Archetypes, Word Choice, and Point of View

First period examined the effect point of view can have on a story, answering the EQ, “How does the point of view affect a story?” We read The True Story of the Three Little Pigs as an example of how a change in perspective affects a change in narrative before looking at Nightjohn and the author’s use of perspective and point of view in that book. We also began re-writing excerpts of Nightjohn from other characters’ points of view.

Second and sixth periods worked with voice, specifically looking at how word choice affects voice. We explored slang, informal, and formal synonyms and looked at how those choices carry certain implications.

Fourth period began the unit on mythology by examining Joseph Campbell’s archetypal myth, then applying it to Star Wars or The Matrix, depending on which film students had seen. Those who’d seen neither were assigned other films, though these secondary films don’t fully comply to Campbell’s myth archetype. We’ll finish the work tomorrow, then begin the presentations on mythology in modern culture.

  • First, second, and sixth periods: none.
  • Fourth period:
    • complete the presentation;
    • make sure the project is saved as a “PowerPoint Show” (Click “Save As” then select “PowerPoint Show” from the drop-down box at the bottom of the “Save As” dialog box.)