Thursday, April 30, 2009

HW 4/29

review over the opening 100 lines from Act 3 scene 1.

These are critical moments, and you need to visualize how the assassination happened.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

HW 4/29

1: vocab quiz #18 tomorrow

2: begin planning out your Culture Vulture/ROAR presentations

HW 4/29

A Raisin in the Sun essay

-outline on Friday
-final draft due on Tuesday, May 5
-print and

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

HW 4/28

1) ROAR!

2) Read Julius Caesar Act 2 Scene 3+4, be ready for a quiz

Monday, April 27, 2009

HW 4/27

1: read and annotate Julius Caesar Act 2 Scene 2

2: ROAR posts and proof of the film. Get it done!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

I do Culture Vultures too...

For the past two years, my wife and I have been photographing and reviewLinking local concerts for a website called It's been great to see lots of good music (and get into shows for free). We cover everything from folk-rock (Fleet Foxes) to post-rock (Radiohead), and hip-hop (GZA, Akrobatik, The Roots).

Last Saturday, I covered the Great Lake Swimmers at the Brattle Theater in Cambridge. Here's some photos
read the review here:

Friday, April 17, 2009

Get your Culture Vulture On!

Independent Film Festival of Boston

Check out these films

54 years after school segregation was declared illegal, Charleston, MS plans its first integrated high school prom at the behest of lifetime resident Morgan Freeman.

Humorous, entertaining and moving documentary about the people who transform their vehicles into works of art.

(free) Hip-Hop and Comedy Workshops!

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Youth Week Talent Showcase, will be on Wednesday, April 22, from 7 - 9 pm here at 826 Boston. The event is free, open to the public and will feature talented youth from around the Roxbury/JP community. Come out to enjoy original music, poetry, dance, comedy, and more! Download the Talent Showcase flyer.

Join us during April School Break for creative workshops at 826 Boston! To sign up for workshops, call 617-442-5400 or email

Hip-Hop-oetics Take II. Tuesday & Wednesday, 1:00 - 3:00 pm (two sessions). Teacher: Chris Mooney. Enrollment is capped at 15 students. Ages 10-14. In this two-session workshop, students will explore verbal and rhythmic elements of hip-hip lyrics, and write their own lyrics to perform at Jamaica Plain Youth Week Talent Showcase on the evening of April 21st!

Sketch Comedy. Tuesday & Wednesday 10:00 am -12:00 pm (two sessions). Teacher: Lily Mooney. Ages 11-14. Enrollment is capped at 15 students. Working with improv games and comedy-writing exercises, students will create their own sketch comedy skits and have the opportunity to perform them on the evening of April 21st, at the Jamaica Plain Youth Week Talent Showcase.


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Open Daily 10am – 5pm
Institute of Contemporary Art

imaginative sculptures, and poster art
Museum Hours
Tuesday and Wednesday 10 am - 5 pm
Thursday and Friday 10 am - 9 pm
Saturday and Sunday 10 am - 5 pm

Warren Anatomical Museum

Phineas Gage skull, and ether

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

HW 4/16

1) read and annotate Julius Caesar 2.1

for fun, check out this clip from the Cosby Show as Cliff gives birth to a sandwich. I'm not the only one who has birth dreams, or like Brutus who works out stress while I sleep.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

HW 4/15

1) read and quick notes for Julius Caesar Act 2 Scene 1. STOP when Portia enters (line 233)

2) vocab quiz #17 tomorow

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

HW 4/14

get your taxes done...

1) study for Julius Caesar Act 1 quiz

2)vocab quiz on Thursday (#17)

Monday, April 13, 2009

HW 4/13

1) active reading of Julius Caesar 1.3Link

if you are using the parallel translation, your notes must show critical thoughts about the play, not just a list of "what happened"

2) vocab quiz #17 on Thursday

Saturday, April 11, 2009

I do Culture Vultures too...

ah, a rainy Saturday.

My soccer game was canceled, so a friend and I headed to the MFA. Not for paintings. But for Zidane.

I've been waiting to see this film for almost 2 years, waiting to catch it on a large screen with huge sound. The film focuses 17 HD cameras on Zinedine Zidane for 90 minutes of a Real Madrid soccer match, following his every step, pass, and drop of sweat. Switching between high angle shots from the stadium lights, to an amazingly close perspective from behind Zidane's head, the film gives a narration-less commentary on the experience of a professional athlete. With a soundtrack by the English noise band Mogwai, the footage of Zidane, Beckham, Raul, and Roberto Carlos rises to stunning emotion, then falls as players tap in grass divots when play stops.

Warning: this film will not turn you into a soccer fan. It will make you wonder what thoughts run through an athletes' head as they are surrounded by thousands of rabid fans.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Long Weekend HW

1) peace for the weekend, and do read and offer strong annotations of Julius Caesar 1.2

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

HW 4/8

1) read and annotate background info on Julius Caesar p 162-170

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

HW 4/7

1: read and annotate Julius Caesar Act 1 Scene 1

Monday, April 6, 2009

HW 4/6


Be sure to have 2 pages printed of your "list story," and do have a quality question or two to share with Julie Glass. I am so excited for this opportunity, and hope you are too.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Weekend HW

Yes, MCAS (for ELA) is behind us. Time to tackle the big, bad AP and SAT!

1) read the introduction sheet for our Julia Glass visit

2) read and annotate the Glass story "I See You Everywhere" and O'Brien's "The Things They Carried"

3) brainstorm (or begin writing) your own list story. Two pages of writing is due for Tuesday morning.