SEARCH – Siddhartha wrap up

Your synthesis paper was due last night, so make sure to get that in.

We spend today in groups answering the following questions with textual evidence:

1. Why does Siddhartha go to the city?

2. What/Who is the biggest influence on Siddhartha?

3. Siddhartha said he needed no teachers in part one. Does part two support this idea? Why or why not?

4. Write down three quotes that apply to right now.

We also did a mandala meditation.

And we decided to take the weekend off, so your art visual is due on Tuesday and we have a work day on Monday.


SEARCH – Motivation and purpose

Today’s theme is Meaning and Purpose. Tonight, start a list of experiences you have had over the past year that has guided or created meaning and purpose for your life. Consider what Pink says about motivation being intrinsic as you compile your list. Art visual is due on MONDAY.

Your paper (awesome and passionate) is due at 11:59 p.m..

SEARCH – Revision, Siddhartha, and Art; oh my!

Task number 1: Revise your paper to share with mhsbrock by 11:59 p.m. on 11/13/14.

Task number 2: Synthesis paragraph with art and poetry for Siddhartha. Same that we did for Frankl: find a piece of art, a poem or song, and a concept from Siddhartha to synthesize into an analysis paragraph. This is due for discussion on Friday, so have a hard copy/on your device to share in class.

SEARCH – Sood and fear

To move past our fears of death and scarcity, Dr. Amit Sood says we much retrain our brain from our initial reactions, which are evaluating our safety, to thoughts of positive within the present. One way to do this is through focused attention on an idea or concept. The following is the schedule that Sood encourages:

Monday: Gratitude

Tuesday: Compassion

Wednesday: Acceptance

Thursday: Meaning and purpose

Friday: Forgiveness

Saturday: Celebration

Sunday: Reflection and Prayer

We will do a small meditation practice with each of these concepts this week and the following weeks to come. Please read this brief introduction to the brain by Sood for our discussion on Thursday.

SEARCH – Death and Life

“Oh Captain my Captain” photo credit:

Using both Dead Poet’s and Siddhartha, consider the importance of death in the puzzling aspect of life.

Due for discussion for Wednesday 11/5/2014

Synthesis papers are simply what you think and why you think it.

1. Come up with three ideas that you think based on the information covered in class

2. support that idea with at least three sources (this is why you think it), One of which must be a source provided by class.

Vico, Religions, Frankl, Hesse, Poetry/songs, art, Dead Poet’s.

Search – Death and Dead Poets

Facing death, our own mortality, is the first step to living. Death, though, is not just in the extinguishing of a beating heart and thinking brain. Death is archetypal symbolized through the “death and rebirth” cycle of the Phoenix. Much like Vico, we find ways to “stay alive” or “die” to pieces of our life we no longer want.


Unbeing dead isn’t being alive.  ~e.e. cummings


Today, We started by responding to the above thoughts and discussing. We also are watching Dead Poet’s Society as another source of how to face both life and death.

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.