"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."
"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
STOP! We have finished Unit 2. Please see Unit 3 Announcements for current information.
NOTES FROM TODAY'S LARGE GROUP ON THESIS WRITING
The notes from today's large group, including the thesis we brainstormed, are now the last item under Unit 2 Handouts. We recommend keeping your thesis as simple and clear as possible. You may wish to practice writing each of your body paragraphs in advance. Don't forget a topic sentence, excellent CDs, and meaningful ideas for CMs that connect back to the thesis.
ADDITIONAL TEST REVIEW MATERIALS AVAILABLE
The Greek Art and Architecture PowerPoint, in both PowerPoint and PDF, is now available on ePark2. Please use this as your main source for preparing for Tuesday's exam. Please also remember that you are expected to read the Ancient Greece chapter in your Creative Impulse textbook.
NOTES FROM FRIDAY'S ESSAY TEST THESIS BRAINSTORMING IN LARGE GROUP
The notes from Friday's thesis sentence brainstorming session in large group are now the last item under Unit 2 Handouts.
* TEST 2 THESIS SENTENCE BRAINSTORMING FROM LARGE GROUP 11-21-14 (also includes notes for Monday, 11-22)
Your teachers would recommend practicing writing some essay paragraphs before test day. Try using this thesis to practice:
Achilles, an epic hero in Homer's Iliad, demonstrates the Greek ideal of an epic hero, whereas Hektor from Homer's Iliad demonstrates the Greek ideal of a good man. Hektor is a perfect warrior and leader as well as a perfect son, brother, husband, and father. Achilles is an imperfect warrior and leader as well as an imperfect son, cousin, and lover, but he learns and improves over time.
BATES STUDENTS: PLEASE WATCH!
This is another of the How Art Made the World
episodes. Read students saw it in class, but Bates students did not (sorry!). This one is called "More Human than Human" and shows how bodies are depicted in the Venus of Willendorf, Riace Bronzes, and modern imagery. It makes connections to the themes of "the ideal" and "the real" that come up in our analyses of Greek sculpture, architecture, drama, and literature. There are baby seagulls and science and technology connections. Check it out before the test!
GREAT PENNY STAMPS LECTURE THIS THURSDAY (FREE!) (10/10 QUALITY POINTS)
Thursday, November 20 at 5:10 PM. Part of the UM Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series.
In Love with Art Ã¢â‚¬Â¦and Comics. Since 1993, when FranÃƒÂ§oise Mouly joined The New Yorker as art editor, she has been responsible for over 1,000 of the magazine's signature covers, many of which were chosen by The American Society of Magazine Editors as 'best cover of the year'. She is also the Publisher and Editorial Director of TOON Books, an imprint of comics and visual narratives for young readers. And she founded and coedited (with collaborator and husband Art Spiegelman) the groundbreaking comics anthology RAW; The New York Times-bestselling Little Lit series; and the TOON Treasury of Classic Children's Comics. Born in Paris, FranÃƒÂ§oise Mouly studied architecture at the Beaux Arts before she moved to New York in 1974. Ms. Mouly was awarded France's highest honor, the Legion of Honneur. [FYI, for those of you who have read Maus or the Zig and Wikki books, Mouly is married to cartoonist Art Spiegelman and is the mother of writer Nadja Spiegelman.]
PLEASE LET YOUR PARENTS KNOW!
Parent-Teacher Conferences are coming up on Thursday, November 13th, from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Since I am part-time and teach two classes instead of five, I will be available at conferences from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. only. Although my full last name (Ketcham-Bates) is listed on your child's schedule, I will be located at a table labeled Bates. So, don't look for me in the Ks, look for me in the Bs!
I know you are very busy people, and for some of you this time frame is inconvenient. Please feel free to contact me by e-mail any time and I will be happy to exchange e-mails, give you a call by phone, or meet in person after school. My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to see what's happening in Honors Humanities, don't forget to check this website for the current calendar, announcements, readings, assignments, and other handouts.
FREE LOCAL MUSIC LOG ACTIVITY (10/10 QUALITY POINTS)
From the Plymouth District Library:
Join us Sunday, November 9, at 3:00 p.m. as we present Ara Topouzian & Music of the Middle East.
Ara Topouzian is an Armenian-American musician whose proficiency at the KANUN (Middle Eastern harp) has made him a nationally-recognized artist. He has performed in concert, at music festivals and many celebrated venues across the United States, with the top musicians in Middle Eastern music.
Topouzian's traditional musical style keeps to his Armenian heritage but has expanded to include music from around the Middle East, as well as jazz, fusion, new age and blues.
He will be accompanied by Jerry Gerjekian on dumbegs.
Rhapsody is sponsored by Friends of the Library.
Sign-up by phone at 734.453.0750, ext. 4, or online at
NEWS ABOUT THE WASHINGTON STATE SCHOOL SHOOTING
Mrs. Bates' class talked about the shooting that took place recently at a Washington state high school. A fourth student has died (other than the gunman, who makes five). If you are a sensitive soul, be warned that these stories are always sad and horrible. This one is no different.
DEADLINE CHANGE FOR ILIAD BOOK VI READING GUIDE
Since this is a busy weekend for college applications, we are changing the due date for the Book VI reading guide from Monday, 11/3, to Wednesday, 11/5. Please bring your Norton Anthology to class on Monday.
ONE HOUR OF SERVICE OPPORTUNITY: REPRESENT HUMANITIES AT OPEN HOUSE
Do you have a Greek or Medieval/Renaissance costume you could throw together? Are you friendly and willing to encourage young students and their families to choose to come to the Park? We need a few students to stand at the Humanities table at the Park open house next Thursday, 11/6, from 7pm to 8pm at Salem High School. Please see or e-mail Mrs. Bates if you are interested: email@example.com.
DID YOU MISS THE OEDIPUS PLAY DUE TO AN EXCUSED ABSENCE?
A few students missed the Oedipus play due to an excused absence. You will need to know the plot, characters and big themes in the play in order to be prepared for the test. The script is available under Unit 2 Handouts. All six sections are in the same document. Also, there is a summary of the plot in the Oedipus Play Activity instructions handout.
SPOKEN WORD SHOW (NOT A LOG -- JUST AN OPPORTUNITY TO PERFORM!)
The Spoken Word group is trying to round up entertainers of any sort for a show to occur sometime before Christmas. Poets, musicians, writers. singers, or any kind of stage presentation would be great. If you are so inclined, contact Mr. Francis at firstname.lastname@example.org
and he'll fill you in on details.
Diwali is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, and Buddhists, but not Muslims. The post below has been corrected. Thank you to our Muslim students for setting me straight!
HURRY TO REGISTER! ALICE WALKER WILL BE SPEAKING IN ANN ARBOR!
A free and fantastic lecture log opportunity is coming to Ann Arbor:
Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner, author of the critically acclaimed book The Color Purple, and social activist Alice Walker will deliver this year's Zora Neale Hurston Lecture at the University of Michigan on Wednesday, Nov. 5, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
The annual lecture, presented by the University of Michigan Department of Afroamerican and African Studies and the U-M Center for the Education of Women, will take place at Hill Auditorium, located at 825 N. University Ave.
Walker's lecture will explore social justice issues from her womanist and black feminist perspective, reflecting on the complementary missions of DAAS and CEW.
The annual lecture honors Hurston, who is widely regarded as the most prolific African-American woman writer of her time.
"She brought to life the power, richness and complexity of black cultures for many readers," the CEW wrote in a news release.
The lecture - which will be close the CEW's 50th anniversary celebration - is free and open to the public, but registration for the event is required. Attendees can register here, and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
Registration site: http://www.cew.umich.edu/progevents/alice-walker-presented-department-afroamerican-and-african-studies-and-center-education-w
Do you know what Diwali is? It's an important celebration for Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, and Buddhists. It is pronounced Divali, and it is also known as the "Festival of Lights." Here is a Diwali message from our president, where he shares a few details about how the holiday is celebrated and wishes those who celebrate, "Saal Mubarak
" ("Happy New Year").
The "What is good/true/beautiful?" paper is due Thursday, not Wednesday. There was an error on the calendar, and it has now been corrected. See instructions under Unit 2 Handouts.
Make-ups for the Unit 1 test will be this Thursday (10/16) after school in Mr. Read's room. Please be ready!
CURRENT CALENDAR: UNIT 2 ANCIENT GREECE
The full semester calendar is now available under the Current Calendar tab. There is a Word and PDF version. Take a close look at upcoming due dates and plan ahead!
TONIGHT! AWESOME FILM OR LECTURE LOG (FREE AND LOCAL! 10/10 QUALITY POINTS!)
Detroit's Native Son, a one-hour movie about Yusif Shakur, who metamorphosed from fatherless gang member to community organizer and activist, will be featured at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, by Citizens for Peace at Unity of Livonia, 28660 Five Mile Road, Livonia. Following the film, Shakur will respond to audience questions and discuss how he is working to transform his neighborhood from a war zone to a peace zone.
Here's the article:
Here's the powerful film trailer:
REMINDER: GREAT THEATRE LOG OPPORTUNITY THIS WEEK! DR. FAUSTUS (10/10 QUALITY POINTS)
We will be studying Dr. Faustus next semester. Dr. Faustus is the origin of the phrase "Faustian bargain." He is a Renaissance doctor who literally sells his soul to the devil to get access to the secrets and mysteries of the unvierse. How do you think that turns out? The EMU Theatre is putting on multiple performances from 10/10 to 10/19.
"I think hell's a fable." -Faustus, "Ay, think so still, till experience change thy mind." -Mephistopheles, Act II
See details here:
HUMANITIES IN THE COMICS
HUMANITIES IN THE NEWS: SKEPTICAL OPTIMISM; IS THE WORLD BECOMING A BETTER PLACE?
Check out this thought-provoking clip: http://on.aol.com/show/the-future-starts-here-517951318/episode/517752968
. The clip gives reaons why optimism with a healthy dose of skepticism is the best orientation to take when considering the world today and the bad and good things happening in it. The speaker argues that the world is actually getting better. She cites the book The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined
by Steven Pinker, in which Pinker describes five major historical forces for peace:
The Leviathan (the state; reigns in internal violence)
Gentle Commerce (economic incentives for cooperation)
Feminization (empowerment of women; presumes men are naturally more violent)
The Expanding Circle (empathy; sympathizing with ever wider classes)
The Escalator of Reason (rationality; application of empathy)
PLEASE READ: ACHILLES IN VIETNAM
CHARACTER PROJECT RESEARCH
If you have not been doing research on your character project, you need to start. You will need to have a minimum of 100 note cards about every aspect of your character's life and his or her daily life. By now, you should have at least one print source that you feel confident is an expert source. The major events and conditions of your character's time are also relevant and important. Your first 10 note cards will be due on Friday, 10/31.
Soon thereafter, we will have a large group about how to write the costume research document, which is due on 12/2. You may wish to start collecting information on your character's clothing, shoes, jewelry, headwear, and undergarments now in preparation for that assignment. That way you can ask questions next week if you come across any challenges. Hint: Don't forget children's books can be excellent resources if published by an expert source. Daily life information is often especially well-documented in children's books!
HUMANITIES IN THE NEWS: THE BONES OF CLEOPATRA'S MURDERED HALF SISTER?
HUMANITIES IN THE NEWS: RAMSES III
Check out this facsinating new information about Ramses III
SOME ADVICE FOR THE GREECE UNIT
The Iliad is one of the most moving, loving, violent, intriguing, and enchanting stories of all time. You will NOT get the same experience from reading summaries in Spark Notes or any other "dumbed down" translation. Of course, feel free to use Spark Notes as a companion to your reading, if you would like to use them. Please be aware that the language and poetry of The Iliad is a big part of the experience, but, just like Shakespeare, it takes some time to get used to it. You will need to slow down and take your time to read.
The study guide for Book I of The Iliad is due Monday, 10/27. It is designed to help you with your reading. Use it a like a scavenger hunt and follow the hints for line numbers. Sometimes the reading guide will help you identify whole pages that you can read through quickly. Other times, you will need to slow down and read a passage carefully multiple times in order to catch the true meaning.
Students report it takes about four hours to read the first book and fill in the study guide. To be successful, you could do about a half hour of Iliad reading daily for the next eight days (or divide up the time however you wish). Please do not put yourself in a situation where you have to skim the reading and copy the answers to the study guide at the last minute.
After completing Book I, students also report that the later books go more quickly, although they still take 90 minutes to three hours. You will not regret putting some time into a careful reading of this story. It's a highlight of the year!
Scenes from The Iliad have inspired artists for millenia. Below are a variety of works depicting the great, proud King Priam of Troy begging and weeping at Achilles' knee. Achilles is the vicious warrior on the Greek side responsible for the death of King Priam's favorite son, Prince Hektor. Priam is begging for his son's dead body to be returned for a proper burial. Will Achilles callously deny him, or will Achilles join King Priam in his weeping and return the body to him with kindness? What can you guess from these depictions?
Of course, as with all great literature, Achilles' response to King Priam speaks to larger universals. How do we treat those who are less powerful than us? What does it say about a more powerful person when he or she treats the weakened or vanquished enemy callously? Are our enemies human?
Priam Asking Achilles for the Body of His Son by Jerome Martin Langlois, 1809