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Online Learning of A Doll’s House, Day 13

Today’s lesson is all about¬†mansplaining, which is when a man explains something to a woman that she already knows. I’m willing to bet that a man on YouTube will comment on today’s video, explaining something to me… and that’s no April Fool’s joke ūüėČ

Goals for the Week:

  1. Write a response to a prompt analyzing¬†A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen.
  2. Continue to collaborate with teachers and classmates.
  3. Finalize all work on¬†A Doll’s House and our Feminism unit and prepare for our next learning experience!

Today’s Checklist:

  1. Check out this¬†flowchart that determines if it’s mansplaining or not
  2. Look over this 2008 essay by Rebecca Solnit,¬†“Men Explain Things To Me”
  3. Read through this gif-heavy list of 6 Subtle Forms of Mansplaining from Bustle

Today’s Lesson!

Standard:

  • ELAGSE9-10RI3 Analyze how the author unfolds an analysis or series of ideas or events, including the order in which the points are made, how they are introduced and developed, and the connections that are drawn between them.

Learning Target: 

I can analyze how an author explains her experience with mansplaining by reading women’s perspectives so that I can articulate and share my own thoughts.

Activator: 

Take a look at this screenshot of a Twitter exchange. In it, a female comic book author makes a joke about a character she writes, Punisher. Someone quickly pops up and tells her that her joke doesn’t work with the character’s backstory. What do you think about this exchange?

Work Session: 

Your assignment for this week!

This week is your largest assignment to date! Each day we will explore a different topic related to feminism and¬†A Doll’s House. I have made a Google Doc with 5 prompts, one for each day this week.¬†CHOOSE ONE PROMPT and write a paragraph in response to it.

Type your response in this document!

Remember, you only need to respond to ONE prompt this week!

Today’s Topic: Mansplaining

  • Mansplaining in¬†A Doll’s House

Let’s start off by looking at this fine example of¬†mansplaining from¬†A Doll’s House:

Helmer. What, already? Is this yours, this knitting?

Mrs Linde [taking it]. Yes, thank you, I had very nearly forgotten it.

Helmer. So you knit?

Mrs Linde. Of course.

Helmer. Do you know, you ought to embroider.

Mrs Linde. Really? Why?

Helmer. Yes, it’s far more becoming. Let me show you. You hold the embroidery thus in your left hand, and use the needle with the right–like this–with a long, easy sweep. Do you see?

Mrs Linde. Yes, perhaps–

Helmer. But in the case of knitting–that can never be anything but ungraceful; look here–the arms close together, the knitting-needles going up and down–it has a sort of Chinese effect–. That was really excellent champagne they gave us.

In this quote, Torvald explains to Mrs. Linde – who has made her living off work like knitting and embroidery – why she should embroider instead of knit, and even¬†how do embroider. Of course Mrs. Linde just nods politely to all of this… But this is a prime example of mansplaining. Do you think Torvald has ever held a needle or hoop in his life?

Do you agree or disagree with this chart?

The essay starts about halfway down the page. It’s rather long and esoteric, discussing things that probably don’t make a whole lot of sense to you (they didn’t to me!). But the point is this: The author of this essay encountered a man at a party who explained¬†her own book to her. As in, she WROTE the book, and this man chose to explain the content of the book¬†to its author. That’s sort of like trying to explain¬†Romeo and Juliet to Shakespeare.

This essay was written in 2008, before the term¬†mansplaining was even coined. Take a minute to at least skim the article and consider Solnit’s experience.

This article discusses some of the author’s personal experience, as well as some famous public examples of mansplaining. I loved the animated gifs throughout ūüôā Read through this article and consider if you’ve ever encountered – or maybe been guilty of? – one of these common ways of mansplaining.

Closing Session: 

Okay, I think you get the concept, but if you want a laugh, check out this Funny or Die skit called “Cavemansplaining”

Looking Ahead: Tomorrow’s Checklist

If you want to get ahead on things, here is what we’re going to be doing tomorrow!

  1. Remind ourselves of the¬†ending of A Doll’s House
  2. Consider this character study of Nora Helmer
  3. Form an opinion: Do you think Nora made the right decision?

World Lit: Allow Me to Introduce You to a Thesis Statement

Standards:

  • ELAGSE9-10W2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
  • ELAGSE9-10W4: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  • ELAGSE9-10W10: Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.

Learning Target: I will write an introduction paragraph with a strong thesis statement

Opening: VOCAB QUIZ!!

Work Session: Let’s do a mini-session on thesis statements:

Next we will spend 5 minutes watching a video on how to create a strong and interesting thesis statement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wxE8R_x5I0 Everyone pay attention, you will need to know how to do this!

Next, we will read together the first 2 paragraphs of Mrs. Bristow‚Äôs Cultural Identity Social Justice essay called ‚ÄúCinco de Drinko: Cultural Appropriation of Mexican Holidays‚ÄĚ, that I will put on the big screen for all to see. Then, you will identify Mrs. Bristow‚Äôs Thesis Statement and we will analyze it together.

Finally, you will write your intro paragraph for your Social Justice Research Papers and include a killer thesis statement! This is a graded activity that must be completed today. I will go over the Grading Rubric with you.

Please grab a piece of paper and start drafting your intro and thesis statement for your research paper.

Closing: Choose a few volunteers to share theirs’ with the class.

Assessment: Formative (individual conferences, checks of research packets); Summative (final essay product)

Differentiation: Process (scaffolding, frameworks)

World Lit: Greek Hero Story DUE!!

Standard: 

ELAGSE9-10W3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.

  1. Engage and orient the reader by setting out a problem, situation, or observation, establishing one or multiple point(s) of view, and introducing a narrator and/or characters; create a smooth progression of experiences or events.
  2. Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, description, reflection, and multiple plot lines, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.
  3. Use a variety of techniques to sequence events so that they build on one another to create a coherent whole.
  4. Use precise words and phrases, telling details, and sensory language to convey a vivid picture of the experiences, events, setting, and/or characters.
  5. Provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on what is experienced, observed, or resolved over the course of the narrative.

Learning Target: I can compose a research-based story about a Greek or Trojan hero.

Opening Session: MLA Format recap!

Work Session: 

YOUR STORY IS DUE TODAY!!!!!

In a well-organized story of about 750 words, depict a scene from the Trojan War starring your chosen character. You should not try to tell me the whole epic story of the ten year war ‚Äď you can‚Äôt do that in 750 words. Instead, you should choose a single scene from the war and show your character in that scene. Your story should include dialogue, sensory language, action, and character development.

Choose one of the following:

  • Greeks:
    • Agamemnon, King of Kings
    • Ajax, Second Best Greek Soldier
    • Clytemnestra, Agamemnon‚Äôs wife
    • Diomedes, another awesome Greek soldier
    • Helen
    • Hermione, Menalaus‚Äôs and Helen‚Äôs daughter
    • Iphigenia, Agamemnon‚Äôs daughter
    • Neoptolemus, Achilles‚Äôs son
    • Nestor, oldest warlord
    • Philoctedes, slayer of Paris
  • Trojans:
    • Aeneas, Hector‚Äôs second cousin and one of the survivors of Troy
    • Andromache, Hector‚Äôs wife
    • Cassandra, Priam and Hecuba‚Äôs daughter, Hector/Paris‚Äôs sister
    • Deiphobus, Hector‚Äôs brother (the one Athena pretended to be)
    • Hecuba, Priam‚Äôs wife
    • Helen
    • Oenone, Paris‚Äôs first wife
    • Polyxena, Hector‚Äôs sister who almost married Achilles

Closing Session:

TURN IT IN!!!

Assessment: Summative (stories will be graded)

Differentiation: Interest (choice of character)

World Lit: Iliad/Troy Essay, Day 2

Standards

  • ELAGSE9-10RL1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. Georgia ELA
  • ELAGSE9-10RL3 Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme. Georgia ELA
  • ELAGSE9-10RL7 Analyze the representation of a subject or a key scene in two different artistic mediums (e.g., Auden‚Äôs poem ‚ÄúMus√©e de Beaux Arts‚ÄĚ and Breughel‚Äôs painting Landscape with the Fall of Icarus), including what is emphasized or absent in each treatment. Georgia ELA

Objective
Students will be able to analyze the similarities and differences in the two artistic representations of the Death of Hector we have studied as a class.

Opening Session
Grab your essay and read over what you wrote yesterday. Consider where you might change or add things, then let’s get to writing!

Work Session

Your goal today is to finish your essay in which you compare and contrast the two versions of the Trojan War ūüôā

The Iliad vs. Troy

Wolfgang Peterson’s 2004 film Troy is a modern retelling of the story of the Trojan War. Homer’s Iliad is the authoritative story of the war, dating back to 700 BC. Although the movie and the book tell the same story, there are many differences between them. Your assignment is to write a 500-word (2 FULL pages) essay analyzing WHY the moviemakers changed parts of the book.

You might consider the following topics:

·       The presence or absence of the gods

·       Hector’s death

·       Patroclus and Achilles’s relationship

·       The portrayal of Bressius

·       Paris and Helen’s relationship

·       Menelaus’s death

Your essay should go beyond simply explaining the differences between the movie and the book. You should attempt to analyze WHY the moviemakers made specific changes to the story, considering what is emphasized or absent in each presentation.

Closing Session
Read your essay out loud to yourself and give it a final proofread, then turn it in!

Assessment
Summative (Essay)

Differentiation
Process (scaffolded essay prompt) Product (varied lengths as needed)

World Lit: Iliad/Troy Essay, Day 1

Standards

  • ELAGSE9-10RL1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. Georgia ELA
  • ELAGSE9-10RL3 Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme. Georgia ELA
  • ELAGSE9-10RL7 Analyze the representation of a subject or a key scene in two different artistic mediums (e.g., Auden‚Äôs poem ‚ÄúMus√©e de Beaux Arts‚ÄĚ and Breughel‚Äôs painting Landscape with the Fall of Icarus), including what is emphasized or absent in each treatment. Georgia ELA

Objective
Students will be able to analyze the similarities and differences in the two artistic representations of the Death of Hector we have studied as a class.

Activator

NEW VOCAB!!

  1. Anguish
  2. Bravado
  3. Dauntless
  4. Folly
  5. Illustrious
  6. Rabble
  7. Succor
  8. Vex
  9. Vindictive
  10. Quell

Work Session

The Iliad vs. Troy

Wolfgang Peterson’s 2004 film Troy is a modern retelling of the story of the Trojan War. Homer’s Iliad is the authoritative story of the war, dating back to 700 BC. Although the movie and the book tell the same story, there are many differences between them. Your assignment is to write a 500-word (2 FULL pages) essay analyzing WHY the moviemakers changed parts of the book.

You might consider the following topics:

·       The presence or absence of the gods

·       Hector’s death

·       Patroclus and Achilles’s relationship

·       The portrayal of Bressius

·       Paris and Helen’s relationship

·       Menelaus’s death

Your essay should go beyond simply explaining the differences between the movie and the book. You should attempt to analyze WHY the moviemakers made specific changes to the story, considering what is emphasized or absent in each presentation.

Closer
Trade papers with a friend and give each other some constructive feedback¬†🙂

Assessment
Summative (Essay)