Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Dark Side of Oz

Synchronicity is a word coined by the Swiss psychologist Carl Jung to describe the "temporally coincident occurrences of acausal events." Jung spoke of synchronicity as an "acausal connecting principle" (i.e. a pattern of connection that cannot be explained by direct causality). Cause-and-effect, in Jung's mind, seemed to have nothing to do with it.
Plainly put, it is the experience of two or more occurrences (beyond coincidentally) in a manner that is logically meaningful- but inexplicable- to the person or persons experiencing them. Such events would also have to suggest an underlying pattern in order to satisfy the definition of synchronicity as developed by Jung.
It differs from mere coincidence in that synchronicity implies not just a happenstance, but an underlying pattern or dynamic that is being expressed through meaningful relationships or events.
Jung believed that many experiences perceived as coincidence were due not merely to chance, but instead, suggested the manifestation of parallel events or circumstances reflecting this governing dynamic. [2]
One of Jung's favourite quotes on Synchronicity was from Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll, in which the White Queen says to Alice: "It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards". [3]
A well-known example of synchronicity is the true story of the French writer Émile Deschamps who in 1805 was treated to some plum pudding by the stranger Monsieur de Fortgibu. Ten years later, he encountered plum pudding on the menu of a Paris restaurant, and wanted to order some, but the waiter told him the last dish had already been served to another customer, who turned out to be de Fortgibu. Many years later in 1832 Émile Deschamps was at a diner, and was once again offered plum pudding. He recalled the earlier incident and told his friends that only de Fortgibu was missing to make the setting complete — and in the same instant the now senile de Fortgibu entered the room.
During production of the The Wizard of Oz, a coat purchased from a second-hand store for the costume of Professor Marvel was later discovered to have belonged to L. Frank Baum, author of the original children's book upon which the film is based. [4]
"Synchronicity." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. 11 Dec 2006, 04:11 UTC. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 13 Dec 2006 <>.  

The experience of hearing Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon while watching The Wizard of OZ, is referred to by music and film fans as a synchronicity.  Based on the information above, how do you see the term synchronicity applying to the film?  For examples, identify some of the connections you witnessed between the film and the music.  Do you think that these connections are unplanned coincidence or the work of meticulous preparation?  Since the members of the band contend there is no connection, does this then confirm Jung’s philosophy that these two seemingly different entertainment medium, created fifty years apart, are connected without cause?  

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Shakespeare's Life and Times

  • Renaissance means rebirth, but do you know what the time period was characterized by?
  • What was life like in Elizabethan England?
  • Did playwrights make a lot of money or not?
  • Drama was a popular activity at schools and universities, but what are interludes and masques?
  • Who is this Christopher Marlowe I've read so much about?
  • Why is he so well known even though he died at such an early age?
  • The Renaissance is often thought of as The Age ofShakespeare whose dramas reflect the influence of early church ceremonies. I am always surprised when I hear people argue that he never wrote his great canon of plays. Are you?
  • What makes Shakespeare so famous anyway?
  • How did Elizabethan audiences know whether the scene was a night scene or not if there wasn't any artificial lighting?
  • I know that dramatic terms are boring, but can you tell me what a soliloquy and an aside are?
Finally, there are people who are anti-Shakespearen - They feel that few of any of the plots for Shakespeare are original. They say that Shakespeare "borrowed" stories from real life and altered them for the stage.
·     Is that true for "Macbeth"?
·  Do you know or can you find the source of Macbeth's story?

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Persuasive Speeches

Persuasive speech scoring Rubric




TIME: ____________________

q  Do you have an attention-grabbing introduction?

q  Do you convey a personal feeling or sentiment clearly using a central focus or thesis?  Do you clearly restate your thesis throughout your speech?

q  Do you support your personal feeling with sufficient details, examples from your research and personal reflections?

q  Do you demonstrate an understanding of the PowerPoint software and use it  to enhance your presentation?

q  Do you present your information clearly using formal language, tone and appearance including the appropriate use of body position and eye contact?

q  Does your speech form a meaningful whole with a clear beginning, middle and end; moreover, do you smoothly transition from one point to the next?



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