Work Explained 29th June - 3rd July 2020
Monday 29th June 2020
To be completed in your Percy Jackson Journal
- Have you ever had something stolen from you?
- Do you know anyone else who has? Describe the situation and how it made you feel. How did you deal with the theft?
- What is the most dangerous thing you’ve ever done? Did you do it intentionally or was it unplanned?
- Do you believe it is possible to tell someone’s fortune? Do you have any faith in horoscopes, or magic eight balls, or fortune cookies?
To be completed in your literacy book
Today I want you to research the Oracle of Delphi, write all your findings in your English Book.
What was it? Why was it important?
Watch the History Channel documentary below.
Tuesday 30th June 2020
Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief
Wednesday 1st July 2020
- Why does Percy feel miserable once he gets his own cabin?
- Based on the newspaper article Percy finds under his door, what is happening in the real world while Percy is in camp?
- What is the master bolt?
- Why does Zeus think Percy stole the bolt?
- Why can’t the gods retrieve the bolt themselves?
- What bothers Percy about the Oracle’s prophecy?
- According to Chiron, what evidence suggests that Hades stole the lightning bolt?
- Why does Percy have to travel overland?
- What will happen on the summer solstice if the lightning bolt is not returned?
- What is unusual about the storm that moves in over camp?
Art & Design
You will need: an empty box
Today for Art we have D&T! I want you to design a cabin for one of the gods, any will do. See the example below for any ideas,
Have fun designing and making the prefect home for the half-bloods who will live there,
Greek Deity Roman Name Role
Aphrodite Venus goddess of love and beauty
Apollo Apollo god of the sun, arts, and medicine; ideal of male beauty
Ares Mars god of war
Artemis Diana goddess of hunting and protector of wild animals
Athena Minerva goddess of wisdom, warfare, and crafts
Demeter Ceres goddess of grain, farming, and soil
Hephaestus Vulcan god of fire, volcanoes, and industry
Hera Juno queen of the gods, protector of marriage and childbirth
Hermes Mercury messenger of the gods, patron of travellers, merchants, and thieves
Hestia Vesta goddess of the hearth
Poseidon Neptune god of the sea
Zeus Jupiter king of the gods, protector of justice and social order
Dionysus Bacchus god of wine and revelry
Hades Pluto king of the underworld
Persephone Proserpina queen of the underworld
Prometheus giver of fire and crafts to humans
Read more: here
Thursday 2nd July 2020
Percy has been accused of stealing. Today we are going to look at a poem about stealing.
Stealing by Carol-Ann Duffy
The most unusual thing I ever stole? A snowman.
Midnight. He looked magnificent; a tall, white mute
beneath the winter moon. I wanted him, a mate
with a mind as cold as the slice of ice
within my own brain. I started with the head.
Better off dead than giving in, not taking
what you want. He weighed a ton; his torso,
frozen stiff, hugged to my chest, a fierce chill
piercing my gut. Part of the thrill was knowing
that children would cry in the morning. Life's tough.
Sometimes I steal things I don't need. I joy-ride cars
to nowhere, break into houses just to have a look.
I'm a mucky ghost, leave a mess, maybe pinch a camera.
I watch my gloved hand twisting the doorknob.
A stranger's bedroom. Mirrors. I sigh like this - Aah.
It took some time. Reassembled in the yard,
he didn't look the same. I took a run
and booted him. Again. Again. My breath ripped out
in rags. It seems daft now. Then I was standing
alone among lumps of snow, sick of the world.
Boredom. Mostly I'm so bored I could eat myself.
One time, I stole a guitar and thought I might
learn to play. I nicked a bust of Shakespeare once,
flogged it, but the snowman was the strangest.
You don't understand a word I'm saying, do you?
Today I want you to complete the profile / character description of the thief using the worksheet here
An illustrated PowerPoint if you want one with the poem and visuals on individual slides is here
Friday 3rd July 2020
Clare Duffy’s motivation for writing ‘Stealing’
'Stealing' was written around a real incident, when Duffy was living in London and a snowman was stolen from a neighbour's garden. At the time the poet felt that this bizarre crime could only have taken place in the political climate of Mrs Thatcher's Conservative government, in a time of rising unemployment and lack of consideration on the part of those in power for those 'at the bottom of the heap'.
It is written in the voice of the thief, who could be either a girl or a boy, a man or a woman. Duffy sees the poem as a political poem, as a way of giving a voice to someone who in real life might not have the power to articulate their feelings. She uses her power as a poet to get the reader inside the mind of this outcast from society. The poem starts and finishes with a question addressed directly to the reader. It moves between a lyrical poetic speech, which might be the inner thoughts of the criminal - 'a mate / with a mind as cold as the slice of ice / within my own brain' and what might be their actual speech - 'I nicked a bust of Shakespeare once...'.
In places the poem reads like a movie - 'I watch my gloved hand twisting the doorknob' - and the poet works on creating the violence of the character's actions in the rhythms and sounds of the words on the page - 'I took a run / and booted him. Again. Again. My breath ripped out / in rags'.
The poem pinpoints with great compasssion the feelings of someone who may be unemployed or homeless and for whom the apparently pointless gesture of stealing a snowman becomes a bid for celebrity, a desire to impress themselves upon a world that seems to have left them behind.
What Carol Ann Duffy Said
'I think that ordinary speech is intensely poetic...
'The speaker is the star of his or her own movie, and that's all they have... that's where they're famous.
'I wrote the poem because it did happen and it obsessed me. I did think it was a wildly funny and original thing to do to steal a snowman because there was enough snow to make your own.'
Today I want you to wrote your own short poem about stealing a very a usual item. You are Percy and you have stolen an unusual item. Hermes Winged Sandals or the Invisibility Cloak, any items considered unusual!
The poem Stealing is written as if it was told out loud, a spoken story so feel free to attempt this style.