Monday, November 8, 2010

Big Picture Questions with All Quiet motifs

Using the example on the overhead, between you and your partner, record a motif-inspired question over All Quiet on the Western Front.  Be sure to indicate the motif from which your question originated, i.e. "Chance--to what extent does chance govern our survival?".

Be sure to record both you and your partners' names (just first name and last initial) below your question. 

Also, DO NOT repeat someone else's question.

When you finish, continue reading ch. 7.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Your Last Supper

Since people started eating--in other words, since the beginning of mankind--sharing a meal has been a social activity.  Today we're going to think about why and so what:  why is eating something we share? how does the dining experience a important part of the things we read?

So here's how we'll start today...
In a paragraph, capture your last social dining experience.  With whom did you share it?  Why?  Would you share this same experience with someone you dislike?  Why or why not?

When you finish capturing your own thinking, peruse the responses of your classmates.  What do you notice about what your experiences have in common?  Record your thinking in your notes.

I'll start...
Every night, my husband and I share dinner; (we love to cook).  My last social dining experience though was with my family on Sunday night.  Nearly every weekend, we collect to enjoy good food and each others' company.  We are privileged to have parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and siblings all in one place, so we try to get together often because we value family.  Last Sunday, we enjoyed green chile stew, some World Series baseball, and passing out candy to trick-or-treaters.  It was kind of funny to think about this question though because I am not sure why we specifically choose to get together over food--not a movie, or an event, or anything else.  And no, I don't believe I'd choose to share dinner with someone I disliked.

Now you go...