Today we took a quiz on the Canon's Yeoman's tale. You had time in class to work on your IDIL worksheets and continue researching allusions.
Today you will begin researching and pre-writing for your Canterbury Tales Essay. Click the link below and follow the instructions. You may use the laptops, the Theme and Thesis Resource handout, your SIFT sheets and your books.
Theme and Thesis Worksheet
We're in the last good push before a unit test on "The Canterbury Tales" on March 26. Today we had a short lesson on allusions (see below for a refresher). Here are your assignments for the next two weeks:
Today: Start work on researching the allusions in Tales we have read. Start with "The Canon Yeoman's Tale," as that is the next tale you will read. DUE DATE: 3/26 (for the test!) TURN IN ANY UNGRADED SIFTS!
Tuesday: We will begin looking at how to take all those SIFTs and make them useful in a writing assignment. We'll be looking at how Chaucer uses all those lovely allusions, symbols, and figurative language to reveal theme. BRING YOUR SIFTS!
Thursday: SIFT due and QUIZ on the "Canon Yoeman's Tale."
ALSO DUE: LRJ #3 due (see below for prompt).
Next Week: Tuesday review for unit test, then test on Thursday.
Scam Artists, Con Men, Swindlers, and Bamboozlers
The Canon’s Yeoman exposes his master (the Canon) as a scam artist – that is, one who obtains money by fraud or deceit, intentionally misleading another person for purposes of financial gain. The Canon claims to know the secret of how to turn base metals into expensive precious metals, and he’s willing to sell his secret for a pretty price. There is no shortage of scam artists, con men, swindlers, and bamboozlers in every age – including our own. Research one of the following 20th-20st-century scam artists and explain how they conned or swindled in order to make big bucks: Frank Abagnale, Jr., Charles Ponzi, Christopher Rocancourt, Victor Lustig (“The Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower”), or George Parker (“The Man Who Sold the Brooklyn Bridge”).
We reviewed setting up your blog and using genius.com to see my annotations. You finished your SIFT on the Pardoner's Tale. Tomorrow: Read "The Man of Law's Tale" and complete a SIFT. You will also have a LRJ entry on your blog to complete. Be prepared to DISCUSS in class, the Man of Law's Tale.
LRJ for "The Man of Law's Tale DUE FEBRUARY 17.
Repercussions of Conversion
In The Man of Law’s Tale, a Muslim sultan agrees to convert to Christianity in order to marry the Emperor’s beautiful daughter Constance. Many non-religious and irreligious people today might take such an act lightly, but to renounce one’s faith (even for a beautiful gal) can carry some serious repercussions. It did as much for the sultan, whose mother slaughtered her son and all the Christians (except for Constance) while they dined at feast: Christians all were overthrown, / Hacked into pieces, stabbed where they were sitting, / All but Lady Constance, spared alone.” Unfortunately, in some parts of the world today – Sudan, Nigeria, Malaysia, Pakistan, Afghanistan and elsewhere – this kind of occurrence is not uncommon. In some countries, the punishment for conversion to Christianity is execution. Read “Daring Leaps of Faith” by Julia Duin in The Washington Times. What issues do ex-Muslims have to face in Muslim countries? In the U.S.? Do you find this surprising? Why or why not?
Today in class we are working on getting blogs set up and troubleshooting.
You have TWO assignments due For Monday:
#1. Read The Pardoner's Prologue and Tale. In other words, read the prologue and the tale. We'll focusing on both this time. It's a short reading, so read carefully. Read deep. Annotate. Use your SIFT worksheet to help.
In addition to having a quiz on this material, you are also required to complete a SIFT worksheet for the tale. If you don't already have a SIFT worksheet printout from me, you may download it from the website here. When you turn it in, it must be printed out and turned in to me at the beginning of class in order to receive credit. No late SIFTs will be accepted.
Download: Blank SIFT worksheet (DOC)
#2: Literature Response Journal. We are starting a series of response to literature to further develop your analytic, rhetorical and writing skills. Rather than turning these in as printed or handwritten assignments, you should develop an online portfolio of your writing that allows your peers to view and comment on your work.
1. (25pts) Set up a blog, using your platform of choice. If you already have a blog or website you can use that or you can set up a new one just for this class. Suggested platforms (free and easy to use) are:2. (25 pts) Read the LRJ prompt below and compose your response. Post your response to your blog and email me a link to: firstname.lastname@example.org. This is due by 11:59 p.m. Monday night (2/2/15)
LRJ Prompt 1
Radix malorum est cupiditas
Radix malorum est cupiditas, the stated theme of the hypocritical Pardoner’s tale and of his “preaching,” is a biblical quotation from 1 Timothy 6:10 that means in Latin “greed is the root of evils" (or, in sentence order, “the root of evil is greed”). It has been translated into English as “the love of money is the root of all evil” since the earliest English translations. In his Business Daily article, “Understanding Money and the Meaning of Life” (click the link), Bill Taylor asks: “How is it that brilliant people with more money than they’ll ever need get so caught up in their hunger for even more money that they end up losing everything? How much is enough, and why are people willing to risk so much to get more? And if money is so alluring, how is it that so many extremely wealthy people seem so unhappy?” How does Taylor answer these questions? Explain why you agree or disagree with his answers. How would you answer the questions?
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Great class today! We read the Wife of Bath's tale in class (and watch a short, video with an excellent example of "crone!"
Finish your SIFT analysis worksheet for the Wife of Bath and rest up for your work keys assessment! Keep an eye peeled here for a homework assignment over the weekend in case I don't see you on Thursday.
Make up assignment: completed SIFT worksheet for Wife of Bath.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.
If you do not see your name here, then I have NOT received an email with your blog post!!