Thursday, August 12, 2010

Roll and Write

Today I had to I had to roll this cube, pick a story, then write the answers. I had to repeat 3 times.

Literature. Unit 1. Lesson 8. 8/12/10

Roll 1: When and where does the story take place? Provide two examples. “The Sword of Damocles”
There are no clues to where it takes place, other then the fact that it say the characters are in King Dionysius’s palace.

Roll 2: What important lesson does the character or characters learn? “As Rich as Croseus”
Croseus learns that being wealthy is not the same as being happy. He also learns that you can’t tell if you are happy or not until you die.

Roll 3: What part of the story did you find most interesting? Describe the part and tell why you thought it was the most interesting. “The Three Questions”
My favorite part was the beginning. Its amazing how so many people disagree on the same thing. For example, the first question, "When is the right time for every action?", some say to draw up a schedule of days, months, and years, and strictly stick to it. Others said to have a council of wise men. Still some said that you needed to know in advance when everything was going to happen. Only magicians knew this, so he needed to consult the magicians. Don't even get me started on the second question, "Who are the people most important to me?" So many answers. Some said the priests, some said the people, some said the administrators, still some said the warriors.

The Three Questions

Today I was asked to write a diary entry from the hermit from "The Three Questions" point of view. This is it.

Literature. Unit 1. Lesson 7. August 12, 2010

Dear diary,

Today a weird person came to me asking 3 questions: What is the right time for every action? Who are the people most important to me? And what is the most important pursuit? I didn’t tell him, as he’d learn more by experiencing the answer. He helped me dig that garden bed I’d been thinking about. Then a man came and said he wanted to kill my visitor. Talk about rude! If I wanted to kill somebody, I would a least say hello. Yes, he didn’t say hello.

Sadly, that to-be-murderer was bleeding to death. The guy he wanted dead healed his wounds, then went to sleep. The other guy also went to sleep. I was planting seeds in my newly created garden bed. You know, I’ll start calling them First Guy and Second Guy, ok?

When they woke up, Second Guy said “Forgive me,” First Guy said “You have nothing to forgive.” Didn’t hear the rest. Then First Guy came out of the hut and said to me “I have asked my questions. If you will not answer them, I will leave.” I told him the answers, that the most important time is now, the most important person is whom you are with, and the most important pursuit is to do good to him, as that is why he was brought into this life. First and Second Guys left, then I made dinner, then went to bed. I think I’ll plant petunias tomorrow.