Sunday, December 17, 2017
First off-- for those who missed class last week and have unexcused absences, the link to the conclusion of the film is below
the expectation is that capture sheets are completed and submitted when you return.
Along with setting up a group reading schedule that you share with me I would like to add a small group requirement prior to your entrance into the text.
I would like the group to do some brief research regarding the history / background of your topic. In a usual class setting I would provide this material for you (lectures prior to Satire, Catch 22, Born a Crime and Saving Private Ryan). Your brief research should NOT include a wikipedia rundown as, I hope you've realized, that material is not credible.
Hiroshima- watch a video (history channel) or read an article explaining the events leading up to the dropping of the bomb. Look for the US justification for the event. How many were killed? Nagasaki? Damage to the land?
Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: - Take a brief look at Autism spectrum disorder. What is it? What are the varying degrees of the effect on a person? Is there any controversy surrounding Autism?
Othello- Take a brief look at the importance of the navy in Venice during the 1500's. Who were the moors? How were they treated by the Venetians?
Slaughterhouse Five- Vonnegut (and Billy Pilgrim) were taken prisoner during the Battle of the Bulge and brought to a slaughterhouse in Dresden Germany. Research the Battle of the Bulge and the historical significance of the firebombing of Dresden.
The Namesake- The story focuses on the difficulty of assimilation to a new culture. Gogol and his family come from Calcutta. Research the city. Look into population density, Bengali culture, cuisine, music, religion.
These exercises should provide some background information to help ease you into your chosen story. Should you have any questions or require any further information don't hesitate to ask....
Enjoy the books!
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