Saturday, August 13, 2016

Reading Period 1: September 2-8: A Tale of Two Cities

Meeting Dates: September 6, 8
Due Dates:
Quiz is due September 5, 7pm
Assignments are due September 7, 7pm

Long Read:

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, Book 1 (Chapters 1-6)

Short Read:

In your textbook:
Anglo-Saxon Period, p 2-9
Excertp from Beowulf, Translated by Burton Raffel, p 11-29

Participation Grade:

This year in order to encourage participation on the Google+ Community and get you engaging with each other's work, I am dividing you into teams of four. You will be responsible for commenting intelligently on your team's work that's posted on the community, and teams will be graded collectively. There will be other advantages for teams that work hard, get their work in early, and in general are, as Ron Weasley would say, brilliant.

Team Tickety-Boo: Jasper, Nicholas, Sarah M, Carrie
Team Gobsmacked: Martina, Gerry, Petra, Jared
Team Collywobbles: Sarah R, Benny, Rachael, Alex

Creative Assignments:

Choose one of these assignments. Post your work to the Google+ Community before 7pm on Wednesday, September 7. Make sure you look at and comment on your teammates' work, so you can all get a good participation grade! Stay positive and encouraging, but try to say something that shows you actually looked at or read the post.

Option 1: Make a shoe out of paper. Doctor Manette picked up shoemaking skills while he was in the Bastille, so let's honor his insanity by making paper shoes! First, check out this video about real shoe-making, demonstrating construction of a lady's shoe as Doctor Manette would have been making in the story. Now make a shoe out of paper! You can design your own shoe, or find several videos on YouTube with templates to print out. Here's one for a Converse style shoe. Here's a template for a lady's shoe. Photograph your shoe and post it to the Google+ community.


Option 2: Create an illustration of Mr. Lorry and Mlle. Manette during their conversation in Dover, portraying Mr. Lorry as some kind of machine. Keep in mind the following quotes: "I have no feelings. I am a mere machine." "Courage! Business!" Look for other quotes to inform your illustration, as Mr. Lorry tries to maintain his professional demeanor in the face of Mlle. Manette's emotion. You must show Mr. Lorry as a machine of some sort, but you can portray Mlle. Manette however you like. Think of something that shows a stark contrast between the two characters in this scene, where Dickens creates conflict out of the disparity in their personalities. Photograph or scan your drawing and upload it to the Google+ community.


Option 3: Create a comic illustrating one of the following scenes from Beowulf: Grendel's attack on Herot, Unferth's taunt, or Beowulf's battle with Grendel. It should have at least three frames and make me laugh. Photograph or scan your comic and upload it to the Google+ community.

Writing Assignment: 

Something new this semester! In addition to posting your writing assignment to the Google+ Community with the appropriate label, so your teammates can comment on it, you will also print out a copy and hand it to me on Thursday. 

Option 1: Consider the qualities Hrothgar wants and needs in a hero, and the characteristics possessed by Beowulf. What adjectives would you use to describe him? What adjectives would Hrothgar have used in a help wanted ad for a hero? Now read George Saunders' commencement address to the graduates of Syracuse University and consider the qualities and characteristics Saunders wants the graduates to nurture in themselves. Write a short essay (250 words) comparing the idea of a hero in Beowulf to the idea of a hero in Saunders' speech. Consider the structure before you write, and make a plan for giving each idea equal time. You can add your own opinion in the conclusion.


Option 2: Consider the paragraph that opens chapter 3 of A Tale of Two Cities. Here it is for you:

A Wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other. A solemn consideration, when I enter a great city by night, that every one of those darkly clustered houses encloses its own secret; that every room in every one of them encloses its own secret; that every beating heart in the hundreds of thousands of breasts there, is, in some of its imaginings, a secret to the heart nearest it! Something of the awfulness, even of Death itself, is referable to this. No more can I turn the leaves of this dear book that I loved, and vainly hope in time to read it all. No more can I look into the depths of this unfathomable water, wherein, as momentary lights glanced into it, I have had glimpses of buried treasure and other things submerged. It was appointed that the book should shut with a a spring, for ever and for ever, when I had read but a page. It was appointed that the water should be locked in an eternal frost, when the light was playing on its surface, and I stood in ignorance on the shore. My friend is dead, my neighbour is dead, my love, the darling of my soul, is dead; it is the inexorable consolidation and perpetuation of the secret that was always in that individuality, and which I shall carry in mine to my life's end. In any of the burial-places of this city through which I pass, is there a sleeper more inscrutable than its busy inhabitants are, in their innermost personality, to me, or than I am to them?
After reading this several times and figuring out what you think it means, write a personal response to it in at least 250 words. First summarize what the passage is about, in your own words, and then give your own reaction to the idea. Is this how you feel? Do you agree?


The quiz is about the Anglo-Saxon historical information in  your textbook, pages 2-9. Put your answers into an email with each answer clearly numbered. If you like, you can copy and paste the quiz into your email and just delete the wrong answers, or whatever makes it clear. Please use the subject header Quiz Zombie Hotsauce Reading Period 1.

Something new this semester! Quizzes may sometimes be multiple choice, and they will be graded for correctness, not just pass fail. 

1.Why is the Anglo-Saxon period usually dated starting in 449?
 A. That's when the Romans left.
 B. That's when the Jutes crossed the North Sea and landed in Britain.
 C. That's when the Vikings were defeated.
 D. That's the date of the Norman invasion.

2.Who occupied the British Isles before the Anglo-Saxons?
 A. The Britons, a Celtic people.
 B. The Beatles, a Liverpool band.
 C. The Romans, a thriving empire.
 D. The Normans, led by King Arthur.

3.Who is credited with the unification of England?
 A. King Ethelred of Kent.
 B. King Pork of Chop.
 C. King Alfred of Wessex.
 D. King Elvis of Rock.

4.Who was the first Archbishop of Canterbury?
 A. St. Paul
 B. St. Augustine
 C. St. Whitby
 D. St. Bede

5.Why has so little Anglo-Saxon poetry survived?
 A. The language of the Anglo-Saxons cannot be translated.
 B. Because poems are hard to remember.
 C. In the Great Purge of 985 AD, all were burned.
 D. They were not written down, but mostly sung.

6.What function was performed by the scop?
 A. Boot cleaner and chimney sweep of the tribe.
 B. Historian and "memory" of the tribe.
 C. Collector of battle artifacts of the tribe.
 D. Writing down all the important laws of the tribe.

7.What are the two major traditions of Anglo-Saxon poetry?
 A. The sonnet tradition and the ballad tradition.
 B. The horseradish tradition and the monkey tradition.
 C. The heroic tradition and the villainous tradition.
 D. The heroic tradition and the elegiac tradition.

8.With what work is Bede associated?
 A. A History of the English Church and People
 B. Historia Ecclesiastica Gentis Anglorum
 C. Wait, the two things above are the same.
 D. Rabble-rousing for the revolution.

9.What work was begun by King Alfred as a record of English history?
 A. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle
 B. The Anglo-Saxon Times
 C. The Anglo-Saxon Record
 D. The Anglo-Saxon Tribune

10.What event brought the Anglo-Saxon period to a close?
 A. The Normal Conquest
 B. The Norman Conquest
 C. The Norman Contest
 D. The Norbert Funquest


Read about the archaeological dig at Sutton Hoo at this web site, and watch this short movie, Summer's End:


Answer these questions in an email to Ms. Lydia with the subject header History Zombie Hotsauce Reading Period 1:

1. What was the first thing they found in the first mound, that led them to believe they were unearthing a ship?
2. According to legend which until now had never been proven, what were great kings buried inside?
3. What was going on at the time when the artifacts at Sutton Hoo were first discovered?
4. Why was there nothing found in the first couple of mounds that were investigated?
5. You might be familiar with the idea of trains full of children leaving London during WWII. What classic children's book has this scene in it?
6. The movie references two other reasons for digging, besides archaeology. What are they?
7. How did the archaeologists protect the dig, and the things they had found?
8. What changed in people's ideas about "the dark ages" as a result of the findings at Sutton Hoo? What is "a miserable primitivism"?
9. In what way was the time during the excavation a "dark age" in London, because of the war?
10. What other purpose did the military use the burial mounds for, during the war?

Put your answers in an email to me, and submit it before 7pm on Friday, September 9. Use subject header History Zombie Hotsauce Reading Period 1. Make sure all of your answers are turned in from the first 92 pages of the Rebecca Fraser book as well.

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