Search – Reading and Reflection

As we wrap up Religions and the first phase of an awakened existence, we should return to the essential questions posed at the beginning of the unit:

During this phase, we considered the role of personal experience in shaping identity.

  • How does struggle or adversity influence the way we see the world?
  • What are the narratives we have built so far?
  • What makes each perspective unique?
  • We will also contemplate the finite nature of life.
  • How does the inevitability of death influence our approach to life?
  • How have major religions sought to understand this inevitability?


  • What every day influences are worth keeping? What should go? Why?

For your Quarter one synthesis paper, you will need to answer one of these questions with a unique/arguable thesis, using at least three sources from those read both in and out of class, and with a compelling tone and quality to your writing. Consider how Vico, Frankl, Religions, and myths weave into a person’s answer to life and identity.


  • Thesis to Brock by November 5, 2014
  • Draft due for Writer’s Workshop November 11, 2014
  • Final due November 13, 2014


The following standards are covered with this paper:

  • Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.
  • Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  • Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.
  • Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
  • Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
  • Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.


Read Siddhartha online or in your books. Part one is due Monday November 3, 2014.


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