Seminar #1: Whale Rider
DUE:  See HUM 210 Course Plan

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Juanita Yourlastname
HUM 210, Prof. C. Agatucci
Seminar 1 Written Prep. Notes
26 September 2006

To earn full points for Seminar #1, you must:

  1. Submit complete Seminar #1 Written Preparation Notes, which be collected at the end of class on the date due; and
  2. Be in class to engage in Seminar #1 In-Class Participation, summaries of which will be recorded in an in-class Seminar #1 Group Report to be collected at the end of class on the due date.

Seminar #1 Written Preparation Notes may be handwritten or wordprocessed, and may take the form of paragraphs, detailed outlines or charts.  Cite course (and any other) sources you summarize, paraphrase, and/or quote following the models given below.  Since your Seminar #1 Written Prep. Notes will be collected for scoring at the end of class, be sure to make/save/retain a personal copy for yourself.

SEMINAR 1 TOPICS.  Prepare brief, informal written notes on all of the following topics, and be prepared to discuss during Seminar #1:

(1) Identify a significant scene, character, theme or issue presented in Whale Rider, and explain why you believe it significant to understanding the meaning or impact of the film;

(2) From your reading of the online Whale Rider background materials, select and cite at least three passages or sections (at least one from each of the three online Whale Rider webpages) that you found valuable in better understanding the film, and explain why; 

(3) In the HUM 210 Syllabus, Learning Outcome 6 is "Identify topics of personal interest, unanswered questions, controversial claims and alternative viewpoints arising from one’s comparative study for further research and investigation."    Identify at least one topic, question, or issue arising from your viewing of Whale Rider and/or reading of the background materials that you would like to investigate further.


IN-TEXT CITATIONS in your written prep. notes can be brief, just enough to identify clearly which source you are citing, as in the following examples:

The main character in Whale Rider is Paikea ("Pai") Apirana, who has inherited true leadership of her Maori people although her "paka" Koro Apirana won't recognize her legitimate claim because she is a girl. Scenes in the film that demonstrate this are . . . .

I found the glossary very helpful in understanding and reviewing Maori terms and concepts used in the Whale Rider, but I was especially interested to learn that "Paikea" means "Endurance" (cited in Agatucci, "Whale Rider (2): Glossary")l  and this led to me think about "endurance" as a key character trait in both Koro and Pai, required of leaders and of the Maori people as a whole.

WORKS CITED in your written prep notes should be listed at the end, and please give complete bibliographical information, as in the following examples:

Agatucci, Cora, ed.  "Whale Rider (2): Glossary."  Humanities 210 [online handout], Central Oregon
         Community College, Fall 2006. 21 Sept. 2006

Whale Rider. Dir. Niki Caro. Perf. Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rawiri Paratene, Vicky Haughton, Cliff
         Curtis.  South Pacific Pictures/ApolloMedia GmbH & Co. 5/Filmproduktion KG, 2002.  DVD. 
         Newmarket Films, 2003.


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