For the next two weeks, we will focus on oral texts. We will examine the following:
- how does a text reflect its creator and its audience?
- what impact do rhetoric devices have on an audience?
- how do intonation, eye contact, and other aspects of speaking impact meaning and reception?
- what are some of the implied values and ideologies behind the speaker’s words?
We will begin by examining Michelle Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention. Will discuss the meaning of her speech, including values and implied ideologies, tomorrow; today, we will concentrate on her astounding delivery.
Please Note: during this unit, you will hear values and ideas that will, invariably, contradict your own. We will discuss these issues as they arise. At all times, we use Catholic Graduate Expectations to guide our discussions.
The Five People You Meet in Heaven
(Before we start, consider this: were you aware that Gangnam Style is actually satire?)
Writing a narrative set in a place you have never seen is a real challenge. Imagine the difficulty Mitch Albom faced when he began working on Five People, a novel set in Heaven.
To help us prepare ourselves, let’s take a look at some Biblical references to Heaven:
- the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:3),
- the kingdom of God (Mark 9:48),
- the kingdom of the Father (Matthew 13:43),
- the kingdom of Christ (Luke 22:30),
- the house of the Father (John 14:2),
- the holy place (Hebrews 9:12; D.V. holies),
- paradise (2 Corinthians 12:4),
- life (Matthew 7:14),
- life everlasting (Matthew 19:16),
- the joy of the Lord (Matthew 25:21),
- crown of life (James 1:12),
- crown of justice (2 Timothy 4:8),
- crown of glory (1 Peter 5:4),
- incorruptible crown (1 Corinthians 9:25),
- great reward (Matthew 5:12),
- inheritance of Christ (Ephesians 1:18),
- eternal inheritance (Hebrews 9:15).