Starter #22: Read the following quote by our man, Ed Abbey, then write about a place that holds significance to you and that you find beautiful. It could be ANYWHERE! Inside or outside! A corner in your bedroom, or a mountain range. A city alleyway or a highway corridor. Describe it in as much detail as you can and explain why you find it beautiful or why it is significant to you.
"This is the most beautiful place on earth. There are many such places. Every man, every woman, carries in heart and mind the image of the ideal place, the right place, the one true home, known or unknown, actual or visionary. A house-boat in Kashmir, a view down Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, a gray gothic farmhouse two stories high at the end of a red dog road in the Allegheny Mountains, a cabin on the shore of a blue lake in spruce and fir country, a greasy alley near Hoboken waterfront, or even possibly for those of less demanding sensibility, the world to be seen from a comfortable apartment high in the tender, velvety smog of Manhattan, Chicago, Paris, Tokyo, Rio or Rome- there's no limit to the human capacity for homing sentiment" -- Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire, pages 1-2.
1. Share out your starter
2. Watch photographer, Barron Bixler's 5 minute film: A New Pastoral: Views of the San Joaquin Valley
Over a period of three years, California photographer Barron Bixler crisscrossed the San Joaquin Valley capturing images of large-scale, industrial agricultural enterprises. From dairies to orchards, from scrap yards to packing plants, the pictures offer a provocative look at one of the most important and productive agricultural regions on Earth.
3. Discuss the "film":
4. Work Time
Starter #22: Pick 2 out of the 3 of these prompts to respond to--Agree/Disagree (Explain why)
1. Humans have no moral obligation to protect or conserve environmental resources.
2. Humans have no moral obligation to limiting energy consumption TODAY in order to secure energy for FUTURE generations of humans.
3. We need to break our dependence on the fossil fuel industy
1. Four Corners on the starter
2. Work time:
Research on relationship between gratitude and happiness
1. Watch this short video clip called The Science of Happiness- An Experiment in Gratitude” and discuss your reactions: Cheesy? Legit? Resonates with your own experience?
CHALLENGE: Do what the folks in the above experiment did for someone you love. See how it makes you feel.
2. Work time!
Draft Critique guidelines:
Step 1: Share your philosophy statement in 2-3 sentences
Step 2: Present your piece to be critiqued to your group
Step 3: Group will spend time reading and/or interpreting your draft and discuss the following prompts:
1. Laurel to talk about transcripts
2. Project work time
React to the following quote....
“One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am - a reluctant enthusiast....a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards.” - Edward Abbey
1. "Lesson of the Moth" poem analysis
2. Project work time + Conferences with Ashley
Review of Deadlines
Good morning sunshines!!
I have forsaken you all again in your time of need (namely coming up with inspiring, AWE-SOME projects that will transcend time and space and will leave all my future students feeling inadequate and essentially like husks of human beings.)
However, you're in GREAT hands! Sarita is the BOMB and will be here to support the creative process.
Here is the GOOGLE DOC FOLDER OF ALL 3 PROJECT DOCUMENTS (RUBRIC, PROPOSAL GUIDELINES, EXAMPLES and GUIDING QUESTIONS)
Here's whatcha gotta do today:
1. Take this quick survey for Anish Well's Stats project
2. Hone your Happiness and Meaning project idea(s). You can choose if you want to start with the written part (PHILOSOPHY STATEMENT) or with the visual part BUT you must complete the proposal by Wednesday AND have your visual piece IDEA critiqued by a classmate before you begin implementing it. Follow these steps today...
Step 1: Review the project proposal guidelines
Step 2: Continue to brainstorm ideas IF needed
Step 3: Begin working on either your philosophy statement OR your project proposal
Step 4: Get your project idea critiqued using these critique guidelines:
1. Get into groups of 3 (IDEALLY)
2. Explain your project to the critiquers
3. Talk about:
1. Finish the film Happy and discuss
2. In groups of 3-4, share out your TED Talk homework:
3. In your starter google doc title this entry "Happiness and Meaning review journal" (to start getting the wheels churnin' for your project). Answer the following prompt:
What ideas have stood out to you from this project so far that you think resonate with or are influencing the formation of your own personal philosophy of happiness/meaning?
Here is a list of the resources/philosophies/concepts we've studied thus far:
4. Review Project Guidelines, Deadlines and Rubric
5. Rubric critique
Dig in to some of the rubric language. With the people near you, answer the following:
5. Brainstorm! Here are some options for brainstorm time....
*Remember: BY next Wednesday you must complete the project proposal AND get your idea critiqued in class before moving forward with implementation.
Starter #18: Read the project guidelines for our Happiness and Meaning project and write down any clarifying questions/confusions you have OR if you think you get it, write down a few ideas you might have or react to the assignment-- are you excited about this assignment? Why or why not?
This week's homework:
1. Make-up lit circle work for partial credit IF this applies to you (DUE Friday, B.O.C)
2. Also by Friday, B.O.C: Extending Science, Religion, Happiness, Meaning TED Talk Exploration Are You There God? Playlist
Explore 2-3 different talks (depending on length) ONE should be from the "Are you there God" playlist and one can be from the list at the end of today's blog)
IN STARTER DOCS, for each talk:
3. Optional: Get a jumpstart on brainstorming your Happiness and Meaning final project
1. Go over the required note-taking form for Happy
2. Watch Happy and take notes
HAPPY is an award-winning, feature-length documentary that takes us on a journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the slums of Kolkata in search of what really makes people happy. Combining real life stories of people from around the world and powerful interviews with the leading scientists in happiness research, HAPPY brings to life the science and application of the film’s themes.
3. Discuss the film
Additional TED Talks related to Happiness and Meaning for this week's homework
Thursday, February 11th
EMAIL ME YOUR SEMINAR PREP!!
(Include both Steps 1 and Steps 2. If you were the contextualizer, please include the link to the article/video on your seminar prep)
8:40-9:00: Seminar prep
Wednesday, February 10th
Watch a film about the Historical Context of the Religion/Science Struggle: BBC Documentary: The End of God? A Horizon Guide to Science and Religion
Humanities 11 Teacher at Animas High School