Thursday, March 28, 2013

Characterization in Of Mice and Men

Portrayals of the "George and Lennie" archetype in the media

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Mood in Of Mice and Men

Consider the following paintings.  What mood do these paintings create and how is that mood created?

Mother Illimani with Intis, Awichas and Children (2012) Roberto Mamani Mamani

 Nocturne: The Thames at Battersea (1878) James McNeill Whistler
Christina's World (1948) Andrew Wyeth

Chapter One Excerpt:
A few miles south of Soledad, the Salinas River drops in close to the hillside bank and runs deep and green.  The water is warm too, for it has slipped twinkling over the yellow sands in the sunlight before reaching the narrow pool.  On one side of the river the golden foothill slopes curve up to the strong and rocky Gabilan mountains, but on the valley side the water is lined with trees—willows fresh and green with every spring, carrying in their lower leaf junctures the debris of the winter’s flooding; and sycamores with mottled, white, recumbent limbs and branches that arch over the pool.  On the sandy bank under the trees the leaves lie deep and so crisp that a lizard makes a great skittering if he runs among them.  Rabbits come out of the brush to sit on the sand in the evening, and the damp flats are covered with the night tracks of ‘coons, and with the spread pads of dogs from the ranches, and with the split-wedge tracks of deer that come to drink in the dark. 
There is a path through the willows and among the sycamores, a path beaten hard by boys coming down from the ranches to swim in the deep pool, and beaten hard by tramps who come wearily down from the highway in the evening to jungle-up near water.  In front of the low horizontal limb of a giant sycamore there is an ash pile made by many fires; the limb is worn smooth by men who have sat on it…..
The day was going fast now.  Only the tops of the Gabilan mountains flamed with the light of the sun that had gone from the valley.  A water snake slipped along on the pool, its head held up like a little periscope.  The reeds jerked slightly in the current.  Far off toward the highway a man shouted something, and another man shouted back.  The sycamore winds rustled under a little wind that died immediately. 

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Tone/Connotation/Denotation/Mood Flipped Lesson

You all will be responsible for viewing this SlideRocket Flipped Lesson before class on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27.  You will receive a score for viewing and answering ALL polling questions posted on this presentation.  You will complete an activity using the information on this flipped lesson on 
Wednesday, March 27.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Generate Questions

Click HERE to answer the first question of the day :)

Question Chart

Meet Daniel Johnston

Listen to his song, "Story of an Artist" and follow along with the lyrics.

"Waking in the Blue" by Robert Lowell
  • Use the Q-Chart to uncover the purpose of the poem, how Lowell develops that purpose, which stereotypes are being perpetuated in this poem, and how these stereotypes are perpetuated.
  • When you are finished, click HERE to share your findings.