Monday, September 12, 2016

Week 1: Welcome, Syllabus, Course Overview

Welcome to Dr. Smith's Children's Literature class blog! Here I will be posting all sorts of things that I am thinking about as the semester progresses as well as your assignments. If you see something interesting please leave me a comment! Also, feel free to explore what my other classes are doing by taking the link back to my home blog on the right (www.cunygames.blogspot.edu). Please note that the assignments are for the WEEK (not for one class period) and they are generally to be completed in the order listed below. Anything not completed during class time is part of the "hybrid" course and should be completed on your own time.

This Week
  1. Discuss: Syllabus and Course Overview (online)
  2. Tech: Google, Wikipedia
  3. Discuss: Wikipedia Project and Book Assignments
Homework
  1. Read: "The Story of Jumping Mouse" HERE
  2. Sign-in to Blogger using the "Sign-in" function above and to the right. 
  3. Use the "Reply" function at the bottom of this post to respond to the question. Please sign your response with your full name. 
  4. Pearson-Marr Archetype Indicator (handout, questions only). We will score it and complete the graph in class. 
  5. Tech: Google and Wikipedia Set-up. Directions are HERE.
Next Week
  1. Free Write, List, & Discussion: My Favorite Book(s). If you do not read a) do not tell me and b) choose a game, tv show or movie. 
  2. Lecture: Children's Literature Introduction 
  3. Lecture: Symbolism
  4. Read and Annotate: "Jumping Mouse" (online as directed). After reading straight through once, reread looking for symbols and symbolic actions. Do not do the "work" the first time through. Enjoy the first reading then read for content--symbols (important things or images) and symbolic actions (important events). Take some time to think about these different styles and aims of reading.
  5. Discuss: "Water Lilies" and/or "Jumping Mouse"
  6. Lecture: Psychology and Literature
  7. Wiki Project: Overview and Book Assignments
  8. HW Lecture:  Fiction Basics (homework, on your own)
  9. HW Read and Annotate: "Little Red Riding Hood" stories (handouts)
The Weekly Schedule

In Class

  1. Lecture and Discussion.
  2. Wikipedia Project.
Out of Class (to complete before next meeting) TBA

20 comments:

  1. Hi! Please describe, in complete sentences (not a list), what you consider to be the pivotal events of "Jumping Mouse" by replying to this comment. Be sure to sign your post with your full name. -- Dr. Smith

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    1. I think the pivotal events for "Jumping Mouse" is when he always managed to build up courage even though he was always afraid. Another moment is when he gives his eyes to the buffalo and the wolf, in return they helped him reach his destination. The last even that I think is pivotal is when he finally reaches the moment, is carried away by the wind and then Frog gives him a new name.

      -Genesis Machado

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    2. The event that I consider place a crucial importance in the stories development is the choice of words that the front gave to the little mouse. He served as a guide of enlightenment in the little mouse's journey because it shows that life is about taking risks. There is a world beyond what one could see just waiting to be discovered. In a way the frog motivated the mouse to keep moving forward and put his fears aside. Life itself is about breaking boundaries and taking chances even though this may cause letting go of something you value. Since the beginning of the story, the mouse had shown to be alert of his surroundings compared to the other mice and he was eager to discover the sound no one was paying attention too. His curiosity is what lead him to his journey and discover his true potential when he decided to come out of his comfort zone while the rest just went about their business. The mouse learned to follow his instincts and that's what made him determined to keep moving forward. In the long run it was all worth it in the end because through sacrifice came the reward.

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    3. There are many pivotal events in "The Story of Jumping Mouse” the most important is when the mouse sees his reflection in the river. It seems very important because in the beginning of the story the jumping mouse’s behavior is different from the behavior of the other mice, "He would raise his head, squinting hard to see ...” Unlike other mice, " .. Without lifting his busy nose from the earth” I think at the time when the jumping mouse sees his reflection, he realizes is he really afraid to be there. Another crucial events that complement the first event, is the conversation between the jumping mouse and the frog. The frog give to the mouse the confidence of follow his beliefs.

      Sandra Perez

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    4. Liane Cara Calimbas

      As of for me, what I consider the pivotal event of "Jumping mouse" was when the mouse met the magic frog and spoke words of encouragement to him. "You will reach the far-off land if you keep hope alive within you".
      Even though the mouse was being discouraged by the other mice and did not believe in him, he still went out and took the risk to prove to them that what he was saying is true and what he saw was real. Even though he was afraid of the things that might have and that had happened to him along the way, he was still hopeful to get where he needs to be. The mouse's journey to the Medicine Lake was not easy, he went through multiple obstacles and challenges but also met friends that helped him.
      I believe that this story teaches us a lesson about taking risk, having faith and believing yourself. Since in life, we never know what is at the end of our road if we always stay in our comfort zone.

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  2. What I consider the pivotal events of "Jumping Mouse" is when jumping mouse followed the raccoon to the river even though he was afraid. Also when jumping mouse gave his eye to the buffalo and to the wolf to help them when they most needed it.--Tabitha Aleman

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  3. I think the pivotal events of the ''Jumping Mouse'' is when the mouse is willing to take risks to get to the mountains while there's eagles around, and when the mouse reach to the buffalo it has to sacrifice one of it's eyes. Moreover, the mouse also sacrifice it's other eye to the wolf which leads to them become blind.

    -(Angel) Sze Chin, Tiong

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  4. Ariana Maldonado

    I believe the pivotal event of "Jumping Mouse" is when the little mouse made his way to the river and speaks with the frog. When the frog says to him "...Do not let your Fear and Anger Blind you..." after he jumps in the river and sees the mountain, he then sets in motion the major events that enlighten him later on. Without the frog showing him the mountain and giving him his name, the little mouse most likely would have forgotten all about the mountain and would have never made the journey.

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  5. I think the pivotal moments of "Jumping Mouse" all have to do with the mouse gathering up his courage and doing something he was afraid of doing, and being rewarded because of it. The first one is his decision to follow the raccoon to the river, where he met the frog. The second was when he jumped and saw the sacred mountains, and was given his new name. The third was when he decided to journey to the sacred mountains, and came across a dying buffalo. Despite his fear, he gave up one of his eyes to heal the buffalo, and in exchange the buffalo gave him protection on his journey. Another pivotal moment was when he then came across a wolf who had lost his memory. The mouse chose to give up his remaining eye to restore the wolf's memory, even though it meant he was now blind. In return, the wolf guided the mouse the rest of the way to the foot of the mountains. The last pivotal event is when the mouse, overcoming his fear to stay there, blind and unprotected, and was attacked by an eagle. Instead of dying, he woke up able to see again, and now was an eagle.

    -Adora Skopic

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  6. There are several pivotal moments in "The Story of Jumping Mouse." The first pivotal moment is when the jumping mouse builds up the courage to do something that is out of it's comfort zone. The raccoon tells the little mouse that he will have medicine power if the mouse jumps as high as it can but tricks the mouse in thinking he will have the medicine power. The little mouse is sadden by this but the raccoon teaches the little mouse not to let fear and anger blindside him; the raccoon gives the little mouse a new name "jumping mouse." Another pivotal moment in the short story is when the jumping mouse meets the dying buffalo. The buffalo tells the jumping mouse that he will live by an eye of a mouse. The jumping mouse could not let the buffalo die so he did a noble thing and took out one of his eyes to save the buffalo from dying. A third pivotal moment in the story is when the jumping mouse meets the wolf. When the jumping mouse meets with the wolf, the wolf gives a helping hand to the jumping mouse to go to the mountains he once saw. Once the wolf led him there, the wolf left and the fear of the jumping mouse of him being abandoned crept in. The last pivotal moment is when the jumping mouse gets a new name as the eagle by a certain voice he heard when he was alone.

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  7. I believe the pivotal moments in the story "Jumping mouse" is when followed the raccoon. Despite his fear he was willing to discover the unknown. With over coming his fear, by following the raccoon he discovered the mountain which is something his people and himself never seen before. Another pivotal moment is when he found the dying buffalo. The buffalo said to the mouse he could only live if a mouse gave him an eye which is what the mouse did. In exchange for his eye the buffalo guide and protected the mouse from the eagles. Just by over coming one fear he made new friends, sacrifices and discoveries in his surroundings and in himself.

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  8. A pivotal moment in Jumping Mouse was when he chose to ignore his anxiety and followed the raccoon to the river where he again ignored his fears and jumped in to the water as he was told by the frog. I think this was a cute way of encouraging readers to take chances despite their fear of the outcome. The mouse's selflessness in giving up his precious sight, which to mice is very important in escaping predators, was very sweet and also a pivotal moment in the story. As I read on I wondered if he would be rewarded for his kindness. When he is blind and preparing himself for the eagle's claws it says he slept, and I may be wrong, but the idea of the mouse "sleeping" makes me believe his mission to get to the mountains was his journey to heaven. Perhaps his acts of selflessness were tests and he passed them. Perhaps an eagle really did kill him and that was the way things were suppose to be for him to arrive to the mountains (heaven?) or maybe there was no eagle and instead it was a holy being (an angel maybe) coming to retrieve him. Perhaps I am reading in to it too much. I thought that was a touching ending and his final jump, the flying, was his departure from the earth. His turning in to an eagle, to me, symbolizes his growth from this scared little mouse in to this brave, majestic creature.

    There are many different possibilities as to what the message of the story is. Either way, I enjoyed reading it.

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  9. After reading jumping mouse some moment or moments that I considered to be a pivotal event was the words of the magic frog, he gave courage to the young mouse so that he could get through his journey of reaching the lands of legend. Even if he had to face many different obstacles along the way and also making sacrifices to help others that was in need along the way. With all the faith the mouse had at the end he was rewarded way passed what his dreams were to be. This shows that friendships can truly help a person grow and become better. Words are powerful and things can happen if you just believe and trust. This was something I enjoyed reading. That's the message I got from reading this but there are way more possibilities and out looks others may get from this story.

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  10. I found a lot of moments in the story to be pivotal. The first thing was when the Mouse acted differently than the other mice. He followed his gut and he explored something new. The other mice remained busy and ignored him. Even though he was afraid, he stepped out of his comfort zone and explored. The other pivotal events in the story are similar to this first one because they all have to do with the Mouse over coming his fears and stepping out on his own to explore something new. Every time he met a new brother, or animal, he overcame a fear and continued his journey. To me, all of these moments were pivotal in the story.

    -Ronnie Molina

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  11. I believe that the most pivotal moment in "The Story of Jumping Mouse" is when our hero the mouse decides to leave his home because of his desire. His desire ultimately leads to wanderlust which leads to him dying, but despite all his his trials through the story what is most important is the first thing that happened. Him leaving. Stepping outside of his comfort zone. As soon as he saw the mountains, the little guy embarked on a journey that taught him trust, good will to those who need it, self sacrifice, and most importantly the lesson that an adventure can be worth dying for. The mouse could have been complacent like the other mice, and there is nothing wrong with that for that is what the other mice wanted, but our hero followed his gut and got to live a life seeing things that most other field mice will never see. It all started with that decision to get on going.

    - Kenneth Sousie

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  12. I like this story. From my point of view the story described a mouse who is a risk taker. He wanted to overcome his fears. And in some ways people are similar as well. Human beings at times try something different in order to face there fears head on.
    From Kafana Philemy

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  13. I believe that the most pivotal moment in "The Story of Jumping Mouse" is when our hero the mouse decides to leave his home because of his desire. His desire ultimately leads to wanderlust which leads to him dying, but despite all his his trials through the story what is most important is the first thing that happened. Him leaving. Stepping outside of his comfort zone. As soon as he saw the mountains, the little guy embarked on a journey that taught him trust, good will to those who need it, self sacrifice, and most importantly the lesson that an adventure can be worth dying for. The mouse could have been complacent like the other mice, and there is nothing wrong with that for that is what the other mice wanted, but our hero followed his gut and got to live a life seeing things that most other field mice will never see. It all started with that decision to get on going.

    - Kenneth Sousie

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  14. There were many pivotal parts to this story, most of them involving the theme of bravery and risk taking. The first event was when he left his home and all the other mice and went searching for other places. On this journey he found many interesting new places he admired and that motivated him to keep looking and searching for other places. In order to help others, he made sacrifices that helped them, though harmed him. This was another pivotal moment in the story. The mouse decided not to let his fears take over him and he put them aside and went out and got answers to all his wonders. -Blerta Beqiri

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  15. Reading the story the “Jumping Mouse”, there are many pivotal events that make this story unique. The first pivotal event is how the curiosity of the mouse from the “noise” he hears in his ears leads him to the river. This is where he discovers a world of peaceness, “magical” and inspirational that he gained the risk to reach to the mountains. This shows gaining the courage can push you from the ground to reach high in your hopes, dreams, desires. There is a set goal that over looks any size, matter or situation. This doesn't mean it will be easy. But this proves the following pivotal events that showed the path that lead to the mouse’s accomplishment. The second pivotal event is when the mouse sacrificed his eye to the dying buffalo willingly. The mouse wanted to help and cure the dying buffalo. He did it out of a good heart and did not expect anything in return knowing it will be hard to achieve his goal with only one eye. However, the buffalo protected him along his journey from the eagles. When you do something from the heart, you get back goodness in return, The mouse felt safe even though he was scared. The third pivotal event was similar to when he gave his eye away but this time to cure the memoryless wolf. This time, the mouse became blind. In return, the mouse was guided to the rest of his journey by the wolf.The last pivotal event of the story is when the mouse was attacked by an eagle and died. In my opinion, the mouse has reached the mountains (heaven). His goodness gave him a place in heaven and to be in a peaceful place where he wanted to be. I believe it was his calling to reach heaven but through a journey to gain the right to enter heaven since no one else from his village heard the noise he kept hearing in his ears. -Natali Gilkarov

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  16. I really enjoy the story because this mouse defines how people shouldn't give up on their goals. What is interesting is that although the mouse faced a lot of conflicts he didn't give up he kept on moving.

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