First Week!

   Well, so far I've been at this page for a little under a week. More like a weekend.

   I am really excited to start telling people about the page by the end of the week. The Warren Hope still has it's password, and once I have the text on the first four pages (probably 5) I'll post them and have some fun with the password.

   I've been enjoying making art again, and I think having a positive week teaching really gave me some new inspiration. My 7th grade ELA classes are reading The Odyssey by Homer.

   Most are loving it! What's very cool is that for some of these kids, this will be the first book they read cover to cover. I don't think they understand how excited I am for them. Class starts off with the students coming in and seeing questions I have prepared ahead of time on the boards around class. Then I assign to them the Book we're reading, tomorrow we start Book 5. They read alone silently (I'm noticing that if I don't make them read, then they won't). During their reading I ask them to consider the questions on the boards. After an acceptable amount of time I have them turn back to the beginning of the Book of the day. The Books in the Odyssey are serving as chapters basically.

   Once they are where they need to be, I begin reading the Book, after the first paragraph I call on a student to continue. I will choose a new reader every paragraph and only taking breaks when I need to. Reasons for the breaks? I like to ask the students how they feel about certain events. "Do you think it's right all the suitors are eating all of food and drinking all the wine?" Or to embellish on the Greek culture and information on events, like the battle of Troy.

   After we read together, I then have the students work in their groups of 4 to discuss the questions on the board and to formulate short answers to the questions, then we'll discuss those as a class. I will be working in deeper questions soon, as we go. I am trying to build up the confidence of the students right now, so that they are encouraged to do well as we go.

   At the end of the book I'll have them write an essay on the story, explaining what an Epic Poem is, what role the gods played in the lives of the heroes, and how they relate.

   I'm sure I'll come up with more stuff as we go, I'm just getting started :)

   Oh yea, The Warren Hope, is something I had in my head for a while now, and I am looking forward to sharing it. There's a lot that goes into these Comic Books. I don't think people realize how much time and effort has gone into the comics they've read.

   First, I imagine the story and draw a few doodles to get my brain working, I'm very visual with what I do and how I learn. Then I write the story out. After this story was written I began to draw. In my notes of the story I plan out layout of each page in the side of my script. I was able to illustrate The Warren Hope over my Christmas break. Some days I would get a page done, some I would get two or three, others I might not do any. I was able to get them all planned and drawn up in my time frame and with a house full of sickies.

   My wife and kids have been coughing fiercely lately and I hate it. I hate when I can't do anything to help. I too, now have the cough. Ugh, hoping the Nyquil hits soon and I can lumber off to bed :P

  I really hope to keep up with this every week.

Thanks for reading,