- Make-up Book Discussion is Thursday 3/13 during Access.
- Yoga class is a go. Class begins March 20th.
- Guest Speaker for FF on Wed. March 19th 7th period. We will have permission forms for you to miss 7th period. No FF on April 21 (the 19th replaces the 21).
- Go to Schoology AP Lang Group for Logic lecture/review.
- Digital Detox starts Friday at 7 pm! Directions are attached below. Game on!
- If you decide to do the In Theory Option (the first one), please choose ONE of the chapters from the book iDisorder: Understanding Our Obsession with Technology and Overcoming Its Hold on Us by Larry D Rosen that is attached below (chapter 2, 3, or 4). Each page is attached separately below; be sure you get all of the pages for your chosen chapter
Amusing Ourselves to Death
- Read/annotate chapters 1 and 2.
- Outline Chapter 1.
- Read/annotate chapters 3-6.
- Outline chapter 4 or 5.
Amusing Ourselves to Death Vocabulary and Concepts
These concepts are crucial to understanding Postman’s argument.
1. Medium - an agency by which something is accomplished, conveyed, or transferred: The train was the usual medium of transportation in those days. }“Each medium, like language itself, makes possible a unique mode of discourse by providing a new orientation for thought, for expression, for sensibility” (10).
2. Media - a means of mass communication, such as newspapers, magazines, radio, or television.
3. Rhetoric- skill in effective use of speech; the art or study of using language effectively and persuasively; a style of speaking or writing, especially the language of a particular subject
4. Discourse- to express oneself through conversation or discussion; verbal expression in speech or writing
“…public discourse -- our political, religious, informational and commercial forms of conversation.”
5. Typography- the style, arrangement or appearance of the written word; the craft or business of composing
6. Metaphor- “suggests what a thing is like by comparing it to something else. And, by the power of its suggestion, it so fixes a conception in our mind that we cannot imagine the one thing without the other.” Our metaphorical associations attached to our media , according to Postman, carry a symbolic implication.
7. Epistemology- A branch of philosophy that studies the nature, origin, methods, and limits of human knowledge
“Epistemology is the complex and usually opaque subject concerned with the origin and nature of knowledge.”
8. Resonance- having a lasting presence or effect; enduring. “Through resonance…a particular statement in a particular context acquires a universal significance.” Resonance often is generated by a metaphor’s “generative force” (its power). i.e. Hamlet, Alice (in Wonderland), Athens, etc.
9. Verisimilitude—having the appearance of truth
10. Paradigm –a framework containing the basic assumptions, ways of thinking, and methodology that are commonly accepted by members of a community.
We encourage you to set your own mini deadlines for the semester. If you'd like to follow our "recommended guide," here it is:
By the end of ___, we recommend you have ___ points accumulated.
March = 400
(earn 150 points)
April = 450
(earn 50 points)
Challenge Points Link
The Challenge Points link has been updated with the new activities for the spring semester. Be sure to check out all the RA options the Writing category has to offer. Likewise, see the new Community offerings.
Student Yoga Class Information
· Class Room: N-220 (Ms. Bisantz’s room – Ms. Fjetland or Ms. Vahle will be there! J)
· Thursdays;2:15-3:15 pm
· Wear workout gear (sweat pants, t-shirt, no shoes required).
· If you have a yoga/exercise mat, bring it. There will be extras for those who don’t have one.
· Please get your Jeffco Release Form signed; you cannot participate without it.
· Turn in money to Ms. Fjetland BEFORE the class begins. $50.00 Make checks payable to Michael Bonamer. Cash is fine too. Our first class is on March 20.
· Carry this paper to show security that you have our permission to be in the north upstairs hallway on Thursday afternoons during professional time.
· Class Schedule:
Mar 20, Apr 3, Apr 10, Apr 17, May 1, May 8, May 15, May 22
* No class during spring break or on April 24 due to Michael’s schedule.