This week, while students continue their reading of John Gardner's perspective novel Grendel, they will:
think critically while interpreting and analyzing complex text
collaborate successfully while exploring Alfred North Whitehead's philosophy as presented by the dragon.
exhibit empathy when working to understand how "monsters" are created and how we can prevent "monstrous action."
communicate effectively in written assignments
demonstrate responsibility while staying on top of all new assignments as well as writing revisions.
Monday, October 16th (Day 1, Long 4)
Small group discussion on chapters 3 & 4
Identify group roles, including a recorder. Address the provided questions on chapter 4, and develop your own discussion guideline. Submit a record of the inquiry paths you traveled as well as the main insights/ideas of your discussion.
HW: (1) Read chapter 5 for Wednesday. (2) Review the provided essay on Alfred North Whitehead's philosophy. (3) Generate a minimum of four discussion questions for class. NOTE: Your questions need to range in cognitive level (see your Bloom's guide) - understanding, evaluating, analyzing, interpreting, applying. (4) Generate a minimum of three six word memoir drafts to share tomorrow.
Tuesday, October 17th (Day 2, Long 5)
Whole class follow-up discussion on the chapters
(LONG BLOCK) Keeping in mind what we have been discussing about Grendel and the importance of understanding your own identity and understanding different perspectives in stories, finalize your six word memoir and share it with the class. We will discuss each "story" - working to identify what we learn about the individual based on these six words.
HW: Generate a minimum of 4 questions that reflect a range of cognitive levels on Bloom's Taxonomy. Review chapter 5 and the piece on Alfred North Whitehead. NOTE: Chapters 6 & 7 are due Thursday. Keep in mind the trigger warning for chapter 7 (sexualized violence against women).
Wednesday, October 18th (Day 3, Long Block 6)
Share peer questions and address them in small groups.
Work to explain the following quotes, focusing first on their meaning isolated from the text, and then by relating them to Grendel's journey.
“Knowledge is not cause.”
“Connectedness is the essence of everything.”
“The essence of life is to be found in the frustrations of established order.”
“Novel order (is) a primary requisite for important experience.”
“Importance is derived from the immanence of infinitude in the finite.”
“Expression is founded on the finite occasion. It is the activity of infinitude impressing itself on its environment.”
“Fiddlesticks. Why not frighten them? Creature, I could tell you things.”
View In a Nutshell video on Optimistic Nihilism (a nicer way of saying "Seek out gold and sit on it") and write a brief reflection of it connecting to Grendel.
Thursday, October 19th (Day 4, Long Block 7)
Quick Write: Quotation Analysis
Whole-class discussion of chapters 6 & 7
HW: (1) Complete your six word memoir. (2) Review the Shapers and Dragons assignment on Google classroom. (3) Read chapter 8 for Monday. Review the provided material on Machiavelli, as well as this TED Ed video to help you understand the political theory reflected in this chapter.
Friday, October 20th (Day 5, Long Block 1)
Use the period to work on Shapers and Dragons, your Grendel Reading Record, or your Terms and Concepts Log.