Friday, January 13, 2017

Reading Period 13: Jan 13-19: Bud, Not Buddy

Long Read: Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

Short Read: "Everyday Use" by Alice Walker

Poem: "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing" by Duke Ellington

"It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)"

It don't mean a thing, if it ain't got that swing
(doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah)
It don't mean a thing all you got to do is sing
(doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah)
It makes no difference
If it's sweet or hot
Just give that rhythm
Everything you've got

It don't mean a thing, if it ain't got that swing
(doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah)
It don't mean a thing all you got to do is sing
(doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah)
It makes no difference
If it's sweet or hot
Just give that rhythm
Everything you've got
It don't mean a thing, if it ain't got that swing
(doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah)

It makes no difference
If it's sweet or hot
Just give that rhythm
Everything you've got
It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing
It don't mean a thing all you got to do is sing
(doo-ah)
It makes no difference
If it's sweet or hot
Just give that rhythm
Everything you've got
Don't mean a thing all you've gotta do is swing
It don't mean a thing all you've gotta do is sing
It makes no difference
If it's sweet or hot
Give that rhythm
Everything you've got
It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing
(doo-ah, dooooo-aaaaah)
Don't mean a thing



Creative Assignments:

Have a listen to this video of scat singing by Sarah Vaughan. Then find a good instrumental track. Try this one! Now try out your own scat singing to record and post. You can get creative with your phonics, or you can stick with "she-bop" and "doo-wop" too! To be extra jazzerrific, grab a friend and have a scat battle like Louis Armstrong and Danny Kaye.

OR

Art deco is an artistic style in graphics and architecture most associated with early 20th century America and specifically jazz music and culture. Choose one of the images below and recreate it as best you can using colored pencils, markers, or paint.



Stephane Gisclard, The Brooklyn Bridge 

Tamara de Lempicka, 1929, La Musicienne

Amedeo Modigliani, Jeanne Hebuterne with Hat and Necklace


Writing Assignments:

After reading the story "Everyday Use," please also read the short essay by Alice Walker on quilting -- it's part of the same document. In a short essay, answer the question: What makes something valuable? Talk about the value of the grandmother's quilts in the story "Everyday Use" and also the value of the rocks that Herman E. Calloway collects. The quilts have a value that makes Dee want to hang them up instead of wearing them out -- what value is this? The rocks have a value that makes Herman collect them, even though they're just rocks -- what value is this? What value do you place in the things you possess, and where does the value come from? Sentiment? Financial worth? Use both stories as examples, and also include one example from your own experience.

OR

Bud, Not Buddy takes place in the 1930s, when laws were different, and discrimination was sometimes legal. Herman E. Calloway always made sure that one member of his band was white.
Why was it important for him to have a white band member? What could a white man do in the 1930s that a black man wasn't allowed to do? When Bud gets picked up hitchhiking near Owosso, Michigan, he finds out it is a "sundown town" where blacks aren't allowed at night. Choose either Jim Crow Laws or the Supreme Court case Plessy vs. Ferguson. Do a little online research on the topic you choose, and then include your findings in an essay about Bud, Not Buddy in which you discuss how it pertains to the racial discrimination in the book. Make sure you include a link to your source material, and put any direct quotes in quotation marks.

Quiz:

1. What was in Lefty Lewis' backseat that scared Bud?
2. What was Lefty Lewis' reaction to Bud thinking he's a vampire?
3. What is in Lefty's box that he wants to hide from the police?
4. What is the name of Herman E. Calloway's band?
5. What does Bud eat at the Sweet Pea?
6. Whose room is Bud sleeping in?
7. What does "Woop, Zoop, Sloop" mean?
8. What does "he can kiss my wrist" mean?
9. What book about Captain Nemo did Bud's mother read to him?
10. How is Herman E. Calloway related to Bud?

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