Module ONE - Mortality

March 16 - March 27

Essential Questions

  1. Is Momento Mori helpful in living your life?
  2. How cheap can life be?
  3. How unexpected can death be?

At the completion of this module you can expect to:

  • Critically read and evaluate a literary texts, informational texts, and poetry.
  • Support your critical analysis by answering specific questions on the text using textual evidence.
  • Participate in the class’s discussion board.

Discussion #1 - Class Introduction

The first module's theme is Mortality. In this class discussion introduce yourself, comment on some unique things about you, hobbies, taste in music, etc. AND also answer this question: What does "mortality" mean to you?

Then comment on at least TWO other student's postings.

Your postings should always be in proper English, correct spelling, grammar, punctuation and mechanics. There is no casual writing in this class. Your post will be deleted and you will get zero credit if you do not comply.

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Assignment #1 - "Like A Winding Sheet" Questions - answer in Schoology

Pick TWO questions to answer & post:

1. What do we know about Johnson and his wife Mae at the beginning of the story? What type of relationship do they have? What kind of man does he come across as?

2. What causes the protagonist to change his temperament and become violent? Does it make any difference to be able to identify the reasons for his personality change? Why?

3. Who is the focalizer of the story? Why do you think Petry chose to tell the story from that perspective?

4. Why does Petry choose to be so graphic and detailed about Johnson’s (real and imagined) physical violence?

5. Who do you sympathize with in the story? Why?

6. Why does Johnson hit his wife? Why does he manage to control himself with the other (white) women, but not with his wife?

7. What do you think will/could happen after Johnson beats up Mae? How will this affect their relationship? What are Mae’s options? And Johnson’s? Is it possible he beat her to death?

8. What is the significance of the title of the story? Why does Petry choose such a title? What does it mean?

My philosophy for a happy life | Sam Berns | TEDxMidAtlantic

Assignment #2 - Philosophy For A Happy Life

View the lecture by Sam Berns. Then list 5 things that you feel are important for a happy life. Find one quote from the internet (or that you like) that is about living and also share that in your post. Please reply to ONE other student's posting.

My Example:

  1. Take risks and be adventurous
  2. Love deeply – those that deserve it
  3. When you’re not sure about something - Ask yourself – which would you regret more – doing it or not doing it
  4. Always be curious about everything
  5. Have a puppy at least once in your life

“A woman has to live her life, or live to repent not having lived it.”
― D.H. Lawrence

Reading #3 - "Do Not Go Gently" - Audio & Reading Below

Assignment #3 - "Do Not Go Gently" - Complete in Padlet (link below)

With a partner, you will analyze Dylan Thomas's poem "Do Not Go Gently..." by using the following questions.

  1. Who is the speaker of the poem?
  2. Who or what does the speaker address?
  3. How do you know? (direct quotations)
  4. How does the author present death in this poem?
  5. How would you describe the tone of the poem?
  6. How would you describe the speaker’s mood?

You will post your answers in the following link:

Practice Analysis - John Donne

John Donne


"No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory (large piece of land) were, as well as if a manor (large house) of thy friend's or of thine own were: any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee."

1.Who is the speaker of the poem?

2.Who or what does the speaker address?

3.How do you know? (direct quotations)

4.How does the author present death in this poem?

5.How would you describe the tone of the poem?

6.How would you describe the speaker’s mood?

Assignment # 4 - "On Dying Beyond Your Time" - Close Reading - Submit in Schoology

With a partner, listen to video that reads the article, "On Dying After Your Time". You will answer the prompts as they appear in the video. One person should type your answers as you discuss. You can also do this on your own.

First to use the Google Doc below, sign into IDP email (or gmail) open it, MAKE A COPY. THEN, when you are ready to submit, click "Share Link" and make sure that your Google Doc can be read by everyone, "Public on the Web". If you do not do this then your document is not readable. - Video - Worksheet

Assignment#5 - On Dying Beyond Your Time

1) Answer ONE question below and submit in our class's discussion board.

2) THEN, are you brave? is your answer so good it should be in the New York Times? You can join the discussion online with students from around the world. Click on the link below to the Learning Network & submit your comment THERE.

3) Choices! Comment on ONE student in our class OR comment on a student in the New York Times.

Presentation on How To Post in A Discussion Board

Assignment # 6 - Bad Tattoos

Review the following presentation with a partner. Find the error in the tattoo (spelling or grammar) and fix it!