Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Gatsby Chapter 9 Silent Socratic

Hi Guys! Please read all of the following directions. Today, you are going to do a silent discussion over the end of the book; please make sure to reference specific quotes in text as much as possible; always end with a question and refresh your page periodically to read comments that are coming in and respond to one another.  I would like you to discuss the book first, then you can move into critical level questions.  Be thoughtful and show depth with analysis.  Push each other.  If you are responding to certain people, either comment under their question or write their name so they know to whom you are speaking.

Also, make sure to read over your timed writing prompts (handout given in class) as we will write Thursday. DO NOT write out your paper; it is supposed to be practice for the purpose of writing an argument in a timed setting-have a thesis, maybe quotes from book-I will be coming around to check.

ANSWER my question first and then leave with a question and begin your silent thread.

1.  Analyze the imagery of the final three paragraphs in the book; look up words if you don't know them.  What is Fitzgerald conveying?  What sense does it bring you as a reader?  (Just to think about-look at how "Winter Dreams" ended.  How is this ending vastly different?)

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Dreamer Mentality

Please respond to ALL of the following questions-make sure to give a thorough response, end with a question and respond to at least one other person's comment.

Idealism has always been a way for people to escape reality, or to pursue a reality that isn't quite tangible.  Having dreams for something more has many effects.
 If you are a dreamer, do you have to be more careful? Nick says to Gatsby, "You can't repeat the past." What do you think? Are there repercussions? Are people more apt to not get what they desire? Characterize Gatsby's dreamer mentality and what you see in his idealism (try to use textual support if you can)

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Money, Money, Money

Please answer the following prompts in a detailed, fluent response. Make sure to comment on other people's views within your own response. Take your level of thinking higher. Make sure you are being thorough and honest.
What are your perceptions of material wealth/money?  Is it something your desire? What is "wealth"? Do we see too much excess today? Are we always wanting more? Do we "want" too much? Is being content or fulfilled enough? When is enough, enough? Is your financial status a reflection of how successful you are? What is success to you? (Remember that I am asking questions to challenge your thinking, you write what you desire).


Please respond to the following prompts: I expect you to to ask an open-ended critical level question at the end of your response that may prompt someone else. I also expect you to react to one other's comment within your own reflection. Make sure you are being thoughtful and discerning.

What constitutes "happiness" in life? What do you need to be happy? What should drive and push us regarding happiness? What might blind us from becoming happy?

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Music Makes the People...

In response to our HR music lesson I would like you to appeal to your emotional side for a bit.  Please answer the following questions and speak with feeling and passion ( and honesty).
When you are done answering the questions, I would like you to respond to at least two other people's responses.  Let's share together and interact a bit because we will be doing a lot of this the next couple of months.

1.  Why was music so vital in expanding the voices of the HR?  What were its implications into culture?

2.  How does music (or art, film, or any other creative medium) inspire and shape you?  Show how.  How is it a "feeling" and "response"?  How does it reflect your spirit?  Is it something that frees you?  Brings catharsis?  Compassion?  Empathy?  Please reflect.

3.  Fill in the blank-(keep this toward the topic of music or art):
When I hear (see, sing...)____________, I know/I feel________________.
Please elaborate on your statement.

Example: When I hear Motown-from Otis Redding, Marvin Gay and Stevie Wonder to Aretha Franklin and  the Temptations, I am entranced.  It is a connection I feel.   I am listening to art passed down to me.  I am listening to something that speaks truth-something that was meant to transcend. I hear something that was played in the house on Saturday mornings, cleaning the furniture and singing and dancing with a mop.  In my car, on lazy Sunday's or when the doldrums of life seem too real, I put in my Motown and it shares its voice allowing for a more liberating experience.  It is an experience, a nostalgia, a memory of times that always pervade my soul with warmth.  It is a love of past experience and knowledge. A love of the shouts, and beats, rhythms, rhymes and that of LIFE!
"but the soft words they are spoke so gentle
yeah yeah yeah
and it makes it easier to bear
oh she wont regret it
no no
them young girls they dont forget it
love is their whole happiness
yeah yeha yeah
but its all so easy
all you got to do is try
try a little tenderness"-

Every time I listen to those lyrics, I smile.  Otis lives through me, letting me know the trials of love, of want, of a lesson learned.  I shout it from the pit of my stomach and blare it out.  Oh how I could go on...

4.  Pick one song that moves you and share your ideas.

5.  If you so desire; tell me your top music artists: 
For me: 
1. Led Zeppelin
2.  Tool 
3. Dave Matthews Band 
4.  Metallica
5.  Rodrigo y Gabriela...and the list goes on and on...

Monday, March 4, 2013

Race, Class and Gender

Please answer the following questions?  Use textual support to back up your responses.

Did this reading give you any new  ideas or make you think differently?  Make sure to use specifics from the chapter, “Shifting the Center” to support your ideas.  How might you change your perceptions based on this reading?  This is a very open response, but it requires you understand its ideas and to discuss what they mean to you.
Also respond to how you view the power of words.  What do they do?  Why are they powerful?

Monday, December 3, 2012

Emerson's Nature and Daniel Suelo

Please respond  to the first prompt and have your discussion for about 25 minutes for the Emerson reading. Then spend the last half of class discussing Daniel Suelo and the article.  I expect at least a solid papragraph. When you are finished, please ask a question(s). As you are writing, make sure to use specifics from the text to back up your responses and to keep questioning, challenging other people's thinking. I would like your relfection to talk not only about the text, but its application to contemporary society.

1.  Please write your favorite quote from the exerpts of Nature and analyze its significance. (What intrigues you about Emerson's perspective of nature and how humans (should) revere it?  How do you embrace or challenge these notions? 

2.  Spend the last 20 minutes discussing what you agree with and resist when it comes to Daniel Suelo's way of living (see article-"Moab Man...")?  How might his life teach us about how we live today and what we focus on and consume ourselves with?  Again, use specifics.