Wednesday, October 23, 2013

10/23 (R)eader RASH on "Everyday Use" + instagram

Solid, solid, solid work with the critical reader passages today! Alice Walker's story is layered, and our RASHing unpacked lots of interesting and unexpected ideas. We introduced five Thematic Elements of Southern Literature (decorum, dialect, traumatic violence, ancestry, race+class separation) and will print images related to these topics for making posters tomorrow.

Here is my original photo of "The Museum of Bad Art" (visit as a Culture Vulture!)

and here is the photo "instagramed"

even without the filter, the image is "filtered" by my selecting what to put inside the frame

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

10/22 Everyday Use

After some weeks at sea, we head into the world of Southern Literature. Our introduction comes from Alice Walker in her story "Everyday Use." After a pop quiz, we started to RASH on the story to find connections between Walker's biography, historical context, and critical readings.

Sports Illustrated & Paradox of Memory

Here's the link to Thomas Lake's story of a high school football player killed in a play that brings up questions of sport violence and racial animosity.

Give it a read, and let Thomas know what you think about his conclusions!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Boston Book Festival!

This weekend is a bibliophiles' dream come true! Copley Square and the Boston Public Library are hosting a mega festival to celebrate authors and readers.

Here are three highlights:

Poetry: Spoken Word: Regie Gibson and Jose Olivarez
Regie Gibson (Courtesy photo)
Two celebrated Massachusetts poets — Gibson, winner of the 1998 National Poetry Slam, and Olivarez, author of the forthcoming poetry collection “Home Court” — perform their texts alongside their students.1:15 p.m. Saturday, Loews Boston Hotel Cuffs Bar, 350 Stuart St., Boston.

Art and Technology: Abelardo Morell and Clifford Ross
Featured in the current touring museum retrospective “The Universe Next Door,” Brookline artist Morell has astonished with his photos that turn rooms into pinhole cameras — or camera obscuras — projecting the outside world across the inside walls. Ross’s 2013 book, “Through the Looking Glass,” documents his use of digital imaging combined with traditional craftsmanship to create a monumental stained glass wall for the US Federal Courthouse in Austin, Texas.
2:15 p.m. Saturday, Boston Public Library Rabb Lecture Hall, 700 Boylston St., Boston.

BBF Unbound: The Boston Marathon — Telling Tragedy’s Story: Carlos Arredondo, Kristen Daly, Sean Flynn, Scott Helman, Charles Krupa, Jenna Russell
The Boston Marathon bombing as told by people who were there — veteran reporters and photographers as well as Arredondo, the iconic “man in the cowboy hat” photographed helping rescue victims of the attack (above).
3:30 p.m. Saturday, Boston Common Hancock, 40 Trinity Place, Boston.

10/17+18 Three "Old Man and the Sea" Adaptations

We are reading three film adaptations of The Old Man and the Sea. Using our Film Terms Handout, we have read frames and shots to see how the director composed each film.

For Tuesday, please read Alice Walker's Everyday Use. SQR notes are expected!

The Old Man and the Sea Adaptations
86 minutes
Director John Sturges
Santiago Spencer Tracy

93 minutes
Director Jud Taylor
Santiago Anthony Quinn

20 minutes
Director Aleksandr Petrov

Friday, October 11, 2013

10/11 Old Man and the Sea Question Round Table

As we finished our reading of The Old Man and the Sea, it was time to share our thoughts and questions in a Round Table discussion. It was a great chance to have lots of voices heard, and to review for the test on Tuesday.

As you study, here is an outline of the test:

Multiple Guess
-50 questions
-20 minutes
-plot, Hemingway biography, literary elements

Open Response
-4 questions
-pick 1 of 2 passages to RASH (Author & Reader)
-pick 2 of 4 passages for RASH (Style)

Monday, October 7, 2013

RASH on Hemingway 10/7

We paused our discussion of the book to RASH on the author. In small groups, we read 1/8 of a Hemingway biographical sketch and presented our findings to the class.

click for Hemingway biography

Tonight, return to the sea: page 89 for tomorrow. SQR notes: one big note or break into the audiobook sections.

Vocab on Thursday will be a mega review quiz on lessons 1-4. All multiple guess for part of speech and definitions.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

10/2 Old Man and the Sea pt1 & Calling out sentence fragments

For our DO NOW, we called out those sentence fragments that front like they are real sentences. They are fake, and should be treated as such.

Our reading of The Old Man and the Sea commenced! Now that we have 1) judged the cover, 2) made connections with the title, and 3) met the narrator, get reading!

SQR NOTES! Only 2 sentences needed for summary and reaction (S+R) sections

Audiobook Link

October 2
Part 1 (9-22)
“I wanted to take him fishing but I was too timid to ask him. Then I asked you to ask him and you were too timid.” 

October 3
Part 2 (22-36)
The iridescent bubbles were beautiful. But they were the falsest thing in the sea and the old man loved to see the big sea turtles eating them. 
October 4
Part 3 (36-50)
When once, through my treachery, it had been necessary to him to make a choice, the old man thought. His choice had been to stay in the deep dark water far out beyond all snares and traps and treacheries. 

October 8
Part 4 (50-62) Part 5 (62-75) Part 6 (75-89)
If the boy were here he could rub it for me and loosen it down from the forearm, he thought. But it will loosen up.

Then he was sorry for the great fish that had nothing to eat and his determination to kill him never relaxed in his sorrow for him.

The sea had risen considerably. But it was a fair-weather breeze and he had to have it to get home. “I’ll just steer south and west,” he said. “A man is never lost at sea and it is a long island.” 

October 9
Part 7 (89-101)
Sometimes he lost the scent. But he would pick it up again, or have just a trace of it, and he swam fast and hard on the course. 

October 10
Part 8 (101-114)
“Come on, galano,” the old man said. “Come in again.” The shark came in a rush and the old man hit him as he shut his jaws. 
October 11
Part 9 (114-end)
The end.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Culture Vulture this weekend! (10/5 and 10/6)

What You’ll Find at the Festival

  • Freshly harvested produce and seafood from farmers and fishermen
  • Scrumptious, $6 servings, featuring locally grown foods
  • Entertaining demonstrations and competitions by chefs and other food experts
  • Lively local music of many cultural tastes
  • Engaging exhibitions and playful activities for the kid in all of us
  • Interactive workshops featuring local food leaders
  • Food-inspired arts and crafts
  • Recycling and sustainable practices for minimal waste

October 5-6

All eyes on Roxbury Open Studios! This annual event is an opportunity for Roxbury's visual artists to welcome the public to view and purchase paintings, drawings, sculptures, textiles, jewelry and other studio crafts. 

Saturday, October 5, 11am-6pm
  Artists on display at various locations.
1-2pmWriting workshops with Grub Street
    Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley Street

Sunday, October 6, 11am-6pm
  Artists on display at various locations.
    1-2pmWriting workshops with Grub Street
    Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley Street