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Mapping the Homeric World

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Image from Eclectic/Eccentric.

Image from Eclectic/Eccentric.

The Odyssey is one of earliest, and best, works in the “big trip” genre, so grand they named half the genre after it!  For freshmen looking to complete a 3D Map for their Odyssey project, here are a few tips.

First – the in-class map is by no means definitive, but has two components that I think are key: an oversized Ithaca and an Underworld far (far) to the west.  You don’t have to reach the Pillars of Heracles, but I like the idea of going to the edge of the known (Mediterranean) world.

Second – use your resources to help you tell the story!  Some of my favorites are on Google Earth (download it if you haven’t – it’s worth it!), especially the Odyssey on Google Lit Trips, which features facts and artwork at the locations in each episode.  Your map doesn’t need to be overly complicated, but consider adding stickers, flags, or figures to keep the travels alive.

Third – you don’t need to use salt dough, but this is a straightforward method to make your map 3D that is both easy and useful!  The video below was made in jazzy style by a very good friend of mine some years ago, and gives you a nice breakdown of the salt dough process.  I definitely expect your map to be in color, so grab the appropriate food coloring to go with it or paint it after it dries (a few days later)!

For Glory!

Field Trip: Anybody seen this dinosaur?

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State Dinosaur coming through!

State Dinosaur coming through!

Sometimes one forgets that you don’t always have to look to Colorado for illuminating excursions.  There are, for example, a bunch of exciting events held at the Wyoming State Museum downtown on Central Ave.  In addition to supremely exciting events (like this one — Folger Library’s First Folios on Tour!) and great geocache opportunities (with a gift shop reward for a clever find), the Museum hosts special presentations each month.  With the end of the quarter/semester looming, you might be looking for Extra Credit opportunities, and here’s an interesting one for you.

It’s “Wyoming Dinosaur Discoveries: Where Did the Dinosaurs Go?”, this Thursday the 14th at 7pm.  Per the Museum’s site:

Wyoming is home to some of the world’s most famous dinosaur fossils.  Since the first discovery in 1872, dinosaurs have been excavated, placed on railcars or loaded into trucks, and shipped throughout the world.  It was not until 1961 that a dinosaur from Wyoming was mounted and placed on display within the state.  Join Jessica Lippincott, Director of the Big Horn Basin Foundation, to learn about the past 150 years of dinosaur discoveries in Wyoming and where those dinosaurs are now.

You could pair this lecture with Bone Sharps, Cowboys, and Thunder Lizards, a 2005 graphic novel by Jim Ottaviani and Big Time Attic (available in our school library) that details the Bone Wars that brought paleontologists to Wyoming.  Or, while there, you can marvel at the now-legendary license plate boot out front, a painted boot featuring the fine brush strokes of a once-local student from way back when who likes to humblebrag in extra credit offers.  See me for more info, and get digging!  That saddle-bearing triceratops isn’t going to clone itself.

Stylin'.

Stylin’.

WyoStateMuseum Lecture Series

WyoStateMuseum Lecture Series

Apple Pickin’

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I’m trying to keep this site focused on cool class content and notices, and I certainly don’t want to come across as a braggart here.  Enough people, however, have asked me about my Golden Apple Award that I figured I would put it up for those interested.  You should definitely check out all of the amazing educators who make a difference in our community at http://www.kgwn.tv/station/misc/Golden-Apple-Winners-248244001.html, but here is the video of one schmuck who snuck in.  Special thanks and credit to all of 7th Hour seniors who provided such nice bribes thoughts, as well as the wonderful wife who helps me get tech-y with videos and nonesuch.


PS – Special thanks to Jace’s hat, too.  That hat.

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