For the next few weeks the Masterpiece Academy will be your showcase. As you reflect on this experience, and your overall experience in this course throughout the year, please address the following questions in a traditional MLA-style essay. Then post about it to your blog in any medium (music, pictures, video, animation, [?]) that brings your thesis to life. (You may embed the original paper if you can't think of a better way to communicate.)
Please Note: Everything on the traditional paper assignment counts. Please proofread and/or ask a friend or relative to help with organization, flow, and mechanics (capitalization, punctuation, spelling, grammar, MLA style, e.g.)
Masterpiece Academy Question
Montaigne ended his essay "Of The Education of Children" this way:
To return to my subject, there is nothing like alluring the appetite and affections; otherwise you make nothing but so many asses laden with books; by dint of the lash, you give them their pocketful of learning to keep; whereas, to do well you should not only lodge it with them, but make them espouse it. (1580)
The word espouse originally meant "to marry" and took on connotations like "embrace," "love," and "advocate." Have you espoused learning? Explain your growth in this course via a narrative that portrays you as the dynamic protagonist in your own Bildungsroman. Please include the following elements.
ELEMENT 1: You have been treated as colleagues and you have been given a great deal of choice in this course; this represents a high level of trust. Did you and the others deserve it? Earn it? Honor it?
ELEMENT 2: Fiction has been called "the lie that tells the truth." Which works, authors, or characters did you read this year that rang true enough to make you feel like they described parts of you and/or your journey? (Please mention at least three. It makes them sad when we forget them.)
ELEMENT 3: Have you re/connected with a passion that drives you? If so, how will you continue your learning? If not, how will you proceed?
ELEMENT 4: [Something about literature or this course that made you laugh out loud.]
ELEMENT 5: [A unifying theme that runs through a minimum of five (5) presentations; a quality of the content, or the speakers, or their communication techniques that strikes you as something important that we have in common.] Please illustrate/support your point with specific examples from the presentations.
ELEMENT 6: Evaluate whether you completed the hero's journey. Are you a hero? To what extent did you respond to the call of adventure? Did you find a mentor, conquer a challenge, and return enlightened?
ELEMENT 7: For old time's sake, sneak in a literary technique. Don't make a big deal out of it. I'll know it's there.