, and more; we've discussed Odysseus's heroic qualities, yet human aspects; we've connected how the Greeks' relationships with their gods is the premise of how their destinies were determined (not just man or just the gods); we discussed the duality of man....etc....etc...etc.
Tomorrow, Friday, students will read Part 2, Odysseus's return to Ithaca and what transpires there. They will complete a study guide that accompanies the reading, as well. Odysseus's cleverness helps him to abate many disasters and often persuades others into something that helps him out. By this , we will also examine some persuasive arguments and cause/effect elements of writing soon.