Tuesday, January 20, 2015

january 20

JOURNAL TOPIC: (today's tunes: "Expectations" by Belle & Sebastian; "Tales of Brave Ulysses" by Cream; "Tale of Sir Robin" by Monty Python)

Re: the Dickens novel, why the title?  What's so Great about Expectations?  How does this phrase define or establish ideas about the plot, tone, theme, setting, and/or characterizations you've encountered so far?

1. Journal
2. A good ol' fashioned lecture on Dickens & Great Expectations, with good ol' fashioned students taking good ol' fashioned notes (*electronic devices and doodles are still welcome as long as they help you remember and process the ideas).

1. Please post a response to the following ideas on your course blog (title: ALL THAT DAVID COPPERFIELD KIND OF CRAP)

The first line of J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye is this:

"If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth." 

"Now that you've read some Dickens, what do you think Salinger means by "all that David Copperfield kind of crap"?  (If it helps, look up David Copperfield and compare with what you already know about Great Expectations.)  What distinguishes Dickens' style, and what statement is Salinger trying to make by distancing his protagonist from Dickens?
2. Work on lit terms list 2 (post remix to your course by COB Wednesday, 1.21; quiz on Friday, 1.23)
3. Work on lit analysis 1 (post by Monday, 2.2)


  1. Are we remixing last weeks vocabulary list? .-.

    1. Since you were out last week it may help you, but it's not required.

  2. If Pip's a seed, then what attributes "water" and "sun" to give him the ability to grow?

    1. Great question/metaphor--what say you, everyone?