Tuesday, December 2, 2014

All Boys, All Blogged: December 2, 2014

Focus: How do I channel my thoughts on the hero's journey into a concise thesis?

1. Warming up with an overview of how in-class writing time will work this week

2. Looking through the blue handout together and starting to work on the outline

Offering you a quick mini lesson on isolating scenes if your other hero's journey comes from a movie

Let's say that you're arguing that Dori serves as a mentor for Marlin in Finding Nemo.  How can you incorporate an example from a film?

Find a very specific scene (no longer than five minutes) and read it symbolically.

Too broad: Dori helps Marlin out multiple times along the way.  She is carefree and encourages him frequently to let go of his painful memories from the past.

Nice and specific: In the scene in which Dori and Marlin are trapped inside of the whale, Marlin clings to the whale's mouth, refusing to fall down into the whale's belly.  Dori shouts at him to let go, and when Marlin asks her how she knows that nothing bad will happen, she replies, "I don't!"  Her willingness to let go of control and trust the world around her incites Marlin to do the same.  The moment in which they physically let go symbolizes an important shift in Marlin; by following Dori's example, he can finally release his guilt and anxiety and enjoy the journey.

3. Trying out three different thesis statements together

1. Finish the blue packet if you did not finish in class today.

2. Make your flashcards for the final Kite Runner vocabulary list; quiz this Friday.

3. Bring your charged laptop to class this week for some serious writing!

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