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,…

Blog Entry #4 – “Childhood Rebellion” – Due Oct. 3(A) / 4(D,H)

An unavoidably important element of Persepolis is the “coming-of-age” journey of Marji.  While the book’s historical and political content is obviously crucial, I would argue that the book, at its core, is the story of one girl’s complex transition from childhood into adolescence and adulthood.  We are drawn into her innocence, idealism, and identity being…

Poetry by and Inspired by Rumi – Due Sept 26(A) / Sept 27(D,H)

I don’t do poetry much in World Lit, but when I do, I think it’s worth it!  As a first step into this unit, I’m excited for you to get exposed to Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rumi, the incredible classical Middle-Eastern poet who has withstood the test of time in rare form.  Perhaps you’ll soon discover why…