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 3/10 (3/11 for 10G): Siddhartha and More

1. Siddhartha–Read and annotate Kamala and Amongst the People.
2. Goodreads
. Mandala Project due March 24th (READ VERY CLOSELY AND VISIT THE LINKS)
Mandala notes:

Jung and the mandala: [Read more…]

HW10 due 3/6 (3/7 for 10G): Siddhartha

1. Siddhartha–Read and annotate The Awakening (very short reading).  CRITICAL ADDITION: I am compelled to remind you that this novel requires close reading and genuine thoughtfulness to grasp its themes. Skimming and/or train reading will simply lead superficial understanding of some plot developments with no understanding of the heart of the novel. You have been given a foundation (i.e. Jung, Buddhism, etc) upon which you can build an interpretation of the novel. But you must give it thought WHILE reading.  Tonight’s reading (for 10H) is only a few pages, so you should revisit the chapter on Gotama and be sure you are prepared to engage in a meaningful discussion of this novel! I will say nothing more, but this unit is too important. I expect you to be at your analytical best!
2. Research and take notes on The Mandala. Be sure to visit this link to get a sense of the process of making a mandala. This is the beginning step of the Mandala Project! More to come…