Wednesday, March 18, 2009

March 18th 2009

Today was a truly tragic day at Arapahoe.
We found out at the end of 3rd hour that we lost freshman Martin Walworth, a dear friend, good student and excellent musician. This is particularly difficult due to the recent passing of Jason Wren as well. We hope they rest in peace and are here for those who are struggling through this hard time. Seniors especially (but really all upperclassmen) this is our time to protect our school, to ensure the well-being of ALL Warriors, regardless of if we know them or not, now is the time to make that connection and take care of one another.
Read the Forward of Brave New World and come to class with questions:
What's the point?
What is goin gon at this time in the world?
Any other good questions you have.
here is an online text:,M1

Going back to watching the Simpsons last week....What was being satirized?
Stay at home moms
stupid teens
boringness at fishing
belief in media
Employee/employer relationship
money to politics
tree huggers
vegetarians/impact on society
young politicians
men=boys will be boys
the American family

These are all examples of horatian satire

We viewed some examples of satire from the Onion, they can be found on the English Lit page. We also got into groups and looked at some of the articles together and analyzed what is being satirized and how this is done.
We looked at Harper's Index (also on the website) and played on the smartboard a little bit.

Satire groups and presentations due on Friday!
Read the Forward and bring questions.
work on your last lecture, deadline is coming up.

Again, RIP Jason and Martin, in our hearts and memories forever.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Friday 3-13-09

We looked at all the dates that will create a conflict. See Smith if there is a major conflict.
Do your assignments ahead of time if you are going to be absent.
Two types of Satire:
Happy, based on Roman character Horace, witty, makes fun of humanity, optimistic, indulgent
Examples: Bill Cosby, Saturday Night Live, the Daily Show, The Simpsons, South Park, Family Guy
Intent: happy, fun hearted
Evil, characterized by contempt, criticizes error, pessimistic, vice and error, harsh, real
Intent: sarcastic, mocking, critical
Commonality: humor
Satirical devices: Absurdity, exaggeration, understatement, parody, wit or word play, Euphemism, irony
Think About:
What’s the point???????
What is the role of responsibility as a result of consequences?
The price of progress… What are we willing to give up in order to move forward?
We watched the Simpsons. We will discuss it on Wednesday of next week.
Get a copy of Brave New World for sure by Wednesday
Get a group/ by Friday get at least one example of satires
Beauty papers due Monday

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Wednesday 3-11-09

There is a new addition to our classroom. We have a smart board in the room now.
~ Fishbowl-
What’s the Point?
There were a lot of different points to the book and why Wilde wrote it.
What did you take away?
It was not written to be analyzed so strongly.
People have lost their individualism because they follow other people.
Outer beauty means nothing. In the end, it ruined Dorian Gray.
The point was to get people to think. Maybe there is a deeper hidden message.
Wilde wanted us to see how he was treated.

~ Peer Editing

Fishbowl 17-20 Blog Question- Due Friday
Dorian Gray take home quiz- Due Friday
Beauty Paper- Due Monday
Purchase Brave New World by Monday

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Fishbowl 17-20 Question

Now that we have finished the book, what is the point? What was Oscar's Wilde purpose in writing this?

Wednesday, March 4th

Happy Treat Wednesday!
Homework-There will be a take home quiz that will be posted on the website on Monday, it will be due Friday
Also, a rought draft of your Beauty Paper will be due Wednesday
NO CLASS ON MONDAY! WOOHOO FOR CSAPS! (Got to love being upper classmen :))
On that note, Mr. Ruggles wants us to catch up and get ahead
Fishbowl on chapters 17-20 (end of the book)
wrapping things all together, if you missed today then add posts to the blog and answer the blog question.

Fishbowl DG Chapters 17-20