A Game of Thrones: Prologue
Adding the Class
Contest 1: Content
Rhetorical Strategy: using compressed statements to
communicate meaning: Writing Social and Political Haiku
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with the process. Much of our work will take place online, so
establishing this connection is mandatory.
I will give add codes during week two to ensure I
can add the highest number of people.
You must come to each class if you want to be
I will take 32 students.
Each student will select a character from A Game of Thrones for
which he or she will be responsible. This, of course, includes
learning about the character’s family and history. It also means
being responsible for tracking behaviors, acts, and motivations.
The order of choosing characters will be determined through five
contests held during the first three class periods. The first will be
today. Two and three will be during class 2. Four and five will be
during class 3.
The contests will include three content quizzes (participation
grade) and two vocabulary exams (exams grade).
The student with the highest overall score will choose first and so
on. In the case of ties, students will draw for position. This activity
will take place during class 4. I reserve the right to make all final
decisions determining order.
Get out a blank sheet of paper
Clear your desks
Prepare to answer five questions based on A Game of Thrones
In A Game of Thrones you play or you die;
A good life is based as much on luck as merit. Some
are born royal, some rich, some beggars, some
whores, some bastards.
1. Who said, “You are slow to learn, Lord Eddard.
Distrusting me was the wisest thing you’ve done
since you climbed down off your horse”?
2. Who “always favored huge, ill-tempered stallions
with more spirit than sense”?
the snow zombies
3. Who tells Arya that she will “marry a king and rule
4. Who says, “The Night’s Watch is a
sworn brotherhood. We have no
families. None of us will ever father
sons. Our wife is duty. Our mistress is
5. Who tells Eddard, “A courageous
informer would be as useless as a
Vocabulary Exam #1
25 words from A Game of Thrones
Test Format: Matching
1. amethyst: a purple or violet quartz, used as a gem.
2. bailey: the defensive wall surrounding an outer court of a castle.
3. baluster: any of a number of closely spaced supports for a railing.
4. barbican: a defensive outpost of any sort.
5. caparison: a decorative covering for a horse or for the tack or harness of a horse;
6. coffer: a box or chest, esp. one for valuables.
7. coif: a hood-shaped cap, usually of white cloth and with extended sides, worn
beneath a veil, as by nuns.
8. crannog: a small, artificial, fortified island constructed in bogs in ancient
Scotland and Ireland.
9. crenel: any of the open spaces between the merlons of a battlement.
10. crofter: a person who rents and works a small farm, esp. in Scotland or
11. cursory: going rapidly over something, without noticing details; hasty;
Vocabulary Exam #1
12. damask: hand-wrought steel, made in various Asian countries, from parts of a
bloom of heterogeneous composition, repeatedly folded over and welded and
finally etched to reveal the resulting grain: used esp. for sword blades.
13. deft: dexterous; nimble; skillful; clever
14. doublet: a close-fitting outer garment, with or without sleeves and sometimes
having a short skirt, worn by men in the Renaissance.
15. doughty: steadfastly courageous and resolute; valiant.
16. eyrie: the nest of a bird of prey, as an eagle or a hawk.
17. gibbet: a gallows with a projecting arm at the top, from which the bodies of
criminals were formerly hung in chains and left suspended after execution.
18. gorget: a piece of armor for the throat.
19. hauberk: a long defensive shirt, usually of mail, extending to the knees.
20. hummock: an elevated tract of land rising above the general
level of a marshy region.
21. insipid: without distinctive, interesting, or stimulating qualities; vapid:
22. lithe: bending readily; pliant; limber; supple; flexible:
23. pommel: a knob, as on the hilt of a sword.
24. puissant: powerful; mighty; potent.
25. rondel: a metal disk that protects the armpit.
Political and Social Commentary
“Haiku show[s] us the world in a water drop,
providing a tiny lens through which to glimpse the
miracle and mystery of life” (National Endowment
for the Humanities).
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It is a traditional form of
It describes nature, every
day life, or the human
It is based on personal
Its value is in sudden
discovery or revelation
What is Haiku?
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The moment two bubbles
are united, they both vanish.
A lotus blooms.
-Kijo Murakami (1865-1938)
It is a great mode of self-
It demands both brevity and
clarity in writing
It captures one moment and its
It expresses complex ideas
through simple observations
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Writing and understanding
Haiku requires multiple skills:
Concise word choice
An open mind
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The crow has flown away:
swaying in the evening sun,
a leafless tree.
-Natsume Soseki (1867-1916)
A Haiku traditionally has three lines with seventeen
This form is strict in Japanese
Sometimes it varies in other languages or in translation.
Writing Haiku: Form
Haiku consists of two parts: The description and the
Each part depends on the other for meaning.
In Japanese Haiku, the break is marked by a “cutting word.”
In English, the break is often marked by punctuation (e.g.
colon, long dash, ellipsis)
Haiku must include a kigo, a word that indicates a season.
This does not have to be a traditional season like fall or
winter. It could be baseball season or voting time; the reader
just has to be able to determine when the event takes place.
Writing Haiku: Structure
Social and Political Haiku
And that pesky Bill of Rights:
Who needs 'em? Wink. Wink.
McCain is ailin'
Chooses hockey mom Palin--
You betcha, we're pucked!
See dust thick on text books.
Evolution was a fad.
Science dead? You betcha.
Write Your Own Political
or Social Haiku
Find inspiration in A Game of Thrones
Make a list of descriptive words
Choose a character or two
Use the five, seven, five syllable form
Include a kigo to indicate the season
Use both a description and a reflection.
Remember to identify the break between
the two with punctuation.
Natural Endowment for the Humanities. EDSITEment. Can You Haiku?
May 2002. 10 October 2009.
Toyomasu, Kei Grieg. HAIKU for PEOPLE. 10 Jan. 2001. 10 October 2009.
Herrlin, Jackie. HA-KU. 2004. Internet Archive. 10 October 2009.
<http://www.archive.org/details/cie_haku>. (Attribution, Non
Commercial, No Derivatives)
Russo, Dave. North Carolina Haiku Society. Unknown. 10 October 2009.
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Read A Game of Thrones through page 100
Post #1 Write a Haiku (or two) that expresses a social
or political aspect of the reading thus far.
Study: Vocabulary (Exam one is at our next
meeting). You can find the list of words on the
website under “Vocabulary” “Vocabulary list one”
or on the presentation for class #1