Week 1 First Day of School–Introduction to the class, Syllabus, Essay Formatting, and Ozymandias

Class Information

  1. Review Course Description, Homework, Late Policy, and Class Rules.
  2. Honor’s Program
  3. Essay Formatting
  4. Grammar
  5. Vocabulary

Class Discussion–What Will Be Your Legacy?

Chasing Mavericks




legacy (n.)

Legacy comes from the Latin verb, legare “to appoint by a last will, send as an ambassador.” Originally, the noun meant “ambassador” or “envoy” but soon shifted to mean the money and property a person leaves behind in his will. Many university scholarships are funded by the legacies of former students. In recent usage, political leaders are said to be concerned with their legacies, the historically significant achievements of their tenure in office.

What will be President Obama’s legacy?

Right now, everyone is talking about what will be President Obama’s legacy? What will he be remembered for? Well, if we have serious problems with Iran . . . then that! But some are discussing his support for gay marriage, healthcare reform, or even being the first African American President. He is concerned about his legacy too. He said recently, “That’s when America soars, when we look out for one another and we take care of each other, when we root for one another’s success, when we strive to do better and to be better than the generation that came before us and try to build something better for generations to come” (Stephen Collinson, “Best Week In Washington: Barack Obama’s Legacy,” CNN).

But can a legacy really last?

Here are some cool Bible verses about Someone, Whose legacy will definitely last!

“May his name endure forever; may it continue as long as the sun. Then all nations will be blessed through him, and they will call him blessed.” Psalm 72:17

“I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.” Revelation 1:18

“I will establish his line forever, his throne as long as the heavens endure.” Psalm 89:29

And this Psalm isn’t talking about David, because his family left the throne with the Babylonian captivity . . . it is talking about Jesus, Who came out of David’s bloodline and is a King and Priest forever. Our legacy must be found in Christ, or else it will fade and crumble. Just like the great kings of ancient times. No one will care in 100 years who we are and what we did. Only what we do in Christ will matter, to those we love and to God Himself.

“For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done.” Matthew 16:27

“As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.” 1 Timothy 6:17-19

“Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward.” 1 Corinthians 3:12-14


by, Percy Bysshe Shelley

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!’
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away”.

“Probably his most famous short poem, “Ozymandias” was published in 1818. The second-hand narration attempts to resurrect the once powerful king’s might while the exotic setting of Egypt and desert sands.”

  1. What is ironic about the phrase, “look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!”
  2. What does it say about human accomplishments?
  3. What does it say about the legacy we leave behind?
  4. How do you think this poem will relate to the stuff we will be learning about?
  5. How will you make sure your legacy is more than just a colossal ruin in a desert?

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