Friday, April 2, 2010

Today's Menu ~ April 2, 2010

I completed Days 1 and 2 of the 30-Day Challenge to write a poem-a-day! View my literary creations here (April 1) and here (April 2).

Please read this feel-good story...
Take few moments and review your vocabulary (you have a hard copy or you may access the words here also...TODAY IS TEST DAY!

In your group, practice a read-aloud of this poem:

Giggle Poem

Giggle giggle
Grin grin.
Let it out.
Don't hold it in.

Chuckle chuckle
Tee hee.
Louder now,
Set it free!


-Stephanie Calmenson
(Poem provided via a Random House newsletter, March 29, 2010)
INDEPENDENT GROUP PROJECTs: Plan a presentations (your group determines what tech tools to utilize for your presentation) for your assigned project for next Tuesday's class. If your group chooses, one of your minis may be linked to the LCD. In your presentation, DELIBERATELY plan a pathos and logos appeal....remember to plan ahead for this!
  1. Defend Ayn Rand's choice of her title for the novel Anthem.
  2. Research the Greek myths about Gaea and Prometheus, and explain why Ayn Rand chose these names for her characters in Anthem.
  3. Prove or disprove this statement: Anthem is a heroic and inspiring story about the triumph of the individual’s independent spirit. Even though, at the end of the novel, Equality is greatly outnumbered, and modern society lies in ruins, it is a story of liberation and hope—not of despair.
  4. To fully control a man, dictators must not only enslave his body, but also destroy his mind. Discuss how the leaders in Anthem seek to accomplish this tyrannical end.
  5. Liberty chooses "Unconquered" as a fitting name for Equality. Similarly, William Henley's most famous poem is entitled "Invictus," which is Latin for "Unconquered." Develop a rationale for her choice. You may use the poem below or access other sources via the Internet to support your argument.

    Title: "Invictus"
    Poet: William Ernest Henley

    Out of the night that covers me,
    Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
    I thank whatever gods may be
    For my unconquerable soul.

    In the fell clutch of circumstance
    I have not winced nor cried aloud.
    Under the bludgeonings of chance
    My head is bloody, but unbowed.

    Beyond this place of wrath and tears
    Looms but the horror of the shade,
    And yet the menace of the years
    Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.

    It matters not how strait the gait,
    How charged with punishments the scroll,
    I am the master of my fate;
    I am the captain of my soul.

    William Ernest Henley


  • Read The Giver.
  • Work on your vocabulary. Add definitions and sentences from novel to your slides in the Google Presentation.

1 comment:

  1. Do you want us to read ALL of the giver? Or only half?