Monday, August 25, 2014

All Boys, All Blogged: August 25, 2014

Focus: How can we activate background knowledge to improve as readers?

1. Warming up: Happy Monday journaling and celebrating a few A+ blogs!

1. The first thing that caught my eye was the sunset or sunrise in the background. That caught my eye first because it is the brightest and biggest part of the painting.
2. If I could ask the author anything I would ask him why he made a rock on the island in the shape of a castle or house.
3. I think the painting is trying to show us how people have changed their lifestyles over time. The part that is the "closest" to you could be people that lived right when they found this land because they have old clothes on and the close ship is an older looking ship. As you move in to the background you can see a nice town or city that people could live in today and more modern ships. Then sunset or sunrise could represent the future.

1. The first part of the painting that I saw was the man in the apron and red shirt. I believe I saw him first because the artist painted him to be in the middle and up front, so most people would look to him first. He is basically the central character of the painting.

2. Why are objects scaled to make some look bigger than they actually are? Why is one side nice, lush, and full of life while the other side looks like a frozen wasteland? The reasoning behind the second question is that the painting looks like a bay. The island in the middle reminds me of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, which spans about 4.5 miles. So it does not make sense that one part of the bay is nice and sunny, while the other is frozen tundra.

3. If you look closely at the city, the buildings look like those you find in Greece or Italy. The painting itself looks like it was painted using oil. I compared the painting style to the Mona Lisa, and noticed the styles look exactly the same, and in art class a few years ago, I learned most paintings in the Renaissance were painted using oil. Renaissance painters usually used Ancient Greece, Roman, and Christianity as the basis of their paintings; a couple of these are School of Athens and Virgin on the Rocks. So with the setting known about this painting due to the time period it was painted in, the landscape in the form of islands and mountains, and the man drowning in the water, it is safe to assume this is about a Greek Myth. Based on the knowledge I have about it, I would assume this to be about Icarus and Daedalus. The myth goes that Daedalus made wings out of feathers and wax to escape Minos who was the King of Crete, which is an island off the coast of Greece, and surrounded by more islands. They flew out and Icarus flew too close to the sun which caused the wax holding his wings to melt and he plummeted to his death into the sea below him. In the painting, there are some factors that point to this being not true, for example, as the sun is too far away and is setting, which means it is probably too cool for the wax to melt. Another example is the clothing that the people wear; this is fitting for working class men to wear during the Renaissance. The ships also prove that the time zone could be different because these are merchant ships used during the 1500’s and beyond. So besides the data proving otherwise, I still believe this is a painting of Icarus and Daedalus.

2. Recapping Friday's reading strategy and trying out background knowledge with some tougher paintings

3. Reading the myth of Daedalus and Icarus (which you can access by clicking HERE)

Making sense of the myth with your reading chart; if you prefer to type, please click HERE for an online version of the chart.

Please use an entire side of paper to analyze this story by doing the following:
  • Isolating the significant little pieces of the story (just as you did with the paintings on Friday).
  • Drawing inferences/larger conclusions from those pieces.
  • Don't worry about the third column yet.
4. Returning to last night's painting armed with background knowledge

5. Composing your "exit ticket": Go back to the painting you analyzed over the weekend.  Employing at least one of the reading strategies we've talked about so far, add something to your original comment that you didn't understand or notice the first time around.

1. Bring a HARD COPY of meaningful and appropriate song lyrics to class tomorrow (in other words, there needs to be something of substance in there to analyze; avoid lyrics that may offend others).

2. Bring in the song itself and headphones.

3. You need your independent reading book and blue permission slip this Friday.

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