Friday, November 4, 2016

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Dear Mythology Kids,

We completed the foundational information regarding Hades. Please communicate with a friend regarding the sinner named "IXION" and the Greek fates!

 Ixion is the character attached to the wheel!
 The Greek fates, Atropos, Lachesis, and Clotho

We completed the purple graphic organizer regarding Hades. Please have someone share the information with you. DO NOT COPY THE form, but have your friend explain the information to you.

2. Students were then introduced to the "Inferno." 

Creating Your Own Underworld" Assignment

If you missed class today, you were introduced to a new assignment entitled "Creating your own Underworld."

For your underworld assignment, I am asking you to consider your value system, and then devise punishments, just as Dante has done in his Inferno, and the Greeks have done for the sinners in Tartarus, that are symbolic of the crime. I have included some images below of Dante's Inferno.

This image depicts the nine levels of Dante's Underworld.

This image depicts those that committed suicide. Dante felt that because they had not valued their human form while living, they would therefore be turned to trees.

The following example was submitted several years ago by a previous student.
He placed those that COMPLAIN at the top of his Inferno. I have included this example for you to follow. Notice that you must indicate the sin, why you consider it to be a sin, a suitable/ punishment, and then why the punishment is symbolic of the crime. Just as the Greeks devised suitable punishments for their criminals, your punishments need to be symbolic as well. Your punishments are not to be sadistic, and you can not punish the sin with the sin.
You will have seven paragraphs, each one pertaining to a different sin. Your eighth paragraph should be an explanation of your Elysium.

Wesley's Well of Woes
Circle 1: Complainers/Pessimists: The individuals at the top of my “well of woes” are those that never seem to be happy. They moan and complain about tasks that are part of life, and simply must be completed. They also enjoy starting arguments, purely to witness a flight. Due to this, they remind me of the Greek god Ares. They are cowards, just as Ares, who have no concept of self-respect. They not only disrespect themselves, but those that are around them. I have included them in my “well,” because I feel they “infect” their “sin” upon other people without considering anyone but themselves. I also find that they waste so much time complaining, rather than using their time in a constructive manner.
PUNISHMENT: These sinners will be required to make lemonade for eternity. This will not only be a boring task, but a painful one as well, because they will have paper cuts over their finger tips. This punishment fits the crime. These sinners were unable to find anything positive about their existence; consequently, they will be required to take lemons, which are sour and bitter, as they chose to be while alive, into lemonade, which is sweet and refreshing. The paper cuts are symbolic of the many times they moaned or were negative about living, now while they make lemonade, they will be reminded of their sour and painful attitudes.

1. Students are asked to write an analysis in one paragraph of the following poem. The prompt is "What is the poet's purpose in using the mythological allusions that he does? What is the poet trying to say through the allusions?"

The poem is called "Child" and the poet is Alfred Lord Tennyson.

Child, when thou wert gone.
I envied human wives and nested birds,
Yes, the cubbed lioness...I went in search for thee.
"Where is my loved one?"
I asked three grey heads,
"Where?" and I heard one voice from all three.
"We know not for we spin the lives of men."
Then I cursed the gods of heaven, and he...he brother of 
this darkness, He would is still highest, glancing from his height."
On earth a fruiless dungeon, and prayers from men, for 
nine white moons of each whole year with me, three dark ones
in the shadow of they king."

Please use MLA format...double space, Times New Roman, 12 pt font 

2. Please develop a list of behaviors that you consider sinful. DO NOT SELECT MURDER, as we all agree that murder is a crime. List the sins, and then develop punishments that are symbolic of the crime. This can be rough, but your ideas need to be on paper.  Remember that a "sin" affects more than just you. A pet peeve is not a sin, as it is so insignificant.

FYI...Questions 4, 5, and 6 should have been on the back of your journal sheet. It appears that the questions were not copies. Let me offer them to you here:
I look forward to seeing you on Monday! STOP MISSING CLASS! 


Your FINAL exam!

Dear Mythology Kids, It's nice to "see" you again. Let me offer some "study guidance" for your final exam. Please ...