Tragedy & The Dark Knight


  1. Writing Assignment: Due Friday, November 17th, 2017
  2. If you finish, please:
    1. Continue with Faraday Chance assignments,
    2. Sit back, relax, and enjoy whatever is presented on the screen,
    3. Continue with your independent reading.

Happy Birthday, Jaci! From your friend,


AGENDA: Weeks 1-6

6-Week Assessment: Please click on the red link and complete this assignment. Feel free to use notes and reference online resources. But, please be honest when I ask you questions about attendance and the source of the information in your responses.


  1. Theme: Lesson or truth about life revealed in a story or poem.
    • Why do we fall? So we can learn to pick ourselves up.
    • Existence is harsh, so be prepared.
  2. Terms
  3. Aristotle’s Ideas About Tragedy
    1. A Plea for Caution from Russia
    2. War Is A Racket
  4. History:
    1. Gobekli Tepe
    2. Ancient Stone Carvings Show a Comet Swarm Hitting Earth Around 10,950 BCE
    3. Tunguska Event
  5. Batman Begins:
    1. Vigilante: A member of a self-appointed group of citizens who undertake law enforcement in their community without legal authority, typically because the legal agencies are thought to be inadequate.
    2. The Hero’s Journey:
      1. Breakdown / Multiple Interpretations
      2. Monomyth
  6. “Film” Review
  7. Ethos, Pathos, Logos
  8. Aristotelian Tragic Hero: Traits
  9. Great Sphinx Mystery
    1. Shafts, Tunnels, Chambers Confirmed? Hall Of Records Cover-up
    2. The Revelation of the Pyramids
    3. Ozymandias
  10. Exposition / Persuasion
  11. Crash Course – Oedipus Rex



  1. Put your name and proper heading at the top of a loose sheet of paper. A proper heading is located in the upper right-hand corner of your document/page and includes:
    1. First and last name
    2. The date (October 3, 2017)
    3. Your school
    4. 4j student ID
  2. Put the title of the assignment in the upper left-hand corner of the assignment.

Assignment Option 1: Are You Prepared for the Big One?

  1. Please read this informational editorial from The Register Guard and write a five paragraph essay that answers the question, “are you prepared for the big one” using complete sentences and thoughts. The essay should introduce the following:
    1. Summary and introduction to the article.
    2. Specific information about the threat.
    3. How many of the survival items listed in the article are already at your house.
    4. What you will need to get to be more prepared.
    5. Whether you think this is an important thing to think about and prepare for.

Assignment Option 2: Principles of Wilderness Survival, Human Psychology

  1. Principles of Wilderness Survival: What It Means To Be Human (Physically) – When you click on this link, you will be transported to an mp3 file recorded by wilderness survival expert Tim Smith of the Jack Mountain Bushcraft organization. Please take notes on his lecture. He will cover the fundamental elements of what it takes to keep the human body going in an emergency survival situation. Please:
    1. Take detailed notes about what you need to know, what you need to do, and what you need to have to survival a difficult situation.
    2. Please listen to this lecture using headphones. You may work at your own pace. 
    3. This will take just under an hour.
    4. Write an essay focusing on what you need to KNOW, DO, and CARRY in a survival situation.

Assignment Option 3: Choose Your Adventure.

  1. Choose something that you want to research. Dive in. Scour the internet for information, sources, anything. YouTube, websites, podcasts, books, etc.
  2. Take very complete notes on each resource you find related to your topic. Record the source (write down the URL and title of resource) and take notes on the following:
    1. Information presented (main ideas, key points and concepts)
    2. Your evaluation of quality
      1. Positive Aspects
      2. Negative Aspects

The Psychology of Evil.

  1. The Psychology of Evil: When you finish the assignments above, please click on this link and take notes on the video.
  2. What Is A Human Being? – Some say that humans are complicated beings. Others say that we are a simple species and easy to figure out. Take into consideration:
    1. The physical nature of human existence,
    2. The psychological nature of human existence, 
    3. The spiritual nature of human existence,
    4. The social nature of human existence, and
    5. Your feelings about the trajectory, purpose, and potential future of our species.


What It Means To Be Human

Humanity In The 21st Century

Aristotelian Tragedy

Shakespearian Tragedy

Dark Psychology

American History Revisited

The Question Concerning Conspiracy

Election 2016

Coexistence 101

  • The Oneness of Humanity
  • Beyond Religion

Simple Living