Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A Virtuous Life

For this blog response, I would like you to speak some truth! You MUST first answer my questions; be thorough, show depth and use Franklin's text to support your assertions. I would like you to write a critical question at the end of your response. I expect you to respond to at least one other person's post and question.

1. What virtue on Franklin's list do you think is most important? What virtue do you think people need to improve upon?
2. How is Franklin a rationalist? (See notes to help you draw a conclusion)
3. How do we learn what it means to live "right"?  
4. What virtues must you attain to live a "good" life? Do you practice these?
5. What drives you to improve (if you seek this idea)? Will we ever be satisfied?
6. What did you learn listening to the creedos shared in class?

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Act 4 Discussion Thread

Today we are going to have a discussion thread based on Act 4 of The Crucible. I want you to respond to at least 2 others, make comments, using textual support, and I always want you to end with a question-intepretative or critical.
I do not want one word responses; I expect formal writing and intelligent thought showing your discerning observations and analysis. Please keep in mind the ideological statements and central questions as a means of helping you to analyze further.

To start, please answer the following 3 questions:

1.  Who is to blame for what happened?  Can the people of Salem's actions be excused by the cultural hysteria, or is it the individual's fault?  Find evidence to support both sides.

2.  As you read this act, what spoke to you the most or evoked the most emotion?

3.  How does individual judgment play a role in this Act? Find one example and relay its significance.

When you finish, make sure you ask questions and begind responding to others. Textual support is mandatory!