Language and Literature

October 21, 2018 to November 17, 2018

Last week it was important for us to contextualize the novel ‘The Picture of Dorian Grey’ to better understand the historical and social scene it was written and received in. We conducted a webquest to find out more about Victorian England, the history, society and artistic movements of that era. We presented our findings in class and began exploring the text of the novel. We established the purpose of the initial setting and the way Oscar Wilde expertly used floriography and musical references to foreshadow the future events. To aid our exploration of the foreshadowing, we listened to “Wildszenen” by Robert Shumann and listed the moods evoked by the musical piece. We compared our findings to actual subheadings of Schumann’s work and established the possible character development the protagonist will undergo.

October 7, 2018 to October 20, 2018

The past fortnight, we began a new unit, ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’, with an introduction to ethics, one of the focal points of the text. We investigated a case study as well as interpreted some advertisements published in media in the previous years that are considered unethical in the present day. We commented on the explicit and implicit messages these advertisements were sending and came to a conclusion that the perception of the text is shaped by a variety of factors, including the reader’s perspective as well as the cultural and socio-historical contexts. To sum it up, the morals we live by may not necessarily be the same as everyone else’s.

Dea Shetty

September 23, 2018 to October 6, 2018

The past two weeks have been an exciting journey in language and literature, as we completed our group presentations that dissected and discussed one of Ernest Hemingway’s famous works, The Old Man and the Sea. Soon after we focused on analysing Invictus, a marvellous poem by William Ernest Henley, and establishing intertextuality between the two pieces. The unit closed with a surprising discovery of Hemingway’s own explanation of symbolism one can find within his work. Overall, a productive two weeks have gone by and we are thrilled to move forward into the next unit.

-Anandi Nambiar

September 8, 2018 to September 23, 2018

Our first formative assessment was followed by feedback and a redrafting session. Afterwards, we discussed the symbolism and allegory present in the text and how it translates into Santiago’s Code Hero’s Journey. We delineated five days in our text and in groups of four started working on presenting the day allocated to us, with focus on Santiago’s trajectory throughout the novella, Hemingway’s writing style, descriptive language and indirect characterization through dialogue.

September 1, 2018 to September 7, 2018

We wrapped up all our writing challenges and produced three descriptive paragraphs. While peer-assessing them, we used sticky notes to mark the stages of our progress over the three tasks. Now we are fully geared up for the coming formative.

August 18, 2018 to August 31, 2018

We started working on descriptive writing techniques. After a short discussion, we came to a conclusion that the reader constructs meaning of the text just as much as the writer does, hence, it is extremely important to anticipate the audience’s emotional reaction. We have noted down and implemented a few tips and tricks of good description and practiced them by expanding a plain declarative sentence. We attempted to construct meaning of our own using seemingly nonsensical word combinations and short sentences, with an eye on brevity of expression.

August 1, 2018 to August 17, 2018

The academic year began with activities which helped us recap our prior learning and comprehend command terms, Global Contexts, key concepts and related concepts for the subject. This was followed by an introduction to Modern Literature and its characteristics. We started our first unit ‘The Old Man and the Sea’ and decoded the concepts of a Code Hero, symbolism and allegory. We have discovered that the Code Hero’s journey overlaps the Freytag’s Pyramid and attempted the plotting using a medium of our choice.