Monday, January 26, 2015

january 26

JOURNAL TOPIC: (today's tunes: "Iron Man" by Black Sabbath; "The Iron Wheel" by Tom Morello)

As Ernest Hemingway once observed, "The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places.  But those that will not break it kills."  Our first impression of Montag was one of strength and confidence-- but almost immediately, his encounter with Clarisse causes him to turn inward, question himself, and confront the truth of his nature and his marriage.  Our first impression of Holden Caulfield is principled, even defiant, as he talks with Mr. Spencer on his way out of school-- but as we get to know Holden and see other people through his eyes, we start to wonder if his rebelliousness is the product of negative feelings he has about himself (and why does he need the security of that ridiculous hat?).  Do you see "breaking" as evidence of strength or weakness?  Is changing our personality a matter of growing, or falling apart, or ...?  Do you think Holden can survive real introspection and become content with himself and others?
1. Journal
2. Discussion
3. Aeries & exit ticket: 2nd semester self-assessment
4. Masterpiece consultations

1. Read Chapter 5 of Catcher in the Rye and be prepared for a reading quiz tomorrow

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