Thursday, May 11, 2017

Reading Period 26: May 12-18: The Neverending Story

Long Read:

The Neverending Story by Michael Ende, chapters 9-17

Short Read:

"The Wish" by Roald Dahl

Poem:

"Ode to Joy" by Friedrich Schiller. Here is the German next to the English. Make sure you click on "Show Original" if your browser tries to automatically translate it for you!

Creative Assignment:

Take a look at the works of German expressionist painter Paul Klee, particularly the painting "Once Emerged from the Gray of Night," in which words are inscribed in colored squares. (Klee lived in Switzerland but was part of this German art movement.)

Flora on Sand by Paul Klee

Senecio by Paul Klee

Once Emerged from the Gray of Night by Paul Klee

Here's the text of Klee's poem:

Once emerged from the gray of night
Heavier and dearer and stronger
Than the fire of the night
Drunk with God and doubled over. 
At present ethereal 
Surrounded by blue 
Soaring over the glaciers 
Toward the wise constellations.

Create your own poem inscribed in a field of colored squares. You can use graph paper if you want or create your own grid. You can see that Klee's squares weren't all the same size -- so be flexible! You can use your own poetry, or use a stanza of a poem you particularly like. Let the content of the poem dictate the colors you use in your grid. 

OR

Listen to the "Ode to Joy" movement of Beethoven's 9th and last symphony. This is Schiller's poem set to music: 



Now write your own poem entitled "Ode to Joy." You must use at least ten words from Schiller's poem, but they don't have to be in any order, and you can add as many of your own words as you like. Listen to the music while you write, and try to capture some of the spirit of its phrases in your poem.

Writing Assignment:

Your only choice of writing assignment is to work on your short story! Think about our class discussion as you compose your story. Plot is rooted in the identity of your characters, but you need to place them in a world that brings their identity into a place of conflict. I can't wait to read your creations!

Quiz:

1. Who sent Gmork to hunt Atreyu?
2. Finish the line: When it comes to controlling human beings, there is no better instrument than _____.
3. What is the deepest secret of the world of Fantastica?
4. What name has Bastian thought of for the Childlike Empress?
5. What makes Bastian hesitate and not want to come into Fantastica?
6. What is the job of the Old Man of Wandering Mountain?
7. Why is there nothing but a grain of sand left of Fantastica when Bastian arrives?
8.  What is inscribed on the back side of the Auryn?
9. Why is it madness to swim across the Lake of Tears?
10. What is different about the way Bastian appears to Atreyu now, as compared to how he appeared in the mirror gate?

Saturday, May 6, 2017

The Stickybeak Archive's Color Poems

Inspired by Rimbaud, we wrote poems that convey emotions through color, and other sensory information.

The Bird
by Sadie

A robin sits on a cherry tree,
singing a lovely song.
The tree spits puffs of pink clouds
and sets the stage for the bird

The bird is shot down,
giving out a horrid screech.
Fire engulfs the tree and all fall to the ground,
the puffs of pink turn to piles of ash.

A gentle hand cradles the dying bird,
and wishes for its song to return,
but it's last wheezing breath is released,
and head droops down, and falls like its tree.

The Clock
by Epona

Quiet room quiet house
all that is heard is the clicking of a mouse
and the ticking of a clock
all is still even the small windmill
sleeping cat sleeping birds
sleeping raccoon's hidden in the ferns
clock still ticking clock strikes 7:00
sun going down as it starts to get late

Clock still ticking clock strikes 10:00
thoughts of grey run through my head
waiting and waiting for the door to ring
while sitting in my room
with a sore look on my face

Clock still ticking clock strikes 10:30
I hear a ring from down stairs
with a smile on my face I run through the house
I open the door I greet them with a great embrace
all grey thoughts have been erased

An Anchor
by Keely

The clouds were red and white
I had A singing heart
Sailing on A calm and brilliant sea
But away you go from me
The clouds are grey
And the sea is dark and stormy
The boat sinks to a watery grave

In a cold stone cell
The mildew wrecks my mind
Grey and icy bricks are all that I can find
And I pound and I pound on the stone, begging to be let out
Because the People are all outside
Joyous and together
While I am locked away

An anchor is in my chest
A sharp knife of silver in my body
That never seemed to go away
The piercing sound of nails I made never did a thing
And all the people talking
Were just sounds thumping in my brain
A never-ending storm
That lasts all day

The King
by David

Bright, Trumpets Blasting
Declaring the rein of the rising king
As he silently creeps up his red carpet
Now the purple ladies play their quintet

A thousand sand chorus breaking into song
Yellow has come hopes to stay long
As all the green look up to him and his great crown
Now great Yellows rein has been

The dark witch has seen
And fixes the king a nasty gaul
As black and blue no one has been
Now the blue cascades down like a waterfall
The purple eyes are sick, the greens’ are weak
The Yellow drops are dark, and white reigns over all

The Final Sounds
by Parker

The sounds of drums.
The sunset, a deep red.
Marching coming from everywhere.
The final sounds till nothing.

Zip Zip Zap
The streaks, they run.
All the day, everyday.
Zap Zip Zoop

The clouds going slowly.
The waves splashing still.
It will become clear.
Once you sit without fear.

Endless Sleep
by Snowden

It feels like an icicle in your heart slowly
spreading the cold throughout your chest
It smells like candles and wood. It doesn't
smell bad, but more unsettling. Like
something crawling beside you,
questioning time.

Why does it smell like mulch and flowers? Will this sleep ever end?
How long has it been? I wonder what time it is?
The Light at the End of the Tunnel
No more icicles in your heart. No more being lost in time. The endless sleep is ended.

This is Now
by Ean

The heat of summer, the white puff of the clouds,
the refreshing breeze, the touch of your hand, the light of the sun

That was then

The cold rain, the grey fog,
the biting gale, the heart-rending feeling of regret,
the roaring of nature

That was then

The calming of the storm, the clearing of the clouds,
the dying down of the maelstrom, the drying of the tears,
the return of the sun

This is now


The Stickybeak Archive's Invented Word Poems

The Crazable Dinosaurs
by Sophie

In the prenight stood the xiongguanlong,
It’s semiscaly skin is strong.

A semispinosaurus stood out in the fog,
His dragonyowl echoed in the bog.

The crazable dinosaurs,
Sounded like wild boars.

From the bushes emerged a young dinosaur,
In it’s claws was a convenience store. 

Stuck in Semisleep
by David

It’s hot and I can’t sleep
I can only drift into hotsleep
Why can’t I sleep like a tiger
I just want to have a tigersleep!

Now my bed cloths are in a great big heap
And I hear the morning cheep
But I can’t sleep at all, too hot
I just want to have some tigersleep!

I feel that call the call of sleep
I feel the sleepcall edging its way
But I am stuck in semisleep 

While the Greenhearted
by Epona

A world of the greenhearted
They have no worries at all
In a land of gleehearts and feels a glowingnight at sleep
But then they’re the brokenwings, the insanityseekers, and brokengems
Who have all worries and no glowingnight at all
Hoping that one day a gemheart will come
To heal all their worries and to make them feel like freedwings
But alas they wait for that person to come while the greenhearted
Count their money all day long
They will never know the pain hidden in plain sight
The invisibletruth lingers day and night

The Fallcat
by Parker

Along the edge of space and time,
there it stands.
The Fallcat.

Standing there, amidst the lavafalls.
there it is.
The Fallcat.

Standing there, during Dreamfall.
Looking on.
The Fallcat.

It stands there, being antibored.
There it stands.
The Fallcat.

Waiting there, looking at the Fallgold.
There it waits.
The Fallcat.

The Upsad
by Sadie

Laziment claims the soul of the upsad.
They make a fish treed.
Fishment is common, for the victims of Upsads,
If you are caught, be Strawberrily friendly.

The New Stickybeak Lexicon for 2017

A-
Antibored: Something that will keep you from getting bored.
Antifall: Anything that you land on that will break your fall.
Antifish: Something that will keep fish away. Like a cat!
Antiold: Water from the Fountain of Youth, put into a spray bottle.

B-
Bigly: Something that is big
Boldcolored: someone who wears a lot of bright colors.
Boredify: When something you just thought was interesting, just became really boring.
Boredship: A kind of a kingdom of bored people.
Boxed: Feeling trapped, cornered, or that there's no way out.
Brokengem: someone who turns bad.
Brokenwinged: someone who is trapped or feels trapped.

C-
Cally: someone you call on. : “Sargent bring up the cally.”
Catify: Decorating everything with cats.
Catoid: Something that looks like a cat.
Catology: The study of/relating to cats (It's a pretty big field).
Catscream: a high-pitched scream that sounds like a cat.
Climbly: Working alot
Cloakedsmile: someone who lies and trades illegally.
Colorbabble: someone who talks a lot about their favorite color.
Countinggreen: someone who counts their money and makes sure it has no wrinkles.
Crazable: Someone who easily goes crazy

D-
Doghappy: Just a good mood, happy for no reason.
Dogly: Loyal: sweet, like a dog.
Dogsad- Sad because others are sad.
Dogwalk- Opposite of catwalk. flimsy
Dragoning; Hunting dragons
Dragonship: A community that’s made up of dragons
Dragonyowl: The yowl of a dragon
Dreamcat: A cat that keeps reapering in your dreams.
Dreamfall: When everybody is so completely absorbed by virtual reality, the end of the world comes.
Dreamlet: A mini dream.

E- n/a

F-
Failedtruth: people who know someone’s lying and knows the truth but doesn’t want to.
Fallcat: A cat, that has the power to change the season to Fall.
Fallgold: The golden leaves that you can find in Fall.
Fishly: Comfortable in one environment, not in another.
FishTree: A place where many people get stuck
Flophappy: So happy you could fall over
Flowerly: Gracefull

G-
Gapless: Too perfect.
Gemhearted: someone who is humble and kind.
Gleehearts: someone who thinks there is no bad in the world.
Glowingnight: when the night feels safe.
Golded: Having put gold on everything.
Goldlava: Molten gold flowing like lava.
Greenfaced: The face someone makes when they feel sick.
Greenhearted: a person who only cares about their money.
Growlable: Something that makes an animal growl

H-
Heroego: someone who thinks they are a hero but aren't.
Hissable: Something that makes an animal hiss
Hissocity: The quality of a hiss
Hotish: is when it is kinda hot (more like the mid point between warm and hot). : That day there was a terrible, hotish breeze.
Hotsleep: it is terribly hard to sleep when you are in a hot humid environment. If you do it’s only a semisleep.  If you have a semisleep all night then you most certainly are in a hotsleep.

I-
Informationlisteners: someone who knows how to get information without getting caught.
Insanityseeker: someone who thinks the world should be full of insanity and chaos.
Invisibletruth: hiding the truth.

J- n/a

K- n/a

L-
Lavafall: A waterfall made of lava.
Laziment: Purposefully making others do your will.
Leakydream: When you have a dream about water, and realize that it was just a friend splashing you with water

M-
Manipufull: A manipulative person
Misdream: Dreaming the wrong dream the your dream meant to dream.
Miswrite: Writing something in the wrong notebook by accident.
Musicbabbler: someone who always talks about their favorite song.

N-
Nightable: The ability to make a room dark
Nightcheer: someone who is very loud during the night while you’re trying to sleep.
Nighting: Getting ready to go to bed

O- n/a

P-
Pearleyed: someone wise.
Pinkable: Something that produces the color pink
Pluted: When you have been excluded from everyone else.
Plutology: The study of/relating to Pluto.
Potatothief: someone who steals potatoes.
Predragon: A dragon egg
Preflop: That small amount of time before you fail something.
Prenight: The time before night, but after day
Prewarm: A point of reflection

Q-
Quietknight: someone who is stealthy.

R-
Rosed: To get made fun of or put down.
Runned: Tired, run down.

S-
Scarletman: a thief.
Semicall: When you have something you can't wait to tell everyone, but when you go to call it out, someone breaks you off! Another definition could be a half call. “Going 1 going 1 ½.” would be a semicall as well.
Semifall: Catching something before it hits the ground is a semifall. : Reducing that to a semifall could've saved them!
Semihiss: A noise that sounds like a hiss, but isn’t completely a hiss.
Semihot: it's like the exact middle of the chart cold, cool, warm, hot. : This is a semihot day.
Seminight: The time before or after night.
Semipink: Something that’s partially pink.
Semiscaly: Partially scaly.
Semisleep: you know the state when you are almost asleep but can still hear noises. This state I will call semisleep. : He was called from semisleep.
Semispinosaurus: Something that’s partially a spinosaurus or has one of the same features of a spinosaurus.
Semitiger: you know how there a halfelfs, you could call them semielfs, so I will call half tigers semitigers. : The semitigers are a strong species.
Semitrain: when you take half of your ride by train and the other half in other ways. : Every morning I take a semitrain ride to work.
Sleepcall: the time of night when everything seems funny though you know it isn’t and sometimes you laugh uncontrollably this is your body's sleepcall. : He has entered his sleepcall. He can’t stop laughing.
Sleepdraw: is like when you sleepwalk but instead of walking you draw. : I saw her in a deep sleepdraw.
Sleepish: is in a tired way. : He waddled in, in a sleepish way.
Softsleep: the best kind! That you never want to get out of bed from. : Be careful when waking him; he is in a softsleep.
Spinosaurusing: Hunting spinosauruses
Strawberrily: Sometimes sour, sometimes sweet, always a gam

T-
Tigerish: if someone or something is stripy you would call them or it tigerish. : The bag has a tigerish pattern.
Tigersleep: if someone sleeps for more than 16 hours you would say they have entered tigersleep. : Wake her up or she will enter tigersleep!
Tigertruck: when I thought of this word the first thing that came to mind was someone who had painted their truck to look like a Chinese tiger plane. : That’s a really cool tigertruck!
Tigery: when someone is acting terribly sly and mean. : The man is so Tigery when he plays cards.
Transdraw: when you are in the middle of drawing. : His alarm went off when he was in transdraw.
Transtiger: is someone who is stuck mid transformation into a tiger. : He was stuck as a transtiger for fourteen years!
Transtrain: the trains that arrive at the half stops like platform 4 ½. :  The Transtrains are the hardest to
get to.
Transtruck: a transtruck is a truck that travels the middle of the transit. : The supertruck will go one third. The transtruck will go the middle part, and the aftertruck will go last.
Treed: Stuck.
Treefull: Happy, full of life.
Tricat: The superhero name of three cats working together.
Truckish: when “it” carries themselves like a truck (slow big and ruff). : The man walked out in a truckish way.
Trucky: when something is being jostled around : We were running down a trucky road.
Tweedle: Messing with something. (NOTE: I made this up in real life, has nothing to do with the other things.)

U-
Unfish: Let go and move on.
Unruin: Undo a ruin
Upsad: Super sad
Upsefull: Something that sets off lots of bad emotions.

V-
Victoriousleap: when someone wins something, and jumps in glee.

W-
Walkory: Somewhere that you can walk

X-
Xiongguanlonging: Hunting xiongguanlongs
Xiongguanlongized: Something that has been turned into a xiongguanlong
Xiongguanlongocity: The ability to run as fast as a xiongguanlong

Y-
Yowlable: Something that makes a cat yowl
Yowlcrazy: Cats that yowl all the time, or someone who easily gets annoyed at cats who make a lot of noise

Z- n/a

Friday, May 5, 2017

Reading Period 25: May 5 - 11: The Neverending Story

Long Read: 

The Neverending Story by Michael Ende, chapters 1-8.

Short Read: 

"Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut

Poem: 

"Die Zaberlehrling" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Here it is in German. Your browser may try to translate this page, so make sure you say "Show Original." The Google translation probably won't make much sense.
Here are three different English translations: One, two, three. Read one or more.

Creative Assignments: 

First read Goethe's poem "Die Zaberlehrling." Then listen to this recording of "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" by Paul Dukas as you create an illustration or set of illustrations for the work. Use colors and unlined paper. Your illustration can be abstract or a representation of one of the scenes. Even though you may have the Disney animation in your mind, try to dispel that and work from your own imagination. Is that even possible?




OR

Read the story "Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut. Pretend you are Harrison's father, George, and compose a letter of 250 words to Diana Moon Glampers. In your letter, either thank her for the handicaps you and Harrison have to endure, or complain about the system that imposes them to make everyone equal. If you want to add some plot to the story, that's fine! Maybe George also goes on a rampage, or maybe George tries to get custody of Harrison to keep him in line.

Writing Assignment:

Using the three imaginary creatures that you drew from the bag in class, write a story in which they interact. Try to draw your plot from the creatures themselves. For example, if you have a Tempertot, which is an potato with rage issues, you will probably want to put her in a situation where she loses her cool. If you have a really "good" creature, put it in a situation where its morals are tested. If you have a really "bad" creature, try putting it in a place where it has to behave. We will develop this story more over the weeks to come, so what's important right now is to get a good strong start, but not to worry about polishing too much. Write 500 words -- the story doesn't have to be finished. We'll read and work on it in class. Speaking of class, please bring a printed copy!

Quiz: 

1. Why did Bastian steal the book?
2. Of the four creatures who meet in the Howling Forest, who makes it to the Ivory Tower first?
3. What is Auryn?
4. The name Cairon is an allusion. To what?
5. Why wasn't Atreyu affected by the Swamps of Sadness?
6. Why was the luck dragon able to escape Ygramul?
7. What book is Engywook writing?
8. What does Atreyu see in the Magic Mirror gate?
9. What does the Oracle say that the Childlike Empress needs?
10. What does Atreyu ask the Wind Giants?

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Reading Period 24: April 21-27: The Little Prince


Long Read: 

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, chapters 22 to the end.

Poem:

“Demain dès l’aube”
de Victor Hugo

Demain, dès l’aube, à l’heure où blanchit la campagne,
Je partirai. Vois-tu, je sais que tu m’attends.
J’irai par la forêt, j’irai par la montagne.
Je ne puis demeurer loin de toi plus longtemps.

Je marcherai les yeux fixés sur mes pensées,
Sans rien voir au dehors, sans entendre aucun bruit,
Seul, inconnu, le dos courbé, les mains croisées,
Triste, et le jour pour moi sera comme la nuit.

Je ne regarderai ni l’or du soir qui tombe,
Ni les voiles au loin descendant vers Harfleur,
Et quand j’arriverai, je mettrai sur ta tombe
Un bouquet de houx vert et de bruyère en fleur.

"Tomorrow at Dawn"
by Victor Hugo

Tomorrow, at dawn, the moment the countryside is whitened,
I will leave. You see, I know that you await me.
I will go through the forest, I will go across the mountain.
I can no longer remain away from you.

I will trudge on, my eyes fixed on my thoughts,
Without seeing anything outside, without hearing any sound,
Alone, unknown, back bent, hands crossed,
Sad, and the day for me will be like the night.

I will not look upon the gold of nightfall,
Nor the sails from afar that descend on Harfleur,
And when I arrive, I will place on your grave
A bouquet of green holly and heather in bloom.

Creative Assignment:

Write a poem of three stanzas, using only sensory images: sights, sounds, sensations, smells. Each stanza must present a different emotion, either from the ones we brainstormed in class, or ones of your own choosing. Pick two negative emotions and a positive, or to positives and a negative, and think strategically about how you will arrange them in your poem. Take the reader to that emotion without the benefit of explanation of feelings. Colors, noises, objects, lights -- that is how you must communicate your feelings in this poem. We will be working on doing an in-class reading, so prepare yourself mentally for that.

Writing Assignment:

In class we discussed the challenges that face a translator. In a 250 word essay, write about what those challenges are. What pitfalls does a translator have to avoid, and what choices does a translator have to make? Now consider what type of translator you would be, if you were given the task to translate a poem from another language. Would you try to stick to the original as much as possible? Or would you change it to make it sound better in English? How would you keep the new work from becoming your own creation? Or would you go in that direction on purpose? You can use the different translations of "The Sick Muse" as illustrations if you like.

OR

Read about Antoine de Saint-Exupery in his entry on biography.com. Write a short essay that answers the following questions: What was his job and what kind of person was he? What facts about his life relate directly to his novella, The Little Prince? Do you think it's important that we know this about him, in order to fully understand the novel? Using this as an example, do you think it's important to always find out whether authors have personal experience with the story elements in their books?

Quiz:

1. The little prince says that only the children on the train know what they are looking for. What are they looking for?
2. Based on the prince's response to the salesclerk with the water pills, what is the little prince's opinion of the pills? How can you tell?
3. According to the little prince, what makes the desert beautiful?
4. Can you think of anything else invisible that makes something beautiful, like a flower you can't see near a faraway star?
5. Why does the prince drink water, even though he doesn't need it to live?
6. Do you think it is better to avoid tears by never letting yourself be tamed? Why?
7. Find a simile in chapter 26.
8. How will it be different for the pilot now when he looks at the stars?
9. Why does the prince ask the snake to bite him? Why can't he just fly back to his planet by whatever means he arrived?
10. List four things in the story that are yellow.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Reading Period 23: April 14 - 20: The Little Prince

Long Read: 

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, chapters 10-21

Poem: 

"Vowels" by Arthur Rimbaud

A black, E white, I red, U green, O blue: vowels,
I shall tell, one day, of your mysterious origins:
A, black velvety jacket of brilliant flies
which buzz around cruel smells,

Gulfs of shadow; E, whiteness of vapours and of tents,
lances of proud glaciers, white kings, shivers of cow-parsley;
I, purples, spat blood, smile of beautiful lips
in anger or in the raptures of penitence;

U, waves, divine shudderings of viridian seas,
the peace of pastures dotted with animals, the peace of the furrows
which alchemy prints on broad studious foreheads;

O, sublime Trumpet full of strange piercing sounds,
silences crossed by [Worlds and by Angels]:
–O the Omega! the violet ray of [His] Eyes!

in French:

Voyelles

A noir, E blanc, I rouge, U vert, O bleu: voyelles,
Je dirai quelque jour vos naissances latentes:
A, noir corset velu des mouches éclatantes
Qui bombinent autour des puanteurs cruelles,

Golfes d'ombre; E, candeurs des vapeurs et des tentes,
Lances des glaciers fiers, rois blancs, frissons d'ombelles;
I, pourpres, sang craché, rire des lèvres belles
Dans la colère ou les ivresses pénitentes;

U, cycles, vibrements divins des mers virides,
Paix des pâtis semés d'animaux, paix des rides
Que l'alchimie imprime aux grands fronts studieux;

O, suprême Clairon plein des strideurs étranges,
Silences traversés des [Mondes et des Anges]:
—O l'Oméga, rayon violet de [Ses] Yeux!

Matchbox Minute Movie: 

In class we have been working on creating a matchbox that contains all the props and sets to film a one minute movie version of any book or narrative poem we've read in class this year. Your writing assignment is to write the script for your movie. Your movie can be from 50 to 70 seconds long, so your script will have to be extremely condensed! Post your script to Google+ to get feedback from your classmates. Your creative assignment is to finish up all your props, characters, and backdrops for your movie. You may find, as you write your script, that you need more props. You're welcome to use Lego, Sculpey, folded paper, other other tiny materials, but keep in mind that in order for your piece to meet the requirements of the assignment and be displayed in the Matchbox Museum on May 2, everything has to fit into the matchbox. When your script is written, post it. When your props and characters are all created, photograph them. If you do this, this counts as your writing assignment and creative assignment.

OR

Creative Assignment: 

Have you ever heard of synesthesia? It's when one sense is picked up and experienced by another sense, such as seeing sounds or hearing or tasting colors. Read more about it here. It's not known for sure whether the French poet Rimbaud had synesthesia, but the idea of hearing colors is certainly present in his poem "Vowels." Create an illustration for Rimbaud's poem "Vowels" in which the words appear as images in their assigned colors, and you play with the idea of synesthesia and senses crossing over.

Writing Assignment:

The little prince visits six planets before coming to earth and meets characters on each planet that represent different philosophies or views. Think about the different ways these characters approach life, and imagine two more characters the prince might meet, if he had visited two more planets. Write an essay of 200 words in which you introduce the idea of the little prince visiting planets, talk about two more planets the prince might visit and describe the characters who live on them, and then conclude by making a new observation or asking a new question.

Quiz: 

1. How does the king ensure that all his commands are obeyed?
2. For what does the vain man use his hat?
3. What is the drunkard trying to forget?
4. What is the businessman counting?
5. Why can the lamplighter never rest?
6. Why doesn't the geographer know about the oceans and mountains on his planet?
7. Why is there no one around, when the little prince lands on planet Earth?
8. What special power does the snake have?
9. What does the prince learn about his flower, when he visits the rose garden?
10. Why does the fox want to be tamed?