In class we will read chapters 11 and 12. There are four questions to answer in MLA format on Google Classroom. You may write the answers on a hard copy or type.
Arguably beginning with Freud, Jung, and Campbell, the symbolism and archetype discussion has become fundamental, not only to literature, but to sociology, psychology, and religion, etc. Archetypes are symbols, or even structures, that are fundamental to how our brain thinks, remembers, and connects ideas. They are apart of our DNA, spirit, psyche, or wherever you feel comfortable locating them-- because science is still unsure. What we do know is that they seem to be similar (though not exactly the same) across time periods and cultures. They link and connect our mind to our body and our environment. They seem to be a secret psychological code to understanding story and ourselves. Because they are inherent to you, we just need to tap into them and create our own lists of symbols, archetypes, and motifs. Begin with: what does the archetype remind you of, and how does that make you feel...
If is important to feel into the way a culture tells a story and to understand the beliefs or ideas of that culture to really listen to them. It doesn't mean that we suppress our own ideas, but that we look at another's to help articulate our own ideas and beliefs and find community together. When you learn about someone else, what also do you learn about yourself or what is human ?
Literary devices are brushes that word artists use to paint their pictures, tools with which they carve our our experiences. This book is an excellent piece to use as a literary cornucopia of devices. Here are the devices we are focusing on today: flashback (review), juxtaposition, genre, tone, symbol/archetype, and motif. We are also starting a soundtrack for our lives. I will give the teacher directions later, for now just think about the music that defines your life. :)
A motif is a reoccurring image or idea in a story. It may reoccur in a single story, an author's work, the work of a cultural period or place, or seem to be a part of a human story. The idea that someone out there is thinking of us under the same moon or across an ocean seems to be a human experience, but also have a special place for people who have had to leave homelands behind. Another motif from A Long Way Gone Chapter 2, is the idea of having to face your own reflection. Some other examples are below. What can you come up with?
Literary Device- Flashbacks
Literary Devices are the meaning- how do flashes of memory overtake you? How do too many flashbacks in a piece of literature make you feel? How does the author feel? How does the method of storytelling help you understand the story?
Destiny is the theme of our unit. How much of our lives are affected by things outside of our control or how much can we change our lives...or the lives of others...when it matters most? How brave are we? What would our ancestors want for us?
We all have dreams. Our lives revolve around the things we love, the people who support us, and possibilities of the future, but often there is a cost. We don't always achieve because we are scared, because we are unsupported, or because of some societal or physical issue we struggle with daily. That is exactly what Langston Hughes poem, "As I Grew Older" expresses for all of us. As we read deeply, we can see the challenges he faced and see ourselves in his mirror. What are your walls? And how will you break through?
Reminder: Today is a traditional day. Make sure that you pick up your new schedule
Have an excellent first day everyone!!!! I am so excited to meet you!
Think about your favorite skills. Come ready to play . :)
Homework/Extra Credit-- Are you proactive?
We will be working on Chromebooks to get everyone set up on Google, StudySync, TurnItIn.com, and more.
You are welcome to bring your own device.
Please bring your student ID or a photo of your student ID. :)
Steps 1-3 due in class.
Step 2: Log into your Lit. Book From the Glendora Portal
We will go over and complete our first assignments together!
Want a personal paper review to see where you stand and what to fix?
A notebook check? Or help on your How to Write a Research Paper?
Any tutorial or any lunch. Bring a hard copy and let's chat. :)