Today's Learning Objective
Honors Book Club Lunch meeting tomorrow
Your SEMINAR questions from group seminar prep:
WATCH STRANGER THAN FICTION
1. Icebreaker Activity!!!
2. Osprey Week 2015 pics Look at pictures from last year and go over the trip plan
3. Itinerary and Gear list/needs
4. Go over payment expectations: Half the payment is due by the end of January. (See the website for payment by credit card. Otherwise, have bring checks to ME (made out to Animas High School). The remaining payment is due at the end of February. It's possible that groups could shift due to lack of payment!
5. Osprey Week Website and Heads up on Med Forms
A Note from Susy Raleigh: This is where forms (transportation permission, liability and medical consent, and individual medical forms for certain conditions) can be downloaded. Mention that the liability and medical consent form that EVERYONE will have to get signed will go out later in January. But if any of your students who have chronic conditions and carry meds (allergies, asthma, diabetes, or others) and happen to be going to the doc over the break, it'd be good if they could get a jump on the medical forms they will eventually need, since docs have to sign them. PLEASE FIND OUT IF ANYONE fits this scenario, because parents get upset if they have to go back to the doc again later...! Please send those kids to me and I can give them the forms they need, or they/you can download from the OW website on the student forms page. Those links are active NOW.
8. Brainstorm ways to make our hut trip AWESOME or end with a ski film!
Watch this short video that perhaps offers a better way to understand "The Absurd"
"The Pale Blue Dot" narrated by Astronomer and astrophysicist, Carl Sagan
Then, for the next 10 minutes, journal on the following:
1. Discuss the starter and a few key points:
2. Group seminar prep (SHARE A COPY OF YOUR NOTES WITH ASHLEY!)
3. Begin Individual seminar prep
Reading Schedule for The Stranger
Today's Key Term
Transience: the state or fact of lasting only for a short time; transitory nature.
1. Finish the existentialism powerpoint (slides #28-End)
2. Discuss The Stranger
3. Time to read and/or review existentialism
Today's Stranger discussions
Read and summarize the findings in the article, entitled "Stanford research: The meaningful life is a road worth traveling"
1. 4 corners:
3. Partner chat: Have you ever been this happy? What do you think is the relationship between this guy’s happiness and his pursuit of a meaningful life?
4. Continue Existentialism powerpoint
5. Discuss The Stranger
6. Time to read and annotate The Stranger
The Stranger, chapters 2-5 discussion questions:
Food for thought:
1. CH. 3 deals a lot with the concept of morality and raises the question: Is there a universal sense of right/wrong? And how do we respond in the face of apparent injustices? Existentialists rejected the idea of a universal code of ethics but did place responsibility on individuals to decide right and wrong for themselves and to act according to the person they want to be. What are TWO examples in chapter three that pertain to this tenet of Existentialism? Does Mersault seem moral/immoral/amoral?
2. Why would chapter 3 end with Salamano's dog whimper?
3. Read aloud pages 40-41
4. On page 39 Salamano cries about his dead dog and Mersault thinks of Maman. Why? Is this a change in his character? Why or why not?
5. Page 45: "No cure for old age" mirrors a line earlier on "There's no way out"-- In a way Camus is setting the stage for Mersault (and the reader) to recognize the absurd in the inevitability of death....urging us not to hide from it or deny the reality of death.
Watch I AM by Stephen Sellers and then pick one of the following quotes that you think most relates to Sellers' short film and explain what the quote means and how it connects to Sellers' video:
“All the labor of all the ages, all the devotion, all the inspiration, all the noonday brightness of human genius are destined to extinction. So now, my friends, if that is true, and it is true, what is the point?” ― Bertrand Russell
"Faith is not about finding meaning in the world, there may be no such thing -- faith is the belief in our capacity to create meaningful lives.” ― Terry Tempest Williams, Leap
“For far too long we have been seduced into walking a path that did not lead us to ourselves. For far too long we have said yes when we wanted to say no. And for far too long we have said no when we desperately wanted to say yes. . . . " -Unknown
1. Continue Existentialism Powerpoint presentation
2. Discuss chapters 1-2 of The Stranger
3. Time to read and annotate The Stranger, chapters 3, 4 and 5.
1. Understand the big picture goals of our next project.
2. Understand the basic idea of Existentialism
Welcome back! What were some highlights from your break?
Mine was making dubsmashes with my big brother: His, Mine
Instructions for your starters for this semester: On the SAME google doc as last semester, write "Second Semester". ABOVE that, write "Starter #1". Please put the MOST recent starter at the top of the doc each day.
Watch Alan Watts' youtube video: "What is it you desire?" then Write for 10 minutes on the following prompts:
1. Introduction to our next project, "Happiness and Meaning"
2. Ashley's introduction to our next book: The Stranger, by Albert Camus
Timeline for reading The Stranger
*All deadlines mean by the beginning of class. I will give you at least 20-30 minutes of in-class reading time at the end of class each day.
3. Begin the Existentialism Powerpoint presentation (Time pending- may push this to tomorrow).
4. Time to begin reading The Stranger
Humanities 11 Teacher at Animas High School