Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Live Blogging: Kite Runner, Chapter 23

Remember to explain your thinking and to reference the person whose comment you're addressing. Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Monday, March 31, 2008

Live Blogging: Chapter 13

A few reminders...

Explain your thinking carefully and thoroughly (you know that I love it when you bring in quotations).

Keep your grammar polished.

Refresh by hitting the F5 key.

Have fun!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Live Blogging: Kite Runner, Chapter 11

Please review the expectations that were posted last time. You've made some impressive comments on both the inner and outer circles. Keep up the great work, and try to jump into the inner circle to keep the conversation fresh!

Friday, March 14, 2008

Live Blogging: The Kite Runner, Chapters 1-5

As you listen to the inner circle, please use the blog to discuss your own thoughts and questions regarding chapters 1-5. A few reminders:

1. You're aiming to make around 5 quality comments.
2. Your grammar and spelling should be formal and proofread (try typing in Microsoft Word first).
3. Continually hit the F5 key to refresh the page and see new comments.
4. Be interactive--comment on other people's questions and comments.

Have fun!

Friday, February 22, 2008

Banquo's Murder

Why do you think that Macbeth is haunted by the ghost of Banquo but not the ghost of Duncan?

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

If you really knew me...

In an effort to get to know each other, trust each other, and inspire each other a little for the next creative writing piece, I'd like you to take a little risk and post five things that you'd like other people in the class to know about you. The quirkier/more unique and personal, the better. Here are my five:

1. I am a terrible sport and throw a fit when I lose--especially when it comes to board and card games.
2. I have a phobia of people throwing up.
3. I like to watch one rerun of "Scrubs" before going to bed because I find it relaxing.
4. Sometimes I'd rather curl up in bed and read a book than go out and socialize. I would have never admitted this in high school because I used to think that it made me a dork. Now I'm automatically a dork because I'm old and a teacher, so I don't really care.
5. I spent three hours last night taking care of my very sick grandmother, who is currently having hallucinations. It was scary.

Your turn.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Questioning Macbeth

1. Please post at least three strong discussion questions that address characters, symbols, motifs, and/or themes from Act 1. Read others' posts before posting your own to avoid repetition.

2. Select ONE question posted by somebody else to respond to on the blog.

Enjoy, go deep, and remember to type in Microsoft Word first.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Chance, Choice, and Tragedy

Please find a fairly recent article (within the past year) that describes a tragedy that a person or group of people have faced.

First, please offer a brief summary of your article (3-5 sentences).

Second, comment on whether or not you think this person had control over this tragedy--did this happen by choice or by chance? Explain your thinking.

Third, please read over the comments on this post and respond to the following question: Which is the greater tragedy--one that happens because of a bad choice, or the one that happens by random chance? Explain your thinking.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

The Director's Cut

Thinking back to your performances last Friday and the observations you made today as you watched the film version of A Midsummer Night's Dream, what are some of the directorial choices you noticed in the film version, and what do they signify? In other words, what point do you think the director was trying to emphasize in adding a scene, dressing a character or staging a scene in a certain way, selecting an actor to play a certain part, offering a new symbol, etc.?

As always, remember that this is a conversation; read and comment on each other's posts as well as offering your own ideas.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Unrequited Love

Unrequited love is love that is given but not returned. For example, if you were desperately in love with someone but they failed to love you in return, your love would be unrequited.

A Midsummer Night's Dream explores several instances of unrequited love, but the most predominant instance in Act 1 is that of Helena and Demetrius. Is Helena pathetic for pursuing Demetrius so insistently, or can we call her brave? Is better to follow your love, even if your feelings are unreturned? At what point should you back down and give up?