Adding the Class
I will take 32 students
If you are on the waiting list, you can stay. I will
email add codes in waitlist order. Those wishing to
add should see me right after class.
As we go over the syllabus, consider whether you
will stay in the class. If you want out, please let me
know, so I can offer your seat to another student.
If you are not on the waiting list, it is very unlikely
you will get into the class unless we have a mass
exodus after the syllabus!
A Game of Thrones: Prologue
Contest 1: Content
Rhetorical Strategy: using compressed statements
to communicate meaning: Writing Social and
The Green Sheet:
What you will find here
The Class Website
How to sign up for
How to post your
Texts and Required Materials:
Lee A. Jacobus A World of
Ideas 7th Edition
George RR Martin Game of
One large Blue Book.
Active participation in class discussions and regular
attendance. You will earn real points for your
participation in activities.
Keeping up-to-date on the assignments and reading.
Formal writing: four out of class essays and one in-class
A series of homework posts to the class website
Reading quizzes and in-class assignments.
All out of class work to be submitted to me
electronically before the class period in which it is
due. Work must be submitted as an attachment in
Microsoft word. No other saved forms are
acceptable. If you do not have Microsoft Word
software available, leave yourself time to save and
send your work from a library computer. All work
must be in MLA format. I will read and return
work, in the order I receive it, with comments both
in the text and in the margins.
Success in this course depends on regular attendance and
active participation. Participation points will be part of
our daily activities. If you are not in class, you cannot earn
these points. You should save absences for
emergencies, work conflicts, weddings, jury duty, or any
other issues that might arise in your life.
It is your responsibility to talk to me your absences or
other conflicts. Work done in class cannot be made up.
Also, please arrive on time, as you will not be able to
make up work completed before you arrive, including
We will have four vocabulary tests during the quarter. There
are no make-ups. One day, near the end of the quarter, I will
offer every student the opportunity to take or re-take one test.
I do not accept late work. I do, however, extend an
opportunity to revise one essay for a better grade. If you miss
an essay due date, you may submit that essay when the
revision is due. If you miss the in-class essay exam, you may
take it and count it as your revision submission.
Conduct, Courtesy, and Electronic Devices:
In this class, we will regularly engage in the discussion of
topics that may stir passionate debates. Please speak freely and
candidly; however, while your thoughts and ideas are
important to me and to the dynamics of the class, you must
also respect others and their opinions. Courtesy will allow
each person to have the opportunity to express his or her ideas
in a comfortable environment.
Courtesy includes but is not limited to politely listening to
others when they contribute to class discussions, not slamming
the classroom door, and maintaining a positive learning
environment for your fellow classmates. To help maintain a
positive learning environment, please focus on the work
assigned, turn off all cell phones and IPods before class, and
do not text-message in class. If your behavior becomes
disruptive to the learning environment of the class, you may
be asked to leave and/or be marked absent.
Plagiarism includes quoting or
paraphrasing material without
documentation and copying from
other students or professionals.
Intentional plagiarism is a grave
offense; the resulting response will
be distasteful. Depending upon the
severity, instances of plagiarism
may result in a failing grade for the
paper or the course and possible
administrative action. All
assignments will be scanned and
scrutinized for academic
dishonesty. Please refer to your
handbook for more information
The syllabus is a tentative schedule.
It may be revised during the quarter.
Use it to determine how to prepare for class.
before the next
class Project Title
In order to do the homework, you must establish an account.
Our class website is http://ewrt2palmore.wordpress.com. In
order to do the homework, you must establish an account. To
make your own FREE Word Press account, go to
Wordpress.com and click on the large, orange button that
says, “Get started here.” The system will walk you through a
series of steps that will allow you to set up your own user-
friendly Word Press blog or sign up for just a user name;
alternatively, you can sign in with your Facebook account.
Make sure you sign in with YOUR Word Press username
before you post on our class page so you get credit for your
If you prefer not to use your own name, you may use a
pseudonym. Please email me your username if it is significantly
different from your real name.
If you cannot establish your website and username, please
come to my office hours as soon as possible, and I will help you
with the process. Much of our work will take place online, so
establishing this connection is mandatory.
On the Website
Some Reading Assignments
The Green Sheet
The Syllabus (The Daily Plan)
Your Daily Homework
Assignment (which is where you
post your homework.)
There is writing homework due the
evening before each meeting. This is
both to help you think about your
reading and to help you produce ideas
for your essays.
In order to earn an A on your
homework, you must do the following:
Complete all of the posts.
Post them on time.
Be thoughtful in your
On the front page of the website, you will find the
homework post after each class. (text me if you don’t
Below that post on the right, are the words “Leave a
Click there and a comment box will open. Copy and
paste your homework into the comment box
Click “Post Comment.”
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.
Is this class
Is this class
Will I be the
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; some are prepared, some
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
When: next class
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.
“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).
Attribution, Non Commercial
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
Study: Vocabulary (Exam one
is at our next meeting). You
can find the list of words on
the website under
list one” or on the
presentation for class #1