Adviser Update Adviser Update Winter 2018 - Page 12

Students in freshman English courses work on self-directed projects built upon journalistic foundations. Photos by Matthew Neil of the texts under study it became possible. We moved the spotlight from a general overview of important classical myths to a more specific focus on myths of foundation and of place. Our content goal was to see how mythological narratives establish a foundational set of characteristics through origin stories: myths of the foundation of Rome, of Thebes, of Athens, etc. The journalistic bent came in when we encouraged students to consider the stories we tell of the foundations of places near to us: our own school, the school system, Flushing, New York City. For example, every October, our school celebrates “Founders’ Day,” where we hold a ceremony to honor the legacies of those who founded the school and carried on its mission. By exploring foundation myths, we were able to see how cultures have used mythic narratives to reflect a sense of identity for a location— and how often that process creates the identity that it claims to reflect. In seeking out narratives about our own homes, could we more accurately reflect the place we live in, or is every narrative we tell about ourselves mythical in some sense? It’s important to see that this journalistic task—the search for the stories of the community—complemented and enhanced the mythological curriculum. )9ѡ̰Ѽ)Ѽєѡхͬ)ɕեɕѕѡ)͕ѥ́ɹѥ)ɕ͕ɍѕ٥ݥ)ݥ)ѡͥ饹ɵѥ)ɽձѥͽɍ̰)ٕɥ她̸=ѡ)ѥȃqՉѥt)ȁՑٕ́)ɕͽѼ͡ɔѡȁݽɬ)ݥѠѡչ䁅Ёɝ)ѡȁѡɽ՝ѡ͍)Ȱѡɽ՝ͽ)ȁՉ䁅Ё)ɕ) ͕ѡ́ݽɬ$)ݽձٽєȁɔ)ɥхѥѡͅ)ٕ͕ɕ)ɔ͠չ́ѡɽ՝)ѡݥх݅́ɽ)ѡɹʹɽ