Monday, November 25, 2013

Thursday, November 21st, 2013 and Monday, November 25th, 2013

Dear Mythology Kids,
If you missed class, we completed the following:

1. Students were introduced to an interesting way to annotate and notate their reading material.

NOTE: . Each type of notation correlates to a specific color. Please see the color key below.

  • If you  find a section of text confusing then you would underline it using BROWN.
  • If you are able to make a connection to your own life then you would underline that section of text using your PURPLE.
  • Another way to annotate is by asking QUESTIONS about the text. RED is the color you will use for this annotation.
  • If you come across a VOCABULARY word that you don't know use YELLOW!
  • If a piece of text touches you emotionally, then BLUE is the color for that annotation.
  • If a piece of writing is poetic to you, then use BLACK!
  • If text gives you a different perspective then GREEN is your annotation color.
  • ORANGE is the color you will use if you come across text that you find interesting
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25th, 2013 
If you missed class, we completed the following...... By the way, pLEASE RETURN TO CLASS after THANKSGIVING with the information you missed today.
 1. Students worked in groups in order to share information about each section that they read. We worked on completing the Heracles Graphic Organizer. Each class was able to obtain the information for Birth/Eartly Years, Labors 1-6, and Labors 7-10. We will completed the remaining section upon your return from the break. COME BACK PREPARED, or you will be so LOST!

1. Work on your MOSAIC over the break....Remember that a 1/4 of it needs to be completed for Friday, the 6th!

Take care of yourselves....Do something nice for someone else, as so many people need help, especially this time of year.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Dear Mythology Kids,

If you missed class, we completed the following:

1. Students went to the lab to work on their "Symbolism in Myth" response.  If you missed class, then you will need to complete your assignment at home and then bring it to me on Thursday.

1. None, unless you missed class today.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Dear Mythology Kids,

If you missed class, we completed the following:

1. We finished correcting the "Theseus" quiz.
2. Students were then given a peer review regarding the in-class essay entitled "Mythology is a Lie." Yes, I know that you were given this assignment a few weeks ago, but I haven't felt that I had a good time or day to complete the peer review; I do appreciate you being patient with me.
3. We then discussed the symbolism associated with the hero myths that we have read up to this point: "PERSEUS," "THESEUS," an "DAEDALUS"
We completed the following handout as a class.

“Meaning behind the Myths”


4. Students were then introduced to their assignment. I have included an example for you below. If you missed class, please communicate with me regarding the piece of artwork that you are going to discuss and the symbolic meaning behind the piece you pull.

“Damaging Self”

 “Hercules and the Nemean Lion”   By: Baldassarre Peruzzi

1.      Identify the subjects indicated in the piece of art work.
In the piece entitled “Heracles and the Nemean Lion,”by Baldassarre Peruzzi, Heracles, the greatest of Greek heroes, is grappling against the Nemean lion.  The lion was the first of twelve seemingly impossible tasks completed by Heracles

2.      In order to understand the piece, does the audience need some schema regarding the events?
Hera, queen of the gods, detested Heracles, because he was the child of Zeus, her husband, and a mortal woman named Alcemene.  Hera was so jealous of Zeus’s constant infidelities that she chose to retaliate against his lovers; however, Hera did not choose to take her anger out on Alcemene, as Alcemene was a faithful follower to Hera. Instead, Hera took her fury out on the child, who Alcemene named Heracles, after the goddess she worshipped.  Hera wanted to destroy the child, as he was a constant reminder of Zeus’s infidelity.  So, to carry out her revenge, Hera caused the young Heracles to go insane.  While playing with his three young sons and his wife, Megara, he temporarily went mad.  Rather than seeing his children running towards him, he saw enemy warriors, who he in turn slaughtered.  His wife attempted to stop the chaos, but Heracles murdered her as well.  Once his lucidity returned, and he saw the bodies of his family,  he knew that he must accept any fate the gods prepared for him, as this was the only way he would be forgiven of his horrible crime.  Hera, naturally thrilled that he had destroyed his family, decided that she would determine his fate and punishment.  She said the only way he could be forgiven involved the completion of twelve impossible tasks.  The first labor was to kill the Nemean Lion; an impossible task, because the lion’s skin was impenetrable. 

3.      What is taking place in the art work?
Heracles is able to defeat the Nemean lion by using his own strength against it.  He ends up strangling the beast, and then decides to use the lion’s skin as a form of armour.  Unfortunately, Heracles realizes that no weapon can puncture the skin.  Initially, he is lost for a way to sever the skin from the lion’s body.  He finally decides to use the lion’s claw as the “tool” to complete the job.  He rips one of the claws from the immense paw, and uses it to cut through the steal-like skin, finally obtaining the impenetrable armor.

4.      Explain the symbolic meaning concerning the myth depicted in the piece.
The “claw” used to sever the lion’s skin represents the “damage” individuals cause themselves.  People act as their greatest enemies; consequently, they cause the most damage to themselves.  It is not outside forces that destroy individuals, but their own flaws.

SPENCER (B4) , OLIVIA (B2), JOEY (B1), : This is the piece of artwork that you need to discuss, cute kid. I hope the surgery went well. Please keep me posted. 

"Danae" by JW Waterhouse

"Perseus and Medusa" by Sebastiano Rici
 "Perseus and Andromeda" by Tiziano Vecellio Titian

"The Greae Women" by Unknown

"The Fall of Icarus" by Peter Paul Rubens
"Icarus and Daedalus" by Charles Paul Landon

"Theseus and the Minotaur" by Unknown

"Ariadne and Theseus" by Niccolo Bambini

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Dear Mythology Kids,

If you missed class, we completed the LABYRINTH QUIZ. You will need to take the quiz during a flex session or after school. Please take care of this as soon as possible, so we can update your score.

1. Read "Daedalus" pages 144-45 for FRIDAY!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Dear Mythology Kids,

If you missed class, we completed the following:

1. We reviewed "Perseus" and then took/corrected the quiz.

2. Students were then introduced to "Theseus." In order to understand this myth and the history behind it, a significant amount of "front-loading" is necessary. In fact, we are going to have a history lesson for the next few class periods. Please obtain the story board from the make-up box, and then visit with a friend from class.

1. Comparison Essay revision is due on THURSDAY!
2. MOSAIC SUBJECT traced by Monday, November 11th!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Friday, NOVEMBER 1st, 2013

STOP MISSING CLASS!  What exactly do you want me to do when you are not here? I can't repeat each lesson, guys. If you know that you are going to  miss class, then communicate with me prior to going, as I am ALWAYS willing to assist you. However, I find myself quite frustrated with those that know they will miss, and DON'T COMMUNICATE. I am not available to those of you that fall into that category, and you KNOW who you ARE.  FIGURE IT OUT ON YOUR OWN, and then in the future TALK!

"What did I miss?
"Nothing. We did nothing. That's right, we never do anything in class."

1. We completed the introductory quiz covering "the mythological hero." Find the most inconvenient time for you, and then let me know, because the only time you can take it, is when it is convenient for me.
Jaede spoke to me, as did Shelby....NO ONE ELSE DID, so you guys need to GROW UP and find the "responsible" gene in your pain and then active it. 

2. You were then introduced to "PERSEUS" pgs. 147-154. YOU NEED TO READ THE MYTH FOR TUESDAY!

3. Students were given a story board to assist them with having schema about the myth. You are welcome to collect a board from the Mythology make-up box in the room.

1. Mosaic subject is due on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11th!
2. Revision of "Comparison Essay" is due on November 7th.
3. Please read "Perseus" pg. 146-154
4. Anticipate a quiz covering the myth.