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Tuesday, January 27

January 27, 2015

Spongebob: Today we warmed up with a dream prompt about the most memorable character from your dreams. Then we watched the Regular Show episode “Rap It Up,” which followed the SpongeBob episode “Dying For Pie” and the first 10 minutes of Mrs. Doubtfire.

That was all to prepare us for our first official archetype: what Jung called the puer aeternus (eternal child). This is a character which embodies innocence, purity and goodness. And normally, what makes it work is that this character is an adult, not a child. (Cupid/Eros from classical mythology is an exception — some would, of course, also include the Christ child in this description — but in both those cases, I think we can see that the child is actually more than just a child.)

We differentiated between a divine child — a character who is naturally pure and naive (SpongeBob, Pops from The Regular Show, Forrest Gump) and an eternal child — a character who chooses to maintain his or her childlike state (Peter Pan, Daniel from Mrs. Doubtfire). A divine child is the way he is, and there’s no changing it (like what we saw happen when Pops tried to change his character in today’s episode). An eternal child, meanwhile, could have chosen another path. Remember, Peter Pan consciously states that he is not going to grow up. Eternal children are usually the same way.

For Thursday: I want you to think of three examples of a divine/eternal child that we did not discuss in class. Have them in written form and ready to turn in Thursday.

Hitchcock: Today we finished watching Shadow of a Doubt. Your responses are due on Thursday (between 1 – 2 pages, typed, TNR 12 pt double spaced). On Thursday we will be discussing the reading assignments (and there will be a written response for the beginning of “Introduction” by Robin Wood).

Siren: Started work on the February edition. All copy is due a week from today, Tuesday Feb. 3.

Prompt: Today your notebooks were checked and we had a little reading. Nice way to start the semester – we’ll get the hang of all of it. Remember, 4 new entries are due every Tuesday (please be sure to label and date them). If you do a 5th entry, it will count for extra credit (as long as it’s from the website).

On Thursday we will be doing a new activity.


7th Grade:

Survey: CNF: Today we talked more about the difference between moments and riff, with an emphasis on riff. Riff is the part of a CNF essay that gives you a chance to offer your commentary on what is happening.

I gave this example: imagine dividing a piece of paper into two columns. In one column — the moment column — you write about being in class. You write exactly what happened, and in all likelihood, it’ll be pretty boring.

But in the riff column, you write what you’re thinking while all this is going on. That has the potential to be more interesting, because often our thoughts are more interesting than what actually happens.

We took a look at the David Sedaris essay “Today’s Special,” and tried to identify the moments and riffs. We’ll do more of this sort of thing over the next week or two.

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