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The Forest of Rhetoric

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This is the archive for September 2012

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Cyrano's Panache

From wikipedia:
Panache is a word of French origin that carries the connotation of a flamboyant manner and reckless courage.

The literal translation is a plume (a feather), such as is worn on a hat or a helmet, but the reference is to King Henry IV of France. Pleasure-loving and cynical, but a brave military leader and the best-loved of the kings of France, he was famed for wearing a striking white plume in his helmet and for his war cry: "Follow my white plume!" (Fr. "Ralliez-vous mon panache blanc!").

Cyrano de Bergerac
The epitome of panache and the reason for its establishment as a virtue are found in Rostand's depiction of Cyrano de Bergerac, in his play of that name. (Prior to Rostand, panache was not necessarily a good thing, and was seen by some as a suspect quality).

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Samurai de Bergerac

by Jay Seaver


Well, why not do a samurai version of "Cyrano de Bergerac"? It's a classic story, filled with grand, doomed romance and the occasional swordfight; every culture has that somewhere in their past, along with ostracizing those who look different. It's far less of a stretch to put Cyrano in feudal Japan than it is to put him in a Colorado resort.
It doesn't hurt at all to have Toshiro Mifune as the warrior-poet with the big nose. Here, Cyrano's name is Heihachiro Komaki. He's a big, burly guy whose broad nose and scruffy appearance distract from his skill with the sword; one wouldn't necessarily expect him to write a good haiku, either. The object of his affection is beautiful young Lady Ochii (Yoko Tsukasa); she is smitten with Jutaro Karibe (Akira Takarada), who feels the same but cannot find the words to woo her. There are plots and schemes and arranged marriages to further complicate things, overcoming which will require Komaki's wit and blade.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Honors Summer Reading Discussion 2012

Honors students desiring credit for doing their summer reading assignment should, in the comments area below, leave at least three substantial comments. Two of the comments should be about the book you read and one should be in response to someone else's comment. The comments should highlight your understanding of the books and inspire confidence in the teachers that you did, indeed, read these books. Unconvincing commentary will receive no credit.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The World's Greatest Outside Reading Project - TIES for English Two and Honors English Two

In The World's Greatest English Class, we can't do things the same ways they do them in other English Classes. That wouldn't be great. Greatness is different than mediocrity, so those who would be great must do different things.

A case in point are the "outside reading" assignments so commonly made in the run-of-the-mill English classes. While reading outside of class is of great value in learning to read well, and critical to becoming an excellent reader, the World's Greatest English Teachers have found such assignments to be too vulnerable to cheating, too consuming of class time, and not as valuable in addressing the California Language Arts Standards as they could be.

Hence, we're going to fulfill the outside reading requirement in a different way the TIES way.

TIES is an acronym for Thematic Investigation, Exposition and Synthesis. The program is intended to get you to read an an extended written work, such as a novel, and use that as a launch pad to explore and relate the themes and subjects in that work to other works from other media films, audio files and webpages, for examples and from other authors. It's intended to be difficult to fake your way through.

When you click "read more" below, you'll find links to several files you need to fulfill this class requirement.

Monday, September 03, 2012

Read Cyrano de Bergerac


Here's a link to the Brian Hooker translation of Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac. That's the same version of the play we read in class.

The link is below. You can use it to find quotes, search for Rostand's and Hooker's usage of the various literary techniques, or just read it for fun and deeper understanding.

Cyrano de Bergerac, Hooker version, Act 1

Cyrano, Act II

Cyrano, Act III

Cyrano, Act IV

Cyrano, Act V

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Senior Humanities Grading Policy

Grading: This class will be graded on a standard scale, 90-100: A, 80-89: B, 70-79: C etc.
The points will be divided according to the following system:
43% Writing and Project (This may change after the first weeks of school)
24% Reading
8% Listening and Speaking
5% Class Participation
20% Final Exam

Extra credit will be handled on an individual basis and is not guaranteed to anyone. Rounding up in the tabulation of grades is my purview and is never done on a wide basis.

Materials: You will be expected to bring the following items to class
EVERY DAY regardless of whether you think you are going to need them:
A pen and/or pencil
College-ruled blank paper
A folder to hold class materials Note: This may be a section of a larger binder, or just a small folder for this class only.

Important Note: You will be expected to download most of your materials for this class from the class website: If you do not have the ability to print this at home, then you are welcome to use the classroom computers, or the computer labs after school, or the media center. Not being able to print at home is NEVER an acceptable excuse for not having your materials.

Computers: There is one main idea regarding the computers: Using the school computers in my classroom is a PRIVILEGE not a right. If you abuse this privilege, you will be barred from using them in this class. Keep in mind that there will be several assignments during the course of the year that will require the use of the computers and if you are not allowed to use the ones in class, you will have to make other arrangements. You must always ask to use them.

Advice: Keep Everything. Believe it or not, I am, as are most teachers, human. I make mistakes. Keep all of the work, handouts, and other materials you receive in this class because you may need it later.

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Rhetoric Classroom Expectations and Grading Policy

Welcome to Rhetoric.

Read the following sheet very carefully. Contained thereon are the rules, regulations, and policies that you will be expected to follow. This class is designed present the student with varied and selective public speaking opportunities. You will be responsible for delivering any number of the following types of speeches: Impromptu, Expository, Eulogy, Opinion, After-Dinner, and various types of Interpretation speeches. Significant time will be spent on rhetorical and media analysis, the logical falacies and the qualities of effective oration. This class will supplant one semester of Language Arts credits, therefore, you will responsible for meeting the English Language Arts standards applicable to this material.

Class Rules: The rules that govern this class will follow along school-wide guidelines.