Monday, March 10, 2014

march 11

JOURNAL TOPIC: [today's tunes: "The Ocean" by U2; "Sunday Bloody Sunday" by U2; "Pride (In the Name of Love)" by U2

Writing a song, a book, or a blog is a way of putting our ideas out into the world, of sharing something of ourselves in the hope that it will move others.  Often, new ideas carry the potential of conflict as they represent a departure from the familiar and cause people to question their own assumptions.  Sometimes new ideas--especially those, in a cruel twist of irony, that emphasize freedom, thoughtfulness, or love-- have even cost lives (think Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., John Lennon, Socrates, Jesus Christ, and Crispus Attucks, for example).  Describe a powerful "new idea" that carries personal meaning for you.  This doesn't have to be well-known or modern, although it certainly can be, but it does have to represent a break in artistic, social, scientific, or political tradition that required some sort of sacrifice to achieve deeper understanding.

***[3rd Period: Special guest Terry Lawless]
1. Journal (which is deep and may well require continued thinking/composing after school]
*turn in grades
2. Brave New World: the ending, the allusion to The Tempest, and analytical close readings/Q&A

1. Read "How We Read" & be prepared to discuss Wednesday
2. Study lit terms for midterm.  (I know, I know: last week I moved the lit terms midterm to Wednesday. Now I'm moving it to Friday, March 14.  Unless I can find a way to share it online over the weekend without worrying about integrity, in which case I'll do it that way.  If you have suggestions on this please comment or let me know in class.)
3. Resource of the Day


  1. Uhm how can you play an all U2 playlist and not play Beautiful Day. Or Elevation.

    1. Can you imagine anyone being satisfied with a three-song U2 concert? It's the same sort of feeling I get when someone starts a journal entry with a brilliant idea and then stops writing. :) I chose these to suit the journal topic, so tell you what: write a topic around your selections and I'll play 'em. (This offer is open to everyone. In fact, there is a journal topic suggestion box in the room that is gathering dust from lack of use, have at it and include your tunes.)