Journals–No journals this week BECAUSE, the end of the quarter is next week. I need you to go through your journals, and make sure you have completed each one. Here is the complete list of all sixteen. Bring your journal to class on Friday so I can go through it and make sure you have done them all for full credit.
Grades– It is the end of the quarter next week, and I will get you your grades ASAP. I need to work really hard to get your Persuasive Essays graded, and it can change your grade a lot. Hopefully, if you worked hard on it your grade will go up. But if you didn’t work too hard, your grade may go down. That is bad news for a couple of you.
Extra Credit–If there is any assignment that you felt your scored poorly on and you want to work to bring your grade up. I would love to give you the opportunity to do so. The extra credit assignment will be to take one of your journals, re-write it into an essay, and properly format it. It will be the exact assignment that you did the first week of school. Easy-Peasy. Just make sure you pick a new topic, and do your best (1 1/2 to 2 pages and perfect MLA). It will be a good way to boost your grade if you need it, but it is optional.
Monday and Tuesday
Okay, so our book wanted us to be reading The Narrative of the Life of Davy Crockett these last two weeks. But as a professional English teacher, I reserve the right to do what I want. And I wanted to make sure we threw in the African American trickster tales last week. So we are going to gloss over Davy Crockett this week. Basically, we are going to watch the movie. Don’t feel like I am stealing your education from you. Most kids don’t read the whole text in high school; if anything, they might just read a portion of it. And if you REALLY want to read it, feel free to click on this link here. If not, just get a snack and watch the movie!
- Get a snack and enjoy 🙂
- Read this short biography.
- Write a paragraph describing why Davy Crockett is such an important folk hero.
- Watch and sing this song (lyrics appear). Sing it a couple times to be ready to solo sing it on Friday.
Today you are going to read in your textbook, then read an article, watch a ten minute video, and then answer three questions (in the comment section below).
- Read Lesson 35–Bible Study “The Second Great Awakening” in your Notgrass Textbook.
- Your book mentions that during the Cane Ridge revival, there were some unusual manifestations. People would fall on the ground, lie motionless, bark like dogs, and laugh uncontrollably. During this time, people began to call this being “slain in the spirit.” It is total unbiblical TBN type stuff. But, this isn’t the first time these things happened in the church. It also occurred during the First Great Awakening, and Edwards, Whitefield, and Wesley believed it was due to an evil spirit. They did not believe that it was the power of God. Some people will take quotes of theirs to say that they supported it, but those quotes were when they didn’t know what to think. As it went on, they knew it wasn’t right. But is also goes back further than that! All the way to early church history. It is a phenomenon called montanism. It is a false teaching that you will especially see today in many hyper-charismatic churches.
- Please read this article about montanism
- Take a moment and thank God for placing you in a church that does not tolerate creepy montanist manifestations. We believe in the gifts of the Holy Spirit, practiced in order, as taught in the Bible. Thank you Jesus!!!
- Then finally, watch this 9 minute video by David Wilkerson
Remember True Revival is REPENTANCE, not emotion!!!
Questions (put your answers in the comment section below):
- How does it make you feel that churches put up with this horrible stuff?
- Why do you think it is important to be aware of false teaching/practices in the church?
- What does 1 Timothy 4:1 say, and how do you think it applies to this stuff?
Okay, so there once was a writer by the name of Edgar Allan Poe. It doesn’t seem like your textbook wants you to read him, but he is significant to this business of American literature, so we need to read him. And it just so happens to line up with a rather spooky time of year. As you read this, I want you to consider the literature we have read so far. You will notice that this is rather shocking for the time period. It was probably like the Saw of the 1800’s. Shocking. Scary. Psychological. “The Tell Tale Heart” has to do with guilt (and it is psychological). “The Masque of the Red Death” has to do with a horrible plague. Anyways. These are the more tame stories, that are usually read in school. We also used to read “The Black Cat” but I didn’t assign it because I don’t know if your parents would get mad at me. So, if you like reading spooky Poe stories, ask your folks if you can read “The Black Cat;” it is crazy. If you read that one too, you will get an even GREATER understanding of what Poe meant to the world of literature in the 1800’s.
We are also going to use our study of Poe to review some important literary devices. “The Tell Tale Heart” handout has some information on the narrator, and irony (don’t forget to complete and turn in that work). And below is some information on mood and tone. Remember, this is an art form and the details are not just random, they are carefully selected to evoke a response.
- Read, “The Masque of the Red Death” by Edgar Allan Poe
- Mood is the overall feeling or atmosphere created by a work of literature. A writer creates mood through images, sound, word choice, and setting.
- Tone is the attitude the writer takes toward the subject of a work, the characters, or events in it, or the audience. Tone can be described in a single word, such as humorous, serious, playful, objective, sarcastic, solemn, irreverent, and so on.
Please answer these questions on a clean slice of paper, and turn it in on Friday.
- Can you relate to Prince Prospero, or to anyone in this story? Are there any genuine characters?
- What does the Prince hope to do by locking himself in the castle? Why would he have the doors barred from the outside as well? Beyond physical safety, what is Prince Prospero attempting to do by leaving everything but merriment outside?
- What current event does this story remind you of?
- How does Poe use the clock as a symbol? What does the chiming of the clock interrupt? What does this remind the people of?
- Is death presented as a force of evil in “The Masque of the Red Death?” Or is it a neutral force?
- The phrase “like a thief in the night” comes from what source? How does this add to the apocalyptic tone?
- What would you say is the mood of the story? Does it change? How does the descriptions in the book affect the mood?
- What one word would you use to describe the tone of this piece? Use some evidence from the story to back up your opinion (his word choice, imagery, sound effects, symbols, etc).
- Prospero, the main character from Shakespeare’s, The Tempest, puts on a masque for his daughter and soon-to-be son-in-law. At the conclusion of his masque, he says that everything eventually fades and is forgotten, ending with “We are such stuff/ As dreams are made on, and our little life/ Is rounded with a sleep,” suggesting that life is made up of our dreams. What relevance does this have to the story?
***Also, you need to finish the work that went with “The Tell Tale Heart” story.
Assignments Due Friday:
- The paragraph about Davy Crockett to class on Friday.
- Your response to Wednesday’s false teaching questions (in comment section below).
- Make sure you bring in the answers to “The Masque of the Red Death” questions.
- Don’t forget to bring in the “Tell Tale Heart” worksheet.
- Bring your journal–beaucoup points
- Sing the Davy Crockett song a few times to get ready for our class recital 😉
- Bring your extra credit work (if you want)
Now some text art for Tristan: