Sunday, August 25, 2013

News Articles that are Eerily Similar to F451

For 5 extra credit POL points, between now and when we finish F451 in two weeks: Post (here) a news article about something in our modern world that is eerily similar to Fahrenheit 451, and comment on the essential human need/weakness, or the virtue missing in our society.  Make sure you don't repeat an article/situation someone else has already posted.


Example: The Anger Room.  Check out this business, where people pay to wreck things.  Somehow sounds appealing, and at the same time is straight out of Fahrenheit - the "Car Wrecker" and "Window Smasher" places that Clarisse's peers frequent.  This highlights the human need to release intense emotion, and our society's tendency to ask people to repress - and then they need to explode.


Come Back Swinging: The Anger Room Reopens in a Smashing New South Dallas Location




Thursday, August 22, 2013

What are admirable virtues? What virtues does modern society lack?


What are admirable human virtues?  What virtues are most missing in modern society?  Post your opinion, conversation style, as a comment here.  Minimum 200 words.  This is a conversation, so you need to read the posts before you and respond/build/add new thoughts.  Don't forget grammar, punctuation, and to be professional.  For Monday 8/26, you need to comment on either needs or virtues - not both.

What are essential human needs?

What are essential human needs?  Post your opinion, conversation style, as a comment here.  Minimum 200 words.  This is a conversation, so you need to read the posts before you and respond/build/add new thoughts.  Don't forget grammar, punctuation, and to be professional.  For Monday 8/26, you need to comment on either needs or virtues - not both.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Welcome and Summer Close Reads Library

Hello AP students.  I look forward to beginning to share and deepen eachothers' ideas through this page.  Please remember to be professional in your grammar, tone, and choice of words.


We will have two kinds of posts on our blog: "Library" and "Conversation".  "Library" posts are for us to build a set of documents, our own library on an issue.  In a library post, you simply post what you have written on a subject; it does not have to respond to other posts.  

Most of our posts will be "Conversation" posts.  There, the goal is to have an academic conversation on about a question.  This is similiar to a Socratic.  In this style of posts, you read what's been said and then add to it.

It's easiest if your blogger name is the same as your first name.  If it isn't, please begin each of your posts with your name.

As part of your homework for Thursday, August 22nd, choose which of your summer-close reads you think is your best work.  It can be from Fahrenheit 451 or your choice novel.  Attach your best summer close-read here, as a comment.  If your close-read is too long to be one post (there's a character limit), post it as two comments.