Week 8

Monday, October 26

  • Free Write: How does Mitch’s life change after his uncle dies? Why do you think he makes those changes? Do you find yourself sympathetic towards Mitch or frustrated with him or neither? Why?
  • Divide up into small groups by counting off by 8s
    • Each group answer the corresponding question and be ready to present your findings to the large group.
  1. What is the first “loss” Morrie experiences? How do you think this affects him emotionally?
  2. Identify Charlotte. What are her primary concerns after learning of Morrie’s terminal illness? How do you think she will cope?
  3. How does Morrie initially react to the diagnosis of ALS? Quote and explain how he describes his feelings.
  4. What were some of the signs of illness that Morrie noticed that caused him to go to the doctor and find out what was wrong? Sequence the usual progression of Morrie’s disease.
  5. How does Morrie conduct his “living funeral”? Why does he do so? What is the outcome?
  6. How does Morrie initially react to Koppel? Why do you think he does so?
  7. Quote one of Morrie’s aphorisms and explain what you think it means (page 18).
  8. During Koppel’s interview, how does Morrie explain his philosophy about living with a terminal illness? What does he most dread about the decay of his body? Why do you think this especially bothers him?
  • Time to read and do your double entry journal entry for tomorrow

For tomorrow: read pages 26-52 and write one double entry journal entry, focusing on Morrie's aphorisms and your response to them.
Remember: an aphorism is a statement of truth or belief expressed in a concise and sometimes witty manner. Example: "The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in" (52).

Tuesday, October 27

  • Free Write: Explain what Morrie means by the ‘tension of opposites.’ How do you think this phrase exemplifies Mitch’s life since college? Identify tensions of opposites in your life.
  • Questions from the yesterday's reading?
  • Talk about the 'This I Believe' radio program. Listen to Mohammed Ali's and Margaret Mead's Essays
  • In small groups, discuss what Ali and Mead believed — what were the guiding principle's of their lives? Do you agree or disagree with them? Do you think these beliefs shaped their careers, or did their careers shape their beliefs? Be prepared to share your discussion with the large group.
  • Time to read and write double entry journal entries for tomorrow

For tomorrow: read pages 53-79 and write one double entry journal entry, focusing on Morrie's aphorisms and your response to them.

Wednesday, October 28

  • Free Write:
    • Of all of the subjects that Mitch wants to discuss with Morrie, which one is the most important to you? Why? OR
    • Morrie’s health is deteriorating. What physical functions does Morrie most dread losing? Why? Which one would you most dread losing? Why?

For Monday: read pages 87-108 and write two double entry journal entries, focusing on Morrie's aphorisms and your response to them.

October 29-30

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