Friday, May 5, 2017

Reading Period 25: May 5 - 11: The Neverending Story

Long Read: 

The Neverending Story by Michael Ende, chapters 1-8.

Short Read: 

"Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut

Poem: 

"Die Zaberlehrling" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Here it is in German. Your browser may try to translate this page, so make sure you say "Show Original." The Google translation probably won't make much sense.
Here are three different English translations: One, two, three. Read one or more.

Creative Assignments: 

First read Goethe's poem "Die Zaberlehrling." Then listen to this recording of "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" by Paul Dukas as you create an illustration or set of illustrations for the work. Use colors and unlined paper. Your illustration can be abstract or a representation of one of the scenes. Even though you may have the Disney animation in your mind, try to dispel that and work from your own imagination. Is that even possible?




OR

Read the story "Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut. Pretend you are Harrison's father, George, and compose a letter of 250 words to Diana Moon Glampers. In your letter, either thank her for the handicaps you and Harrison have to endure, or complain about the system that imposes them to make everyone equal. If you want to add some plot to the story, that's fine! Maybe George also goes on a rampage, or maybe George tries to get custody of Harrison to keep him in line.

Writing Assignment:

Using the three imaginary creatures that you drew from the bag in class, write a story in which they interact. Try to draw your plot from the creatures themselves. For example, if you have a Tempertot, which is an potato with rage issues, you will probably want to put her in a situation where she loses her cool. If you have a really "good" creature, put it in a situation where its morals are tested. If you have a really "bad" creature, try putting it in a place where it has to behave. We will develop this story more over the weeks to come, so what's important right now is to get a good strong start, but not to worry about polishing too much. Write 500 words -- the story doesn't have to be finished. We'll read and work on it in class. Speaking of class, please bring a printed copy!

Quiz: 

1. Why did Bastian steal the book?
2. Of the four creatures who meet in the Howling Forest, who makes it to the Ivory Tower first?
3. What is Auryn?
4. The name Cairon is an allusion. To what?
5. Why wasn't Atreyu affected by the Swamps of Sadness?
6. Why was the luck dragon able to escape Ygramul?
7. What book is Engywook writing?
8. What does Atreyu see in the Magic Mirror gate?
9. What does the Oracle say that the Childlike Empress needs?
10. What does Atreyu ask the Wind Giants?

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