4/1 IB HL 2 Update

I know you are all swamped with IAs right now.

Here is your OPTIONAL supplemental exploration for the week.

Choose a Vietnam film to watch. You should watch it through two lenses: critical for historical accuracy,  as well as through a Lang lens for film techniques and director/screenwriter choices.

Film Suggestions (Not an exhaustive list)
Full Metal Jacket
Apocalypse Now 
Forrest Gump 
The Deer Hunter
Good Morning, Vietnam
We Were Soldiers
Born on the Fourth of July 
The Post

*Please note that many are rated R. Do not choose unless parents approve.

4/1 IB Block Update

History Content

We will be shifting to Cuba this week. Please read through this entire ppt for details.

Cuba Resources (I recognize not everyone has Netflix; not all 10 resources are required.)

1) The Cuba Libre Story: Episode 4: The Ragtag Revolution  (Netflix)
2) Cuba: Guerrillas Take Power 
3) Oxford History of the Americas pg. 244-256
4) A Decade of Revolution in Cuba
5) Oxford Authoritarian States: Consolidation of Power and Domestic Policy of Castro 
6)The Cuba Libre Story: Episode 6: Of Soviets and Saviors (Netflix)
7) CNN: Cold War Cuba 1959-1962
8) Castro: Women and LGBTQ+ ppt 
9) How Should History Remember Fidel Castro? 
10) Castro's Legacy: How the Revolution Inspired and Appalled the World

Internal Assessment 
For those of you who have submitted 3-level outlines and are prepared to move to drafting the Investigation section, here is some guidance.

I will open up a turnitin.com assignment for the drafts. Please do not submit a draft unless you have submitted a 3-level outline and received feedback from me.

3/31 Classics Update

For this weeks OPTIONAL study, we will be looking at Plato's Myth of Er.  While this is optional to look at now, it will be a piece of our required look at the Afterlife that we will use when we return.

This is Book X of Plato's Republic written in the 4th century BCE (about 300ish years after The Odyssey) It is NOT a real myth, Plato wrote his own "myth" to capture his ideas about the afterlife.

We have to look at this before we can continue with The Aeneid, as Aeneas's next stop on his journey will be his visit to the Underworld (But it is not written until 3 centuries AFTER Plato and is Roman).

Just like you did with Homer's Book of the Dead (BK. XI of The Odyssey) you should read this noting details on the nature of the dead and death. As well, as look for similarities and differences in the ideas of Plato  vs. the earlier Homer. (We will then compare them both to Virgil).

I will open a discussion board on turnitin for questions and ideas. This is a VERY complicated text, so it is perfect for clarifying questions and discussion.


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