Friday, 12/19/14

Time to skate!

rollerskates

For homework over winter break, you have the last few pages of the chapter “The Fire” to read, as well as all of the chapter entitled “The Fall.”  Please use the provided sheet to summarize, connect, and create as you read.  If you need to check them online, they are pasted below as well.

Have a FUN and SAFE vacation!

Assignment:

What’s a winter break without some work to do, right?!  As you read the rest of the chapter entitled “The Fire” and all of “The Fall” in Octavia Butler’s Kindred, you will need to keep some type of documentation to show me that you have read, understood, and connected to the text.

To earn a 3 on this assignment, you will need to answer all of the short answer questions and choose one of the prompts on the back to create one post on your website.  You may choose to go for honors by creating two posts on your website OR by watching one of the other time travel movies from our class website (Kate and Leopold, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Midnight in Paris) and completing the comparison/contrast worksheet from when we watched Back to the Future.

  1. How does the language that Rufus uses to describe people of color affect Dana and Kevin?  Give examples.
  1. How are Dana and Kevin experiencing the time and place of a plantation during the antebellum South differently, and why?
  1. Describe how Dana’s relationships with Rufus, Kevin, Tom, Margaret, Nigel and Sarah develop over the course of this chapter.
  1. Do you think Dana is being brave or foolish by teaching Nigel how to read?  What would you do in her situation?
  2. Have you ever been in a situation where the rules and norms seem very different than what you’re used to?  How did you adapt?
  1. In both Kindred and Back to the Future, the main character has to ensure his/her existence by rescuing or otherwise manipulating ancestors in the past.  How is the tone different in the two texts (ie. serious, funny, dramatic, etc.)?

 

Website Post Prompts: Choose one in order to earn a 3.  For honors credit, choose two OR watch one of the other time travel movies from our class website (Kate and Leopold, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Midnight in Paris) and complete the comparison/contrast worksheet from when we watched Back to the Future.

  1. 1.Put yourself in the shoes of one of the characters and write a post on your website describing the events in this chapter from that person’s perspective.
  2. Think back to what we learned about Octavia Butler.  (Or better yet, look back at it.)  What about her life do you think may have influenced her writing, and how?
  3. Read about the movement to use the term “enslaved people” instead of “slave.”  How does the language we use to describe people demonstrate our opinions of them?
  4. What did you learn about the antebellum South by reading this chapter?
  5. During first trimester, we looked at how humor can allow an audience to see facts from a different point of view than traditional reporting might.  How might information from this chapter be made into humorous material?
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