Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Monday, September 28, 2015

Active Reading on "Everyday Use"

Please use Active Reading while you enjoy "Everyday Use"

1) preview
2) interact
3) review

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Weekend of Culture Culture!

This is a wonderful weekend of Culture Vulture in Boston. Here are two key picks:

Beantown Jazz Festival

The Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival is Boston’s biggest block party—a free, annual outdoor concert open to the public that has delighted hundreds of thousands of music lovers over the years with its host of jazz, Latin, blues, funk, and groove performances, along with an array of food vendors and free activities for kids.

This year’s festival, themed “Jazz: The Voice of the People,” will take place from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at Columbus Avenue between Massachusetts Avenue and Burke Street. Stretching across six blocks in Boston’s historic South End, the festival offers world-class music on three stages, phenomenal food and drink, arts, crafts, and unique gifts. The Natixis Family Park offers facepainting, inflatables, cotton candy, KidsJam, an instrument petting zoo, and more.

BSO in the Park
All performances are from 3pm to 4pm.
In partnership with Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department.
September 27: Christopher Columbus Park, North End, Boston Pops Brass Quintet
October 4: Savin Hill Park, Boston Cello Quartet
October 11: Copley Square, TBD

In case of inclement weather, please check the BSO website or visit the Boston Symphony Facebook page.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Old Man and the Sea: History RASH

1) For our work in the 826 Writers' Room, follow our active reading process (preview, interact, review) for this article: "Hemingway's Cuba, Cuba's Hemingway"

2) The back side of the handout gives historical context to one of the most important allusions in the book: The Virgin of Cobre.

3) Take time to ask questions about your reading. Today is a perfect chance for one-on-one questions and interactions.

4) Bonus! Here's an interview with Ernest Hemingway in Cuba after winning the Nobel Prize. He unpacks the la vs. el article when describing the sea! Epic!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Our film clip to introduce Hemingway, Midnight in Paris

It would make a good Culture Vulture film!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Old Man and the Sea: Reading Calendar!

Listen to each section:
Audiobook Link

September 16
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.” 

September 17 
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. 

September 18 
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. 

September 22
Part 4 (50-62) Part 5 (62-75) Part 6 (75-89) Part 7 (89-101)
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.” 

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. 

September 23
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. 

September 24
Part 9 (114-end)
The end.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Contract with the reader!

Today we made rough draft statement of a class reading contract. Use the link to record your votes for what should be on our reading contract: