Thursday, December 16, 2010


In order to help your write your screenplays, two templates are available:

CAT Screenplay Template

CAT Screenplay Template (2 Column)

Make sure that when you click download, select "download original" to preserve the formatting.  Open up in word.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Rebel Without a Cause

For those of you who missed the film, you can watch it below.  We found it on a Korean site, so it is subtitled in Korean.  But the spoken dialogue is still English.  There are two parts.

Part 1:

Part 2:

Discussion on Tuesday!

Thursday, November 4, 2010


On Tuesday, November 9, you will have your midterm for Mr. Miks.  You need to have Catcher in the Rye read by Monday.  The midterm will be essay and open note.

On Wednesday, November 10, you will have your midterm for Mr. Janu.  It will be 50 questions, multiple choice and matching.  It will not be open note.  A review sheet can be downloaded here.

Monday, October 4, 2010


Monday, October 4

1.  ACLU presentation in Titre Room
2.  Introduction to Literary Criticism

Tuesday, October 5

1.  Assign film study paper
2.  Introduction to the Documentary
3.  Literary Criticism, p. 2

Wednesday, October 6

1.  Types of documentaries
2.  Introduction to Errol Morris
3.  Literary Criticism, p. 3

Thursday, October 7

Film:  Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr.

Friday, October 8

Continue film.

Monday, September 27, 2010


Monday, September 27

Graded discussion:  The Dark Knight and The Wall

Tuesday, September 28

1.  Film Study:  Camera Movement
2.  Intro to Film Project (form groups)

Film Project Group Form due on Friday

Wednesday, September 29

1.  Citizen Kane prep
2.  Start watching Citizen Kane

Thursday, September 30

Continue watching Citizen Kane

Friday, October 1

1.  Collect film project group sheet
2.  Finish film.  Discuss.

Monday, September 20, 2010


Monday, September 20

1.  Lecture:  History of Film
2.  Dark Knight Discussion

Tuesday, September 21

1.  Lecture:  Finish, The History of Film
2.  Watch The Great Train Robbery.  Discuss
3.  Dark Knight Discussion

Wednesday, September 22

1.  Lecture:  Language of Film, Part1
2.  Pink Floyd's The Wall prep

Thursday, September 23

Watch Pink Floyd's The Wall

Friday, September 24

Finish Pink Floyd's The Wall.  Discuss.

Next week:  Graded Discussion for the two films.

Monday, September 13, 2010


Monday, September 13

1.  Beatles' Song Discussion.  In groups.
2.  Argumentation/Jung/Film prep

Tuesday, September 14

1.  Go over Ch 1 reading guide.  Discuss songs as class.  Prep for test.
2.  Film Prep

Wednesday, September 15

1.  Quiz:  Intro to Sociology
2.  Start watching The Dark Knight

Thursday, September 16

Film:  The Dark Knight

Friday, September 17

Film:  The Dark Knight plus discussion

Friday, September 10, 2010


The sociology quiz will be based on the following items.  The questions will be taken from:

1.  Lecture    2.  Understanding Sociology, Chapter 1   3.  "The Promise" by C.Wright Mills

Know the following PEOPLE and their IDEAS.  This will be a matching section.  You will be using some of these people more than once.

Karl Marx
Max Weber
Emile Durkheim
Sigmund Freud
Adam Smith
Jeremy Bentham
C. Wright Mills
George H. Meade

TERMS: Know the basic definition and the theorist that came up with it.

Social structure
social action
Functional integration
Sociological Imagination
Manifest function
Latent function
Solidarity, mechanical and organic
class consciousness
social consensus
Rational choice theory
status groups
invisible and visible hand
defense mechanisms

THEORIES:  This will be a matching section.  You will match the definition or description with the appropriate theory.


There will also be a couple of extra credit Frank Sinatra questions (I am a huge fan).

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


Tuesday, September 7

1.  The Sociological Theories:  Putting it All Together
2.  Philosopher:  Emmanuel Kant

Test over Unit 1 (Sociology) next Tuesday.

Wednesday, September 8

1.  The Sociology of the Beatles
2.  Philosopher:  Sartre

Thursday, September 9

No school.  Happy New Year! Year 5771.

Friday, September 9

1.  Discuss Beatles songs and Theories
2.  Assign paper

Test on Tuesday. 

Monday, August 30, 2010


Monday, August 30

1.  Philosopher:  Karl Marx
2.  Concepts of "The Good Life" p. 1

Tuesday, August 31

1.  Philosopher:  Max Weber
2.  Concepts of "The Goof Life" p. 2

Read Chapter 1 in Understanding Sociology.  Everyone must read this chapter.  A test will be coming the week after next.  There is a reading guide that is optional, but a good way to add points into your average.  That reading guide will be due next Tuesday, no late credit.

Wednesday, September 1

1.  Philosopher:  Emile Durkheim, pt. 1
2.  Philosopher:  Aristotle

Thursday, September 2

1.  Philosopher:  Durkheim, pt. 2
2.  Thick description of a ritual
3.  Philosopher:  Nietzsche

Friday,  September 3

1.  Philosopher:  Sigmund Freud
2.  Philosopher:  Emmanuel Kant

Reading Guide for Understanding Sociology (Chapter 1), due Tuesday.  The reading is not optional, but the assignment is.  If you want homework credit, it must be turned in on Tuesday.  This will not be accepted late.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


Wednesday, August 25

1. Intro to Course/ Course objectives
2. Lecture: What is Sociology?

Homework, Read “The Promise” by C. Wright Mills. Be prepared to take a quiz over the reading tomorrow

Thursday, August 26

1. Quiz, “The Promise”
2. Discuss the reading
3. Discussion: “The Big Questions”

Friday, August 27

1. Introduction to Clifford Geertz
2. Thick description and cultural interpretation

Homework: Thick description assignment. Due Monday.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Making Sense of the Sixties, Make-up discussion

Since Youtube has now made the clips for rent only, if you have not made-up the discussion yet, here is what you must do:

Write a brief essay, reflecting on the rise and decline of the Sixties counterculture. Discuss the idealism of the early Sixties and how the Sixties ended up in decline by the end of the decade. Comment on such things as the Hippies, relationships between students, parents and colleges and the idea of test limits and breaking barriers. Did the Sixties go too far?

This should be word-processed, about a page long and double spaced.

Friday, April 30, 2010


On Friday, we watched a film about the Sixties counterculture. Then, we had a discussion. If you were not here on Friday, you will need to make this up by doing the following:

1. Watch the film. It is available online in two parts.

Part 1: Breaking Boundaries Testing Limits (Dawn of the 1960s Hippies)
Part 2: Breaking Boundaries Testing Limits I (What did the 60s Accomplish)

2. Type up a summary of the film. The summary needs to be at least 1/2 page long and contain the main points from both parts of the film. The more detail you have the more likely you will get full credit for the discussion.

The assignment is worth 25 points.

This summary can be turned it at any time and will count on both Miks' and Janu's grade.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Why We Fight

We have been watching a documentary entitled, Why We Fight. If you missed it in clas, you can view it online:

Why We Fight

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

On the Edge of Blade Runner

Here are the links to watch the documentary, On the Edge of Blade Runner. There will be a question or two from the film on Friday's test.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6

Also, a review sheet can be found here.

Thursday, January 14, 2010


For anyone interested in helping those devastated by the earthquake in Haiti, here are some options:

Text "Haiti" to 90999 and donate $10 to the American Red Cross

Text "Yele" to 501501 and $5 will be to Yele Haiti—the Haitian relief fund set up by singer Wyclef Jean

Other Mobile Giving Options:

•Text HAITI to 25383 to donate $5 to International Rescue Committee
•Text HAITI to 45678 to donate $5 to the Salvation Army in Canada
•Text HAITI to 864833 to donate $5 to The United Way
•Text CERF to 90999 to donate $5 to The United Nations Foundation
•Text DISASTER to 90999 to donate $10 to Compassion International
•Text RELIEF to 30644 (this will connect you with Catholic Relief Services and instruct you to donate money with your credit card)

For more options, visit the Huffington Post's "How You Can Help" page.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


The final exam for Lit will be on Wednesday, January 20. The final exam for Sociology will be on Thursday.

All rewrites and materials for Sociology need to be turned in by Friday, January 15, 2010. Nothing will be accepted on Tuesday.

The review sheet for the Sociology final exam can be found here.