Essential Questions

  • How do we define the term "Monster"? How do we react to and/or interact with Monsters in our society?
  • If truth is difficult to prove in history, does it follow that all versions are equally acceptable?
  • In what ways might social, political, cultural and religious factors affect the types of human science research that are financed and undertaken, or rejected?
  • Is science, or ought it to be, value free? What implications does your answer have for the regulation of science? Considering the fight over Intelligent Design vs. Evolution (as well as Research Scandals), who should decide whether particular directions in research are pursued?
  • Is mathematics invented or discovered?
  • Picasso said, "Art is a Lie That Tells the Truth." Considering our reading of Grendel, to what extent do you agree with that statement?
  • To what extent do the different ways of knowing and areas of knowledge influence the values adopted by individuals and societies?

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Grendel Ch. 1

September 1

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What were your impressions of the First Chapter from Grendel? Why does Grendel describe his life as "the deadly progression of moon and stars" (p. 8) , "depressed" (p.10), " and "life's curse" (p.11). How does he describe his mother? Can you think of anyone in our society that might describe their own life in the same way? Why?


August 28

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How would you define the word Monster? What images or words do you think of when that term is used? How does someone become a Monster? To what extent is a Monster created by his/her surroundings? Is the Monster responsible for their actions?

Turkey Honor Killings

August 27

After reading the story of Honor Killings in Turkey, you have been assigned one of the following characters:

Sait (Father of Kina)
Yesim (Son of Sait and Brother of Kina)
Pinar (Women's Rights Advocate)
Farac (Judge in Istanbul)
Molly Moore (American columnist for Washington Post)

For next class, please analyze the story from the perspective of your character.

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Using: Perception Language Emotion Reason Please copy and paste this question on to your blog and answer it: How does your character justify his/her actions in the story?

How does your character know what they know? In order to support your claim, please use an image (photograph, video clip, paiting) or a piece of writing (literature, textbook, poem) for each way of knowing.