Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Critical Lens Analysis--due Tuesday, Nov. 16


Select any exhibit and analyze it with 300+ words. Use the "Critical Lenses 101" handout. Use at least three terms/words from the "Critical Lenses 101" flexbook that you haven't used before. Look in the EXACT way the "Critical Lenses 101" handout tells you to as a critic. Ask the EXACT questions the "Critical Lenses 101" handout tells you to ask. Have the "Critical Lenses 101" handout with you as you study your exhibit and as you write this blog task. If you do not refer to the "Critical Lenses 101" handout enough or effectively, your grade will be cut in half because you are not following directions and are not thinking in the directed way.
“EXHIBIT” = novel, play, song, job, sculpture, film, poem, concert, painting, myth, sketch, poster, artwork, photograph, t-shirt, television show, biography, board game, military situation, college visit, speech, advertisement, event, place/building (school, office), game, brochure, practice, rehearsal, ritual, haircut/style, website, routine, suit coat, celebrity
This is a picture from Half Nelson, a phenomenal film starring Ryan Gosling of (The Notebook) about a great teacher who is also addicted to harmful, horrible narcotics.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Futuristic Stories--due Tue. Nov. 2


Why are futuristic novels and films so popular? What do they do to us? How do they make so much money?


Are we really that curious about the "end of things"? Why do we love to speculate about the future? Should we just focus on the present instead?


Write 300+ words answering these questions.


This picture is from the film The Road, which is about a father and son who try to survive in a world of ash and cannibalism. We'll study the novel and film.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Critical Lens Analysis--due Tuesday, Oct. 19


Select any exhibit and analyze it with 300+ words. Use the "Critical Lenses 101" handout. Look in the EXACT way the "Critical Lenses 101" handout tells you to as a critic. Ask the EXACT questions the "Critical Lenses 101" handout tells you to ask. Have the "Critical Lenses 101" handout with you as you study your exhibit and as you write this blog task. If you do not refer to the "Critical Lenses 101" handout enough or effectively, your grade will be cut in half because you are not following directions and are not thinking in the directed way.


“EXHIBIT” = novel, play, song, sculpture, job, film, poem, concert, painting, myth, sketch, poster, artwork, photograph, t-shirt, television show, board game, military situation, college visit, biography, speech, advertisement, event, place/building (school, office), game, brochure, practice, rehearsal, ritual, haircut/style, website, routine, suit coat, celebrity

Sunday, September 5, 2010

The Giver Excerpt--due Tuesday, Oct. 5


(1) Type 30+ words directly from The Giver. (2) Then, type 300+ words explaining & analyzing this excerpt you chose. You may answer these questions to accomplish 300+ words, too:


  • Why is this novel so popular?

  • What parts are the most interesting?

  • How did Lois Lowry create this world?

  • What problems do you have with Jonas's world?

  • What lessons should we learn from this novel?

Critical Lens Analysis--due Tuesday, Sept. 21


Select any exhibit and analyze it with 300+ words. Use the "Critical Lenses 101" handout. Look in the EXACT way the "Critical Lenses 101" handout tells you to as a critic. Ask the EXACT questions the "Critical Lenses 101" handout tells you to ask. Have the "Critical Lenses 101" handout with you as you study your exhibit and as you write this blog task. If you do not refer to the "Critical Lenses 101" handout enough or effectively, your grade will be cut in half because you are not following directions and are not thinking in the directed way.


“EXHIBIT” = novel, play, song, sculpture, film, poem, concert, painting, myth, sketch, poster, artwork, photograph, t-shirt, television show, biography, speech, advertisement, event, place/building (school, office), game, practice, board game, military situation, college visit, rehearsal, ritual, haircut/style, website, routine, brochure, suit coat, celebrity

Friday, September 3, 2010

Practice Blog Task 9/14 Tuesday



To practice blogging, answer these questions today during class time:
      1. 1. It is good to be unique, so why do so many of our rules prevent total/pure uniqueness?

2. How is Jonas's world similar to ours? How is Jonas's world different from ours?

3. What are the benefits of living in Jonas's world?