American Literature: We will finish reading Eudora Welty’s “Petrified Man” [2323–2334] and then watch Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire [2334-2336] before turning to two final reading selections:
- Saul Bellow: from The Adventures of Augie March [2449-2460]
- Jack Kerouac: from Big Sur [2542-2551]
- Day One: Mood Music [Tuesday, May 28th] -- Perform your poem with lots of moody backgrounds. Remember all the senses, and use them to set the tone of the poem. Music, scents, sound effects, backgrounds (painted cardboard, etc.), balloons, food, tactile images (poems written on sandpaper or fabric and handed out), lighting effects like strobe or slide projected backgrounds - all these can make your performance effective.
- Day Two: Artistic Interpretation [Thursday, May 30th] --You may “present” your poem in any art form. Read it to the class as a choral reading or in individual sections. Show us how you interpret the poem in an art form. You may use any media: dioramas, posters, kamishibai, sculpture, water color, scrapbook pages/collages, photo essays, etc. are all welcome.
Art History: We continue with Art Since 1915 first finishing The Fine Art of Life with Daphne Maxwell Reid and then reading sections from our text:
- Abstract Expressionism
- Abstract Developments 1: Colour-Field
- Abstract Developments 2: Hard-Edge and Minimal
- Informal Abstraction in Europe
- After 1945: Old Masters of the New
- Post-War Sculpture 1
- Simon Schama’s Power of Art: Rothko
- Herb & Dorothy
Mystery Fiction: Continue reading Ellis Peters’ A Morbid Taste for Bones. The postcards and crime logs for this final novel will be due on Wednesday, May 22nd! We will finish the week by watching Derek Jacobi in a Mystery! production of A Morbid Taste for Bones.
Publications & Media: Please get the senior pages and any other pages that remain unfinished completed this week. We also need to get the DVD case cover designed and ready to print. To stay on schedule, we must be ready to “burn” the DVDs next week, and get the package [DVD, cover, and case] ready to distribute during our final exam period, Monday, June 3rd, from 12:30 to 3:00.
Shakespeare’s Comedies: We will continue reading The Tempest and then watch the Helen Mirren film of the same name, followed by an adaptation that puts Shakespeare into space in a 1950’s sci-fi film, Forbidden Planet. Don’t forget the character alphabet for The Taming of the Shrew is due on Friday, May 24th.
Web 2.0: Tips, Tricks, and Tools: REMINDER: you are still supposed to be responding to my blog posts each week! Post once with an original post of your own, and [at least] once in response to someone else’s post! Continue to work on your websites—these will be due in only two more weeks! In the meantime, you might find the Skqueak app of interest [see the sidebar to the right], or you can check out two really fascinating virtual explorations in 3D—one of Paris and one of the Giza Plateau!
World Literature: This week we will finish the film Not One Less before moving on to “The Golden Age of Japanese Culture” with the “Evening Faces” chapter of Murasaki Shikibu’s The Tale of Genji.
This is a B week, and I will have a substitute Wednesday through Friday as I will be away for my Dad’s funeral. Memorial Day is Monday, May 27th, and there is no school that day!
T. Barb :)