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Friday, February 26

February 26, 2016

Pulp: What you might call a lull in the proceedings. Remember:

  • Next week is the final really important day that we will be working on copy. We will have all revisions in and will have to make some final calls on stuff.
  • Fundraising will continue, but I’m hopeful to have it concluded before spring break — so in about three weeks.

Project: Today was a work day. Remember you should be working on your project during this time if you expect to count these hours toward your total.

Cultural Lit: We went on our own version of The Odyssey, featuring an all-star cast that included:

  • Mrs. Castelli filling in for Mr. Poling as Polyphemus
  • Dr. Rodgers as Aeolus, the Keeper of Winds
  • Mrs. Grafton as Queen Circe
  • Mrs. Petties as Calypso

This handout Cultural Literacy The Odyssey Feb 2016 details the stops made along our voyage. We ended up back in Ithica (AH), where Odysseus (with the help of his son Telemachus) massacred all the suitors and their servants, and got back together with his faithful wife Penelope, after his 20-year road trip. And then there were donuts, just like in the poem. Well, maybe.

We briefly reviewed for Monday’s quiz, which involves the following:

  • Some basic details about Egyptian and classical (Greek and Roman) mythology. The Greeks, unlike the Egyptians, made their gods and goddesses look, and act, human. This is at least in part because Greek mythology had no unified system of worship, but was as much for entertainment purposes — one reason we still tell these stories today. And the Romans essentially took Greek mythology and gave it some tweaks (name-changing and the like), but maintained much of its infrastructure.
  • Knowing the pantheon of Olympians: Zeus and his five siblings, and his seven children (we’re including Aphrodite here, as well as Athena). I don’t need detailed information about any of them, but if I asked a question like “Who was Zeus’s sister AND his long-suffering wife?”, I’d expect you to be able to answer, “Hera.”
  • Material from Mr. Cageao’s presentation about Zodiac signs, which can be downloaded here Mythical Archetypes of Astrology if you need it or missed it. This might come to you in the form of a question or two asking you to identify the proper sign, based on the information provided.
  • The three Os and P: Odysseus (the First Action Hero); Oedipus (the First Tragic Hero); Orpheus (the First Rock Star); and Prometheus (the First Hubristic Hero). I expect you to be able to identify each one, and to identify a modern example if I provide it to you.
  • There might also be a question or three (or four) about The Odyssey. Those might be about some aspect of the voyage (nothing too difficult), or perhaps a saying associated with Odysseus’s career (“Beware of Greeks bearing gifts,” perhaps, or “Between a rock and a hard place”).

You need to score 80 percent to pass, as before. If the average score of the class reaches or tops that level, you will again be rewarded.


Middle School: We watched the Twilight Zone episode “Escape Clause” and the Fractured Fairy Tale version of Rumpelstiltskin to illustrate two popular story types: the “Be careful what you wish for” story, and the related “Make a deal with the devil” model. We discussed versions of these models that we’re familiar with, from The Wizard of Oz and Coraline to Disney favorites like Aladdin and The Little Mermaid.

You came up with your own version of this model, and then we partnered up. Monday we’ll talk about storyboarding and start doing the same to your ideas.

Survey: Screenwriting (ALL): 

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