Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Reading Period 13: December 8-14: Turkey

Class meeting: December 14
Due date for quiz: December 13, 7pm
Due date for assignments: December 20, 7pm
Due date for turning in your paper: In class, Monday December 14

Long Read:

Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie, chapters 7-12

Short Read:

You've heard the song, now read this short article about the name change in this city. It's also an interesting dissection of how language and politics are linked, and how semantic battles play out, and why it's always important to examine your source.


"Moving Water"
"Only Breath"
"Not Here"
These poems by the Persian poet Rumi can all be found on this page.

Creative Assignment:

The Hagia Sophia is considered the perfect example of Byzantine architecture (the Eastern Roman Empire). Create a drawing or painting or colored sketch of this building, including the domes, spires, and the "wishing column." You'll have to do a little research to figure out what that is and how it works.


Take one of these first lines of Rumi's poems, and create your own poem after it.

1. Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field.
2. What the material world values does not shine the same in the truth of the soul.
3. The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
4. If you want what visible reality can give, you're an employee.


Turkey is currently a very dangerous place to visit or live. Tourism is definitely suffering as the Syrian civil war has put the whole region in crisis mode, plus Turkey recently shot down a Russian plane and is on the brink of war with that superpower. Yet take a look at this Turkey tourism web site. In the spirit of this cheerful, inviting web site, write a 300 word essay making Turkey seem like a great place to visit, completely ignoring the current situation. Use specific examples of things to see and do in Turkey, based on this site. Bonus points if you include satirical references to the looming conflict with Russia.

Look at the Ottoman Empire! It's YUUUUUUUUGE. 
Writing Assignment:

We have been discussing examples and anecdotes in class. In expository writing, examples and anecdotes can be used to support your thesis statement, but they're not the same thing! An example is a category of situations, and an anecdote is a specific situation. For example, if your thesis statement is "The beach is fun!" you may provide the following examples: Waves are fun to jump. Sand castles are fun to build. It's fun to watch the seagulls. And you may provide anecdotes about one specific sand castle you built, one specific time you jumped in the waves, or one funny thing that a seagull did. To practice differentiating between examples and anecdotes, write a 300 word essay with the thesis statement: "I have more fun with my friends." Use examples of things you enjoy doing in groups more than you enjoy doing alone, and include anecdotes of specific times when you enjoyed being with your friends more than you would have enjoyed being alone.


Your paper is due on Monday in class! Please bring the following things:
1. Nice shiny final draft, printed.
2. Rough draft with my comments on it.
3. Peer editing form that your parner gave you AND the draft your partner commented on.

Remember as you revise that you're writing for an audience that has not been sitting in our classroom. They don't know about the character archetypes and they did not hear our discussion of The Brothers Karamazov. Take the time to explain everything, because you're writing for a person who needs everything to be very clear. This was a challenge with everyone's paper! You all need to consider your audience and make sure you're giving enough background information on your ideas for them to be understood. Assume nothing. Explain everything.


1. What real life person does Khattam-shud remind Haroun of?
2. What is Khattam-shud's evil plan to ruin the Sea of Stories forever?
3. What essential part do the Chupwalas remove from Butt the Hoopoe?
4. What details about Batcheat do people keep finding important to mention?
5. What language does Mudra speak, and how does Rashid communicate with him?
6. What is Mali's job and what does he look like?
7. What trick does The Walrus play on Haroun?
8. What clever wish does Haroun make to save the world?
9. What happy ending comes to the sad town that had forgotten its name?
10. What happy ending comes to Haroun and his father?

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