Saturday, February 20, 2016

Reading Period 19: February 19-25: France

Class Meetings: February 23, 25
Due dates: 
Paper: Monday Feb 22, 7pm
Writing assignment: Tuesday, Feb 23, in class, on paper
Creative Assignment: Wednesday, Feb 24, 7pm

Long Read: 
The Stranger by Albert Camus, Part 2

Short Read:

"The Imaginary Invalid" by Moliere, Act 1


"The Drunken Boat" by Arthur Rimbaud

Creative Assignment:

The poem "The Drunken Boat" tells what happens to a boat when its crew is killed and it's free to roam on its own. Create a map of the boat's voyage. It can look like a real map with identifiable landmarks, or be as whimsical and ridiculous as the images in the poem itself.


Create an illustrated map of Paris. Use unlined paper! First draw in the Seine river, the islands and the outlines of the city, then use small drawings on your map to mark the following landmarks: The Eiffel Tower, The Arc de Triomphe, Pere Lachaise Cemetery, The Louvre, Sacre Coeur, Notre Dame, Jardin du Luxembourg, The Catacombs of Paris, Saint Chappelle, Monteparnasse Cemetery. Your map doesn't have to be exact, but you must put the landmarks in the correct general vicinity. You can trace an actual map to start you off if that helps.


Rimbaud wrote a poem, "Voyelles,"  about vowels in which different vowels are given different colors, an exploration of synesthesia, where letters or numbers have colors or even smells or sounds. Write a poem which uses color for certain letters or words. Since Google+ doesn't let you use color in posts, you'll need to write it in Google Docs and then link to the documennt.

Writing Assignment:

Your writing assignment is your preparation for the mock trial of Meursault. Here are your roles:

Jasper: Dead Arab and dead Madame Meursault
Rachael: Marie
Benny: Meursault
Nicholas: Raymond
Martina: Raymond's mistress
Sarah: Defense attorney
Gerry: Prosecuting attorney

Complete your preparation as detailed on the sheet you received in class. Witnesses, you must decide on your character's objectives and agenda, three things they want to say on the stand and three things they want to keep secrets. You can make up things that aren't explicitly mentioned in the book. Attorneys, you must prepare your opening statement and closing argument. In class on Tuesday you will work together as a defense team and a prosecution team to develop questions.

Read the rest of the novella to inspire you, but don't be limited to the questions and responses given in the book. You can create your own version of these characters, your own arguments, and your own trial. Don't post your assignments -- print it out and bring it with you to class on Tuesday, where it will be graded and then used in class.


You have decided on a broad topic, and now it's time to narrow it. Write a 200 word short essay defining your topic. You can ask questions, you can talk about your own connection to the topic, you can speculate about what sources you will use and what you may find, you can project some conclusions. You don't need to do any research yet, but you may want to poke around and find some sources just to see what emerges. You will post this to the Google+ community. As you read your fellow students' topics, feel free to comment with suggestions for further research, different directions the research might take, or ideas.


No quiz! Easy 10.

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