Here’s the presentation order for all three of my classes.
Starting today you will have 2 to 3 classes to prepare for your novel presentation. Computers will be made available to you during the period. I will also be here for any help/feedback you need.
Today I talked with you guys about the specifics of the presentation and made sure you know where to focus the bulk of your time. After that I took volunteers for anyone who wants to present early (i.e. NEXT THURSDAY)
Look below for the presentation details:
Once you’ve read your book and considered your generation, you’ll be ready for the seminar presentation. In the approximately 10 minutes you need to deliver the following three things:
I do not want to this to simply be a talking head presentation. I want you to use some kind of added media component. What you do is up to you. I think the fewer restrictions, the better. You might consider:
While your choice of media may vary, the means of evaluation stay the same: Does it heighten/strengthen audience understanding? Just remember that in any kind a presentation, media enhancements are there to help others, not you. That’s my way of reminding you not to create a bunch of slides just so you can read off them or use video clips to kill time. Media is there to clarity. It reinforces your ideas. It does not replace them.
I took some time in today’s class to talk about exam review.
1, We did a little review exercise to see if your brains could stretch back as far as the start of the year.
2. We went over a list of the major works we’ve studies this year.
Here are the sources for you exams:
Major Works (Your exam should include AT LEAST one of these..I’d recommend two)
NOTES ON YOUR EXAM
You will be writing an essay that compares multiple sources. Here are two restrictions you must work under:
3. We talked about how to study for an English exam
At the end of the day, there’s not a whole lot I can do to help you study for an English exam. If you remember the texts and the fundamentals of analysis, you should be fine. The hardest part of an English Exam is developing at thesis under pressure and finding adequate examples. The best way to prep for that is to do the following:
Look for texts with similar themes and motifs
The texts I selected for you this year were not assembled at random (well…not entirely, anyway). I chose them because they all contained overlapping themes, characters, ideas and stories. A good way to review is to group stories in different ways and consider similarities in advance.
*and these are only characters who are mad in the literal sense
….action vs. inaction
…justice vs. revenge
…nature of evil
If you keep these in your mind, you should have not trouble being ready when the time comes.
Just a quick reminder of where we are at this point.
In a few weeks (just after the long weekend) we will begin your summative presentations. I have read the proposals and talked to everyone who I think needed to expand/evolve their idea. At this point, you simply need to be reading and preparing. The assignment sheet should give you a pretty clear guideline on what you need to say but I’ll steal a few minutes at the start of the first work period (May 15/16) to make sure you don’t miss anything.
In case you are missing the summative, here it is again:
This week we’re watching the film Death and the Maiden. It’s a film adaptation of the award winning play by South American playwright Ariel Dorfman.
Please note there will be NO MANDATORY work to come from this source but I’m including it for 2 reasons:
Some people may have missed one of the classes in which I showed the film. If so, I found a free copy online. It’s not the most legal type version so watch at your own risk. You can also borrow my copy but I find more and more computers don’t have CD drives anymore.
Death and The Maiden bonus assignment
So some of you may want to give your grades and extra push. For those people I offer this BONUS ASSIGNMENT.
I am going to have you use a critical lens to explore the play. Go back over the critical lenses I provided you in the last assignment (Racial, Feminist, Marxist and so on). Chose a lens and write a critical reaction to the play. Follow the questions provided in the handout as a guideline.
Length: 500 words minimum
Style: Essay style, 3rd person tone. Unlike an essay, you do not need a preamble or central thesis. Simple explore any and every observation you can draw from that lens.
So I decided that to put a button on the end of the year, we’d take a look at Ariel Dorfman’s DEATH AND THE MAIDEN. It’s a powerful play from the Chilean playwright that echoes a lot of the (admittedly gloomy) themes we’ve covered this term.
The power of this and many of Dorfman’s other works it that he presents challenging moral/ethical quandaries for the audience. He’s not interested in easy answer, clearly delineated heroes and villains. He wants the audience to feel ill at ease, never quite certain where their loyalties should lie and what a character should do next.
In that spirit, I present the following 3 hypothetical questions for you. Obviously, they will most probably fall out of the realm of your personal experience (I sure hope they do) but not for the character’s he presents:
I know it’s been a while since I’ve update this thread. Sorry, I’ve been busy doing…teacher stuff.
HEART OF DARKNESS
Anyway, over the last few classes we’ve been learning about Heart of Darkness including its history, what it teaches about Modernism and its use of archetypes, most notably ‘The Shadow’. If you missed any of the classes or simply want a refresher on these areas, you can look at the slideshow here:
Let me know if this works. I simply tried to include it as a PowerPoint but WordPress would not have it.
SUMMATIVE ASSIGNMENT UPDATE
At this point just about everyone has chosen a book. Since the group presentation you’ll be starting today will be presented on the 19th/20th, I’ve decided to move back the proposal sheet due date to the following class, April 23/24. That gives you an extra weekend to get it done. It’s only 300 words so it should not take very long. Finally, a reminder that if it’s in Comic Sans, I will crumble it up into a ball and kick it into the sun.
Last period was a super depressing lesson on Colonialism and the African ivory trade. At then end of the period, I asked you to consider the following 3 questions for next class. You don’t need to write them down but be ready to answer any of these are the start of the period if I ask ’em to you: