Saturday, January 7, 2017

Reading Period 12: January 6-12: Bud, Not Buddy

Due Dates:
Quiz: Monday, Jan 9, 7pm
Assignments: Wednesday, Jan 11, 7pm

Long Read: Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis, chapters 1-9

Short Read: "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allen Poe

Poetry: "The Jumpin' Jive" by Cab Calloway and his Cotton Club Orchestra

Hep-hep!
De-boodle-de-ack, de-boodle-de-ackasaki!
Hep-hep!
Oh, rang-tang, te-dah-dah,
Hep-hep!
Gonna tell you 'bout the jumpin' jive,
Hep-hep!
Jim, jam, jump, the jumpin' jive;
Hep-hep!
Cats gonna beat out this mellow jive;
Hep-hep!
Beat it out on the mellow side.
Boy?
Whatcha gonna say there, gate?
Oh, boy!
Whatcha gonna say there, gate?
Palomar, Shalomar, Swanee shore,
Let me dig that jive once more,
Boy!
Lay it right on down to the gator.
Oh, boy!
Lay it flat as a gator.
Now, can't you hear those hepcats call,
Yeah!
Come on, boys, let's have a ball!
The jim, jam, jump on the jumpin' jive
Makes you dig your jive on the mellow side,
Hep-hep!
Hep-hep!
The jim, jam, jump is the solid jive
Makes you nine foot tall when you're four foot five,
Hep-hep!
Hep-hep!
Now, don't you be that ickeroo,
Get hep, come on and follow through,
Then you get your steady foo,
You make the joint jump like the gators do,
The jim, jam, jump on the jumpin' jive
Makes you like your eggs on the Jersey side,
Hep-hep!
Hep-hep!
The jim, jam, jumpin' jive
Makes you hep-hep on the mellow side!
Hep-hep!
Hep-hep!
Hep-hep!
Hep-hep!
The jim, jam, jump on the jumpin' jive,
Will make you dig your jive on the mellow side,
Hep-hep!
Hep-hep!
The jim, jam, jump, the solid jive
Makes you nine foot tall when you're four foot five,
Hep-hep!
Hep-hep!
Now, don't you be that ickeroo,
Get hep, come on and follow through,
Then you get your steady foo,
You make the joint jump like the gators do,
The jim, jam, jump on the jumpin' jive
Makes you like your eggs on the Jersey side,
Hep-hep!
Hep-hep!
The jim, jam, jumpin' jive,
Makes you hep-hep on the mellow side;
Hep-hep!
Hep-hep!
(Scat singing)
Now, I've told you 'bout the jumpin' jive,
The jim, jam, jump, the jumpin' jive,
I know you dug this mellow jive,
Oh, you dig it on the mellow side.



Creative Assignments:

Create an illustration for the inside of the Amos shed. Include all the exaggerated imaginings that Bud suffered through while imprisoned there, as well as the real threats. Vampire bats, hornets, fish head guards, stain on the ground, the papered-over window, and any other visuals you remember from the story.

OR

Write from the point of view of Todd Amos, and tell the story of how an orphan named Bud came to live at your house, what you did about it, and what the result was. Even though Todd is a villain in Bud, Not Buddy, try to make him the hero of your 250 words.

Writing Assignments:

Bud is a child who has had limited experiences in the world. As such, his interpretations of some of the things he encounters are not realistic. For example, he believes Todd Amos when Todd tells him that the stain on the floor is from a child's blood. He doesn't think it's a big deal to Grand Rapids from Flint, which we know is too dangerous for someone his age. Bud is what we literary scholars refer to as an unreliable narrator, someone who tells a story but can't be trusted or believed. Sometimes a narrator is deliberately lying to the reader, but sometimes, like Bud, the character is doing his best to tell the truth, but just doesn't know any better. After reading the Edgar Allen Poe story, "The Tell-Tale Heart," write 250 words about the narrator of this story. Is he unreliable? Is he lying to the reader? What makes you doubt his word? Why do you think Poe chose to tell this story from his point of view? What evidence in the text can you point to? Use at least two quotes from the story to back up your observations about the narrator.

OR

Flint, Michigan, was hard-hit during the Great Depression, and it has been in the news recently as well, because of a crisis surrounding public water, which was poisoned by lead from the pipes. Take a look at these three sources which you could use to learn about the Flint water crisis:

Lead-laced Water in Flint: A Step-by-Step Look at the Makings of a Crisis on NPR
Ten Things They Won't Tell You About the Flint Water Tragedy. But I Will. by Michael Moore
Flint Water Crisis on Wikipedia

Write a short essay in which you evaluate these sources as potential research for an essay on the Flint water crisis. You might find that all of them would be useful, but for different aspects of research. You might find that none of them are reliable. Use at least one quote from each source to back up your conclusions.

Hooverville
Quiz:

1. How old was Bud when his mother died?
2. What does Todd Amos do while Bud is asleep?
3. Why was Bugs called that?
4. What revenge does Bud get on Todd?
5. What does Bud's name mean?
6. Why does the man in the line call Bud Clarence?
7. What happened to Bud's friend Miss Hill?
8. What was shady about Bugs' coin toss?
9. Why is the shanty town called Hooverville?
10. What growing-up milestone happens to Bud in Hooverville?

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