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Monday, December 15th, 2014

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Dear Mythology Students,

YOU CAN MAKE IT! YOU ONLY HAVE ONE WEEK LEFT! END STRONG! COME TO CLASS EACH DAY READY TO WORK HARD, and LEARN SOMETHING THAT YOU DID NOT KNOW BEFORE! IF YOU NEED HELP, all you need to do is ASK!

1. Today we discussed the many literary allusions to Icarus! Each student received the following four poems. The first one entitled, "To a Friend Whose Work Has Come to Triumph" by Anne Sexton, was discussed as a class, and then we wrote an analysis of the work together. This is what we created as a class (see example below). Students were then asked to select TWO of the other THREE options and write a literary analysis. This was due at the end of the period.



To a Friend Whose Work Has Come to Triumph

Consider Icarus, pasting those sticky wings on,
testing that strange little tug at his shoulder blade,
and think of that first flawless moment over the lawn
of the labyrinth. Think of the difference it made!
There below are the trees, as awkward as camels;

Thursday, December 11, 2014

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


1. We completed grading the "Labyrinth" quiz!
2. We then discussed the difference between a mythological "allusion" and a mythological "reference."
3. Students were given the following examples and asked to place them in the "handout" section of their notebook. Copy this as a work document and place it in the "handout section" of your notebook. As a class, we identified the allusions and references found within each section of poetry. Please do the same. If you need assistance, you are welcome to stop by my room during a flex session!

“But soon, too soon the lover turns his eyes; Again she falls, again she dies. All alone, He makes his moan, For ever, ever, ever lost! (Bullfinch, Thomas, Bullfinch’s MythologyLibrary of Congress, Publishing New York, New York. 2004) “…not that fair field Where Core gathering flowers, Herself a fairer flower, than gloomy Pluto

Friday, December 5th, 2014

Dear Mythology Kids,
REMEMBER THIS, my young friends! If you miss class, ALWAYS CHECK THE BLOG FIRST! ALWAYS! You should never come back to class without checking the blog or communicating with a friend! This is "smart college prep," and will also alleviate any undue stress for you!

If you missed class, we completed the following:
1. Each student, worked with a group, and he/she completed the storyboard from the previous day based upon the "Theseus" myth that they had read from the night before.
We then discussed the images and their possible meanings.

2. Students then worked with  "FACE PARTNERS" and "SHOULD PARTNERS" regarding the four questions that were assigned as homework . If you missed those questions, please look at the previous post. We discussed them, and came up with some solid responses; however, we DID NOT located textual support. I left this for each student to do on their own! MAKE SURE YOU HAVE TEXTUAL SUPPORT FOR EACH QUESTION!

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Wednesday, December 4th, 2014

Dear Mythology Kids,
If you missed class, I missed you! For whatever reason you were gone, I look forward to your return!

This is what we completed....
1. We finished the "history lessons" regarding the Minoans and the Myceneans.
2. Students then watched a 20 minute History Channel regarding the Minoan civilization. This is Journal #7. If you missed class, we can arrange a time for you to come in and watch the movie in order to make up the journal entry?
3. We then started discussing the myth by completing the storyboard that is included with your handout.

HOMEWORK:
1. Please read the "Theseus" myth pages 155-165 for Friday.
2. Respond to the following four questions for Friday. Please support your answers with textual support from the myth. These questions will be useful for your "Theseus" quest!

A. Consider the archetypal heroic patter in relationship to the "Theseus" myth. Begin with his "birth" and go on from there........
B. The lab…

Monday, Dec. 1st, 2014

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Welcome Back! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Break!

Did I miss anything?
No, we did nothing! We never do anything in class! Of course you missed something!  We started discussing the history behind our next hero called THESEUS!
What do I need to do?
Stop by the room and collect the "storyboard" that outlines all the information regarding the history and the myth itself.

Look up the following in relationship to the storyboard:
 CreteKnossosMinoansMinosLabyrinthian