Week 02: Oedipus Paper and Pericles’ Funeral Oration

Monday/Tuesday: Start Pericles’ Funeral Oration, and Oedipus Paper Work

While we are working on the Oedipus papers, we still will be moving forward with some reading selections.  The piece we started today is “Pericles’ Funeral Oration” which is a selection from a much larger work written by Thucydides about the Peloponnesian War. The first section sets up the beginning of this famous political speech and it has been used as a model for many thousands of years by politicians who want to win the hearts and minds of their audience.

We managed to get thought the introduction today and will continue on Wednesday with the body of the speech.

Then we spent 40 minutes working on writing the body paragraphs of the argument.  I gave some help and feed back for people who are struggling with organization and I modeled how to write an idea based topic sentence for each body paragraph.

Some important points include:

  • Focus on the parts of the thesis statement to guide your argument.
  • Topic sentences should be written first– that way you make sure you cover all aspects required by the thesis statement
  • Topic sentences should break the larger issues

HW: Please write a few more body paragraphs– you know what is needed to get done, so get the majority done.

Wednesday/Thursday: OMG Stuff!

Item 1- read your book!

Item 2- Work on “Pericles’ Funeral Oration” — we covered the middle three pages.

Item 3- Work on your Oedipus paper draft! You need to finish your draft, with a intro and conclusion, for the next class.

HW: Finish your Oedipus paper draft, print a copy to bring to the next class. 

HW: Reading Journal due November 10– 9 entries required. Work on this as needed.

HW: NoRedInk.com activities– keep up on these.  All activities from now to the end of semester are posted, so you can work ahead if you want to.