HW10 due 3/25: Mandala

1. Mandalas for both classes are now due Tuesday. You have had three weeks to work on this project, so I am expecting nothing less than extraordinary work. The Mandala will be worth 200 points and count as a project/essay grade. Keep in mind:

  • Your base structure of your mandala should be a series of geometric shapes. The primary, and largest, shape must be a geometric shape.  Within there must be an arrangement of smaller geometric shapes.
  • All geometric shapes must be PRECISE. The craftsmanship in general should be precise.
  • The Mandala should use colors meaningfully. Meaning, you should be able to explain why you chose the colors you chose.
  • All visuals beyond the base structure should be purposeful and powerful. Meaning, there should be a rationale for everything present in your Mandala and that rationale should be of great significance to you. Further, the images should be aesthetically pleasing in presentation.
  • The Mandala should reflect great creative effort!
  • The Mandala should reflect great overall effort!
  • The Mandala should reflect you!

2. Allegorical Short Fiction–due Wednesday, March 26th. In particular, pay attention to how you are using dialogue, sensory imagery, and figurative language. Keep in mind:

  • Allegory: Your short story should reflect common characteristics of an allegory per the link posted at the beginning of this project.
  • Theme: Your short story should reflect you and some aspect of your Self as the primary subject for the allegory.
  • Characterization:  Characters are well-developed through dialogue, actions or thoughts.
  • Point of view: One point of view is used consistently throughout the story.  Further, the point of view is the product of a conscious choice.
  • Grammar/Usage/Mechanics:  Correct grammar, sentence and paragraph structure, spelling, punctuation and capitalization are used. Use of strong vocabulary is evident. Sentences vary in length and type.
  • Organization:  While this story may not have the traditional beginning, middle, and end, there should still be a logical and consciously chosen organization to the narrative.
  • Conflict: Clearly established and developed yet not necessarily resolved.
  • Creativity: The story contains many creative details and/or descriptions that contribute to the reader’s enjoyment. The author has really used his/her imagination. There is evidence of vivid sensory imagery and figurative language to help paint the scenes of your narrative.

3. We begin the next unit on Monday, The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy.

HW10 due 3/17 (3/18 for 10G): Siddhartha and Mandala Project

1. Siddhartha–Read and annotate “The Ferryman” and “The Son”
2. You have a setting for your allegory! Who are the characters? From what point of view will the story be told? What is the plot line? What is the primary conflict? In as much detail as possible, the questions should be answered by MONDAY. (TUESDAY for 10G)
3. Final Mandala due Monday, March 24th!
4. Allegory 1st draft due Thursday, March 20th. Final draft of the Allegory now due Wednesday, March 26th. More details to come tomorrow.

Here we are at the end of another week of school! 2 1/2 months of class to go!

HW10 due 3/13 (3/14 for 10G): Siddhartha, Six Word Memoir, and Blueprint

1. Siddhartha–Read and annotate “By the River”
2. Six Word Memoir–YOUR LIFE IN SIX WORDS. Complete these on the sentence strips passed out today in class. Write the Six Word Memoir on the single-lined side of the sentence strip.  Please be thoughtful, authentic, and pithy! I am looking forward to these. Also, be NEAT! And personalize/decorate the strip to your heart’s content (and for extra credit).
3. Mandala blueprint due Tomorrow. (Friday for 10G)

4. You have a setting for your allegory! Who are the characters? What is the plot line? What is the primary conflict? In as much detail as possible, the questions should be answered by MONDAY. (TUESDAY for 10G)

HW10 due 3/11 (3/12 for 10G): Siddhartha

1. Siddhartha–Read and annotate Samsara.
2. Be sure you are familiar with the Siddhartha glossary.
3. Stay on top of your personal vocab–25 words.
4. You should write out ideas for your the setting of your Allegory. We will spend some time with that tomorrow!