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Story Week 4: Friday Night Lights

[Characters]: Brad: Quarterback for the Athens football teamEric: Running Back for AthensCoach Hader: Head coach for Athens Darren: Quaterback for Trojans football team [Setting]:  Football field. It's a great night to play sports; the sky is clear. The stadium is full of fans, wearing golds and reds. We're at Athens High School during the national semifinals playoff game. Athens High is playing against the Trojans. They trail by 10 points in the final quarter. There is 8 minutes left on the clock. The camera zooms to 2 boys wearing gold football uniforms on the sidelines. Cheerleaders lead chants in the background. Brad is sitting on the bench, looking angryEric joggs off the field and over towards Brad[Eric]: BRO. Come on. Enough of your petty drama with Hader! Do you see this crap out there? They are MURDERING us. Brad rolls his eyes, but says nothing[Eric]: You're the best guy that we have! Dude, you know that we can't win this without you! [Brad]: It's not my …
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Extra Credit Reading Notes: Homer's Iliad, Part B

These notes are based off The Iliad: The Ransoming of Hector, retold by Alfred J. Church I am so over Achilles at this pointI really don't know why he's even considered a hero He's arrogant, rude, and cruelJustice for Hector!He's already dead, so why is Achilles trying to dishonor his body?He's dragging it around daily...why????At least Zeus is mad about it! He needs to get Achilles in trouble He's crying over his friend--but other people died too!So King Priam is Hector's dad. He's upset (obviously) Zeus is on his side thoughPriam has to PAY to get Hector's body backThat's messed up.He takes so many things with himAll his riches and itemsZeus lets him pass through the gates without being seenSo the Gods seem to have liked Hector and Priam, even though he died Priam runs into Myrmidon-- he fought with Achilles and saw Hector oftenThe body of Hector is in perfect shape-even after being dragged around by AchillesThat must be another sign from the …

Reading Notes: Homer's Iliad, Part A

These notes are taken from: The Deeds and Death of Patroclus from The Iliad by retold by Alfred J. Church 



So Achilles is kind of a jerkHis buddy Patroclus wants him to join the war, but of course, he will notWhy?His sense of pride. He thinks he is a big shot, and was offended by the King of GreeceWe all know that the war cannot be won without AchillesMy first thought is to retell this story as a high school sports inspired storyEveryone needs the QB to play, but he won't because the couch made him angryBut IT'S THE SEMI FINALS And the team is gonna get DESTROYEDSo along comes the running back, trying to get the QB back. Anyway, Achilles just makes fun of his friendPatroclus apparently will die! Will Achilles kill him?Well he randomly decides to join in the battleThe trojans are gathering around and the greeks are starting to loseSo, in football game time, it's the last quarter!Um, Achilles wants all the glory--screw his friend basicallyFire startsAnother team just scored …

Topic Research: Sea Monsters

So far, I'm leaning toward the sea monster idea. It's something that's different than what I did before, and I think it would be a challenge for me to create this kind of story. It would be an episodic kind of story, with my main heroine going to different places and facing different sea monsters. There would need to be a story arc, and it would need enough variety to not be boring/repetitive.  Would it be an option to somehow make this a portfolio instead? I think I would also have to do more outside research, since there isn't really a sea monster unit! Anyway, 3 story ideas!#1: Heroine (Sammy Seafare??) sails to the coast of Japan to find evidence of the mythical yokai, Umibozu . The "sea priest" appears to sailers when the sea is calm, but can quickly turn it into chaos. Many sailors have lost their ships after an appearance from Umibozu. When Sammy is alone on the water, Umibozu raises out of the sea!#2:Maybe Sammy tells the story of her mother? Her moth…

Feedback Strategies

Article #1: How to Get Past Negativity Bias in Order to Hardwire Positive Experiences by Katrina Schwartz 
I chose to read this article because I don't really know what "negativity bias" is. It sounds like being negative in your brain, instead of thinking positively. I tend to be a negative nancy, so I'll see if this article has any tricks for me. So! I see that I was sort of correct. According to this article, there are ways to rewire your brain thinking patterns. The brain is moldable! This scientist, Rick Hanson, argues that students can develop motivation and think of themselves as more active learners. Maybe students can become more positive in their outlook on learning? Apparently, the brain is used to putting negative emotions (or input) in front of positive things (negativity bias). Humans focus on bad news, not positive news. We should try to train our brains to dwell on positives instead. So basically, it's all about mindfulness. Being aware of our your…

Reading Notes: Ovid's Metamorphoses II, Part B

These notes are based off Procne's Revenge from Ovid's Metamorphoses, Translated by Tony Kline 
The Truth is revealed So this story is already crazyThere are 2 sisters, and one was raped attacked by the other sister's husband (who is a king) Now, Philomela is the sister that was attackedShe had her tongue cut out and is now a mute She has been kept in a dungeon for about a yearThe sister married to the king has no idea, she thinks the sister has just randomly died or gone missingProcne is the sister married to the kingThis almost is like a criminal minds or CSI episodeI wonder if I can change up the story to make it like one of those crime shows?Philomela wove a cloth, and sent it to her sisterProcne is now aware of what happened and goes to rescue her sisterEven though what they do is kind of sick, it's also kind of awesome that they can get revenge Neither sister is angry at the other one, which is great newPhilomela is now ready to help her sister get revenge!
The Pi…

Reading Notes: Ovid's Metamorphoses II, Part A

These notes are from Persephone's Fate, a story taken from Ovid's Metamorphoses, translated by Tony Kline. 
This story is a bit hard to follow for me. I know that Persephone was raped/kidnapped by Dis (Hades)Ceres is now looking for her daughter, and seems to have found her and figured out the situationNow, this is where the pomegranate comes in! Persephone eats 7 seeds (sin?) from a tree. Ascalaphus saw it, and now that he saw her eat the pomegranate, and now she is no longer able to returnAscalaphus is working for hades? I believe?Maybe I can add something cool to his characterMaybe he doesn't want persephone to leave, so he is sabotaging her chances to leave the underworldI'm honestly confused about what is happening in the story- why can't proserpine eat? Is that because of the gods?Anyway, he is turned into an owl, which acts has a omen of disasterJupiter divides up the year, and now she has to spend half of the time in heaven, and half the time n the underwor…