Monday, March 18, 2013

Class Discussion on Monday, March 18, 2013

The Tempest Performance Excerpts Review!
**You can see our videos below**

As we create our mini curriculum (miniculum?)
we're planning on an INTRODUCTION to each theme including:
  •      a student-made intro video (including questions to intro the excerpt)
  •      an excerpt of the performance
  •      answer key or quiz or some interactive medium to include the student.
  • Theme 1: Ad fontes
    • Hannah found a great clip where "Prospera" cites multiple Greek/Latin texts and mythologies. 
  • Theme 2: Brave New World
  • Theme 3: What a Piece of Work
    • Dia found a clip that considers Caliban learning language and the connection between rhetoric and power, but other clips (considering Ariel and Caliban as alternate versions of humanity, for example) could be included in this theme. 
  • Theme 4: Plough boys
    • IN this clip, Christian themes--mercy, redemption and even logic must define Prospera's next choices, according to Nate. 
  • Theme 5: Typographia--
    • Jenna brought up "I'll drown my book" as an example of how destroying books could actually destroy knowledge in that time. 
  • Theme 6: Sprezzatura--
    • Julie Anne considered clothing in the excerpts she watched and how costuming influences Shakespeare's theme of courtlier pride in the play.   
How could the themes BE the structure of the project?
  • Sprezzatura:
    • a conversation, even an argument to invite your audience to interact with the the material.
      1. Possible angles of perspective, ie. Jerrick v Julie Anne, OR duke vs plough boy etc.
      2. Interactions:
        1. Rap battles? Comments on who was the best argument?
        2. OR just interaction with US? 
        3. hash tagging allows us to find their responses later...
  • Ad fontes:
    • Treasure Hunt
    • Book Club or Interview 
      • Aristotle talking to Jerrick? Or would it be Aristotle talking to the "DUKE" 
        • Consider using puppets, drawings, avatars, some unifying element or character to connect the history--fictional characters--overblown personas--even zombies. 
        • headshot of each theme: what would it look like? 
        • text loses personality 
    • Tiered Content Model
      • Skeleton of Sprezzatura dialogue, 
        • short intros of ideas would lead you, if you wanted to keep looking at it, to more deep analysis of that theme (or another text)
        • how would this connect to an etext? or another curriculum? 
      • Leveling: Tempest would draw you into the six themes, other primary texts would be the next level. 
        • Are we focusing too much on the Tempest? 
          • Maybe within Tempest we look at **the Renaissance**
      • OR including, as part of Sprezzatura, an argument that the Tempest doesn't really personify the theme like THE BIBLE or like FAERIE QUEENE... 
To do NEXT...
  • Decide on Avatars, 
    • Should each theme have 2 or 3 characters to define them? 
    • How should be represent it? 
    • Animation? 
    • This should be fun! 
    • Post your avatar on the blog, speaking about the theme with that character's voice

1 comment:

  1. I don't think I'm entirely supportive of the avatar route - it seems a bit more middle school audience than high school (which maybe we really aren't aiming that specifically but I feel like our themes and texts and ebook do, my opinion). Also, I do really love our ideas of having these videos as introductions to our themes, I just think we should go right for the theme instead of being so creative we go out of our own depth.

    BUT. It seems like many in the class liked the idea so if we do follow through, I think we should just pick an author from primary texts we have already read to represent the theme (Petrarch for Ad Fontes, Montaigne for Brave New Worlds, Erasmus for Piece of Work, etc). I think we should only have one character for each theme because multiple avatars will be overkill.