Monday, February 1st
A Super Important Note from Ashley:
You can tell that I am not here today as the adult in the classroom looks quite different than I. I am sorry to abandon you in your time of need and miss you all like a little German boy misses his Aunt Helga's schnitzel when she had a mid-life crisis and decided to go on a cruise in the Caribbean and ended up meeting a car salesman from New Jersey and moved away from Berlin for good.
But I digress. The point is to let you know that today's lesson plan is a hoot! You've got a fun 2 hours of Humanities before you. It may take a little bit of resourcefulness and your focus on my DP below, but I trust you will all pull through. The reading called "Catastrophe of Success" is awesome (and not too long) and was written by this amazing playwright, Tennessee Williams, you became quite famous and "successful" in the eyes of society. But again, WHAT IS SUCCESS? His essay you'll read and discuss today calls into question the definition of success and provides an (inspirational? thought-provoking?) alternative. Soak it in kids!
Step 1: Listen to Episode #5: Alain de Bottom's Success Podcast: "What's a Kinder Way to Frame Success?"
Context to Alain de Bottom:
1. While listening, take notes on Alain's main points about mainstream definitions of success compared to how he suggests we should redefine success on our own terms.
2. Which of the podcasts most connected with you?
3. If you had to distill your own definition of success into a "question- title" for this podcast series (like these examples) what would it be? WHY? Explain your title.
For your reference- brief summaries of main points of each podcast:
1. Honors exhibition TOMORROW at the Steaming Bean from 5:30-7. Please come support your classmates
2. Do y'all want to have class at a coffee shop on Friday?
1. Share responses to today's starter
2. Underneath today's starter, write "LEGACY JOURNAL"
In TWO solid paragraphs, answer the following questions
3. Read "The Catastrophe of Success"
4. Lit Circle Time:
Friday, January 29th
Journal on yesterday's experience:
Watch a video clip from Mike Rowe's t.v. show "Dirty Jobs": "Are People with Dirty Jobs the most Successful?" (Mike Rowe is an American media personality, actor and amateur comedian best known as the host of the Discovery Channel series Dirty Jobs. He can also be heard as narrator on a variety of series and has appeared in recurring commercials for Ford Motor Company.)
Listen to "Success" Podcast Episodes 2 and 4
Written reflection in starter docs on the latest "Success" episodes:
Lit Circle Meeting #4
End class with appreciations!
Thursday, January 28th
Today's the day you've been waiting for....your entire life. May you enjoy these two blissful hours of self-directed, purposeful work to master something that will positively contribute to class!
Why are we doing again? Ah yes, because "The Surprising Truth about what Motivates us" suggests this type of "experiment" might actually yield positive results
Wednesday, January 27th
Review what you learned from Professor Roberts-Cady's lecture on Aristotle
Readings from Prof. Roberts-Cady on Happiness/Meaning
NEST meeting today
Honors exhibition next Tuesday, Feb 2nd from 5:30-7 at Steaming Bean. Please come support them!
1. Turn and chat: How do you define success?
2. Listen to the Ted Radio Hour on "Success" Episodes #1 and #3:
3. Mini-study on "The Hero's Journey"
Objective: Understand the archetypal hero's journey and apply this framework to Into the Wild and A Tale for the Time Being to help you better analyze the novel and determine if Chris McCandless and Nao are heroes in the literary sense.
Step 1: Read the handout entitled "The Hero's Journey" and ANNOTATE it by making connections to your list circle book
Today's Driving Question: To what extent does Into the Wild and T4TB align with the archetypal hero's journey?
Step 2: Seminar
4. Time to read your book and prepare for Friday's lit circle meeting
Reflect on how lit circles are going:
Professor Sarah Roberts-Cady presenting in the Commons on Aristotle's philosophy on happiness as a counterpoint to existentialism
Thursday, January 21st
"Why I Hate School but Love Education"
React to the above poem:
1. Watch and discuss this RSA Animate called "Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us"
2. Experiment time!! Let's test the theory out! You can have the next 1/2 hour to do whatever you want as long as it adds POSITIVELY to the classroom culture/learning environment in some way. At the end of the time, you'll need to be able to defend how what you chose to spend your time on enhanced our class culture.
3. Reflect on our "Free time" experiment
4. Lit Circle meeting #2
5. Complete the self-evaluation on your lit circle contributions
6. Time to read
Wednesday, January 20th
What is the most important relationship in your life and in what ways does this relationship influence you and your well-being?
1. Watch this TED Talk entitled "What Makes a Good Life: Lessons from the Longest Study on Happiness"
3. Lit Circle Meeting #1
4. Lit Circle reading and Meeting #2 prep work time
Tuesday, January 19th
Starter #7: 15 minute Free write!!
I would encourage you to journal (or write creatively-- a poem, short story start, etc..) about the thoughts that may be swirling around in your mind after studying existentialism the past two weeks! We will periodically do some journaling on the Happiness and Meaning content in order to help you generate inspiration for your final project and to help you formulate your own personal philosophy.
Review "Paradox of Choice" TED Talk
1. We need freedom to feel happy
2. Too many choices are bad because:
Turn and Chat about "Paradox of Choice"
Introduction to Lit Circles!
Get organized with your lit circle
Research your book and then discuss these prompts:
Resources on your book can be found HERE (please add any good resources you find to this document throughout our lit circle time)
Time to read and prepare for meeting #1 (which is tomorrow!)
Check out Ally and Stephen's students' Truth of War exhibition happening in Ally's room today 3rd period-lunch!
1. Turn in your seminar prep
2. Take 10 minutes to review your seminar notes
3. @ 8:37 set up the classroom for seminar (see the drawing on the white board)
4. Fishbowl seminar
5. Watch TED Talk: Paradox of Choice
6. Journal response in your starter doc, titled "Paradox of Choice"
Choose one of the questions below and respond to it!
1. Discuss the film-- starting first with your general reactions, confusions, questions
2. Listen to "Killing an Arab" by The Cure (based off of Mersault) and follow along with the lyrics
3. Individual Seminar Prep time:
Humanities 11 Teacher at Animas High School