Friday, January 25, 2008

Twain: The Final Fishbowl

Today we will have our final fishbowl discussion of Pudd'nhead Wilson. Please try to break away from live blogging at least once to enter the inner circle (the water is just fine!).


Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Human Classification in 2008

Throughout our discussion of Puddn'head Wilson, we've analyzed race from a comfortable distance by keeping the novel situated squarely in the 19th century. Do you think that our society today still faces the same issues of race and classification that Twain questioned and satirized in his works? Is our sociey better off? Worse? The same? Can you think of any specific examples to support your opinion?

Feel free to address not only Puddn'head Wilson but also Ethnic Notions, Social Darwinism, "freak shows" and human circuses, and any other issues that have coincided with our study of the text.

Before you respond, please read a short article published today by clicking here. You may use this article in your response if you wish, but please don't feel limited by it (you may address other, non-related topics as well).

As always, remember that this is a conversation; be sure to read and comment on each other's posts.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Live Blogging: The Damned Human Race

As you live blog, please remember the following:

1. Keeping hitting the F5 key to refresh the page and view new comments.
2. Type in Microsoft Word first to make sure you have proper spelling and grammar.
3. Aim to make at least five thoughful comments.
3. Keep the discussion focused and academic. Today's topics are Social Darwinism and Mark Twain's "The Damned Human Race."

Monday, January 7, 2008

Learning Reflections

Consider how your learning has changed from your 8th grade year until now:

What have been the most important changes you have experienced?

What role has technology played in these changes?

How would you describe your learning style in English this year, and how is it different from past years/other classes?