Post-Reading Laramie Project Qs

Respond with at least one paragraph per question. Use examples from the text where necessary. I will be grading your responses.

#1 Raskolnikov commits an unspeakable act to prove that he is extraordinary. Dostoyevsky suggests through his novel that a bad idea and an unstable mind can create an evil act.

The Laramie Project does not, by design, provide us a lot of insight into the psychology of Matthew Shepard’s murderers, Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson. However, Kaufman and the Tectonic Theater Project do suggest something about the social and cultural environment of Laramie. In what ways does this environment factor into, perhaps even contribute, to the murder of Matthew Shepard?

#2 How does the play’s unusual structure serve the story it tells? That is, why do the playwrites organize the play the way that they do? Why not use a more conventional, linear structure?

#3 Read the Wikipedia entry for ‘Matthew Shepard.’ Then, Google ‘Matthew Shephard’ and read at least one other recent, full article on Shepard. Summarize the article and write a personal response. What did the article make you think or feel, given that you just finished reading Laramie?

Inclue an MLA citation for the article.


Our Next Book

Hey gang-

I am going to make a slight alteration to our curriculum — the next book we will be reading is now The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufman. You can purchase it here from Amazon. Please get a copy as soon as possible, we’ll start it right after Crime and Punishment. I’ll say more Monday.

Have a good weekend!

Here Ya Go

Per student request, and to facilitate the process of all of us linking our blogs together, here are urls for everybody’s blogs. Start following each other!

Mikaela –

Anna –

Brianna –

Ryan –

Megen –

Ummar –

Mary –

Nuba –

Jeoffrey –

Andrew –

Christian –

Naima –

Daisha –

Huy –

Nicholas –

Laura –

Natalie –

Alyssa –

David –

Alex –

Context for Crime and Punishment

Hey guys-

As we head toward the end of C&P, I wanted to offer a few more contextual items to bring to bear on the novel.

And here are links to the Wikipedia pages for Socrates, Thomas Hobbes, and John Locke, several influential philosophers with differing perspectives on human nature.

Read these pages for Thursday, please.

Here is an article on some recent advances in neuroscience and what scientists have uncovered about the brains of criminals.

Here is a fascinating piece on psychopaths  by the nationally syndicated NPR show This American Life (I’m a huge fan of TAF, btw).

And here is a version of the psychopath test, in case you’re wondering about yourself.

I’d like you to read the article and listen to the show before Friday’s class. And take the test…if you DARE!

Also, be sure to keep up with the novel. We’ll finish up part III & IV over the weekend!

Weekend HW

K, guys-

Finish reading parts 2 & 3 of Crime and Punishment. Anticipate a brief reading quiz Tuesday.

Over the weekend, post a blog entry on your personal response (thoughts, feelings, challenges) to C&P AND connections you see between the novel and what you read in the Wikipedia entries for Dostoyevsky and Nietzsche. Ensure that your response is at least 2-3 paragraphs in length.

Blog entries should be posted by 11 PM on Sunday evening. E-mail me if you encounter any difficulty. We will read some randomly selected blog posts on Monday morning. Be prepared to share.

Also, begin following one another’s blogs. Part of your HW Monday will be to post comments on another person’s blog…


Crime and Punishment Reading Schedule (Tentative)

Just in case you didn’t get it down during class…

Week 1 – Sept. 3-6 – Part 1 should already be completed. There will be a check-up quiz on part 1, Tuesday, September 3. Complete parts 2 & 3 (through pg. 268) by Friday.

Week 2 – Sept. 9-13 – Complete pts. 4 & 5 (through pg. 415).

Week 3 – Sept. 16-20 – Complete pt. 6 (through pg. 522) & test out on the novel.

All of these dates are, of course, subject to change.