Parzival -Course Description

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Parzival is a vast, complex tale of adventure and romance written in the early thirteenth century by Wolfram von Eschenbach, a minnesinger who claimed – perhaps facetiously – to be illiterate. It tells of Parzival’s journey from clownish ignorance through sorrow and doubt to become a knight of the Round Table and Lord of the Grail. The grail is not a cup in this story, but a mysterious stone that has power to nourish and to heal. Parzival’s quest is complete when he asks his wounded uncle the sympathetic question, “What ails thee?”
Students have nightly reading assignments, and each student makes two oral presentations of one chapter to the class. Each student creates eight ""artistic responses"" to the story. These include drawings, paintings, sculpture, poetry, music, a short story and film. Students also choose six of their in-class journals to polish for their block book.  There are also regular reading quizzes and a final essay.

Faculty:                    Barbara Huckabay, High School Humanities Teacher
Class Dates:           March 25th-April 26th, 2013
Curriculum Area:   Morning Lesson Block

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