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PBL Vision & Career – MUL Episode 2 Blog Post

Watch the video and write a post of about 200 words responding to the prompt below.

There will be times in university where you will have an emergency task to do and you will not have enough time to do everything. Imagine that Dr. Sureggi has assigned you an essay due in two days. You need to find and read information for the paper and write it. You also need to study for Dr. Kimbop’s exam the same day.

Make a schedule for writing the paper and preparing for the exam. Indicate all of the things you will need to do, within reason—you are a human and you need time to sleep, eat, take a bath, take the bus, and so on. Think about what time you will devote to each of these personal and academic tasks.

Depending on your skills, some people can do one or more tasks at a time. You might be able to have lunch and read at the same time, or study with headphones while you walk or ride home. Think about these abilities you might have, to use your time more efficiently. Again, you don’t have enough time to do it all; how can you prioritize or use your time better?

Brit Soc Contemp Novs: Blog Post 2 (White Teeth)

Zadie Smith – White Teeth (2000)

Readings: If you can’t read the entire novel, you can skip chapters 5, 6, 7, and 10.

Presentations and blog posts due Thursday, April 11

  • Group 2: Masculinity and the poor fathering of Archie and Samad.
  • Group 3: (Video) What type of ‘teeth’ are the characters? How does the ‘teeth’ symbolism of the novel work?

Write a post here of two paragraphs (about 200 words) discussing the book. Choose one topic, or make your post a reply to someone else’s post. For the presentations, choose one topic per group. Your presentation must present an opinion or argument; it cannot just summarize the story. E-mail or speak to me before your presentation to have it approved.

  1. Why are Archie and Samad still friends over the years when they are so different?
  2. What do Irie and Magid find so attractive about “Englishness”?
  3. Why is Samad so obsessed about his great-grandfather?
  4. Why do Samad’s children rebel against their father?
  5. Is Alsana just mean, or does she have a reason to dislike her husband?
  6. Why does Irie explode at the Joneses and Iqbals on the bus at the climax of the story? What is her argument?
  7. What is the meaning of the SuperMouse? What does it represent?
  8. Why do you think the author decided that Irie would never know the father of her baby? What does it mean?
  9. The fathers in this novel seem absent or weak. Why? Or do you agree?
  10. Why do you think the novel is called White Teeth? What do teeth mean here?

British Soc & Lit 1: Blog Post 2 (Merchant of Venice)

The Merchant of Venice – William Shakespeare (1598)

Presentations & blog posts due Tuesday, April 2

  • Group 1: (Chaucer) – Feminist issues in the Canterbury Tales
  • Group 2: Podcast – Is Portia a bigger hypocrite than Bassanio?

Feel free to use whatever version of the play you like– but remember that class presentations, papers, or other assignments involving the play must use the original language.

Write a post here of two paragraphs (about 200 words) discussing the play. Choose one topic, or make your post a reply to someone else’s post. For the presentations, choose one topic per group. Your presentation must present an opinion or argument; it cannot just summarize the story. E-mail or speak to me before your presentation to have it approved.

  1. How does money affect how people in the play relate to each other? Do you think Shakespeare is making a statement about this?
  2. A Korean professor once told me that Koreans would find Jessica’s abandonment of her father unacceptable. Are Jessica’s actions justified?
  3. Why is Shylock treated so badly? He’s mean, but does he deserve what happens to him? Discuss the anti-Semitism of the play.
  4. In the play, the women seem smarter and in charge. Is this humorous, or do you think Shakespeare is saying something in this?
  5. Is it right that the women trick the husbands into giving up their rings? What do the rings symbolize?
  6. Do Jessica and Lorenzo really love each other? Why is this subplot in the play?
  7. The climax of the play is where Portia, pretending she’s a judge, states that justice should be about mercy. The characters believe Shylock receives mercy at the end; do you agree?
  8. Most scholars agree that Antonio and Bassanio are simply good friends who show affection for each other. Some think it’s more than just friendship. What do you think?
  9. Analyze a character or scene in the play you feel is interesting or important.

Shakespeare: Blog Post 2 (Macbeth)

Macbeth (1606)

Presentations & blog posts due Monday, April 8

  • Group 2:
  • Group 3: What is the role of ambition in the play, regarding Macbeth, Macduff, and Malcolm?

Write a post here of two paragraphs (about 200 words) discussing the play. Choose one topic, or make your post a reply to someone else’s post. For the presentations, choose one topic per group. Your presentation must present an opinion or argument; it cannot just summarize the story. E-mail or speak to me before your presentation to have it approved.

  1. Analyze the character of Duncan. Is he a good man, or too trusting?
  2. Discuss Lady Macbeth. How much of Macbeth’s downfall is her fault? If she wants to kill Duncan so much, why doesn’t she do it? Is she worse than Macbeth?
  3. Compare Lady Macduff to Lady Macbeth.
  4. No one makes Macbeth listen to the three witches– and he could have just waited for Duncan to die. Is Macbeth trapped by them somehow, or does he just use their advice for his own benefit?
  5. Why does Lady Macbeth become insane?
  6. There are some strange scenes, such as when the Porter makes sexual jokes, or when Lady Macduff’s son says silly and playful things to her. Why would Shakespeare do this?
  7. Was Macduff right to run away, or is it wrong for him to leave his family in danger?
  8. Does Macbeth, in the end, feel guilty for his crimes, or is he just sick of being afraid and bothered by his actions?
  9. Do you think the play says that ambition is a good or bad thing? Is there a moral to the play’s story?

PBL Vision & Career – MUL Episode 1 Blog Post

Choose one of the following questions and write a post of about 100-200 words answering it. There are no right or wrong answers; give your opinion, or respond to someone else’s post.

  1. Give an example from your own experience of how you learned in an “active” way in class or in a personal activity.
  2. What is the “university” way to approach a professor if an exam or course grade is poor, according to the video? How might you do this in real life?
  3. How might someone used to the Greek mode of learning act differently in a university class? Give an example.
  4. All of this talk about extra work and responsibility doesn’t sound like it’s better than high school. But the video does discuss some advantages to university life. Discuss a few.

Shakespeare: Blog Post 1 (Twelfth Night)

Twelfth Night (about 1602)

Blog posts due & Presentations: Monday, March 25

Group 1: A key theme in the play is deception, where people show a false front. Are they justified in doing so?

Write a post here of two paragraphs (about 200 words) discussing Twelfth Night. Choose one topic, or make your post a reply to someone else’s post.
For the presentations, choose one topic per group. Your presentation must present an opinion or argument; it cannot just summarize the story. You must e-mail or speak to me before your presentation to have it approved.

  1. Are the play’s characters sympathetic when everyone changes their mind and plays so many tricks on each other? Who is the best character?
  2. Orsino is maybe more in love with “love” than with Olivia, and yet Viola falls in love with him. Why does she? What are his good qualities?
  3. A key theme in the play is deception, where people show a false front to others or themselves. Are they justified in doing so?
  4. Why do the other characters dislike Malvolio so much? Why does Olivia put up with him?
  5. Discuss how the songs and music in the play explain or relate to the story’s action or ideas.
  6. Discuss Feste. He is a clown but is probably the smartest person in the story. Why would Shakespeare do this?
  7. Is it right for Sebastian to marry Olivia so impulsively, when she thinks that she is marrying Cesario?
  8. Choose a character and show how that character changes throughout the play, and why.
  9. Does the play teach a lesson or have a moral to it? What is it?

British Soc & Lit I: Blog Post 1 (Chaucer)

“The Miller’s Tale” & “The Wife of Bath’s Tale” from Canterbury Tales – Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1386)

Blog posts due: Thursday, March 21

Write a post here of two paragraphs (about 200 words) discussing “The Miller’s Tale” or “The Wife of Bath’s Tale.” Choose one topic, or make your post a reply to someone else’s post.

  1. Is the Miller’s Tale disgusting or offensive, or just silly? Why might people find it funny?
  2. Do you feel sorry for John the husband, or does he get what he deserves?
  3. Everyone in the Miller’s Tale is punished in some way, except for Alison, who does what she wants. Is this true, or fair?
  4. Is there some kind of moral lesson in the Miller’s Tale?
  5. What is either story saying about love?
  6. What is the Wife of Bath saying about marriage in her tale?
  7. Do you agree with the Wife of Bath’s logic or arguments? Do they make sense?
  8. Although the Wife of Bath wins over her husband, he is still technically a rapist. Is he a sympathetic character? Do you like him?
  9. Is Alison or the Wife of Bath a stronger woman? What do you think Chaucer thinks of women in these stories?

Brit Soc Contemp Novs: Blog Post 1 (Bridget Jones)

Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding (1996)

Blog posts due & Presentations: Monday, March 25

Group 1: Why does Bridget have such low self-esteem? What does it mean?

Write a post here of two paragraphs (about 200 words) discussing Bridget Jones’s Diary. Choose one topic, or make your post a reply to someone else’s post.

For the presentations, choose one topic per group. Your presentation must present an opinion or argument; it cannot just summarize the story. You must e-mail or speak to me before your presentation to have it approved.

  1. Why do you think the author wrote the book as a series of diary entries? How does it change how we understand the story?
  2. Bridget often lies to herself in the entries, telling herself that she doesn’t like Daniel or that she will eat better or stop smoking. Why does she do this?
  3. Is it right for Bridget to be trying to date her boss all the time, or is it Daniel who is at fault? Why is she so attracted to him?
  4. Do you feel sympathy for Bridget, or does she get what she deserves sometimes for being lazy or silly or having bad personal habits like drinking too much?
  5. Discuss Mark Darcy. Does he treat Bridget properly, or is he wrong to look down on her initially? Why is he attracted to her?
  6. The novel is sometimes hostile to men, but Bridget’s father seems kind and is hurt by Bridget’s mother. Is there a reason the author makes her mother this way?
  7. Is Rebecca catty and mean, or is it maybe true as some critics say, that she is justifiably jealous of Bridget’s career and adventures? Are there times when Bridget is wrong, or fails to understand other people?
  8. Feminists have criticized the novel because Bridget isn’t very feminist; she can do stupid things and really only cares about getting a man. Is this true? Is this a fair criticism?
  9. Does the novel teach a lesson or have a moral to it? What is it?

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