Your pre-reading vocab #2 was due today, as are your character visualizations.

Today's journal entry was Defend or refute the idea that ignorance is bliss. Following writing in the journals, we had a class discussion about this notion.

Each student was provided a copy of "The Death of Liberal Arts" and some explanatory notes about what liberal arts were. There is an assignment at the bottom of the article, which is due on Tuesday. When following the instructions, you should know that claim = thesis, data = supporting details, and warrant = explanation or analysis of the data.

Additionally, you need to read Part 2 of F451 (pages 69-110) after doing the pre-reading vocab #3.
Today's journal entry was, American author/philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” He also wrote, “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” Respond to these quotations. How do they apply to your life/world? How do they apply to F451, so far?

We had a lengthy class discussion about the journal prompt, and then moved into a reading of chapter 1 of Ralph Waldo Emerson's Nature. If you were absent, please download it here and read it. (You do not need to do the assignment at the bottom of the page.)

Following this, we had three "to-do" items:

1. Create character visualizations for Montag, Mildred, Clarisse, and the Mechanical Hound. You can draw them or create a magazine collage. Each character visualization should include 2-3 quotes by or about that character, with the page number in parentheses immediately after the quotation. Example: "Here is a quotation" (31). These are due next time.

2. Complete the pre-reading vocabulary for "chunk" 2 of the book.

3. Finish reading Part 1, which ends on page 68.

Today's journal entry was Given the choice, would you rather watch TV or read a book? Why? Do you think that your preference is the same as what the majority of Americans prefer? Do you think it makes a difference (watching TV vs. reading books) to people and/or society? Explain.

In class, we took some notes (see attached) and read a short story called "The Pedestrian"; if you were absent, please make sure that you get these notes and read the story. 

Following this, we completed a pre-reading vocabulary activity (see attached), turned it in, and checked out and began reading Fahrenheit 451. Please read from the beginning to the section break on page 32 AND DO NOT READ AHEAD.
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Today's journal entry was to brainstorm a list of all of the good things in your life -- big, small, significant, silly. A bullet list is fine.

I shared with you six different published pieces that had to do with various elements of thankfulness/gratitude. Please read the following:

"The Act of Giving Thanks" -- about how signficant it can be just to take time to show gratitude

"Pied Beauty" -- about being grateful for the unique and imperfect things in the world, and their special sort of beauty

"Duck Blind Lessons" -- about how important and life-shaping a shared hobby with a parent can be (note that he never says "thankful" or "grateful" in this piece!)

"Dusting" -- about finding something to be grateful about, even when it comes to tedious household chores

"The Strange Blessing That Brought Me Home" -- about how even tragedy can be its own sort of blessing

"The Thankgsivings" -- a prayer of thanksgiving translated from the Iroquois

After reading, I asked you to pick one thing from your brainstorm list -- or perhaps a small collection of related things -- or perhaps something you didn't even think to include -- and use it as the focus of a small piece of personal writing. 

This writing could be a poem (your choice of format, length, etc.), a short personal essay (maximum 300 words recommended), or a letter. You should also choose your audience (famil

I asked you to please write your rough draft in your journal; this is the portion I will be grading. I also provided you with colored paper to make a final draft which you can take home and share over the holiday.
Today we took our exam over Romeo and Juliet. If you were absent, please schedule a make-up exam BEFORE THANKSGIVING BREAK.
Today we did a review activity for the Romeo and Juliet exam.
Today's journal entry was Now that we have finished reading the play… what do you think? Did Romeo and Juliet have a good relationship? What about Romeo’s relationships with his friends? What about Juliet’s relationships with her parents? Why?

Today you were assigned a final activity over Romeo and Juliet, and we spoke about the exam. The exam, and the due date for the activity, are next week on Thursday. Please download the handout below; the handout includes the final assignment as well as information about the test. 
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We also watched Act 5 (traditional presentation) as well as the final death scene from the Leonardo DiCaprio version. I STRONGLY recommend you take some time to view these. Pay careful attention to the timing between when Romeo dies and Juliet wakes up in the newer version.
Today's journal entry was Is Juliet taking too many risks for her love of Romeo? At this point in the play, what other choice(s) does she have?

Today, we read Act 5 of Romeo and Juliet, acting out certain scenes "in the round." If you were absent, you will need to get a book from the library or go to No Fear Shakespeare and read Act 5 in its entirety.
Today's journal entry was How can Romeo and Juliet reduce the damage from the various risks they have taken? How can they make things better – or, at least, not any worse? Propose some plans/ideas for them.

Today we read Act IV, Scene 1 and Scene 5, and watched the entirety of Act IV. You can catch up on the reading at No Fear Shakespeare.
Today's journal entry was There is a saying: “Blood is thicker than water.” This means that family is more important than anything else. Romeo has killed Juliet’s cousin, Tybalt. Juliet’s parents want her to be with Paris. Do you think that Juliet should put her family first? Or do you think she is right to stick with Romeo? Defend your answer.

We watched a different version of Act III, Scene 1, that shows a different interpretation of the fight between Mercutio and Tybalt. Please observe the difference in mood in these two scenes.

Following this, we did some response questions to Act III. The questions are on page 906; please do #1-5 and 7-11. You will also answer question A (bottom of the page) on page 873 and question E on page 905. Each of your answers should be in complete sentences.

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