Feb 5-9


Anticipation Guide Discussion for Things Fall Apart.

Vocab.com for TFA is up!Due 11:59pm Mon 2/26


Working on “Jocasta” poetry explication, which is due today much to the surprise of several of you.

Jocasta by Eisenberg

poetry explication jocasta


Reading day to begin working on Things Fall Apart. Make some tea and get cozy!


practice in theater- I may be out today due to illness… practice is still on, just make doubly sure that you behave 🙂




January 29- Feb 2


In class work on Greek Tragedy plays.


Wednesday- Thursday

Meeting in Theater to practice and block out. Each group will have half the class to use the stage. The other will be out in the lobby to run lines.

Friday- Pep Rally Day!

Sub today as I will be preparing for your last pep rally of the year.

Things Fall Apart intro video from Learner.org

If you miss something while watching, go back and look at the transcript [see link on the web page linked above] and you can read through the text of the video.

Invitation to World Literature – Viewing Guide

When done, get the Anticipation Guide for the novel from the sub. You can discuss these if you wish, but keep in mind we will be doing a class discussion when we get back next week so I don’t want you to do that too much without me! Look at the prompt and jot some notes beside it for our discussion.

Exploring our Beliefs  [if you are not here for the printout, write the questions and your responses on your own paper]

Have a copy of Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe by Monday. You can check it out from the media center.


January 22-26


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Introduce Dionysian Theater Project: Greek Dramatic competition (1) [more of a festival than a competition!]

Parallel Assignment: Jocasta Poetry Explication, due Friday Feb 2 Tuesday, Feb 6.

Here is the poem: Jocasta by Eisenberg

How to Explicate a Poem ASSIGNMENT : poetry explication jocasta

How To Explicate a Poem [Electronic Version- use my PDF above for the assignment though, as I have modified it]


Tues- Fri

Group creation of a Greek tragic production! You will have the entire period each of these days to co-create and work together.

-You will not need to be “off-book” for this, but be familiar with your lines so that it doesn’t seem like a cold read when you do perform. Yes, rehearse them!

-Should go without saying, but just in case… keep it clean. I’m all for edgy humor but we are in a classroom situation so bear that in mind!


There are two grades for this project: the written and the performance.

Playwriting Rubric

Performance Assessment Rubric

Get a copy of Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe no later than Monday Feb 5.   Media Center has enough for all of us!


January 4-5

Welcome back!

I’m looking forward to a great semester… here is a loose outline of what we are going to tackle.

-Classical Greece: Oedipus Rex, excerpts from the Iliad.

-Things Fall Apart [Chinua Achebe]

-The Tempest [William Shakespeare]

-Dante, The Inferno

– Kafka, Metamorphosis


– Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi

-Mythology Project

This week we will be finishing the Arabian Nights video that we didn’t get to finish before finals 🙂 Grab a copy of Things Fall Apart from the Media Center. They have plenty!

HW: This weekend, I need you to do a few things.

  1. Read Aristotle’s Tragic Hero. Be able to tell me the basics of his definition.
  2. Read greek-drama-2-side and fill out the outline that goes with it. greek-drama-outline
  3. Watch and reply Oedipus Rex and tragedy crash course

Dec 11-15

Crazy weekend, yes?


-Rumi, Elephant in the Dark

-Begin group test on Islamic World.


Finish group test if needed.

What do I need for the final, Reg?

-Gilgamesh  CSA – Ancient Worlds w Standards F2012

-Genesis Flood Narrative  CSA – Ancient Worlds w Standards F2012

-Compare and contrast of the Hebrew and Sumerian Flood narratives  CSA – Ancient Worlds w Standards F2012

-Book of Ruth  CSA – Ancient Worlds w Standards F2012

-Hymn to the Sun Akhenaten_s “Hymn to the Sun”   CSA – Ancient Worlds w Standards F2012

-Siddhartha Siddhartha Test A (1)

-Tao of Pooh Tao of Pooh SR Test

-Fisherman and Jinnee CSA – Ancient Worlds Pt 2 Honors Take Home

-Islam chapter from World’s Religions Reading Quiz on Islam and Koran Through Muslim Eyes

-Elephant in the Dark Elephant in the Dark key

-Koran Through Muslim Eyes Reading Quiz on Islam and Koran Through Muslim Eyes

-1001 Nights Video  Viewing Guide-learner.org

Dec 4-8


Sub day: read “The Koran Through Muslim Eyes” and work on reading guide.


Group time to convene on reading notes.

Quiz on “Islam” chapter and “The Koran Through Muslim Eyes”, open note.


1001 Nights Wrap up and Work on Folktale analysis.

If time, begin talking about Sufism.


Sufism video, exploring the world of islamic mystics. This is prep for reading Rumi tomorrow.


The Poetry of Rumi p116-119 in textbook [at home]

Here is your note sheet to go along with the poem [sorry Daniel]: Elephant in the Dark

HW: Review for Islamic World test. You may use your notes but I would advise you to look over them beforehand. I will be working on a final exam guide for you today or tomorrow!!!! Please check back here.


See above for what you need to review for Islamic World test!

Nov 27- Dec 1


Final Day to work on Siddhartha Body Bios! We will have a brief museum tour on Wednesday.

HW: please watch this lovely preview for the IMAX film Arabia, which we will watch tomorrow!


ARABIA IMAX FILM! We are about to enter the Islamic world unit and this is a beautiful introduction to one aspect of the culture. Obviously it is not representative of all of Middle Eastern Culture. We will be looking at Iran as well. But for now, relax and take in the wonderful cinematography and culture.


Body Bio Gallery Tour.. you will give an oral explanation about your Siddhartha body bios.

Intro to 1001 Nights: http://www.learner.org/courses/worldlit/the-thousand-and-one-nights/watch/

Viewing Guide: Viewing Guide-learner.org

At Home Assignment: Read the chapter about Islam from The World’s Religions. Complete the reading guide as you go. It’s a really fascinating look into the history and culture.

Due Monday 12/4   Tuesday 12/5

Chapter PDF: twr-islam-chapter

Guide for completion: islam-chapter-in-twr READING GUIDE



Finished the Intro video for 1001 Nights. [see above]

Began reading “The Fisherman and the Jinnee” from A Thousand and One Nights. But we left on a cliff-hanger!!!


We will continue the story of The Fisherman and the Jinnee… what will happen? Will the jinnee learn a lesson? Will Carlton ever get to talk about Inception for awhile?

When we are done reading, you will group up to fill in the study guide and then we can talk about the folk tale analysis sheet.

Nov 13-17


Continue watching Into the Wild. Take notes for compare/contrast essay.


Working on Body Bios.. please bring some art supplies to finish up!



Laptops both days for working on Into the Wild essays. Due Friday at end of class.

November 6-10


Siddhartha packet: Siddhartha and the Eightfold Path; Character names as allegory

Practice Quiz, take and go over. Study packet and practice quiz for TEST Thursday.

Remaining time: work on body bios. Bring in some better markers! Mine are AWFUL.

Turn in Into the Wild permission form!!!




Zen Parables from forever ago. Review Siddhartha.


Siddhartha Test


Into the Wild film or alternative activity.