Friday, March 23, 2012

March 23, 2012

Hi everyone!
Today we began by watching the end of Stranger Than Fiction and reviewed the format of the Summary/Response due on April 2nd:

Remember this is formatted into 2 paragraphs: Summary and response.

In the summary (this should make up about 1/3 of your paper!):
-Begin with a topic sentence
-Focus only on the film Stranger Than Fiction
In the response (2/3 of paper):
-Respond to both the film and the book
-Connect to guiding questions
-to what extent does a creator have responsibility towards its creation
-at what point does a creation accept responsibility for its own actions

Other important information:
Refer to the director when speaking of the film, this is Marc Forster
Refer to the author when speaking of the book, this is Oscar Wilde

Once again, this is due on April 2nd, the Monday after spring break! Remember to also continue working on the last lecture part 2 due April 6th!

Have a great spring break everybody!!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


Happy Wednesday folks!!

Today in class, we watched "Straner than fiction".

Our homework for today is to continue working on our last lecture part 2, and to write a summary response on "Stranger than Fiction". The topic of the response was: to what extent does a creator have responsibility torwards its creation? At what point, does a creation accept responsibility for its own actions?

Also, don't forget that Friday is the last day for money collection. If we earn 150$, I will bring in donuts. If we raise 250$, Mrs. Smith will bring a glorious feast of breakfast items.
Have a nice day!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Mon. 3-19-12

Happy Monday Everybody!!

Today, there was a quiz over the last chapters of Dorian Grey. Groups of 2-3 are accepted.

The homework of the day was: The summary responses over stranger than fiction, and last lecture part 2.
The topic of the summary response was: to what extent does a creator have responsibility torwards its creation? At what point, does a creation accept responsibility for its own actions.

Also, Don't forget to bring in money for the Warrior Week Donation Can!
150$ gets the class donuts!
250$ get the class a feast of breakfast items made by the wonderful Mrs. Smith herself!
See y'all on Wednesday!!

DG Fishbowl 17-20

Friday, March 16, 2012

Final Blog Question 17-20

Looking at the big picture, Wilde made beauty the biggest motif in the story. Now, let's relate this to our own lives, what in your life do you see as beautiful and what do you see as the sin of vanity?

March 16, 2012

Hello everybody!
We began today with a summary of chapters 17-20 and followed with the fishbowl.
Here are some of the questions that we discussed the most:
1.)Was Wilde's intention for Dorian to kill himself or just destroy the painting? What was Dorian's intention?
2.)Do colors matter in the book/ do colors have a universal definition or are we reading too much into the book?
3.) Does Dorian feel guilt at the end of the book? When does the guilt first begin or does it ever?
4.) Was Dorian "black and white" or multi-dimensional? Does his evolution throughout the play display growth or consistent hedonism?
5.) Why would Oscar Wilde want to be Dorian?
6.) Why did Dorian stab the painting with the same knife he used to kill Basil?

Homework tonight is to work on last lecture part 2, post an answer to the blog question, and study for our 16-20 quiz on Monday!
Have a good weekend!

Fishbowl 17-20

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

March 12, 2012

Hello everyone,

Fun fact of the day: The average American will eat about 11.9 pounds of cereal per year.

We begin by taking a quiz. It was hard.
Then we begun to read chapter 19 and finished!!!

Our homework: Read chapters 20 and start your last lecture part 2.

Monday, March 12, 2012

March 12, 2012

Hello everyone, today we had our fishbowl over the chapters 13-16. Here are the main topics of our discussion.
  • The creator vs. the creation. Has the creation become more powerful over the creator? Does the creator have control over the creation anymore?
  • Which 7 Deadly Sins have been expressed in the book so far?  Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy, Pride, Vain/glory
  • The way that Dorian disposed of the body of Basil.
  • Is Dorian trying to numb himself even more with the use of opium?
  • Will Dorian ever be able to escape Basil?
  • Was murdering Basil Dorian's worse sin that he has committed?
  • Is guilt the main reason that the portrait has changed and Dorian's life has changed?

Homework: Last Lecture part 2, Read 17-18, Blog Question
Throughout the novel we have seen many changes in Dorian, of these changes, how have his emotions changed toward his friends and how have his feelings changed toward others?

DG Fishbowl 13-16

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Fishbowl 5?

Throughout the novel we have seen many Changes in Dorian, of these changes How have his emotions have change toward his friends and his feeling for others?

Friday, March 9, 2012

Friday March 9th

Today in class we read the poems Helas and The Harlot’s House which were both written by Oscar Wilde in groups of 2-4. After reading the poems we discussed the given guiding questions first in our groups then we came together as a class and further discussed the questions. Next we read The Picture of Dorian Grey chapters 15 and 16.

The homework due for Monday is to read chapters 15 and 16 of The Picture of Dorian Grey and prepare for the fishbowl over chapters 13-16 on Monday. Also continue to work on the second part of your Last Lecture.

Monday, March 5, 2012

DG Fishbowl 9-12

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Chapters 9-12 Blog Question

If Wilde says that Dorian's character is whom he wants to be, what makes Dorian appealing? From what we have read, Dorian appears to be easily manipulated and influenced by Lord Henry, the character most readers suspect of representing Wilde.