Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Week 10 Following the train of thought...

Welcome back to the blog.
This week is event full as always.
Remember to turn in your news report on Wednesday 11/14!

Tuesday we read an excerpt from Stride Toward Freedom by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Please make sure you have the notes from a friend if you missed it. You need to understand the three possible responses to oppression: acquiescence, violence and non-violent resistance. Two of those parts, violence and nonviolent resistance are excerpted here. Sorry I could not find a section on the Internet that exactly matched what is in your textbook.
At least one person in 6th period wanted to hear King's I Have a Dream speech. The transcript and several audio versions are available on the web. This one worked the best for me. http://www.mlkonline.net/sounds.html

Wednesday Ms. Caya was teaching. I decided she would probably do a better job than me at helping you to understand why Walt Whitman was so important in American poetry. I think she did a good job too. Here are some links that might help you if you want to find out more about what she showed you. The rap sons she played was by a new artist, Talib Kweli. Some of you compared the poetry of his songs to "Song of Myself". Periods four and six compared "Song of Myself" to Longfellow's poem about Paul Revere.
Another site from spark notes might also help you with Song of Myself. http://www.sparknotes.com/poetry/whitman/section2.rhtml

Thursday we read what Gandhi said about Civil Disobedience. Our textbook only has an excerpt of this on page 377. If you were absent you can use the link above to read his speech, but the section in our book is much shorter and I recommend that. Also on Thursday we began to create visual metaphors to explain the relationships between the authors we have been studying. A visual metaphor is a very simple diagram or picture that shows the way these thinkers are connected. Label the parts of your picture with the names of the authors represented by each part. I also recommend listing the titles of their work that we read and a few key points of what they wrote. You can use the diagram to help you prepare for the test on Friday and you can use it on the test as well as your textbook and notes.

Friday we will have a test on the authors we've read recently, Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi and Washington Irving. After the test we will watch a bit more of the film about Gandhi. << This link provides a good summary of the film if you want to know more.

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