Happy Halloween!

In class: http://www.hasd.org/faculty/ThomasKraus/Us%20and%20Them.pdf

Finish for HW!



Class #3

largeWe reviewed the excerpt from GENESIS.

We reviewed the Golden Age Archetype.

Information was largely reviewed here: https://tackk.com/w7wmqc

Homework: R&A “Nothing Gold Can Stay” by Robert Frost. Try to FILL the white space. Try to write meaningful annotations.


Golden Age/Transformation Archetype Overview
The world was created as, or otherwise used to be, an ordered paradise in which everyone got along, everyone was provided for, and everything made sense.

Love, peace, reconciliation, harmony with nature, spring or summer images, abundance, and growth are all associations with this archetype.

Through their own actions or choices, people lose paradise (transformation).
People continually fantasize about or try to regain paradise.

Whatever people believe, regaining the golden age is not attainable. It is either lost to them forever (i.e., the Garden of Eden) or was never actually as idyllic as they remember (i.e., any reference to the past as “the good ole days”).

Directions: Read and annotate the following poem by Robert Frost. Use your annotation guide for help in labeling your annotations and scrutinizing every word. Consider: how does it show an archetypal golden age? How does Frost evoke a certain mood with the language, imagery, and literary devices he selects?

Nothing Gold Can Stay
By Robert Frost
Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

http://youtu.be/hHB6k_QPTSc go to that link to see The Outsiders film reading of the poem.

Class #2.

Review of “A Tree, A Rock, A Cloud” and “The Poet” for understanding the Quest Archetype.

We analyzed quotes that indicated the Quest Archetype elements of




& we picked our favorite quotes from the text!

We listened to http://youtu.be/PKY-smJ6aBQ – “I am a Rock”

We then compared the emotional content of that song to this one: http://youtu.be/jjNgn4r6SOA – “Bridge Over Troubled Water”.


R&A – Genesis in your Archetype Packet. This is the first story that we will read that is a GOLDEN AGE story.

Understand more about the Golden Age here:

Friday Class! #4!

Today in class we will:

We will warm up with this music.

Watch this clip of “How to be a Real Indian.”

Answer these questions from last night’s reading of “This is What it Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona”.

We will understand the elements of the QUEST archetype that are present in this story.

We will discuss!


Read and Annotate “Antaeus” – MY FAVORITE!!

Thursday Class – I’m out!

Hi Students,

I am out of the classroom today and at a conference.  Be nice to the sub!

In class, please read and annotate “This is What it Means to Say Phoenix Arizona” by Sherman Alexie on page 1 in your archetype packet. Please annotate it for monomyth elements!

If you finish before class is over – you can work on your Final Draft of the Scapegoat Essay.

Monday – Class 1 Socratic Seminar on Catching Hell

Information on Socratic Seminar can be found here.

You can also find the worksheet in your Archetype Drive Folder or from this link:


COMPLETE REFLECTION – for HW if not finished in class.


Rough Draft #1 –> Middle Draft #2

Tomorrow we will Peer Edit.

Do you have dialogue in your story? Use this checklist.