We had a nice school day, with TJ reporting on last week's PSEO government class to us.
He talked about media bias, "framing", and how the media sometimes twists appearances and influences public opinion.
I am better at sudden ideas than future planning.
I guess it's because when I plan ahead, things often change, so it's less stressful to think on my feet.
So my sudden idea was to assign everyone to re-write an Aesop's fable in such a way that it twists the reader's idea of the characters-- making the hero seem like the villain, and the villain seem less wicked.
They came up with some good ideas and I am attaching one here. Lisa
The Grasshopper and the Ant
An adaptation of the fable by Aesop
By MP -- October 2016
Through most of the summer, the grasshopper had been prancing happily along the paths,
singing of his joy to be alive. Part of the summer, however, was spent in readying for the cold
winter months: gathering vegetables, grasses and leaves. Then one day arose (an extremely
windy day I might add) and everything the grasshopper had stored up blew away ad the
grasshopper could not gather anything.
Moreover, a crabby ant took anything gatherable for herself. Alas,when the cold months arose
the grasshopper had nothing to eat. Finally, when he could take it no longer,he visited the ant
and asked the grinchlike ant for some food and lodging.
However, as soon as his plea was uttered, it was immediately rejected.
*I would never ever give YOU anything!* said the ant and she slammed the door in the face of
the formerly jolly grasshopper.
The sad creature (half-dead) trudged pitifully down the cobblestone path that led to his sorry,
Moral: Never turn away someone in need.