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Unit 8: Paulo Coehlo's The Alchemist

In this, your last read as a senior in high school, we’d like you to look ahead to your dreams and who you are becoming. Coelho’s novel is a telling story about what could happen if you actually do “follow your heart.” Many of us ask, “How do I really do that?” and this book shows us the way. Read it with an open heart and an open mind toward how it might instruct you in the coming years and in your life.  Maktub!

Unit Checklist: Summative Assessments
___/25        ___/25        Literary Journal: Complete, thorough, all components finished on time.
___/5          ___/5          In-class conversation with Macy about a quote that speaks to you.
___/20        ___/20        Thorough notes on one hour of lecture material.  Please also include notes on The Way that identify five or more
                                        distinct parallels with Coehlo and/or The Alchemist.
___/50       ___/50          Reflection paper: Addresses prompt at collegiate level, evidences a thorough writing process, utilizes texts appropriately. 
                                        Includes MLA Works Cited (The Alchemist, 2nd text, lectures).
___/100      ___/100
Due 25 minutes before the end of class on Final Exam day.  Calendar with recommended timeline available online.  Please fill out this rubric and include it.
Lecture Material:
Use the Internet to access and take notes on one hour of lecture material related to a potential direction your life might take.  If postsecondary education is part of your plan next year, please view content in a possible area of study.  If a job or other route is next for you, please explore a topic therein.  Please stick to legitimate, collegiate sources and clear your choices ahead of time with the teacher.
Reflection Paper:
Using The Alchemist (at least four text-based references), another text of your choice (quote/paraphrase), and references to lecture materials you examined, explore your personal legend.  While direction of this paper is open-ended, you may choose to consider carefuly what you've "always wanted to do," the way choices lead to "currents of change," the "greatest lies" that impede us on our paths, and the "mysterious forces" that help us along.  A five-paragraph essay of two to three pages is recommended.  Please include a title and MLA Works Cited.  The Way may be used as your third text, if desired.
Please submit your final paper and Works Cited, in a single document, to turnitin.com by the due date.  You will not receive a score if this does not happen.
MIT Open Course Ware  http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm. Full lectures, notes, exams, videos, and more.  It’s awesome.
iTunes U seems to be a great resource as well.
Try the OPEN YALE COURSES channel on youtube.

Open courseware collection: http://onlineuniversityrankings.org/2009/the-worlds-50-best-open-courseware-collections/

1) explain what was going on in the book when the quotation was said; 2) explain why the quotation is significant; 3) explain how this fits into your personal life OR give an opinion on whether the thinking behind the quotation is right/wrong and why.  You should probably note the page number as well. 

Your responses will be shared in class, turned in, checked for ORIGINALITY, and scored.  Do a good job, and make your work mature and collegiate. Typing is not required, but you are welcome to type or use another sheet of paper if you need more room.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

These quotations go in chronological order. 

Section #1: You must do a total of 7 quotations, plus 1 of your own choosing that’s not listed here.

  1. “People from all over the world have passed through this village, son,” said his father.  “They come in search of new things, but when they leave they are basically the same people they were when they arrived.”





  1. “It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”





  1. “It’s the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary; only wise men are able to understand them.”





4. “What’s the world’s greatest lie?”

5. “Everyone, when they are young, knows what their Personal Legend is.  At that point in their lives, everything is clear and everything is possible.”






6. “That’s the way it always is,” said the old man. “It’s called the principle of favorability.”






7. “I’m like everyone else – I see the world in terms of what I would like to see happen, not what actually does.”






8. “As he mused about these things, he realized that he had to choose between thinking of himself as the poor victim of a thief and as an adventurer in quest of his treasure.”




9. “There must be a language that doesn’t depend on words, the boy thought.”






10.  “It was as if the world had fallen silent because the boy’s soul had.”





Section #2: You must do a total of 7 quotations, plus 1 of your own choosing.

  1. “I’m afraid that if my dream is realized, I’ll have no reason to go on living. . . I’m afraid that it would all be a disappointment, so I prefer just to dream about it.”





  1. Maktub.”





  1. “But you know that I’m not going to Mecca.  Just as you know that you’re not going to buy your sheep.”





  1. “But he was able to understand one thing: making a decision was only the beginning of things.  When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him to places he had never dreamed of when he first made the decision.”





  1. “If I could, I’d write a huge encyclopedia just about the words luck and coincidence.  It’s with those words that the universal language is written.”





  1. “I’ve learned things from the sheep, and I’ve learned things from crystal, he thought.  I can learn something from the desert too.  It seems old and wise.”





  1. “And, when you can’t go back, you have to worry only about the best way of moving forward.”


8.“I learned that the world has a soul. . . these things are all so simple that they can be written on the surface of an emerald.”






  1. “If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man.”





  1. “There is only that moment, and the incredible certainty . . . one’s dreams would have no meaning.”





11.”When you are in love, things make even more sense, he thought.”






12. “If you pay attention to the present . . . brings with it an eternity.”

Section #3: You must do a total of 7 quotations, plus 1 of your own choosing.

  1. “He had succeeded in reaching through to the Soul of the World, and now the price for having done so might be his life.”





  1. “Courage is the quality most essential to understanding the Language of the World.”





  1. “It’s not what enters men’s mouths that’s evil,” said the alchemist.  “It’s what comes out of their mouths that is.”





  1. “You must understand that love never keeps a man from pursuing his Personal Legend.”





  1. “The existence of this world is simply a guarantee that there exists a world that is perfect.”


  1. “Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself.”






  1. “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”





  1. “We were all made by the same hand, and we have the same soul.”





  1. “When you are loved, you can do anything in creation.”






  1. “It is we who nourish the Soul of the World, and the world we live in will be either better or worse, depending on whether we become better or worse. And that’s where the power of love comes in. Because when we love, we always strive to become better than we are.”





  1. “If I had told you, you wouldn’t have seen the Pyramids.  They’re beautiful, aren’t they?”





  1. “I’m coming, Fatima,” he said.