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Stoics Reign on Caesar’s Parade

Read the first scene of Julius Caesar(or here or here).

Recall class discussions on the “Four Postulates.”

Recall class discussion on Stoicism and Epicureanism.

What is the Feast of Lupercal? Why would it have any appeal to an Epicurean? A Stoic?

Are Marullus and Flavius more Epicurean or Stoic in their response to the citizens’ preparations for Caesar’s victory parade?

How do the citizens behave throughout the scene? Initially are they Stoic or Epicurean? How do they leave?

Predict Caesar’s response to Marullus and Flavius driving away the vulgar herd.

Who killed Pompey? What is a Triumvirate? Why was the First Triumvirate “unofficial”? Who forms the Second Triumvirate?

What other questions can you raise about Act 1, Scene 1?

Semester Begins: Overcoming Tech Obstacles

Welcome to new STJ bloggers. No doubt you are learning new skills very quickly, but take your time to figure it all out, depend on each other, and ask questions of your teacher.

Grade 9 bloggers overcame a snag in the STJ email server(again!). The server simply stopped sending email until our division techies fixed the clog(again!). Emails sent out at 9:15AM Thursday did not get to their inboxes until Friday morning. I was able to sign-up bloggers manually but bloggers need to now edit their user profiles to set their password and website URL, … a task handled by the auto-magic email registration/confirmation before. I see a couple duplicate users/blogs now as students responded to late arriving emails, so I’ll be sorting that out right away.

Grade 10 bloggers for the most part were already registered but hit a snag of a different sort. The topology of the STJ LAN has all school workstations accessing the Internet through a single IP address, a common scenario. This requires me to make sure that the IP address of the STJ outgoing server is entered into the firewall of the stjschool.org incoming server so it doesn’t ban our IP for exceeding the limit on simultaneous connections. Our division techies changed our outgoing IP in December, … stjschool.org firewall now has the correct IP to bypass. Coincidentally, a major failure in the mediterranean undersea Internet cable caused higher loads on many router/server farms so diagnosing the problem had some sluggish “trace-routes” as well. Did you know you can monitor the health of the Internet in real time?

The “tens” are sharing their first posts and comments as well, but we’ll soon be in the regular classroom continuing our study of Julius Caesar. Blogging about Shakespeare, an anachronism that is not so out of place.

I wonder what challenges this week will bring?

Now, the “niners” are adding friends to their RSS aggregators and blogrolls. And sharing their first posts/comments with each other.

I’d like Grade 9s to trackback their first post here.

English 10 Reading List

1. Thematic Readings
online texts and resource collection(wikipedia, google, evaluation of source/bias)
building a linking lexicon
metacognitive theory(Bloom)

2. The Chrysalids or Lord of the Flies

10-1: Emphasis on literary analysis. Evaluating author’s delivery of theme.
“How is/isn’t the author successful in achieving a desired effect?”

10-2: Emphasis on developing personal response to theme.
“What effect does the writing have on you as reader?”

2. Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare (Omitted or excerpted for 10-2)

4. Short Stories
The Sniper, Liam O’Flaherty
War, Timothy Findley
Jane Goodall and the Chimps, with Vickie Gabereau
Attacked by a Mountain Grizzly, Kathy Cook
To Build a Fire, Jack London
Earthquake, Jack Hodgins

5. Poetry
Superman’s Song,Brad Roberts
The Forecast, Dan Jaffe
Bad Driving, from The Red Green Show
The Shark, E.J. Pratt
Cree Ponies, R.A. Kawalikak
Road Between Saskatoon and Edmonton, Elizabeth Brewster

6. Essays
Why We Grow Insensitive to Dangers David Suzuki
Keep Faith with Nature, Harvey Locke
I Have a Dream, Martin Luther King, Jr.
A Little Salad with Your Night Crawlers, Sir?, Arthur Black
Gotcha!, Robert Fulford
Seven Wonders, Lewis Thomas
Internet Is Hero’s Window, Mara Bellaby
Action Hero, Rulon Openshaw
To Build a Fire, Patrick Fitzgerald
The Saga of Filming “Never Cry Wolf”, Bruce Brown

8. Film
March of the Penguins
Michael Collins
The Atomic Café

9. Web Links
Crossroads 10 Web links
Curriculum Correlations
Language Masters Answer Keys