Friday, October 30, 2009

Weekend Homework

1) TKAM film notes- be sure to use strong film terms!

2) TKAM extra credit essay due Tuesday- print and

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Homework 10/28

1) complete film notes from your reading of TKAM, include terms from our notes

2) Extra Credit TKAM essay? It is due on Tuesday.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Homework 10/27

1) bring your ROAR book to class tomorrow

2) ROAR post #5 due Wednesday night by 10pm

Monday, October 26, 2009

Last Chance for Term 1 Extra Credit

1) attend an event
2) obtain proof
3) one-page response

Monday, October 26

6:00 PM, Brattle Theatre (sponsored by Harvard Book Store), $5
*Sherman Alexie, War Dances

Rawi Hage, Cockroach, Porter Square Books, 7:00 pm

Tuesday, October 27

6pm, Coolidge Corner Theatre, $5 (sponsored by Brookline Booksmith)
*John Irving, Last Night in Twisted River

Liza Ketchum, Newsgirl, Porter Square Books, 7:00 pm

7:00 PM, Harvard Book Store
The Harvard Square Book Circle will discuss Henry Louis Gates, Jr.'s memoir Colored People

Wednesday, October 28

7:30 PM, Harvard Book Store, Lower Level
The Philosophy Café at Harvard Book Store asks about With Housing and Health Care For All: Should We Adopt an Economic Bill of Rights?

6:00 PM, Brattle Theatre (sponsored by Harvard Book Store), $5
Christos Papadimitriou, Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth

Thursday, October 29

6:00 PM, Brattle Theatre (sponsored by Harvard Book Store), $5
*Harriet Reisen, Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women

6pm, Coolidge Corner Theatre, $5 (sponsored by Brookline Booksmith)
Augusten Burroughs, You Better Not Cry: Stories for Christmas

Michael Downing, Life With Sudden Death, Porter Square Books, 7:00 pm

8:00 PM, First Parish Church Meetinghouse (sponsored by Harvard Book Store), $5
Stephen Dubner, SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes and
Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance

Friday, October 30

3:00 PM, Harvard Book Store
Friday Forum: Lisa Rosner, The Anatomy Murders

Saturday, October 24, 2009

ROAR Term II: The Bildungsroman

Staircase of a Thousand Steps
by Masha Hamilton

Jammana, a 11-year-old girl experiences an unsettling coming of age in a Jordanian village. She possesses an ancestral gift that allows her to see the past, travels with her mother, Rafa, against her father's wishes, to Rafa's birthplace, the ancient village of Ein Fadr.

Breath, Eyes, Memory
by Edwidge Danticat

After twelve years of being raised in Haiti by her aunt Atie, young Sophie Caco has been summoned by her mother to join her in New York. Sophie is terrified and does not want to go, especially since she does not remember her mother, who left Haiti when Sophie was just a baby. What follows is a painful rendering of horrifying secrets and Haitian tradition that deeply affects Sophie and the way she lives her life.

The Chosen
by Chaim Potok

In 1940s Brooklyn, New York, a horrible baseball accident throws Reuven Malther and Danny Saunders together. Despite their religious differences, Reuven and Danny form a deep, if unlikely, friendship. Together they negotiate adolescence and family conflicts.

by Sandra Cisneros

Lala Reyes is the seventh child of the family and the only girl. They live in Chicago, where her dad and his two brothers run an upholstery shop. There are cousins (three brothers named Elvis, Byron, and Aristotle), looong caravan-style car trips to Mexico City to visit the Awful Grandmother, and some snooping into the past by Lala.

Crazy in Alabama
by Mark Childress

Family tumult and social unrest converge to shake the world of 12-year-old orphan Peejoe Bullis in the summer of 1965, "when everybody went crazy in Alabama." Peejoe's relatively tranquil life with his grandmother is jolted by the arrival of his Aunt Lucille, who is on her way to Hollywood to become a star after poisoning her husband. The family moves to Industry, Ala., where racial conflict brings together George Wallace and Martin Luther King Jr.

The Chocolate War
by Robert Cormier

Jerry Renault is a typical fourteen-year-old freshman (and football player) at a private Catholic high school. But then he decides to go against the school fundraiser run by a gang called The Vigils. Can Jerry survive at school as the thugs and teachers plot to ruin his life?

by M.T. Anderson

The story begins on the Moon, where Titus and his friends have gone for spring break. He and his buddies all have Feed, which is an online computer implant typically installed shortly after birth. Feed constantly bombards the characters with information and banners, much of which has to do with the latest fashions, upcars, and music. It also provides them with Chat--the capacity to mentally instant message each other. Enter Violet; a girl Titus meets on spring break, a girl who wants to 'fight the feed'.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
by Sherman Alexie

Arnold Spirit, a goofy-looking dork with a decent jumpshot, spends his time lamenting life on the "poor-ass" Spokane Indian reservation, drawing cartoons. When a teacher pleads with Arnold to want more, to escape the hopelessness of the rez, Arnold switches to a rich white school and immediately becomes as much an outcast in his own community as he is a curiosity in his new one.

Parrot in the Oven: Mi Vida
by Victor Martinez

The tale follows the life of Manuel Hernandez. Manny's a good kid. He has a slacker older brother, an older sister that flirts with danger, and a baby sibling that doesn't understand the ways of the world just yet. His father is unemployed leaving him regularly drunk and belligerent. His mother, not quite up to facing the problems surrounding her, stays by his side despite the effects of his actions on the kids.

Yoruba Girl Dancing
by Simi Bedford

Remi is born into a privileged large Nigerian family. At the age of 6 she is sent to a very exclusive all girl boarding school in England. Feeling alienated because she was the only black girl in a school full of perfect English girls. She gets ridiculed for her culture and race. It isn't easy being different, but Remi has to cope with it and she needs to understand that people are different.

by Maxine Clair

These interrelated short stories are set in fictional Rattlebone, Kan., a vibrant, close-knit African-American community. Narrated by young Irene Wilson, the confident but naive girl tells how she grows up in a town devoid of whites, falling in love with the boy who sells eggs, and witnessing the dissolution of her parents' marriage.

Betsey Brown
by Ntozake Shange

Betsey is the oldest child in a large, remarkable, and slightly eccentric African American family. Her father is a doctor who wakes his children each morning with point-blank questions about African history and Black culture while beating on a conga drum; her mother is a beautiful, refined, confident, and strong-willed social worker who is overwhelmed by the vast size of her young family and who cares very little for “all that nasty colored music.”

All that Lives
by Melissa Sanders-Smart

The Bell Witch is poltergeist that bedeviled a family of Tennessee farmers in the early 1800's. At age 13, Betsy Bell becomes the focus of the witch's torments. For more than a year, the Bell family is subjected to nocturnal noises, rains of stones, blows from invisible hands and, eventually, belligerent back talk from the articulate spirit.

Rule of the Bone
by Russell Banks

Flunking out of school and already hooked on drugs, the 14-year-old narrator leaves his mobile home in a depressed upstate New York town. Convinced that he is destined for a criminal career, Bone vents his anger in acts of senseless destruction. His wanderings are paused when he takes refuge in an abandoned schoolbus with an illegal alien from Jamaica called I-Man.

Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha
by Roddy Doyle

An Irish lad named Paddy rampages through the streets of Barrytown with a pack of like-minded hooligans, playing cowboys and Indians, etching their names in wet concrete, and setting fires. Paddy Clarke and his friends are not bad boys; they're just a little bit restless...

Friday, October 23, 2009

Weekend Homework

1) finish reading TKAM for Monday

2) Culture Vulture Proof/Response/Proposal for Monday

3) TKAM test on Tuesday

4) ROAR final post Wednesday @10pm


-attend the Boston Book Fair
-prove you were there
-write a one page response on the author you saw

Weekend Films

Need that Culture Vulture film?

More than a Game


The September Issue

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Homework 10/22

1) TKAM ch. 25-27 notes Friday

2) TKAM ch 28-31 notes Monday

3) Culture Vulture Response/Proof/Proposal Monday

4) TKAM Test Wednesday

5) ROAR Final Post Wednesday @10pm

Book Fair!

So you need Culture Vulture or Extra Credit?

Boston provides you with everything you need this weekend with the Book Festival happening on Saturday in Copley Square.

Mr. Doreian's Picks:

Bill Littlefield (sports)

Trinity Church Forum, 1:30 p.m

Dennis Lehane (Mystic River)

Boston Public Library Rabb Lecture Hall, 6 - 9 p.m.

John Hodgman (funny)

Old South Church Sanctuary, 12:30 p.m

Ben Mezrich (21-MIT)

Trinity Church Forum, 11:30 a.m.

Alicia Silverstone (movie star!)

11:30 a.m., Boston Public Library Popular Reading Room.

Michael Thomas (urban realism)

Old South Church Sanctuary, 11 a.m.

Chris Van Allsburg (Jumanji)

Boston Public Library Rabb Lecture Hall, 10:30 a.m.

Cornel West (philosopher lion)

Boston Public Library Popular Reading Room, 1 p.m.

Click on the hyperlinks for more information (time and location)


Jared T. Williams

Jared T. Williams has illustrated many books for children and adults, including Catie Copley, Catie Copley's Great Escape, The Hidden Life of Dogs, Dogs Never Lie About Love and The Return of the