UNIT 2 Announcements (Ancient Greece)

"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."
-- Aristotle

"The test of a first rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function."
-- F. Scott Fitzgerald



We would prefer that you choose a film from the approved film list, if you want to watch something at home. If you still want to try for approval for a film that is not on the approved list, please send a LINK to your teacher for her to consider it. Tell us whether or not it is on the approved list (if it is, it is always a yes and approval is not required). Please also tell us the length of the film and why you want to see it, as opposed to the options offered on the list. Thank you.


If you still haven't done a log in the history museum or film category, consider this option (full 10/10 quality points):

If you view two episodes of Finding Your Roots or African American Lives 2, this will count as a History or Film log. Please also follow up with some brief exploration
of your own family on Ancestry.com or a conversation with a family member. Here are the instructions:

Choose and view two full episodes (each about an hour long) from any of the following:

1) Finding Your Roots (separate episodes with famous Americans like Barbara Walters, Kyra Sedgwick, Kevin Bacon, Rick Warren, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey, Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Condoleezza Rice, Sanjay Gupta, Margaret Cho, Martha Stewart, John Legend, Wanda Sykes, Michelle Rodriguez, Stephen King, Derek Jeter, Billie Jean King, Ben Affleck, Anderson Cooper, Angela Bassett, Valerie Jarrett, Sting, Tina Fey, Jessica Alba, and others):



2) African-American Lives (with performers
Whoopi Goldberg, Quincy Jones, Oprah Winfrey, sociologist Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, physicianBen Carson, astronaut and physician Mae Jemison, Chris Tucker and pastor T. D. Jakes):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phcqu8rNZ9Q (Part 1, "Listening to our Past")

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzM7VgzRmbc (Part 2, "The Promise of Freedom")

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCuxGtjbRjE&list=PLFZDK7j8CEXwXx781auKy8RyWV_eUTIB7&index=3 (Part 3, "Searching for Our Names")

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTT7MMz7KIc (Part 4, "Beyond the Middle Passage")


3) Mrs. Bates' favorite episodes (episodes 2 and 4) from African-American Lives 2 will move you and/or blow your mind (with performers
Morgan Freeman, Tina Turner, Tom Joyner, Chris Rock, Don Cheadle, theologian Peter Gomes, athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee, poet Maya Angelou, Bliss Broyard (the daughter of writer Anatole Broyard), and publisher Linda Johnson Rice (the daughter of publisher John H. Johnson):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8byrlp98Rs (Part 1: "The Road Home")

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DUAYyCa7bs&index=14&list=PLj424AIxF8xeunZcshGnee5ImKtzTpHi- (Part 2: "A Way Out of No Way")

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5x5oAUTPL9M (Part 3: "We Come From People")

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzWnSM7TxNE (Part 4: "The Past Is Another Country")

Also, if you are interested, you may also wish to take five or ten minutes to open a free
Ancestry.com account and fill in the names and birth/death dates of your closest deceased relatives. Click on the waving green leaves and see what historical documents and connections come up, then discuss any surprises in your log. Watch out. It's addictive!

How to prove you watched: Take a couple of photos of you with the program / website behind you. Get a parent note. Write a personal reaction to the experience: your thoughts, your feelings, your opinions, what you learned, comparisons to other learning experiences, etc.


The following film clips were shown in Mrs. Bates' small groups. What is the emotional tone of each clip? What is the subtext? How does the clip connect to one or more scenes in The Iliad?

1) Soldiers coming home from war
https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=6CcLj4wQXWQ
2) The war against PTSD
3) Children of war (some disturbing images)


It is your responsibility to read the instruction handout for logs very thoroughly, line by line. Your teachers have re-read the entire document and are confident you will find all the information you need there.
We are also confident that the rubric (evaluation sheet) is crystal clear. Please take a minute to look at the rubric to be sure you are meeting all the requirements.

See below for the section of the log instructions handout students need to read to understand the requirement for writing and photos. Your teachers have added a couple of sentences in the section about what to do if you don't have 8 photos of yourself at your venue. We have also highlighted it. And bolded it. It is up to you to read it.
Short version: If you do not have 8 photos at the log activity that show you before, during, and after, you must write one page, double-spaced, of personal reaction to the experience. In addition, you must still include the required proof (at least a couple of photos of you at the event or location, an artifact, and a parent signature).

From the handout:


On the first page, under the title, in about a half page, answer these questions: What event did you attend? How many quality points is it worth (see chart at end of this document)? With whom did you attend? When and where did you go? Why did you choose this log experience, and why is it both new for you and outside your comfort zone? Emphasize why this experience is a stretch for you. We are looking for professional quality experiences. The quality will be judged by your teacher. She or he will determine whether the event is acceptable or not. See the log tab on the website for suggestions of venues that offer high quality experiences. You may be asked to redo a log experience if a log activity is deemed unacceptable, so always ask your teacher if you are unsure.


Submit a series of photos, eight or more, showing you at the venue, in different stages of the experience, and at the end of your experience. Find as many ways as possible to prove you were present and engaged for two hours. This is not a photo essay. Instead, the sole purpose of the photo is to prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that you participated fully in the experience: before, during, and after. Therefore, you must be in every photo. Take as wide a variety of photos as possible. Here are examples of types of photos you could take:

-- you with the building's sign behind you

-- you with the ticket kiosk behind you

-- you with the welcome desk behind you

-- you in front of a stage set, music stands, a podium, or other pre-performance equipment set up on the stage

-- you with the stage behind you surrounded by other audience members before a show starts

-- you with works of art or displays behind you

-- you at a sales kiosk after a performance (some shows sell CDs, shirts, etc.)

-- you after the event with one or more performers, the minister, or someone else from the venue (stay for a meet and greet)

-- you talking at lunch with the family whose religious institution you visited

-- you engaged in some other way in the log experience

IMPORTANT: If your log experience does not allow you to take at least eight photos, you must include as many as you can as proof that you were present at the location, and then also include a one-page double-spaced "Personal Reaction" paragraph in addition to your "Who? What? When? Where? Why?" paragraph. What did you think of the experience? Why? Focus on one aspect in depth, describe it in detail, and share your thoughts and feelings. Log experiences that are most likely to require a one-page reaction include the following: literature, stage performances, Holocaust Memorial Center, religious services.

IMPORTANT: You must be in every picture.

IMPORTANT: You should never, under any circumstances, have your cell phone powered on or take pictures during a music, dance, theatre, or other performance on a stage. This is dangerous, rude, and also likely get you kicked out. It is even more unacceptable in a place of worship during a ceremony (unless you get permission).

IMPORTANT: Never take pictures of people, including ticket sales staff, ushers, and performers, without checking first that it is okay. Also, do not take photos of works of art or displays without checking it is okay. For instance, the Holocaust Museum in Southfield does not allow pictures of the displays inside. This is to preserve the somberness of the experience and not cheapen it with cheesy selfies. Art museums will allow photos of some artworks without flash, but not all.

IMPORTANT: If your entire face obscures the background, your photo is not useful as proof. Also, if you are barely recognizable due to blurriness, distortion, or darkness, your photo is not useful as proof.

IMPORTANT: To save time and make photo-taking more convenient, you absolutely may take photos of yourself with family or friends from Humanities, Mod Lit, and/or AP. You do not have to be alone in your photos!

IMPORTANT: Even when you find an appropriate time and place for a photo, be sure to match your behavior with the location. If you are inside a place of worship, don't do a headstand or make crazy faces. Just quietly take your photo so you don't disrespect the people around you.

IMPORTANT: Don't repeat photos. One photo of you with the sign in front of the building is enough. A second photo of you on the other side of the sign will not count.

IMPORTANT: Arrive early at your destination so you have time for your "before" shots. This is especially true if you are driving to Ann Arbor or Detroit. Plan extra time to get lost, find parking, and walk!


Label each photo with one or two complete sentences explaining what you are doing, what is shown in the background, and when the photo was taken (before a show, for instance). Be specific.



Brazilian Blast

Michigan Philharmonic at the Cherry Hill Village Theatre

Date & Time: 11/14/2015 7:30:00 PM

$10 for youth with student ID

Exotic sounds from Brazil featuring dazzling jazz singer, pianist and composer Clarice Assad. Merging jazz, classical and Brazilian music all together on our Brazilian Blast! The multi-talented, charismatic Brazilian-born Clarice Assad will not only be guest composer but also the featured jazz vocalist and piano soloist. She has been described by Gramaphone Magazine as 'one of Brazil's brightest young composers,' by The Los Angeles Times as a 'dazzling vocal soloist,' and by All Music Guide as '... a talent quite beyond compare'. The Philharmonic will be performing Clarice Assad's jazzy Scattered: Concerto for Scat Singing, Piano and Orchestra along with two new arrangements for voice and orchestra, her own The Last Song and Tico-Tico no Fuba, made popular by singer/entertainer Carmen Miranda. Michigan Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Sinfonia will be joining the Phil for a side-by-side performance of Overture in D major by the 19th centrury, Brazilian priest Jose Mauricio Nunes Garcia.

Ticket Information

Adults $30.00

Senior $25.00

Youth $10.00

To purchase tickets: http://www.michiganphil.org/Events/November14.html or call 734-451-2112


The study guide for book one of The Iliad is due this week. Give yourself plenty of time to complete it! Your ten research note cards are due this Friday. See the note cards instruction handout and the separate digital template under Research Resources for Both Semesters. Mrs. Bates has also loaded those same two handouts to the Semester One Character Project Resources section, so they are in both locations.

Logs are due before Thanksgiving. If you haven't gone on a log outing yet, you need to plan ahead so you don't end up in trouble. See the last page of the log instructions handout for the list of log activities in the local area that will give you 10/10 quality points (last column on the table). NOTE: Some films at the Michigan Theatre will qualify for 10/10 quality points, not the 8/10 indicated on the table).


1) Come early if possible. Doors to the upper auditorium will be open before noon.

2) Be dressed long before the play begins. Get dressed at lunch, please! If you haven't put your costume together yet, figure it out the day before. See the links from yesterday's announcements for some helpful instructions.

3) If you have props, CD players, etc., that you would like to store someplace in the morning, you may put them in the kitchen behind Mrs. Bates's classroom. Please be sure all weapons are made of foam, wood, or something non-metal. Be sure they are fully bagged and invisible so nobody thinks you have a real weapon.

4) See yesterday's announcements for instructions for extra credit if you choose to dress up all day.

5) Students will sit with their groups, starting with group 1 in the first row. Group 6 will sit in the separate section on the right.

6) Each group must limit your performance to 10-12 minutes. Please time your section during rehearsals to make sure it doesn't go over.


Technically, the Greeks wore robes called chitons or peplos. Over the top, women often wore a long cloak in a contrasting color, and men wore a short cloak. If you would like, you could use two sheets in two different colors. For the simplest method for making a Greek robe, it is best to do a search for togas. They are Roman, technically, but there are better instructions on line for them, and they are easier to create. This site has a good series of cartoon instructions for ladies. For gentlemen, scroll to the bottom for decent video instructions: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Toga-out-of-a-Bedsheet

Other options:
Don't wait until the last minute to figure this out!
There is a page in the Oedipus play instruction packet to get your teachers to sign that you are dressed in your Greek robe each hour (1-4) on Wednesday. Get your teachers to sign, and you get a few points extra credit.

Convince your teacher you are wearing a Humanities, history, art, music, or literature-themed costume (not pop culture) and get your teachers to sign in your classes on Friday. Extra credit for you!

There is a suicide in the Oedipus plot, near the end. If your life has been affected by suicide in some way, this may be difficult to deal with. Please let your teacher know so we can help you experience the play without undue distress.

If you or someone you love talks about or threatens suicide, please get help. There is both a phone number crisis line and a crisis text line. Of course, you an always talk to one of us or another teacher or counselor and we will help.

24/7 crisis text line (also includes links to support for other mental health concerns, including eating disorders, homelessness, abuse, and LGBT-related issues):

24/7 suicide hotline (includes a chat button on the website if you prefer that):
1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Monday, October 26, at 7:00 p.m.
DIA "Behind the Seen" Art Talk: In the Garden
Throughout time, humans have found that images of gardens and animals are a source of enjoyment and comfort. You may be surprised to learn the hidden meanings and symbolism behind some of the most beloved images in the DIA's collection. Sponsored by Friends of the Library. Sign-up is requested by phone at 734.453.0750, ext. 4, or online at http://plymouthlibrary.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails.aspx?EventId=1882&lib=

Photographer Michelle Andonian and composer Alexandra du Bois are presenting "Hope Dies Last" on Thursday, October 29 at 7:30pm at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts. "Hope Dies Last" is "a multi-disciplinary project commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide." The performance will feature a panel discussion, poetry readings and the world premiere of a new chamber music work accompanied by 3D projection mapping exploring Armenian history and culture. Tickets are $15. Sponsored by the University of Michigan and Armenian Studies Program as well as the Manoogian School and Manoogian Foundation.

Web link for ticket purchases: http://calendar.macomb.edu/EventList.aspx?fromdate=10/1/2015&todate=10/31/2015&display=Month&type=public&eventidn=2708&view=EventDetails&information_id=5147

Web link with more details about the content of the show (from an earlier performance at the DIA): http://detroitchamberwinds.org/hope-dies-last/

See 10/23 announcements for details about the free lecture and the inexpensive film that follows this Thursday, 10/29, at the Michigan Theatre (would be two logs; you can attend one or the other or both).

Students have asked if they can use one or two outside activities from this semester for their logs for second semester. As long as you don't repeat categories, yes, you may.

Students have asked about the guidelines for extra credit logs. If, and only if, you have completed your three required outside activities, you may complete additional outside activity logs for extra credit. You may complete a maximum of three outside activity logs per semester. You can repeat categories with these, unlike the three required logs. Extra credit logs must meet all the same requirements as regular logs, including proof and the write-up. They will be worh 5 points each.

Reminder: The UMS in Ann Arbor has the best opportunities for world-class performances close to home. Discounted student tickets can be accessed here: http://ums.org/tickets/students/. There are three amazing opportunities this week (Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday): Hubbard Street Dance, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Tenebrae: http://ums.org/performances
Hurry! Seats are nearly sold out for all three! November performances are also sold out or selling out fast. Even the "bad" seats are good, though. Go for it!

Some old announcements have been removed because we ran out of space on the page. Contact Mrs. Bates if you would like them sent to you. Thank you.