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Unit 4: Reading Literary Perspectives through Hesse's Siddhartha

While reading Siddhartha, please complete four literary journal entries for segments of your choice.
 
Please be ready to discuss and/or complete reading quizzes on a daily basis.
 

Big Ideas:

Communication, Context, Language

Overarching Understandings:

·         Effective communication is dependent on a close analysis of context: purpose, subject, audience, and situation.

·         Language is dynamic and changes over time, place, and situation.

 

Overarching Essential Questions:

·         Are some elements of context (purpose, subject, audience, and situation) more important than the others?  Why or why not?

·         How do time periods, places, and situations impact the way language is spoken or written?

How has language changed?  Why has language changed?

 

 
“Meaningful Life” Writing/Poster Project:

A Connection to Herman Hesse’s Siddhartha

 

In Siddhartha, Siddhartha undergoes a lifelong quest to discover, define, and live a meaningful existence.  He follows, leads, travels, suffers, thinks, and—eventually—comes to some sort of conclusion about what, to him, constitutes a meaningful life. 

 

What does living a meaningful life mean to you?

            Answer this question through one of the following options.

 

Option 1: Essay

·         Answer in two or more pages (typed, double spaced, standard class format).

·         Your own ideas backed by examples should comprise the bulk of the paper.

·         Include at least two excerpts from Siddhartha that discuss possibilities for a meaningful life.  Explain why you agree or disagree with each one.  Comment on the role (or non-role) of suffering in a meaningful life.

·         Have a conversation about living a meaningful life with someone you believe lives a meaningful life.  Please choose a person who does not live in your household.  Refer to that conversation in your essay.

·         Include a works cited (MLA), at least one rough draft (handwritten; could be web, map, outline, freewrite), final draft, and self-graded rubric (use the usual rubric).

·         Be ready to present your paper at the in-class mini-fair.

·         Possible structure:

o   Introduction, with controlling statement (thesis with three key terms)

o   Body paragraph: meaningful life as related to Siddhartha; comment on suffering

o   Body paragraph: meaningful life as discussed by your interviewee

o   Body paragraph: meaningful life as defined by you

o   Conclusion

 

Multiple Intelligences

___/10             ___/10             Interpersonal (interview)

___/10             ___/10             Intrapersonal (individual introspection)

*Please complete our standard writing rubric.

 

 

                                                    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Option 2: Poster

·         Use a professional, attractive poster to present your answer to the question above.

·         Your own ideas backed by examples should comprise the bulk of the poster.

·         Be creative!  Please use a combination of images and words.

·         Include at least two excerpts from Siddhartha that discuss possibilities for a meaningful life.  Explain why you agree or disagree with each one.  Comment on the role (or non-role) of suffering in a meaningful life.

·         Have a conversation about living a meaningful life with someone you believe lives a meaningful life.  Please choose a person who does not live in your household.  Refer to that conversation in your poster through words and images

·         Include a works cited (MLA), at least one rough draft (handwritten; could be web, map, outline, freewrite), final draft, and self-graded rubric (use the poster rubric, below).

·         Be ready to present your paper at the in-class mini-fair.

 

Poster Rubric

__/10 Effective use of words in addressing assignment

__/10 Effective use of images in addressing assignment

__/5   Personal views on a meaningful life

__/5   Two excerpts from Siddhartha, including why you agree or disagree

__/5   Comments on the role of suffering

__/5   Mentions and shows conversation with someone

__/10   Overall presentation

__/10   Works Cited (present, correctly formatted)

__/60

 

Multiple Intelligences

___/10             ___/10             Interpersonal (interview)

___/10             ___/10             Spatial

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Option 3: Video

·         Use a professional, attractive video to present your answer to the question above.

·         Your own ideas backed by examples should comprise the bulk of the video.

·         Please reference the link on our class website that offers video editing options.

·         Be creative!  Please use a combination of images, words, and sounds.

·         Include at least two excerpts from Siddhartha that discuss possibilities for a meaningful life.  Explain why you agree or disagree with each one.  Comment on the role (or non-role) of suffering in a meaningful life.

·         Have a conversation about living a meaningful life with someone you believe lives a meaningful life.  Please choose a person who does not live in your household.  Refer to that conversation in your poster through words and images

·         Include a works cited (MLA), at least one rough draft (handwritten; could be web, map, outline, freewrite), final draft, and self-graded rubric (use the video rubric, below).

·         Be ready to present your video at the in-class mini-fair.

 

Poster Rubric

__/10 Effective use of words in addressing assignment

__/10 Effective use of images/sounds in addressing assignment

__/5   Personal views on a meaningful life

__/5   Two excerpts from Siddhartha, including why you agree or disagree

__/5   Comments on the role of suffering

__/5   Mentions and shows conversation with someone

__/10   Overall presentation

__/10   Works Cited (present, correctly formatted)

__/60

 

Multiple Intelligences

___/10             ___/10             Interpersonal (interview)

___/10             ___/10             Spatial

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A few brief thoughts from the “Jeffo Messenger”:

Everyone knows that different people have less stress than others - but why?

It’s likely that they are more emotionally resilient, which is one’s ability to adapt to stressful situations or crises. It helps us do our jobs better and be healthier away from work too. Resilient people are able to adapt to adversity without lasting difficulties; less resilient people have a harder time with stress and life changes. Research says that those who deal with minor stressors more easily can also manage major events with greater ease.

There are certain characteristics that resilient people tend to share, including:

  • Emotional Awareness: They understand what they’re feeling and why.
  • Perseverance: Whether they’re working toward outward goals or on inner coping strategies, they’re action-oriented -- they trust in the process and don’t give up.
  • Internal Locus of Control: They believe that they, rather than outside forces, are in control of their own lives.
  • Optimism: They see the positives in most situations and believe in their own strength.

 

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