Monday, March 31, 2014

march 31

JOURNAL TOPIC: [today's tunes: "Maggie's Farm" by Bob Dylan; "Maggie's Farm" performed by Rage Against the Machine]

In honor of Cesar Chavez Day

Cesar Chavez was a farm worker, labor leader, and civil rights activist who made many insightful observations about how people work and treat each other.  He once observed that, "It's ironic that those who till the soil, cultivate and harvest the fruits, vegetables, and other foods that fill your tables with abundance have nothing left for themselves."  Given your knowledge of irony from a literary perspective, what makes this ironic?  (Thanks for the topic, Erica!)

Bonus: The first version of today's tune was recorded in 1965, and the second version was uploaded in 2008.  Given what you know about those two eras, does each version reflect the zeitgeist of its time, or do you think either is anachronistic?

Lastly: Chavez had a way with words; yoU can see some of his quotes here.  Here are two of my favorites:
1. Students must have initiative; they should not Be mere Imitators. [Q] They mUst learn to thInk and act for Themselves-- and be free.
2. Real education shOUld consist of drawing the goodness and the best out of our own Students.  What better books can there be than the books of humanity?

1. Journal
2. Leading question: What is it about Macbeth that makes him vulnerable and/or questionable, even though he is introduced as a conquering war hero?  Can you identify moments in the text where you think Shakespeare might be doing something to make the audience think twice about Macbeth, even as other characters celebrate his name and accomplishments?
3. Macbeth Act I Scenes i-iii
4. Experts and mentors

1. Tomorrow is MGOTM-- please bring all necessary devices, materials, questions, ideas, etc.
2. Read this article about mentors
3. In a post entitled MEET MACBETH, answer the following questions. [Note: please don't list them with numbers or bullets; write them in paragraph form].
  • How is Macbeth introduced through in/direct characterization?
  • What elements of foreshadowing do the witches provide?
  • How does Shakespeare's approach to exposition give the reader background information about the setting and characters and a sense of what's to come without spoiling the play?
  • How does Shakespeare's characterization of Macbeth reflect a sense of tone (i.e., the author's attitude toward the character/s, audience, and/or subject matter)?
  • What themes appear evident in Macbeth's character and conduct?  To what extent do you think these themes will drive the rest of the play? 
4. Begin memorizing Macbeth's "tomorrow, tomorrow, & tomorrow" soliloquy (Act V Scene 5). Due by Wednesday, April 16.

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