The last two weeks of school I want us to do three things. The first thing I want us to do is to review what we have learned this year. The second thing I want us to do is to look at the American Experience through the life of the average man. We are going to read the humorous short story by James Thurber. I have edited the story a bit, and I will post the link below. I just changed a few words to heck and darn for the sake of our Christian classroom experience. And the third thing I want to do is look at something that was written by A.W. Tozer, about how the choices we make spiritually affect EVERYTHING. If you look back at what we have read this year, the written material in our country has changed significantly over time, just because of tiny little individual choices. The choices you make in your life will affect the future. I want you to think about it.
We are going to watch the movie in class. It is PG. My girls love it. I just want to get permission from your parents before I show it. I will be covering the TV screen during one gesture, and I will try to hit mute for each cuss word. But it is really mild and I know if you have seen any of the Avengers movies this will be NOTHING.
Here is the reveiw from Plugged in Online. Please have your parents text me their permission, or else you will have to hang out in study hall while we watch the movie. 😦
This movie is very beautiful and it does a fabulous job encompassing the spirit of a very special American story. I want us to spend some time analyzing the story, and thinking about our own secret aspirations.
Seriously, this is such a great movie.
So, let me know if your parents give you permission.
I will see if we can watch it in a comfy room with snacks. (I’ll ask Dustin). So think about volunteering for popcorn or candy duty.
Anyways, Next week you will need to read the story– The Secret Life of Walter Mitty then answer the questions that I will post below. 🙂 You will like it.
I also want to give you a small little “Promotion Night Project.” I will have you do this instead of giving you a final exam. It is easy. Be crafty.
American Literature In Review Display Board (100 points)
Please get a tri-fold board — I might be able to get them from Gary and Janine???
Put your name at the top so people can know it is YOUR board. A nice title, like “Elisabeth Reads America” or “Tristan Learned Things About American Books” or something cool like that!!!
Then display the following items:
- What Was Your Favorite Book We Read In Class– Two paragraphs about your favorite book. The first paragraph could be a short plot summary, and the second what impact did it have on your life.
- Who is Your Favorite American Writer and Why– Two paragraphs and a picture 🙂
- 4 Favorite Quotes– We shared cool quotes all year. Pick four of your favorite and display them on your board.
- 2 of Your Quote Yourself Quotes
- Your short story and all essays in a report cover with a table of contents page.
- Your Favorite Poem we read in class, printed out. With a picture.
- A Top Ten List of your favorite poems, books and short stories that we read in class.
- How Literature Shaped Society--A paragraph about how something we read in class made an impact on society
- You could put a paragraph about why American Literature is important. What makes it so special?
- You can put pictures of books or famous authors, be creative.
- You can put an original drawing or artwork about a book or writer.
It isn’t hard. I just want you to look back at the year and REMEMBER all the wonderful things we have studied. I want you to be proud of your work, and your own contributions.
I can give you a lot of points for this, if you want to bring up your grades. ❤
You can turn this in the last day of school, or before grades are due.
The Dangers of a Shallow Faith (50 points) Due May 22
I am going to print out a portion of chapter 6 for you to read at home these next two weeks. If you are not at class this week, I can leave them in the High School Room and you can get them from Dustin this Sunday or Wednesday 🙂 I can’t send you a pdf, because I don’t have one!!!
This book is amazing and if you are looking for a good book to read over the summer, you might want to check it out (or borrow mine when I am done).
But the chapter we are going to focus on is called, “The Irresistable Law of Consequence”
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. (Galatians 6:7-8)
Not only will you reap what you sow, but you will affect everyone around you with the consequences of all your choices. If you are sowing to the Spirit, the people around you will be built up in the Lord. If you are not sowing to the Spirit, at the very least you will be fake and unable to build up others, but you will most likely be someone who actually harms others spiritually–leaven spreads.
Go ahead and read the packet I am going to pass out and answer the questions that are attached. They are going to be due when we get back on May 22.
Spoken Word Poetry
Post Your Answers In the Comment Section (20 points)
1.From the first video, tell me one thing that made you say, “Oh snap!” and then tell me how he plays with words and double meanings.
2. What metaphors does Jeanette-Ikz use in her poem “I will wait for you?”
3. “Almost Saved” uses a lot of comparisons too. How does his use of comparisons prove his point? Also, give me an example of how he plays with word meanings.
4. What do you think of “You Just Lost One?”
***I would ask you to NOT watch the other spoken word videos. Some of the content is inappropriate for you young ones (even I was shocked a bit). I am not posting these videos here as an endorsment of all that their ministry stands for, because I am not familiar with all that they stand for. I posted these videos because they are appropriate for what we are learning, and edifying. I hope you enjoy.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, by James Thurber
Then Answer the Questions Below
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Questions (100 points–If you answer well) Due May 22–you have two weeks
1. Briefly describe Walter’s 4 daydreams that take place in the story.
2. What is Walter’s real life like?
3. What kind of person does Walter become when he daydreams?
4. What is Mrs. Mitty like?
5. Pyschological Criticism– Why did Walter Mitty create a secret life?
6. Setting–Why does Mrs. Mitty want Walter to wear overshoes and gloves?
7. During surgery Walter uses some technical jargon. What does “obstreosis of the ductal tract” and “coreopsis” mean? Why is this interesting?
8. Where do you see abrupt transitions from the daydream, back into reality?
9. If Walter Mitty could take on the life and persona of any American Lit. author we have studied this year, who would it be?
10. What masculine qualities does Walter wish he had?
11. What value does the theme of escapism play in the story?
12. What point of view is the story told from? (First Person, Third Person Limited, Omniscient)
13. Have you ever found yourself daydreaming that your life was just a little bit more exciting or fulfilling that it is now? What do your dreams center around? Are you a super hero? Are you brave? Beautiful? Loved? What do your daydreams reveal about your wishes and dreams for your future?
14. If Walter Mitty were in high school, and you were his guidance counselor, what job would you suggest for him to pursue as an adult. Please take into account his dreams, as well as his reality.
15. Even though his wife nags him, do you think she is justified? Is he totally innept?
16. Is his daydreaming normal?
17. What do you think is the source of most of his daydreams? Popular Culture, Newspapers, Movies, Novels, Magazines?
18. Do you think that there is pressure on men, to lead ultra masculine lives?
19. List some influences in current movies and media that elevate the manliness standards of our culture.
20. How does this story act as a perfect conclusion to our American Literature study? What is the point of the story? How do we connect to it, in our own personal desire to bring MEANING to our lives?
21. Do you know of anyone who is like Walter Mitty?
22. What do you want to do with your life? Instead of just settling for normal, come up with at least three things that you would LOVE to do before you die. And come up with a plan to make it happen. What would you have to do to save up or accomplish that goal? Or do you think that normal is good? Is normal what you want to celebrate with your life–just simple living and loving Jesus?
23. Do you think that daydreaming as a form of escapism is healthy spiritually? Why or why not?
24. If you had to pick 4 Biblical scenarios that you would like to picture yourself as the hero/main character of, which would you pick?
25. As Christians, we should not strive to live to please our own sinful nature, but we should live boldly for Christ. How can we use the theme of this story as an encouragement to not waste our life daydreaming about things that boost our ego, but living bravely and selflessly for Christ? Please pick someone from the Bible and discuss how this person is a true hero. Someone a Christian should aspire to live like.
26. The movie is a little different, because it gives him the dignity of quietly and humbly succeeding at his job, without much recognition. It shows the beauty of the ordinary man. And the potential inside of humanity. Why do you think the last line of the story is “Walter Mitty the Undefeated, inscrutable to the last”– what does that mean? Look up inscrutable. What is Thurber’s saying about Walter? Does Thurber have respect and admiration for him? What do you think?
Illusions, Names, Special Terms, and Malapropisms (CummingsStudyGuide.net)
Archies: Anti-aircraft weapons.
Auprès de Ma Blonde: French folk song composed in the 1600s. The title may be translated as “Near My Fair-Haired Lady” or “Next to My Dear One.” The French word blonde may also connote mistress. It is said that French soldiers sometimes sang the song when going into battle.
Coals to Newcastle: These words are often used as part of the phrase like carrying coals to Newcastle. Newcastle upon Tyne is a British city famous for the production and export of coal. To say that performing a certain task is like carrying coals to Newcastle is to say that one is executing a needless task.
Hydroplane: Seaplane; plane that can take off and land on water.
Liberty: Weekly feature magazine published between 1924 and 1950.
Von Richtman’s Circus: Von Richtman is an allusion to Manfred von Richtofen (1892-1918), an ace World War I German pilot known as the Red Baron. Circus is an allusion to the Flying Circus, a unit of elite pilots commanded by Richtofen.
Webley-Vickers 50.80: Made-up name for a gun. Webley and Vickers were separate British companies that manufactured weapons. Webley made service revolvers; Vickers made machine guns. (Vickers also constructed ships and aircraft).