We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.
(427 BC-347 BC)
We must constantly make decisions in daily life. Some decisions are simple choices (e.g., Coke or Pepsi) while others affect people’s entire lives. Furthermore, every decision has consequences and often there is not a clear alternative. Decisions involve weighing alternatives and considering the consequences. Does conforming to the beliefs and actions of the majority make a person a “good citizen”?
When you have to make a choice and don’t make it, that is in itself a choice. -William James
Write an essay based on literature you have studied in which the author examines conformity. What idea(s) does the writer develop regarding a conformity?
Search the net, search blogs, search your mind. Synthesize, hyperlink, and trackback.
Your writing should be a synthesis of the 5 paragraph essay AND a blog post.
Time: 2.5 hours
Submit a printed copy to your teacher and a trackback to this post.
As the ratio of high school student blogs I read to the number of college student blogs I read approaches infinity, I think it a good time we troll a few of the best college bloggers in the US.
All STJ student bloggers have been involved in assessment of one another’s blogs since the beginning of STJ iblogs in 2006. I’m certain we’d pick a deserving “Final Four” from the list of 20 finalists.
I’m curious to know for what blogs STJ bloggers vote.
Submit your comment (or trackback) here with a brief reason/detail/example justifying your vote for the $10,000 US scholarship.
Consider our recent emphasis on structure and voice: How are these college bloggers defining themselves through voice? What structures/patterns do successful bloggers adopt? What role do comments play in the development of the blog?
Yaaar, there be pirates in one of the blogs . . . but don’t let that influence your vote.
How do we live with the consequences of our decision making?
What are the consequences of an important decision that you have made recently?
What are informed decisions? What are uninformed decisions?
What role does foresight play in our decision making? What are the advantages and disadvantages of hindsight?
What is the effect of making a decision when we are uncertain of the consequences? What are the consequences of making decisions which go against what other people think? What price do we pay for each decision we make?
What role does emotion and feeling play in our decision making?
Choose a focus. Write a post. Trackback.
Pay particular attention to your own development of your voice in your style. Attempt to engage your audience to comment critically on issues of your choosing.
When commenting on another’s blog, look for the issues that invite your critical response.
Try the following suggestions to increase your daily intake of news feeds.
Surf the latest headlines from all over the world. Results are based on google search rankings, the larger the font –> the more hits in google, I recall. Headlines link to an array of news organizations.
Aggregate a few headlines from, say, cbc.ca/rss in your own blog sidebar.
To construct your Personal Universe Lexicon, start with a new post. You may wish to construct the list with pen and paper first and transfer it to your blog later. Begin by following these instructions:
Write down as many words as you can then sort the words into the categories outlined below. Complete each category. Write as quickly as you can.
16 words of each of the five senses (16 x 5 = 80 words). The words must mean, suggest: taste touch, sight, smell, and hearing. For instance, desiccated or frozen might suggest touch to you, or birdsong hearing.
10 words of motion. The words must mean, suggest motion to you. They do not necessarily need to be verbs. Baby could be a motion word for someone, for example.
3 abstractions. Such as love or freedom or truth.
7 anything else. Any word with meaning to you that does not fit into the other categories.
All the words on the list must
have significance to/for you
be specific; that is the word must not be “bird” but “robin,” not “tree” but “aspen.”
sound good to the ear.
Use no adverbs. Use no plurals.
Keep track of the words with your blog. Move them around each other in the list every day for a week. Choose one word at random from the list; write what the word(s) sparks, what the juxtaposition of words builds for you.