Keep It Simple
Please respond to the following prompts in 75 to 100 words.
1. Why is simplicity so hard to achieve? What's the difference between achieving simplicity and merely being simplistic?
2. Take a story you know well, such as a fairy tale or a popular movie, and simplify the plot to a few sentences while still retaining what makes it interesting.
(Initial post due: Thursday, 1/31. Response to a classmate is due Sunday at midnight.)
Please respond to the following prompt in 75 to 100 words.
"Sometimes fear is based upon experience: You encounter a situation that you've dealt with before where things went wrong, and you don't want to repeat the past. Sometimes it's irrational and isn't based upon anything at all."
What fears are you currently facing? How are you choosing to face these fears with courage, compassion and connection?
(Initial post due: Thursday, 1/17. Response to a classmate is due Sunday at midnight.)
Blake Mycoskie, author of Start Something THAT Matters, wrote,"Stories are the most primitive and purest form of communication. The most enduring and galvanizing ideas and values of our civilization are embedded in our stories, from those of Homer, whose preliterate epic poems united the Greeks' national spirit, and Virgil, whose poems did the same for the Romans, to those told by Jesus, who used parables to teach his disciples. It seems to be in our genetic makeup to capture our best ideas in stories, to enjoy them, to learn from them, and to pass them on to others" (25).
Many of us use Facebook to share such stories that move us. Write about a time you shared a story (or followed a link to a story) that touched your heart or moved you in some way. You may have been moved to tears, enraged over an injustice, or prompted to act in some way. I'm talking about real stories not the funny, nonsensical stuff that is also often shared. For example, I was moved and inspired by "Caine's Arcade," and it prompted me to share it with you.
Describe the story you encountered, your reaction(s), and then post the link below. Then state why you think this story matters to humanity and how its universal to us all.
ONLY SHARE STORIES THAT ARE APPROPRIATE!
You must write your first name and last initial and class period each time you post. Example: Shelia S, period 1. You must also use academic language. Absolutely NO texting abbreviations. Initial Response is due on Friday. Your response to a classmate is due on Monday.