Final Blog and Speech – “FAREWELLS!”

This is it, guys!  Your last blog ever!  I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed reading these.  I appreciate you taking the time to articulate your thoughts here with creativity and sincerity, and I hope you’ve taken the time throughout the year to read the shared ideas of your classmates as well.  Ultimately, I…

Blog Entry #12 – “Damage and Redemption” – Due May 3

Beginning the first pages of Cry, the Beloved Country with a portrait of an Edenic landscape that has been marred by human abuse, Paton weaves throughout his whole novel the theme of damaged things that are in need of healing.  Beginning with his scorched up native country, he goes on to explore unjust social norms, corrupted political systems, exiled…

Blog Entry #11 – “Othering” – Due April 1

This blog is hopefully a nice little connection to Sociology and Psychology (if you’ve taken Mr. Todd’s classes)!  But I think this is something that’s important for you guys to be familiar with regardless. The racially-charged social climate of South Africa portrayed in our novel contains many tragic examples of the sociological behavior known as “othering.”…

Blog Entry #10 – “Answering Che’s Calls to Action” – Due March 20

Although his legacy is rather messy and controversial, I think anyone can find at least something to admire in the life and vision of Ernesto “Che” Guevara.  I like that The Motorcycle Diaries book included his later speech to Cuban medical students because we are able to hear for ourselves how Che’s journey around Latin America shaped…

Blog Entry #9 – “Travel and Tourism” – Due Mar 12(A), 13(D), 16(H)

ICS students are some of the most well-traveled people I’ve ever met, and I know a lot of you really enjoy experiencing new places and new cultures.  I hope that this makes you appreciate the travel-minded spirit that permeates The Motorcycle Diaries.  But, I also hope you notice that the book does not merely describe the adventurous…

World War II Poetry Analysis – Due Nov 21(A) / 22(D) / 25(H)

As I hope you remember from 10th grade, Europe has been home to some of the finest poets the world has ever known.  Because I like to touch on a little poetry as we “travel the world” in each unit, I’d like you to spend today digging into some quality European poetry.  A while back,…