X-Men lit theory wrap up

Use the comments below to write any final thoughts about the book and the presentations. What did a group’s presentation reveal that you hadn’t seen before? What are the benefits of using a lens in studying a text?

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Superheroes 10/17 – God Loves, Man Kills pdf

Hi guys,

Here’s the pdf to read “God Loves, Man Kills.” god-loves-man-kills-pdf

Directions:

Eventually you and your group will be presenting on how your literary theory lens applies to X-Men and GLMK. Your presentation will have four parts:

-A description/definition of the lens
-How the lens applies to the X-Men in general
-How the lens applies specifically to God Loves, Man Kills and finally
-Your conclusion

I’d like to have the presentations ready for next Thursday and Friday.

For today:

  1. Before reading GLMK with your group, read through your explainer on your literary theory lens. Ask Mr. Shulkin/Mr. Boyar for any clarifications you might need.
  2. Read part one of GLMK with your group. As you go, look for quotes/picture/ideas that you can analyze or look at through your lens.
  3. Make a plan with your group in terms of reading between now and Thursday. How far will you read? Who’s looking for what aspects of your presentation?

Superheroes 10/16 – Plato’s ring allegory

We’re still talking about allegory. Today we read Plato’s allegory about the ring of Gyges. Before reading we went over four reading strategies to use when reading something dense and difficult:

1) Chunk and summarize

Draw lines after paragraphs (or groups of short paragraphs) and as you read pause to write a short summary in the margins after each chunk

2) Bracket and dig

If/when you get stuck, embrace the confusion. Mark what section lost you with [brackets] and figure out what the problem is. Do you not understand some of the words? Is the tone different than before? Is someone else speaking and you missed the quotation marks? Is the sentence really long and you’re having trouble following their thoughts?

3) Highlighting and underlining

Sometimes just the act of moving or doing something active helps us focus. Use a highlighter (or pen) to go over the paper. Don’t worry so much about what you’re underlining, but rather why you are underlining (an interesting sentence or idea, a word or phrase you like, something unexpected).

4) Organize key terms

Skim the document the first time and figure out what ideas or words are most important. Put them in boxes on a sheet of paper, and as you come across them in the reading fill in your boxes with quotes/ideas/summaries/questions

For tomorrow, answer these three questions:

  1. What is the story of the ring an allegory for?
  2. Do you agree with Plato’s characterizations of human nature?
  3. Which reading strategy did you choose, and how helpful was it?

Here’s the text: Plato’s ring