Monday, November 19, 2012
Nineteen years ago, almost to the day, we lost three astronauts in a terrible accident
on the ground. But we’ve never lost an astronaut in flight. We’ve never had a tragedy
like this. And perhaps we’ve forgotten the courage it took for the crew of the shuttle.
But they, the Challenger Seven, were aware of the dangers, overcame them, and did
their jobs brilliantly.
I am an autobiographer as opposed to a fiction writer. In my case I have to remember
facts and try to use my talent or my art or my creativity to tell the truth about the
facts. I submit that there’s a world of difference between truth and fact. Fact 5 tells us
the data: the numbers, the places where, the people who, and the times when. But
facts can obscure the truth. Because I write about a time when real people were alive—
I mean, it’s not as if that is a time which I can create out 10 of the full complement of
my imagination—I have to get back to get the facts. But then I have to do something
else in order to tell the truth of the matter.
Daily Learning Target
 I can defend, through analysis of the text, that Santiago
follows the hero’s journey.
The Hero’s Journey
Review from Friday
1.How do Santiago’s thoughts and perceptions about
himself and the world begin to change on pp. 42-44?
Describe three things that Santiago sees now that he had
never noticed before.
2.The Alchemist is both a fable and an allegory. Find three
examples in Part One of the moral lesson. Write down the
lesson and the page number. You will use this for a later
3.Unspoken Language- Think about the various forms of
unspoken language we experience around us every day.
What gestures, facial expressions, intuitions and signals do
we give and receive to guide us in our responses, actions,
reactions and relationships?
4.Draw a picture representation of the story up until this
point. You can draw using a comic format, stick figures, or
“real” art. Include a written description of the picture
The Alchemist
Finish reading to the star
on page 60.
Exit Slip
1. Author Paulo Coelho says that the biggest obstacle most people face in pursuing
their Personal Legend is, “the fear of realizing the dream for which we fought all
our lives.” (viii). How does this explain the Crystal Merchant’s failure to travel to
2. Coelho says another on of the most common obstacles to realizing our Personal
Legend is, “the fear of the defeats we will meet on the path” (vi). When his
money was stolen in Tangier, Santiago suffered a defeat that forced him into
taking a menial job with the crystal merchant. There, while he labored for a whole
year to earn money to return to his life as a shepherd in Andalusia, Santiago
learned many lessons on everything from the art of business to the art of
Coelho says that, while defeats are an unavoidable result of the mistakes we make
in pursuing our Personal Legends, “The secret of life is to fall seven times and get
up eight times” (vii). By the end of today’s reading, how do we know that
Santiago has learned this lesson of persistence, which is one of the most crucial to
the pursuit of his Personal Legend?

Tuesday, November 13, 2012