Introduction to Humanities
- What are the Humanities -
"Man as Asking Animal" excerpt and discussion.
- The Big
Questions: What are they?
2. Introductions and Overview of
3. Handout Textbooks
. Creation Myths:
- Intro to Native American Oral
Tradition: Reading Assignment
Computer Lab: Getting the
Blog Rolling - Registering at Tripod - Emailing Me
- "The World on the Turtle's
Writing: No formal
assignment. I suggest giving the Cornell Note Taking method a try as
you read, however.
textbooks and The Scarlet Letter
1. Sharing/Collect Name
2. Introduce Four Theories of Myth and
discuss "The World on the
3. Share the Cornell method applied to
World . . . "
4. Poems: "The Earth is Your Mother"
Leslie Marmon Silko
and "Warrior Song"
5. Video: "Coyote Eyes"
6. Native American Values and
Beliefs/Comparison with European values
7. Excerpt from Columbus's Journal
8. Excerpt form his First Mate's
9. Transition into Early Colonial Writing: John Smith and William
- John Smith, A Description of
New England [Appeal for settlers to plant a colony in New
HA: pp 156-159 (for other textbooks, handouts will be
- William Bradford: from
Of Plymouth Plantation HA: pp 215-225;
7th ed.: pp
6th ed.: 12-22
* I encourage use of the
Cornell Note-Taking method for these reading
|1. Group discussion of
John Smith and William Bradford Reading (Small Group
extracting values within the writing of each.
- what do we learn about
each man and about each community from which he writes?
5. Jumping Ahead: Some General Background Notes on The Scarlet
Letter and Nathaniel Hawthorne: Allegory, Hawthorne's Criticism of the
Puritan Legacy, etc.
|HW: Begin Reading The
|1 Review of Suggested
Reading Goals for The Scarlet Letter. (Second block catch up
with Scarlet Letter Notes)
2. Bay Psalm Book/Psalmody: Music
(psalms #100 and #23)
4. Introduce Puritan Meditative Tradition, Metaphysical Poetry,
Conceits, and Occasional Poetry:
Edward Taylor: "Upon
Wedlock and Death of Children" (6th ed. p.100 - 7th ed. p.138) and "Upon a Spider Catching a Fly"
(6th ed. 104/7th ed. p.138). and "The
Ebb and Flow" (web page)
5. Review Letter
Assignment (web link)
Letter Reading Goals (Quizzes will be given on each of these days)
1-11 by Tuesday, January 27th
12-19 by Thursday, January 29
by Monday, Feb 2nd
- Complete Letter
(one page typed, double spaced) Option#1 -
Please address the following: The
writers we have looked at this week have each indicated assumptions about
human nature and what motivates men and women most: greed, security, fear,
happiness, selfless morality, faith, patriotism, etc. Which of these
concepts do you think motivates people most and why? Make sure your
thoughts are your own, but also that you refer to a passage that we read
this week and quote a line or two from it as we read,
Option #2: Which writer
that we've read so far appeals to you most? Again, make sure to
include a short quotation.
|1. Collect Letter #1
2. Small Group work with Taylor Poems
- terms: metaphysical conceit
4. PURITANISM (BASIC BELIEFS/Calvinism
5. In class reading time: The Crucible
|Continue Scarlet Letter
|1. Scarlet Letter Quiz
2. Meditation: "To the untrue man, the
whole universe is false--it is impalpable--it shrinks to nothing within
his grasp." - Nathaniel Hawthorne
3. The Great Awakening - "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God"
- Jonathan Edwards
4. Poems of Anne Bradstreet
Rhyme, Near Ryme, Inverted Syntax,
“To My Dear and Loving Husband” – 6th p. 51 / 7th
“Upon the Burning of Our House” – 6th p. 58 / 7th
“The Flesh and the Spirit” – 6th ed. pp. 49-51 / 7th
ed. pp. 66-68
|Continue Reading The
|"Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God"
get to it yesterday)
Block 2 Finish "The Flesh and the Spirit"
1. Poetry Explication:
"Exhuming McCarthy" - R.E.M.
2. "Loaded Questions" and
the art of interrogation: Activity: Writing and Delivering Loaded
3. Brief Arthur Miller background lecture
4. Begin Viewing The Crucible
|Continue Reading The
|1. Finish Viewing of The Crucible
||Continue Reading The
|1. Scarlet Letter Quiz #2
2. Loaded Questions--dramatization
3. Crucible Character Review: Plot Questions
4. Crucible: Definition--different ways of looking at the title.
5. Preview Proctor's Decision
6. Finish Viewing Movie
7. Follow Up Discussion
Preview Letter Writing for Tuesday
*We will follow a separate agenda for block 2 due to time
constraints this week.
Continue Reading "The
LETTERS DUE ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3RD (in order to correspond with
your reading schedule)
|Snow Day - No School
||Snow Day = No School
1. Wrap Up Crucible
3. Scarlet Letter:
Finish Reading The
Writing: Letter #2
Chillingworth says some interesting things toward the end of
chapter 23. One of them is this: "Hadst thou sought the whole earth over,
there was no place so secret--no high place, nor lowly place, where thou
couldst have escaped me--save on this very
Another is simply, "Thou
hast escaped me! Thou has escaped me!" These seem somewhat
strange thoughts coming from a man who wants revenge; after all, the
person he seeks vengeance upon is at that very moment humiliating
himself in front of the world. (Why would this be a bad
In your letter for this
week, comment on the significance of these lines, what they might tell us
about Chillingworth's character, and add any other thoughts you might have
regarding Chillingworth and the Scarlet Letter.
#2: Reflect on the Poetry of Anne Bradstreet.
|1. Scarlet Letter Quiz #3
2. Scarlet Letter Discussion
|1. Scarlet Letter
Discussion: focus on theme
2. Overview of Scarlet
Letter Essay Assignment: Background/Planning
|1. Begin Pre-Writing
Work on Scarlet Letter Essays
6. Sample Essay and Practice
7. Background on
Roger Williams: The Counter-Argument to Extreme Calvinist Puritanism
|Read: HW: Roger
Williams "The Letter to the Town of Providence" 6th ed: p. 40; 7th ed:
p. 55; HA pp 254-255
Feedback on the course: (no more than 1/3 of your letter) Tell me how the
course is going for your right now. What's working? What's not?
Reflect on the Roger Williams reading:
What's this business with the ship is in the Roger Williams reading. What does
the ship stand for, who are the crewman and the officers, and what does
it all mean? Practice your "chunking" as you analyze. What
else might you apply this "ship" metaphor to?
Feel free to reflect on anything else we've studies this week as well.
|1. Collect/Share Letters
2. Continue Discussion of Roger
3. "S" Poem
4. Feminism: It's a Perspective
5. Responding to
sample artifacts through the feminist lens: Mount Rushmore, Miss America
Pageant, Elimidate, etc.
6. Literary Analysis
Essay Outline/Topic Overview
7. Brief Lecture:
The Age of Reason and The Early
|Think about your
essay topic and come to class with an idea of which topic you will choose.
Extra Credit Opportunity
Surf the web or consult
an encyclopedia and find 3-5 interesting facts about the life of William
Billings (early American Composer). Any facts that you find that no one
else in the class bring in will be worth 2 extra credit points.
|Colonial Music and Culture
1.. Music of William Billings
2. Music and Culture of the Quakers and Shakers
3. American Visions Video
4. Introduction to Paine's
Age of Reason
Read excerpt from The
Age of Reason
6th ed: pp 299 (bottom)
- 306 (bottom)
7th ed: pp 353 - 360
- Write a paragraph in
which you identify three interesting ideas that you either agree with
or find objectionable in The Age of Reason.
|1. Colonial Music Continued
2. Music, folk art, crafts, and architecture of the Shakers (PowerPoint
Presentation and video excerpt)
3. Discussion of "The Age of Reason"
4. Outline work for Essay #1
|Work on Essay #1
Lab Exercise: Group Mini Essay Responses to Paine (practice integrating
quotations and flushing out ideas and analysis on Paine)
Read Excerpt from Common
6th ed: 284-290 (to "
. . . already put to"
7th ed. pp 338-343 ((to
. . . already put to)
Questions to think about
as you read:
1. What reason does Paine
give for the protection Britain has given the colonies?
2. What role do physical
distance and nationality play in the familial relationship between England
and the colonies?
3. Why is it in Europe's best interests for the colonies to separate from England?
4. Who is interested
in reconciliation according to Paine?
5. What would be a better
type of country for England to colonize and run according to Paine?
|1. Discuss Paine's "Common Sense"
2. Music and Architecture of the Moravians (PowerPoint):
3. Handout Midterm Exam Review Sheets
(Midterm Exam Next Thursday)
|NO LETTER THIS WEEK.
YOUR ESSAYS ARE DUE MONDAY
|NO SCHOOL - PRESIDENT'S
|1. Collect Essays
2. Intro to Rhetorical Terms: Ethos, Pathos, Logos.
Read and Discuss Henry's "Speech
at the Virginia Convention"
3. Read and Discuss Malcom X and MLK modern connections--the question of taking up arms against one's oppressors.
4. Intro to Jefferson and Franklin
6th ed: pp 308-311
7th ed: pp 370-373
selections from Franklin's Autobiography:
6th ed: p. 252 (begin at "It was about this time . . . and go to p.
255 (stop at "In 1732, I first published . . ."
7th ed. pp 302-305. Begin at
"It was about this time . . . " and end at "In 1732, I
first . . . "
1. Discuss Declaration
2. Discuss Ben Franklin
Begin Review for Midterm
|Study for Midterm Exam.
|Midterm Review Day
||Study for Midterm Exam
||Read: excerpts from The
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas
Chapters I (birth)
and and X (Mr. Covey)
(6th ed. begin on page 721)
(7th ed. begin p. 1036 and p. 1031)
Option 1 - Write a reflection on your 5 day experiment of striving toward
Franklin's Moral Perfection. Which of the 13 virtues did you struggle with
most? Why? What came easily to you, etc. No need for a
quote if you choose this one.
Option 2: Your own Declaration of
Independence - Choose some group or organization that has some sort of
control over you, and declare your independence from them following
Jefferson's four part rhetorical structure. No need for a quotation if you
do this one.
Letters this week are for Extra Credit
5 point extra credits
2. "Slavery Days" - Burning
w/James Russell Lowell:
"Stanzas on Freedom" Meditation/Discussion
3. Discuss Douglas
"Frederick Douglas" by Robert Hayden (read/discuss)
Songs of Slavery:
- "Follow the Drinking Gourd"
"Give us a Flag"
"No More Auction Block for Me"
"Run, Mourner, Run"
Excerpt from PBS Video "Songs of the Civil War" and short
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:
"A Psalm of Life" (6th ed. 588' 7th ed. 896)
a well developed one
paragraph explication of the poem.
|1. Discussion of Longfellow
Poem: "A Psalm of Life"
2. Pre-Bryant Question:
What happens when we die?"
William Cullen Bryant: "Thanatopsis" in class reading and discussion (6th ed 538-540. 7th
2. Reading of "Romance" by Edgar Allan Poe
3. Draw Conclusions about
characteristics of American Romanticism (brief Notes)
4. Introduction to Poe
and American Gothic
5. "The Raven" - Christopher
Watkin Reading and Simpsons Episode
6. "Annabelle Lee" Recording
|Read: "The Fall of the House of Usher"
by Poe (in your big textbook)
|1. Hand back/review
2. Discuss Usher (small
3. Usher Wrap Up
4. Introduction to "`The
Masque of the Red Death" Review the concept of
Reading Time--get a start on your homework
Masque of the Red Death" by Edgar Allan Poe. (in your big textbook)
|1. Discuss "The Masque of the Red
2. Hand back Essays
3. Handout Midterm Grades
4. "Southern Gothic" connection: William Faulkner, "A Rose
Rose for Emily" (Handout)
|1. "Discuss a Rose for Emily"
2. View "A Rose for Emily" video
Assignment: You may write about anything you want to for this week's
letter. Comment on something that struck you from this week's
reading. Feel free to address several things that we read, and
remember to include at least one short quotation.
1. Collect Letters
2. Preview of Week's Activities
3. Handout Moby Dick Books
4. Melville Background and Novel Background: Brief Powerpoint:
5. Starting the Book: Read and Analyze "Loomings"
6. Preview MD Journal
7. Reading Time
chapters I - VIII ("Loomings" = "The Pulpit") in Moby
Dick for Wednesday. Refer to questions in your MD Journal for
I encourage you to come to conferences tonight with your parents.
Stephen Foster PBS Video
2. Reading Time: Moby Dick
Monday's assigned reading for tomorrow
Write in MD Journal
Chapters 1-8 in MD
2.Stephen Foster PowerPoint Presentation:
and listening session--parlor
songs, plantation songs, folk songs, and minstrel songs.
3. Reading Time
|Read Chapters XVI, "The
Ship", through XXI, "Going Aboard", by Friday
Write in MD Journal
Music of the Civil War Video
2. Moby Dick Reading Time
working on Wednesday's assigned readings
Write in MD Journal
DAY - NO SCHOOL
||Read "The Lee Shore"
and "Knights and
Squires" through "Queen Mab"
and "The Mast Head" through
Write Letter #5:
1. Choose one passage
or quote from MD that you found meaning in, and write a one page letter/
reflection on that. Make sure you use a quote, and be ready to share
your work with your classmates on Monday.
Discuss Chapters XVI - XX1
2. Informal Letter Presentations
3. Detailed Discussion of "The Lee Shore"
and additional questions about readings form Friday's assignment.
4. View Part I of Moby Dick DVD (time allowing)
Assignment for Wednesday:
Read "Moby Dick " and "The Whiteness of the Whale"
and "The Mat-Maker" through
"Ahab's boat and Crew, Fedalah"
and "Fast-Fish and Loose-Fish"
and "The Castaway"
Write in MD Journal
MD Journal Questions
No class 1st and 2nd Blocks due to MCA
Block 3: Catch Up/Reading Day
Reading Assignment (Monday) due tomorrow.
2. Discussion of Readings
Group 1 "Sunset" Is this
joyful vengeance? Is this a choice for Ahab? Why is he doing
Group 2: "The Mast-Head"
Key passages about from Ishmael's first time atop the ship
Group 3: "The Mat-Maker"
- Reflections of the loom
Group 4: "The Whiteness
of the Whale"
Read "Ahab's Leg" though "Queequeg
in his Coffin"
and "The Forge"
and "The Whale Watch"
through "The Candles"
and "The Musket"
Write in MD Journal
|1. Read and
discuss "The Gilder"
2. Catch Up Day
3. MD on DVD
Assigned Reading from Wednesday
Moby Dick Discussion
2. MD on DVD
3. Reading Time
"The Needle " through
in your MD Journal
Write Letter #6:
Option 1: In "The Candles" Starbuck says what others are thinking when he states
"God is against thee, old man . . . let me make a fair wind of it homewards,
to go on a better voyage than this." But Ahab refuses to relent.
Previous to Starbuck's
warning, Ahab looked to the storming sky and said "Oh! Thou clean spirit
of fire, I now know that thy right worship is defiance . . ." He
is addressing God here. We discussed this in class already, and Ahab's
view of defiance as a good way to worship is a little controversial to say
the least.. Read the last section of this chapter carefully
and reflect on both Ahab's message and what your opinion of "defiant worship
Option 2: Reflect on other passages that you found interesting or
significant from this past week's readings.
2. Discuss Reading from Last Week
3. Discussion of Key Passage from "The Candles", "The
Musket", "The Needle",
Novel by Wednesday
Begin Term 1 Final Test review: part 1 (handout with small group work)
2. Reading Time (if available)
Wrap Up Discussion on Moby Dick
2. Finish MD on DVD
Moby Dick Final Discussion: Focus on Themes/Levels of Meaning. Whose
story is it?
2. Introduce Moby
3. Introduction to Emerson (notes)
4. Computer Lab: Pre-Writing Exercises
|Read: Excerpt from "Self
Reliance" by Ralph Waldo Emerson (6th ed. pp 842-846; 7th ed. 1134-1138)/
Complete your reading
guide (class handout)
Discuss Emerson Reading
3. Transcentalism (lecture)
2. Intro to Thoreau and Walden
Work on Moby Dick Essays (Due next Tuesday)
selections from Walden
2. Civil Disobedience Activity: Intro to "Civil Disobedience"
3. Sacred Harp Music
Collect Moby Dick Essays
|Review for Final
Exam Review Day: Focus on Moby Dick, Thoreau, and Emerson
||Study for Final
|Term 3 Final Exam
of Term 3
School - Staff Development Day