Basic Existentialism, Absurdism, Nihilsm

Basic existentialism, absurdism, nihilism

Basic existentialism, absurdism, nihilism

 

Absurdism

In absurdist philosophy, the Absurd arises out of the fundamental disharmony between the individual’s search for meaning(Existentialist) and the meaninglessness(Nihilist) of the universe. As beings looking for meaning in a meaningless world, humans have three ways of resolving the dilemma. Kierkegaard and Camus describe the solutions…

  1. Suicide
  2. Religious, spiritual, or abstract belief in a transcendent realm, being, or idea.
  3. Acceptance of the Absurd

 

Christian Existentialism

  • Christianity => grace, humility, and love.
  • God => Love.
  • Evil => consequence of action.

 

Nihilism

  • Life is without objective meaning, purpose, or intrinsic value.
  • Knowledge is not possible.
  • Reality does not actually exist.

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ELA 10 Midterm Assignment

When you have to make a choice and don’t make it, that is in itself a choice. -William James

Read carefully the two short stories, The Sniper by O’Flaherty and Araby by James Joyce.

Write a post in response to one of these stories in which you discuss the idea(s) the author suggests to you about decisions.

Consider the rubric:

Tips General:
This assignment should allow you to showcase your expository writing skills. As well, you should consider relevant items for your discussion from your Short Story Study Guide. Show how the author builds interest/intensity about decisions through the use of literal (information, vocabulary, conflict, etc) figurative (symbolism, irony, allusion, etc) and archetypal elements.

Tips Extra:
The rubric will reward discussions which incorporate philosophical ideas in general. This task would be an excellent opportunity to quibble about existential ideals specifically.

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Same Circus, New Clowns, … and New Clown Pants

I was thinking this morning I had better push out a list of some items new and returning students should have or soon add to their sites:

  • update choice of themes, revised site titles and tag lines.
  • check profile and update any details – especially your password and email details (must be your active @ecacs16.ab.ca email)
  • customize your theme – look at theme settings for any other details to make your site more uniquely your own
  • add a personal gravatar to your ecacs16.ab.ca email account
  • create a few amazon book widgets: “Books I’m Reading”, “Books I’ve Read”, “Books I Want”, “Favourite DVDs” etc.
  • create a custom menu widget of your class (and other classes)
  • add a custom menu widget for your most used links: forum Book Talk, email, School Calendar, Snowflakes, etc…
  • add a link to your custom menu to your current course outlines and focus questions at the Pingo Lingo and ComTech blogs

If you have other tips or tidbits in your blog you think we all should have, please drop me a comment below.

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Poetry Contest for Grades 9 and 10

A while back I received the following invitation:

A Panacea of Poetry East Central is having a poetry contest! It will be positively poetic and panoptic!

The first phase we undertook in Grades 9 and 10 was to explore Ladders to the Dark. The first poem was published, April 21, 2009. And today 38 students have written over 350 poems, fragments, and musings.

Links to all published poems can be found at our Queneau blog, aka Random Poetry, in the comments section following each exercise.

Now, here’s what I would like to see from students, today:

  1. Write a post that contains links to three of your best poems and/or links to three of the best poems written by your classmates
  2. Submit a comment below with a link to that post.
  3. Return to this blog later today to find out who I’ve seleted to advance to the next phase

Today, three poems in Grade 9 and three poems from Grade 10 will be entered in the next phase of the contest.

Winners(and prizes???) of A Panacea of Poetry will be announced June 15, 2009.

Good luck.

UPDATE: 3:30PM May 6, 2009
The Finalists:
Grade 9
My Mind Is High
Ivory
In the Midst of the Fire
Grade 10
Unique
Reflection
Turning Back

Story Generator I Dig

Tonight I was “surfing the net while sitting on the couch” again and I stumbled upon a terrific site for generating random ideas for writing short stories.

“Tropes are storytelling devices and conventions that a writer can reasonably rely on as being present in the audience members’ minds and expectations.”

Here’s one

trope1

And another …

trope2

The real value is when you click the Setting, Plot, Narrative Device, Hero, Villain, Character As Device, and Characterization Device. A wiki opens explaining the pattern, theme, cliché, or archetype with connections to examples from literature, film, comics, and video games. Very rich. Happy digging.

Have you ever googled “Applied Phlebotinum“?

Crossword Puzzle: “Who Am I?”

Create a “Who Am I?” crossword puzzle for your group/class.

  • get every person’s name to fit somewhere
  • get at least one descriptive adverb or adjective for each person in the group
  • get at least one favorite activity listed for each person

Example clues:
Across:

  1. a friendly boy, when he’s not playing basketball
  2. Bob’s favorite sport

Use the following, or similar, crossword puzzle maker.

Attach a printable copy of your completed puzzle to a post and pingback here.
crossword

Teen Book Recommendations Needed

There is an increasing appetite among STJ bloggers for fresh books to read. At the STJ Library blog the list of books read and reviewed keeps increasing, however, I fear the lack of choice in our current library stacks may soon inhibit this momentum.

So, I’d like to try something to abate/assuage my fears.

In my vision, I’d like to have a solid list of “teen recommended books” in my hand that I’d like to have the library acquire … some day.

So here’s what I’d like you to do:

  1. Create a single “Top 10” post identifying and justifying in a sentence or two a top 10 list of books you would like to read.
  2. For each text you list, be sure the link has the book’s ISBN-10 number (ie. link to the book at amazon.ca).
  3. identify at least one Canadian author
  4. identify at least one “non-fiction” title
  5. justify your choice of text after considering course focus questions
  6. Bonus: Add a “Showcase Widget” to your sidebar that does the same.
  7. Optional Extra Bonus: Create a “Listmania” or “Wishlist” list at Amazon.ca
  8. pingback or leave comment with a link to your post here

I’ve added a few widgets to the Library blog with links to libraries, resources, and reviews to help get you started. However, I personally find Amazon’s “listmania” feature quite useful.