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LESSON #1: CHARACTER

This American Life: 249: Garbage
(Theme: Identity, Expression, Equality)

Conversations in Class around how these stories develop themes and pull out details.

DUE: Timed Write: Identify a theme in one of the stories, and explain the central conflict.

LESSON #2: INDIVIDUALITY

This American Life: TV1.2 My Way
(Theme: Expression, Identifty)

Conversations in Class around how these stories develop themes and pull out details.

DUE: Timed Write: Which story resinates with you the most, why? How do you see it develop the themes of the course?


LESSON #3: GRACE?

On Being: Bobby McFerrin - Catching Song
(Theme: Identity, Health, Expression)

Pre-Homework: select any video or link to Bobby McFerrin's work and post a link to it on your blog. Write a reaction to the work on the blog. EXTRA CREDIT: reply to each other's reactions/selections.

Homework: Choose to answer any of the direct "secret Questions" asked by your peers or respond in depth to the in class directed prompts that we discussed.


LESSON #4: THE THREE HARDEST WORDS


FREAKANOMICS: "The Three Hardest Words in the English Language"
(Theme: Identity, Expression, Conflict Zones)

Homework: Blog about a time when you have either used the Three Hardest Words or a time when you faked it, and how that worked for you.



Week Four



Ted Radio Hour: The Violence Within Us (Theme Conflict)

This American Life: Episode 339: The Breakup (Theme: Conflict)

Movie: Dying to Tell the Story (Theme: Conflict)

Ted Radio Hour: Growing Up (Theme: Emigration)

Ted Radio Hour: Peering into Space (Theme: Exploration)

Ted Radio Hour: Have and Have-Nots (Theme: Equality)

On Being: Mathematics, Purpose and Truth (Theme: Identity, Exploration)

On Being: Play, Spirit and Character (Theme: Play, Identity)



Freakanomics: How Much Does Your Name Mean (Theme: Identity)

Freakanomics: You are What You eat, Part 1; You Are What You Eat, Part 2 (Theme: Health)

To the Best of Our Knowledge: The Power of Play (Theme: Play)

To the Best of Our Knowledge: Across the Universe (Theme: Exploration)