Thursday, May 11, 2017

Reading Period 26: May 12-18: The Neverending Story

Long Read:

The Neverending Story by Michael Ende, chapters 9-17

Short Read:

"The Wish" by Roald Dahl

Poem:

"Ode to Joy" by Friedrich Schiller. Here is the German next to the English. Make sure you click on "Show Original" if your browser tries to automatically translate it for you!

Creative Assignment:

Take a look at the works of German expressionist painter Paul Klee, particularly the painting "Once Emerged from the Gray of Night," in which words are inscribed in colored squares. (Klee lived in Switzerland but was part of this German art movement.)

Flora on Sand by Paul Klee

Senecio by Paul Klee

Once Emerged from the Gray of Night by Paul Klee

Here's the text of Klee's poem:

Once emerged from the gray of night
Heavier and dearer and stronger
Than the fire of the night
Drunk with God and doubled over. 
At present ethereal 
Surrounded by blue 
Soaring over the glaciers 
Toward the wise constellations.

Create your own poem inscribed in a field of colored squares. You can use graph paper if you want or create your own grid. You can see that Klee's squares weren't all the same size -- so be flexible! You can use your own poetry, or use a stanza of a poem you particularly like. Let the content of the poem dictate the colors you use in your grid. 

OR

Listen to the "Ode to Joy" movement of Beethoven's 9th and last symphony. This is Schiller's poem set to music: 



Now write your own poem entitled "Ode to Joy." You must use at least ten words from Schiller's poem, but they don't have to be in any order, and you can add as many of your own words as you like. Listen to the music while you write, and try to capture some of the spirit of its phrases in your poem.

Writing Assignment:

Your only choice of writing assignment is to work on your short story! Think about our class discussion as you compose your story. Plot is rooted in the identity of your characters, but you need to place them in a world that brings their identity into a place of conflict. I can't wait to read your creations!

Quiz:

1. Who sent Gmork to hunt Atreyu?
2. Finish the line: When it comes to controlling human beings, there is no better instrument than _____.
3. What is the deepest secret of the world of Fantastica?
4. What name has Bastian thought of for the Childlike Empress?
5. What makes Bastian hesitate and not want to come into Fantastica?
6. What is the job of the Old Man of Wandering Mountain?
7. Why is there nothing but a grain of sand left of Fantastica when Bastian arrives?
8.  What is inscribed on the back side of the Auryn?
9. Why is it madness to swim across the Lake of Tears?
10. What is different about the way Bastian appears to Atreyu now, as compared to how he appeared in the mirror gate?

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