Wednesday, September 30, 2009

September 28th

We said the pledge. Attempted to listen to the announcements by getting blurbs of conversation.
Have notes for the Cantos through 8. (These were done on Friday in class)
FIRE DRILLLLLLL (for five minutes)
During our fire drill we took a leisurely walk as we contemplated the fact that Mrs. Smith was not in the room when we were supposed to be evacuating in case of fire. We all burned to death. Class was canceled..... One can dream.... Onwards with class....

Wednesday- Quiz on cantos 1-11
Friday- Start watching Beowulf
Reviewing notes from Friday

In groups pick a topic based on Cultural Ideals
Epic hero qualities
Good vs Evil
Purpose of 1-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8
15 minutes to make poster about one of the above MAD RUSH FOR TOPICS! WARNING: AVOID CHALKBOARD AT ALL COSTS
Group Time: choose your groups, topic and color. Make posters with a pretty picture on your topic.
During this time Smith periodically called out the amount of time remaining in an annoyed tone because we don't participate in class except for in creative poster making time.
Pretty Posters have been hung up on wall. Took notes based on them.

Watch Women's power in the movie and the story
Women servitude

Unification of people through belief in Christianity
Beowulf feels God is protecting him
Many references to Gods

Epic hero
Embody qualities and characteristics of his surroundings
Beowulf embodies Geats and their civilization
difference between Tragic and Epic
Epic does it for his people
understand difference
Loyalty to their ruler

Good vs Evil
Good has been taken over by evil (Grendel)
Grendel faces good and is fearful
Beowulf symbol for good
Grendel symbol for evil

Beowulf shows respect to his king
Beowulf has to repay debt
People stay close to leader even when in fear

1-3- Despair of people
4-5- Arrival of Hero
6-7- Unfurth and the battle with Brecca
Set up as foil
Set up against to show more challenges, issues, how good of a warrior Beowulf is
8- Battle with Grendel starts
Epic qualities of Beowulf shown
End of Notes

Read Cantos 9,10,11. Starts on page 34.
Think about questions on page 38 to help ready you for the quiz on Wednesday.

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