28 August 2012

Today we discussed Foster’s Introduction. Mostly, we talked about how Memory, Symbol and Pattern work in real reading.

I also explained that discussions are now graded.  I’ve taken a lot of notes over the last few weeks in discussion and I think I have a pretty good sense of us as classes.  Now we’re turning the corner.  My requirements for earning points on discussion are simple:

  • You need to participate at least one time
  • The content you contribute needs to advance the discussion, relate specifically to the text, and promote understanding.  Overly affective (emotional) responses, tangents, information unrelated to the text under discussion, and comments that do not demonstrate understanding of the material will not earn participation points.

Then we did a mixer activity to create small groups based on your interests, readiness and learning styles.  You’ll use these small groups as needed for the rest of the trimester.

For tomorrow, please read Chapters 2 and 7 in Foster.  Your prompts are:

  • Re: Chapter 2 — Choose a meal from a literary work and apply the ideas of Chapter 2 to this literary depiction. If you can’t think of a real meal, think about the “meal” in HWE.
  • Re: Chapter 7 — Write down the five ways writers use the Bible and four reasons authors use references to the Bible in their work. (We’ll worry about a more significant entry on this when we start OMM).
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2 thoughts on “28 August 2012

  1. Piggybacking off of what Sashay said in the discussion, tying the book To Kill a Mockingbird with symbolism. I noticed that the symbol in the book that appeared in every character was a mockingbird, wich symbolized something with innocence and/or bringing joy, appeared in every character. I also noticed that in alot of other books there’s one main symbol that the author ties into each character. This may also represeant pattern.

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