Monday, November 26, 2007

Animal Farm: What's your opinion about government?

The novel Animal Farm deals with our understanding of government and rule. For this blog, I want you to begin to formulate your own opinion about government.

I want to return to the idea of a discussion blog. Remember, sarcasm and put-downs are not tolerated. However, I do encourage debate and you should always address one another formally, i.e. "Tony said in his response..., but I feel that...".

You should refer to the book and other sources (history class, newspaper, etc.) in responding to the following questions. You may answer them all, or only some.
Remember, keep your answers brief. This is discussion based. People want to read your response and respond to you. You are encouraged to post more than once.

1) What should the government's role be in people lives? Should the government pay for all services (healthcare, education, etc.) or are those things individual responsibilities?
2) When in comes to moral issues (religion, speech, etc.), what should be the government's position? Are there times when the government should get involved or not get involved?
3) Are the advantages or disadvantages in having a class system? What would it be like if we all were the same "class"?
4) Lastly, follow this link and answer the questions: Campaign 2008 What questions do you have now? Look up information about your top candidate. Were you surprised/shocked? Did you even hear of the person running?

Blog is due Monday December 3rd.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

The Secret in the Wings

Your assignment for the week is below.

I just wanted to invite everyone to the play production show this week: November 16th and 17th @ 7:30 p.m.
It is a retelling of the Grimms' Fairy Tales. The cost is five dollars - cheaper than seeing "Fred Claus" with Vince Vaughan and twice as funny.

Plus, there is an extra credit opportunity!!!!!!!!

Friday, November 9, 2007

Creative Writing FUN

For a switch, I want to give you an opportunity to stretch your creative muscle.

Choose one of the following assignments and post it to the blog. Identify the assignment by letter. You are welcome to choose more than one and post more than one. Also, I encourage you to respond to one another with words of encouragement. To succeed, take time to think about adjectives, interjecting literary devices, word choice, etc. Have fun!!!!!!

A) Describe a landscape as seen by a bird. Do not mention the bird.

B) Write a short scene of dialogue where a dog and a cat flirt with one another.

C) Describe a lake as seen by a young person who has committed a murder. Do not mention the murder.

D) Write an absurdist dream where things change and morph and reality is not as it seems.

I do want to remind you that this is a school assignment and so keep things on the up-and-up.

For your literary terms HW, follow this link.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Antigone and Persuasion

Antigone deals directly with characters struggling to have their voices heard. In Scene Three, Haimon and Creon argue their points and attempt to persuade one another while using different rhetoric techniques.

According to Aristotle, rhetoric is "the ability, in each particular case, to see the available means of persuasion." According to Aristotle, there are three main forms of rhetoric: Ethos, Logos, and Pathos. To guide you in understanding persuasion, use any of these websites to help you: Art of Rhetoric , Ethos, Pathos, Logos or Modes of Persuasion.

For this blog assignment, I want you to examine the speeches and comment on how the characters try to persuade one another. You should reference one or more modes of persuasion. You should also comment on possible flaws/points in their arguments and your comment should point to what larger idea(s) is being expressed.

Open Response Rubric

4 - 400 words, follows organizational model, refers to and integrates text, analyzes persuasive technique and points to larger idea
3 - 300 words, has organization, refers to text, some reference to persuasive techniques, and points to larger idea
2 - 200 words, may or may not quote text, refers generally to persuasive techniques, may or may not mention larger idea
1 - less than 200 words, does not directly refer to text or elements of persuasion

The text of the speech can be found at this website: The speeches begin on lines 720-820. I will also allow you to take the text home, if needed.

The assignment is due November 9th.