Friday, October 13, 2017

Reading Period 6: October 13-19: The Black Stallion

Long Read:

The Black Stallion by Walter Farley,
chapters 13-18

Poems:

I Saw From the Beach 
by Thomas Moore

I saw from the beach, when the morning was shining,
A bark o'er the waters move gloriously on;
I came when the sun o'er that beach was declining,
The bark was still there, but the waters were gone.

And such is the fate of our life's early promise,
So passing the spring-tide of joy we have known;
Each wave that we danced on at morning ebbs from us,
And leaves us, at eve, on the bleak shore alone.

Oh, who would not welcome that moment's returning
When passion first waked a new life through his frame,
And his soul, like the wood that grows precious in burning,
Gave out all its sweets to love's exquisite flame.

On the Beach at Night, Alone. 
by Walt Whitman

ON the beach at night alone,
As the old mother sways her to and fro, singing her husky song,
As I watch the bright stars shining—I think a thought of the clef of the universes, and of
the future.

A VAST SIMILITUDE interlocks all,
All spheres, grown, ungrown, small, large, suns, moons, planets, comets, asteroids,
All the substances of the same, and all that is spiritual upon the same,
All distances of place, however wide,
All distances of time—all inanimate forms,
All Souls—all living bodies, though they be ever so different, or in different worlds,
All gaseous, watery, vegetable, mineral processes—the fishes, the brutes,
All men and women—me also;
All nations, colors, barbarisms, civilizations, languages;
All identities that have existed, or may exist, on this globe, or any globe;
All lives and deaths—all of the past, present, future;
This vast similitude spans them, and always has spann’d, and shall forever span them, and
compactly hold them, and enclose them.

The ocean said to me once 
by Stephen Crane

The ocean said to me once,
"Look!
Yonder on the shore
Is a woman, weeping.
I have watched her.
Go you and tell her this --
Her lover I have laid
In cool green hall.
There is wealth of golden sand
And pillars, coral-red;
Two white fish stand guard at his bier.
"Tell her this
And more --
That the king of the seas
Weeps too, old, helpless man.
The bustling fates
Heap his hands with corpses
Until he stands like a child
With a surplus of toys."

In class we discussed the three poems above, and everyone chose one to memorize! This week we're going to get started on that in a major way.

Creative Assignment:

Write your chosen poem out by hand in three different ways. You might choose to write it on lined paper with a pen, and then on a whiteboard, and then in pencil on graph paper. You might choose to put it on your street in chalk, or use markers of all different colors, or punch it into tin with an awl. You might decide to quilt it into a piece of fabric, or dry erase it onto a window, or spell it out in scrabble tiles. However you choose to do it, you must show three DIFFERENT versions. I guarantee when you are done with this, you will be well on your way to memorizing it.

OR

Create three different videos of yourself reading the poem aloud in different locations/situations. You could read it in the bathtub, on the sofa, or you could have someone video you reading it as  you hang out an upstairs window and shout. Your attire must be different for each video -- so you might read it once in pajamas, once in a viking hat, and once in a tutu. These videos will stay private to our Google+ Community -- don't worry! I will record videos later of us all reciting our poems, and these I will ask permission to post on the blog.

"Hoi. The name's Steve. I got a poem fer ya."
Writing Assignment:

Consider the author of your chosen poem. Write a short essay (250 words) about him, including biographical information, and also any context you find for the poem you're memorizing. So, you'll want to find out when in his life the poem was published, how it was received, and what literary movement or period it was part of. You can use Wikipedia if you like, but you must include one other source as well. Do NOT copy and paste from your sources. Use them to learn information and then write your own words. Include the (2) links to your sources at the end of your paper.

OR

Consider Walter Farley. Write a short essay (250 words) about him, including biographical information, and also any context you can find for the novel, The Black Stallion. You'll want to find out when in his life it was written, how it was received, and what effect it had on his life and career. You can use Wikipedia if you like, but you must include one other internet source as well. Do NOT copy and paste from your sources. Use them to learn information and then write your own words. Include the (2) links to your sources at the end of your paper.

OR

If you read National Velvet during Stickybeak's first year, write a short essay (300 words) comparing National Velvet and The Black Stallion. Start out by making objective comparisons without including your opinions -- what about the two novels is the same and what is different? Then you can move to comparing your reactions to the two novels -- which you liked better and why you think that is true.

QUIZ:

1. Why does The Black not want to leave the barn, and how do they solve this problem?
2. How many times did The Black go around the track the first time they let him run on it?
3. Who is Jim Neville?
4. Why is the Match Race between Sun Raider and Cyclone the only race The Black can do?
5. Why does Jim Neville already know of Henry Dailey?
6. Why does Alec have strands of The Black's mane clasped in his hands after the ride for Jim Neville?
7. Why is Alec's mom in Chicago during the Match Race?
8. When Alec's dad thinks the race is too dangerous, what is Henry Dailey's argument back?
9. What does Alec have to do before riding in the race that's just a regular kid thing?
10. From whose point of view do we find out about the race itself?

Friday, October 6, 2017

Reading Period 5: October 6-12: The Black Stallion

Long Read:

The Black Stallion by Walter Farley, chapters 7-12

Short Read:

"A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. (Note: This web page has wall-to-wall text which may be hard to read on a computer screen. You can copy/paste it into a document you can manipulate, or you can shrink the size of the window so reading a narrower column of text is easier.)

Poem:

"Beach Glass" by Amy Clampitt

While you walk the water's edge,
turning over concepts
I can't envision, the honking buoy
serves notice that at any time
the wind may change,
the reef-bell clatters
its treble monotone, deaf as Cassandra
to any note but warning. The ocean,
cumbered by no business more urgent
than keeping open old accounts
that never balanced,
goes on shuffling its millenniums
of quartz, granite, and basalt.
It behaves
toward the permutations of novelty—
driftwood and shipwreck, last night's
beer cans, spilt oil, the coughed-up
residue of plastic—with random
impartiality, playing catch or tag
ot touch-last like a terrier,
turning the same thing over and over,
over and over. For the ocean, nothing
is beneath consideration.
The houses
of so many mussels and periwinkles
have been abandoned here, it's hopeless
to know which to salvage. Instead
I keep a lookout for beach glass—
amber of Budweiser, chrysoprase
of Almadén and Gallo, lapis
by way of (no getting around it,
I'm afraid) Phillips'
Milk of Magnesia, with now and then a rare
translucent turquoise or blurred amethyst
of no known origin.
The process
goes on forever: they came from sand,
they go back to gravel,
along with treasuries
of Murano, the buttressed
astonishments of Chartres,
which even now are readying
for being turned over and over as gravely
and gradually as an intellect
engaged in the hazardous
redefinition of structures
no one has yet looked at.

Creative Assignments:

When you read a poem like "Beach Glass" you may run into unfamiliar words. The first time you read, read straight through to try and understand the feeling of the poem as a whole. But the second time you read, please look up words like periwinkles, chrysoprase, Almaden, Milk of Magnesia, the glass blowers of Murano, the cathedral of Chartres, etc. When you have looked up all the unfamiliar words, read the poem again with this knowledge, to help you understand it more fully. Then create a digital collage of everything you learned while reading.

Right click on images of the things you have discovered, and save them into a folder.
Open Picmonkey.
Hover over "Design" at the top and choose "Blank Canvas."
Choose the size you want.
Choose "Overlays" in the menu on the left (the butterfly icon).
Choose "Add your own" and "My Computer"
Add images that you found on the internet.
When an image shows up, you can adjust the size by dragging the corners.
It's okay if they overlap some!
When you're done, choose Export at the top, and name your file.
Save to your computer, upload to Google+.

OR

Create a piece of art that represents an episode in your "All for One" campaign! It could be an action scene, an image of a gargoyle fighting a peasant, or your interpretation of the queen. It could be Snowden riding a gargoyle above the streets of Paris, wearing the Queen's crown and brandishing a bloody knife. Whatever. Use unlined paper and colorful materials -- paint, watercolor pencils, crayons, markers, etc. If you want help with visuals of Notre Dame, here is the cathedral's web site and here you can play around a bit with Google Street View to explore the area. Alternatively, you could paint or draw a scene from "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings."

Writing Assignment:

Examine your "My Struggle" list from class or from last week's Creative Assignment and identify one or two opposing pairs that are not values, but opinions or traits. So don't choose "Against racism, for not racism" or "Against unfairness, for fairness." Choose something like "Against homework, for games" or "Against inside, for outside" or something like that. You're not looking to create a normal person and a monster, you're looking to create two normal people who have different struggles. Think of Dali's pairs like "progress/perennality" and "egalitarianism/hierarchization" and "spinach/snails." The least interesting pairs will be things that are obviously good paired with things that are obviously bad. While I'm glad you have those values, and you can draw on them when you create a comic book hero and supervillain, you're not looking to do that for this assignment.

Now create a pair of characters, as we discussed in class, that reflect the different elements of this opposition. These foil characters should illuminate each other's opposing qualities, so one character reflects your opinion or trait, and one has the opposite. If you're neat, your foil character is messy. If you're aggressive, your foil is peaceful. If you're focused and deliberate, your foil is a dreamer and distracted. Now, after reading "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings" and "A Hunger Artist," put your characters into a situation in one of these stories. Maybe they could be visiting the angel or the artist, having a conversation in front of the enclosure, or trying to release them, or have them removed. Maybe they could be residents of one of the villages in the stories. Put them in a situation that will stress their differences and force them to show their traits, and then let the conflict play out in dialogue and action. Write at least 500 words of a scene. It doesn't have to be a complete story, just needs to show the characters in action. Post to the Google+ by 7pm on Wednesday, but also remember to print it for me and turn it in on Thursday.

Quiz:

1. The Black was the only animal on board that didn't get sick. Why were the animals getting sick?
2. Why doesn't Alec have to produce papers for the Quarantine Inspector?
3. What helper presents himself to Alec at the pier and how does he help?
4. What is the attitude of Mr. and Mrs. Dailey toward the Black?
5. What is the attitude of Tony toward the Black?
6. What does Henry Dailey reveal about himself that is relevant to Alec and the Black's future?
7. Where does Alec find the Black after he escapes from the farm?
8. What obstacle to Henry and Alec face when it comes to entering the Black in a race?
9. How does Alec earn money for his allowance, to pay for the Black's upkeep?
10. What new experience does the Black encounter on April 1 and how does he like it?


Friday, September 29, 2017

Reading Period 4: September 29 - October 5: The Black Stallion

Long Read:

The Black Stallion by Walter Farley, chapters 1-6

Short Read:

"A Hunger Artist" by Franz Kafka

Poem:

"Ariel's Song" from The Tempest by William Shakespeare

    Come unto these yellow sands,
              And then take hands:
    Curtsied when you have, and kiss'd
              The wild waves whist,
    Foot it featly here and there;
    And, sweet sprites, the burthen bear.
              Hark, hark!
    Bow-wow.
              The watch-dogs bark.
    Bow-wow.
              Hark, hark! I hear
              The strain of strutting chanticleer
              Cry, Cock-a-diddle-dow.

    Full fathom five thy father lies;
              Of his bones are coral made;
    Those are pearls that were his eyes:
              Nothing of him that doth fade,
    But doth suffer a sea-change
    Into something rich and strange.
    Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell:
                              Ding-dong.
    Hark! now I hear them—Ding-dong, bell.

Creative Assignments:

Write a poem that expresses the emotions that Alec was feeling on the island. You may choose to write about loneliness, or exhilaration, or hopelessness, or love, or connection, or determination. Do not rhyme. You can use "I" in your poem but you don't have to be writing from the point of view of Alec, just expressing those emotions. Start with one of the following lines:

Out of blue sky the wind
Sometimes the horse becomes a
Ever very far away
A voyage on someone else's

OR

Salvador Dali created a pair of lists called "My Struggle" in which he listed what he is For and what he is Against. Artist Molly Crabapple illustrated it, and you can find a zoomable image here. Create a list of "For" and "Against" for yourself, including at least 10 pairs of elements. Dali's list has obvious oppositions, like simplicity and complexity, but also has some strange pairings, like spinach and snails, or music and architecture. Yours can be as strange or as obvious as you like, and you can illustrate it too, either after printing it out, or by writing it on unlined paper and adding drawings.

Writing Assignments:

After reading "The Hunger Artist," consider the following symbols in the story: the cage, the panther, and the clock. What do you think these symbols represent? Write a 250 word essay in which you introduce the story briefly, write about at least two of these symbols, and conclude by telling your reader what you think the message of the story might be.

OR

After creating your "My Struggle"  list like Dali's, write a personal essay of 250 words about the list and the process of creating the list. (Only do this one if you chose the "My Struggle" creative assignment.) Was it hard? Easy? Were some pairings harder to think of, and some more obvious? Do you think it's fair to create a list of "For" and "Against" when maybe some things aren't so binary? Why do you think Dali made his list, and what did it teach you about yourself to make a list like this? The structure of your essay might be a little more fluid given the content, but make sure you take your reader to a new place by the end.

Quiz:

1. Describe the stallion's personality demeanor when he was boarded onto the Drake, and give a quote from the book as evidence.
2. The book says "The Drake steamed through the Suez and into the Mediterranean." This means they had been traveling through what body of water when they picked up the stallion?
3. How did Alec save the Black's life?
4. How did the Black save Alec's life?
5. What resource does the Black help Alec to get, and how?
6. What resource does Alec help the Black to get, and how?
7. What happened to the shelter Alec built, and how did that event save his life?
8. The book tells us "Alec realized the terrific fight that the stallion was waging with himself." What evidence of that fight is played out in the action? Give a quote that shows it.
9. How does Alec's leg get injured before he gets on the ship?
10. What is Alec's reaction whenever the stallion gets nervous or scared or does something crazy?

Friday, September 15, 2017

Reading Period 3: September 15-21: The Three Musketeers

Long Read: The Three Musketeers by Alexander Dumas, chapters 40-67

Short Read: "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky" by Stephen Crane

Poem: "La Rochelle" by Richard Aldington. There are two lines on the next page; get them by clicking the right arrow.

Creative Assignments:

The first stanza of the poem "La Rochelle" by Richard Aldington shows a version of La Rochelle long after the siege, a sweet picture of a pleasant seaside town. But the author doesn't want us to forget the "iron men" who defended La Rochelle and starved and died there. The second stanza  Write a poem about a battlefield you may have visited in Virginia. You could even write about the Battle of Hampton Roads which took place in the rivers off Norfolk. In your poem, emulate the form of Aldington's poem. So in your first stanza, talk about the scene as it is now. In your second stanza, remind the reader of what it was like when the battle was being waged. Study the poem and use the same techniques -- colors, sounds, and visual details to invoke your scene.

OR

After the siege of La Rochelle, Louis XIII had himself painted being crowned by victory.


Here are a couple of other portraits of this modest fella:


That's La Rochelle down there. Probable caption: #PWNED

When you are king, you have to make sure portraits of you are always super powerful and super perfect, so you can remind people of how great you are. Pretend you are the king or queen of the universe. Paint or draw a portrait of yourself looking incredibly powerful and important, possibly with lightning bolts shooting out your eyes, surrounded by symbols of your power, and riding high on a boatload of victory.

For extra bonus fun, use your Photoshop skillz if you have them to put some "regular guy" clothes on the images of Louis, above. What would he look like in blue jeans and a Radiohead tshirt? What if instead of a scepter he was holding a remote?

Writing Assignments:

It's time to watch a movie version of The Three Musketeers! So many versions to choose from, including a recent one where the Duke of Buckingham arrives at the Louvre on an airship! Before you watch a movie version, though, please consider what choices you would make if you were producing a movie. Write a 250 word essay in which you talk about what parts of the book you might cut out, what characters you might cut out, and how you would simplify the novel. Or, you can make the case for filming a miniseries or a trilogy, so that all the piece of the novel and all the characters could be represented. After you post your assignment, watch a movie version. Then you can come back to your post and rant and rave in a comment about how perfect and wonderful or how infuriatingly awful the movie was.

OR

Just like the sheriff in "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky" by Stephen Crane, the characters in The Three Musketeers have public and private identities. When these clash, the story develops. Write a 250 word essay in which you compare Jack Potter, whose public identity as a gun-slinging sheriff clashes with his private identity as a husband and family man, to a character in the novel who is similarly at odds with himself. One good idea would be Aramis, who repeats that he is only an interim musketeer because he wants to join the priesthood, and yet fights violently and loves passionately.  Use specific events from the novel to support your comparison.

Quiz: 

In lieu of a reading comprehension quiz this week, please define these vocabulary words:

1. Provincial
2. Connoisseur
3. Patois
4. Physiognomy
5. Protégé
6. Coquetry
7. Ransacked
8. Posterity
9. Reproach
10. Incontinence
11. Alibi
12. Lackey
13. Misanthropic
14. Fanfanorade
15. Rendezvous
16. Bourgeois
17. Apprehended
18. Bastille
19. Decamp
20. Edict

Don't forget to write about The Three Musketeers in your personal archive!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Reading Period 2: September 8 - 14: The Three Musketeers

Milady de Winter
Due Dates:
Quiz September 11, 7pm
Assignments September 13, 7pm
Quiz should be emailed to me with the subject header Stickybeak Quiz Reading Period 2. Assignments should be posted to the Google+ community in the appropriate category.

Long Read: The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, chapters 21-40

Short ReadPuss in Boots, French folk tale translated by Andrew Lang

Poetry: "More Strong Than Time" by Victor Hugo

Creative Assignments: 

Write, as Aramis did, a 400 line poem where each line is a word of only one syllable. If you lose count of your lines, use the word count feature to check it. If you aren't able to copy and paste so many lines into the Google+ field, post a link to a Google Doc and make it public. For your poem's title, take one of the chapter titles. I particularly want someone to write a poem titled "At Night All Cats Are Grey" but "The Rendezvous" or "The Return" might also work, as well as "The Dream of Vengeance" or "Milady's Secret," etc.

OR

Cardinal Richelieu's most famous quotation may not have been spoken by him. Its authorship is disputed, but the idea is connected firmly with the Red Duke: "Give me six lines written by the most honest man in the world, and I will find enough in them to hang him." Another quote that was definitely attributed to Cardinal Richelieu is this: "Harshness towards individuals who flout the laws and commands of state is for the public good; no greater crime against the public interest is possible than to show leniency to those who violate it." The fleur de lis is a symbol of France, and was branded on criminals to punish them and identify repeat offenders. Milady De Winter has one such brand on her shoulder. Create a graphic illustration using one of the above quotes and a fleur de lis. You must use the color red, to symbolize the Cardinal. Your illustration of the quote must include the color red, the quote itself, and a fleur de lis. Everything else is up to you.



Writing Assignment:

Having read forty chapters, we now have several different points of comparison for Athos, Aramis, and Porthos. You might for example compare their romantic lives, or their interests and pursuits, their physical appearance, or their way of fighting. You could compare what happens to them on the way to see D'Artagnan of to London, or what has happened to them when he goes to pick them up. This week's writing assignment will compare Athos, Aramis, and Porthos in a five paragraph essay. Choose one point of comparison from the above suggestions (or another idea) and back up your points with quotes from the novel. You will use the following outline:

I. Introduction: Say something to introduce your reader to your topic -- evoke an image, set a scene, introduce an emotion, ask a question, or start with a quote. Remember that your introduction not only leads the reader into your topic, but also represents your writing. Make it a firm handshake.
II. First Musketeer
     A. Description
     B. Quote
III. Second Musketeer
     A. Decription
     B. Quote
IV Third Musketeer
     A. Description
     B. Quote
V. Conclusion: In your conclusion you must go somewhere new. Don't simply reiterate your points or return to your thesis statement from your introduction. Take the reader to a new idea, a true conclusion, something you could only point out having lead the reader through the points of your essay.

We will discuss all this in class on Tuesday, so the notes above will be review. Please come to class with an outline or some idea of what you will be writing. On Thursday you will need to bring in a printed out version of your essay and outline. We will talk about formatting in class.

Quiz:

1. Why does the Duke of Buckingham need to employ a goldsmith?
2. Why was the Cardinal embarrassed at the ballet?
3. Planchet believes M. Bonacieux is not to be trusted. What evidence does he give?
4. What does D'Artagnan learn from the old man in the hut?
5. Where has Mousqueton been getting food and drink for Porthos?
6. On what topic is Aramis planning to write his theological thesis?
7. In what mental state was Athos when he told the story of the count and the branded woman?
8. Even though when Athos, Aramis, and D'Artagnan visit Porthos they are eating chicken, veal, and lamb, Athos says they are eating horse. Why?
9. Why do the musketeers and D'Artagnan so desperately need money?
Mme. Bonacieux
10. Planchet intercepted a note meant for Lubin, the lackey of the Comte de Wardes. What did the note say and who was it from?
11. Why was Athos forced to kill his opponent in the duel?
12. Why was it funny that M. Coquenard and the clerks were so excited by the food presented at dinner with Porthos?
13. How does D'Artagnan acquire the second and third note to Comte de Wardes?
14. What lie does Aramis tell about where the money came from for his outfit?
15. D'Artagnan pretended to be the Comte de Wardes when he visited Milady de Winter (Lady Clarick). How was this possible?
16.  What does Milady want D'Artagnan to do, after she gets the fake note from the Comte de Wardes?
17. What secret is revealed when D'Artagnan tears Milady's nightgown?
18. How does Athos finally get the money for his outfit?
19. Who was leaning out of the carriage on the road to Chaillot, blowing D'Artagnan a kiss?
20. What does Cardinal Richelieu want D'Artagnan to do?

Friday, August 11, 2017

Reading Period 1: August 11-September 7: The Three Musketeers

Due dates:
Quiz: Monday, September 4, 7pm
Assignments: Wednesday, Sept 6, 7pm
Post assignments to the Google+ Community under the appropriate category. Email quiz to me with the subject header Stickybeak Quiz Reading Period 1.

Long Read: 

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, chapters 1-20

Short Read: 

The Great Automatic Grammatizer by Roald Dahl

Poem:


"a total stranger one black day" by e.e. cummings

a total stranger one black day
knocked living the hell out of me--
who found forgiveness hard because
my(as it happened)self he was
-but now that fiend and i are such
immortal friends the other's each
Creative Assignments:

Cardinal Richelieu is a very manipulative person, particularly with the king. Read their conversations, on page 169 and 177, where the Cardinal is saying the opposite of what he wants the king to think, just to get the king to disagree with him. This is called reverse psychology, and you can read a bit more about it here. Write a scene of about 250 words including dialogue between two people, one of whom is using reverse psychology on the other one. Maybe you'll write about a mom trying to get a kid to pick up his room by claiming that he can't do it, or a little sister getting the flavor of cupcake she wants by insisting she wants a different one. Have you ever used reverse psychology? You could write about that. Make sure you punctuate your dialogue correctly using quotation marks and commas where needed.

OR

Take a look at this current satellite map of Paris, which is marked with lots of the locations in the novel. Here is a link to the street view, instead of the satellite view. Here is the famous Merian map of Paris in 1615, which shows the fortifications and farmland, and the Bastille. When you're looking at it, realize the Merian map is facing sort of southeast. On the Merian map, zoom in to find the Pont Neuf, and Notre Dame, the Louvre, etc. Finally, take a look at the famous Turgot map of Paris in the early 18th century. Now make your own hand-drawn map of Paris. Include the Seine River and ten landmarks -- from the book, from modern times, or from history. Use unlined paper and make sure you include a compass to show which way is north, and a key if needed.

OR

The Nike of Samothrace, or the "Winged Victory" as it is known, is an interesting piece of art in that it inspires a lot of intense feelings in people, and yet it has no head or arms. Write a poem about this sculpture in which you try to capture the emotions portrayed in this marble work. Here is a site that will show you some other views of it.



Writing Assignments:

The Louvre was originally built as a square, moated castle with defensive towers at each corner. As Paris grew, it became a more elaborate palace. Take a look at this drawing of the Louvre Palace as it was during the reign of Louis XIII. Nowadays, it is no longer a fortress or a palace, but an art museum. At the art museum, there are certain rooms and displays that are visitor favorites: the Mona Lisa, the Winged Victory, and the Venus de Milo. These areas can become very crowded -- but does that stop people from looking? A research team at MIT used Bluetooth data to figure out whether the size of the crowd affected the time the visitors spent at the museum. Take a look at what they found out.






After thinking about the traffic flow reflected in the MIT simulation, write a personal essay of 250 words about what you would do if you got a chance to go to the Louvre. Would you head straight for the Mona Lisa? Would you be bothered by large crowds of people? Would you try to see everything or just skip through the most famous galleries? Browse the museum's collection here. Which art pieces would you most want to visit?

OR

As you are reading The Three Musketeers, you may run into a line or paragraph that makes you angry. This book was published in 1844 and reflects some attitudes and ideas that we no longer like. For example, on the top of page 117, you'll find this:

"There is in affluence a host of aristocratic attentions and caprices that go well with beauty. Fine white stockings, a silk dress, a lace bodice, a pretty slipper on the foot, a fresh ribbon in the hair, will never make an ugly woman pretty, but will make a pretty woman beautiful, to mention what the hands gain from it all: hands, women's hands especially, must remain idle to remain beautiful." 
What do you think of that quote? Is the narrator correct, that hands must be idle to be beautiful? In a 250 word essay, say whether you agree or disagree with this quote, and why. You might give examples of what you consider beautiful, and compare it to the list you find in the quoted paragraph.

OR

Read the short story "The Great Automatic Grammatizer" and explain the last line for me, in an essay of 250 words. Remember that you will need to explain the story a bit to set up your explanation.

Quiz:

Here are twenty questions to make sure you're paying attention to the things I want you to notice in the reading. Each number lines up approximately with a chapter, so if you're looking for the answer to number 5, start in chapter 5! The quiz is open book. Copy the questions and add your answers in an email to me, and use the subject header Stickybeak Quiz Reading Period 1. Quizzes are due on Monday, Sept 4, at 7pm. Full answers are appreciated, but one word answers are fine when that is all the question requires.

1. What were the three presents D'Artagnan's father gave him, and what had happened to each one by the end of the first chapter?
2. Give one thing that M. Treville and D'Artagnan have in common.
3. What does M. Treville suspect about who might have sent D'Artagnan?
4. What three people has D'Artagnan got himself signed up to duel?
5. Why does D'Artagnan end up fighting beside the musketeers instead of against them?
6. "As he had already accomplished something in making this child revolt against his master, he said no more." In this quote from page 65, the "he" is M. Treville. Who is the child and who is the master?
7. What would it mean that D'Artagnan considers Athos an Achilles, Porthos an Ajax, and Aramis a Joseph on page 86? (use the note!)
8. Who does M. Bonacieux suspect of abducting his wife?
9. Which Englishman is the queen suspected of being in love with?
10. How does D'Artagnan establish an alibi so that no one knows he was getting La Porte from the Louvre at half past nine?
11. What was Mme. Bonacieux's mission, which D'Artagnan interrupted?
12. Why is the Duke of Buckingham planning for England to go to war with France? What does he want out of it?
13. What two characters are being held captive in the Bastille in chapter 13?
14. What does the Cardinal learn was in the rosewood box, according to his spy Mme de Lannoy?
15. Who won the argument between M. de Treville and the Cardinal?
16. The Keeper of the Seals took a letter away from the Queen. To whom was it written, and what was it about?
17. Why is it a problem for the Queen that the King wants her to wear the diamonds to the upcoming ball?
18. From what location can Mme. Bonacieux and D'Artagnan overhear M. Bonacieux and the Comte de Rochefort talking?
19. Where did D'Artagnan get 300 pistoles, and how did he divide it up amongst himself and his friends?
20. How did Aramis, Porthos, and Athos get waylaid on their way to London?

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Reading Period 27: June 9-29: The Neverending Story

Long Read: 

The Neverending Story by Michael Ende, chapters 18-26

Short Read:

"Robbie" by Isaac Asimov. You can read the intro to the collection too, if you want to, or just skip to the story "Robbie."

Poem:

"I Am Much Too Alone in This World, Yet Not Alone" by Rainer Maria Rilke


Creative Assignments: 

After reading Rilke's poem, consider this question: What is it the speaker yearns for? He repeats the phrase "I want" a number of times. What is it that he really wants? Now write a poem of your own in which you examine the question of what you really want. It must start with the phrase "I am much too ___ in this world" (you can substitute your own word for "alone") and it must contain at least three lines that start with "I want..."

OR

Pretend you are Bastian and you have been given the gift to create Fantastica in whatever way you wish. Start with a blank piece of paper and some colored pencils or pencil and crayons, and create a map of Fantastica. You can put known elements in from the book or you can devise your own fantastical world. You can add beasts and plant life to your map, or stick to just geography. Start with mountains, add rivers, forests, or make your map a complete fantasy, where rivers flow up from the sea and mountains hang from the stars. Use color and your imagination.

Writing Assignments:

Finish up the short story you've been working on about the three invented creatures you pulled from the bag. Post the final version. If you haven't come to "The End" at least polish and post one episode from your story. Try for 1000 words.

AND

Consider these questions: Which was your favorite of the books we read? Which was your least favorite? Which do you think should stay on the syllabus for the next time I teach this class, and which should I cut to make room for something else? From which book did you learn the most, and which was the most entertaining to read? Now write a well-structured essay of at least 250 words in which you choose one book to defend, that should definitely stay on the list, and one book to critique, which you feel should come off the list for next time.

Both of these writing assignments are required! Also, make sure you have your archive up to date.

Quiz:

1. The Acharis have been transformed into what goofy creatures?
2. Give a quote that shows Bastian is losing his memory of his own world.
3. What is the shape of Xayide's castle?
4. Give a quote that shows how proud and arrogant Bastian has become.
5. What plan does Bastian overhear Atreyu and Falkor discussing while he is invisible?
6. In chapter 22, Xayide tells Bastian he has finally found what he really wants. What does she say it is?
7. What happens to the sword Sikanda when Bastian draws it against Atreyu?
8. Why is the City of the Old Emperors full of humans who are stuck there?
9. What does Bastian eat at Dame Eyola's house?
10. What does Bastian discover about Mr. Coreander?

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?