Saturday, January 28, 2017

Reading Period 14: Jan 20-26: The Time Machine

Due Dates:
Quiz: Wednesday, Feb 1
Assignments: Friday, Feb 3

Long Read:

The Time Machine by H. G. Wells, chapters 1-5

Short Read:

"A Sound of Thunder" by Ray Bradbury

Creative Assignment:

Several artists and illustrators in the last hundred years have attempted to represent the actual time machine in H. G. Wells' novel. There's even a movie prop! Try not to be influenced by these creations, however, as you imagine a colorful illustration of the Time Machine. Your time machine should fit in the story -- it needs a special lever and a saddle and should make sense with the plot -- but doesn't need to resemble the movie version in any other way.

OR

Pretend you are looking thousands of years into the future, and humanity has evolved far from our current state. In this future, everything is wonderful and has worked out perfectly. Write a 250-word description of what you see. "Utopia" is a word that means a perfect world -- for some that would be a peaceful world where everyone shares and is nice to each other. For others that might mean a world of robots where organic life has been totally destroyed. A garden world? A world where everyone is perfectly healthy? A world where we can eat pizza and cookies all day, and never get high cholesterol? What does a future "utopia" look like to you? How did it come about? What path should we choose now, as a species, to reach that future world?

Writing Assignment:

At the end of chapter 4, in the last few pages, the Time Traveler speculates as to what has happened to bring humanity to the situation he encounters in this future world. Carefully read the section that begins, "It seemed to me that I had happened upon humanity upon the wane." Now pretend the Time Traveler had sat down with paper and pencil to write a warning to the humans of his time. He wants to give them advice and instruction as to how to avoid the future he has found. What does he say? Write a 250 word Begin your paper like this: "My fellow humans, please listen to this warning!"

OR

After reading this section of The Time Machine and also "A Sound of Thunder," write an essay in which you say whether you would travel to the future or to the past, if you had the chance to travel in time and had to choose where to go. You must state a clear opinion -- don't make a case for both sides! In your essay of 250 words, use both stories as illustrations for your decision.

Quiz:

1. According to the Time Traveler, what is the Fourth Dimension?
2. What happened to the first Time Machine?
3. What kind of food does the Time Traveler crave in chapter 2?
4. What did the Time Traveler do to be sure that the little people would not tamper with the time machine or damage it?
5. In approximately what year had the Time Traveler landed?
6. Returning from his long walk, what causes the Time Traveler to panic?
7. What does the Time Traveler think he hears when he bangs his fist on the pedestal of the Sphinx?
8. How does the Time Traveler make a new friend and what is his new friend’s name?
9. What lesson did the Time Traveler learn from his new friend?
10. What does the Time Traveler call the people from the lower world?

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?

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?