Friday, April 8, 2016

Reading Period 24: April 8 - 14: Egypt

Short Read:

"The Dragon" by Ray Bradbury


"Song of the Harper" from ancient Egyptian tombs. Three versions.

Creative Assignment:

Explaining creation is difficult, and the Egyptians had one of the most visually interesting and complicated creation myths of all. One challenging image to visualize, from their mythology, is that of Geb and Nut, the earth and the sky. Watch this video, which explains creation of the earth and some of the other gods. Here's another visual representation. Do a Google image search on "geb and nut" to see many other images of these two gods. Now create your own illustration. It can be abstract or realistic. It can look traditionally Egyptian if you want, or not.


Read the Ray Bradbury short story, "The Dragon." The time-traveling knights encounter a dragon which is really a train. Write your own short story in this same form, bringing Don Quixote and Sancho Panza into the present day, to see what they make of some of our modern machines and modes of transportation. Your story should have two parts -- first part in the point of view of the characters from the past, and second part in the point of view of some bystanders or other people from the present. Try to write the type of dialogue Don Quixote and Sancho Panza would say, and put them in a situation the reader will find humorous.

Writing Assignment:

What is the "Arab Spring"? Do some research and write 250 words on the topic, citing your source material.


We're going to be trying out some different forms of personal essays. For our first foray into the "open letter" genre, please first read this explanation of the different forms open letters can take, and then try writing an open letter. This time, you have choices. You can direct your open letter to a food or drink OR you can direct your open letter to a day of the week. 250 words.

Three Hundred Things:

Make sure you are signed up for the countries you want, and begin filling in six or seven things for each one. The format should be the topic, bolded, and then a paragraph, indented, containing information about the topic. For example:

     The Korean alphabet has been used to write the Korean language since the 15th century. It was created during the Joseon Dynasty in 1443, and is now the official script of both South Korea and North Korea. It has 24 letters, but these are grouped into syllable blocks. It can be written either vertically or horizontally. 
It's that easy -- go! Do it! Let's get started on this project so it can be a glittering achievement by the end of the semester.

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