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Minarets English 10 and 11 for 2010-2011

Minarets English 10 and 11 for 2010-2011



Dave Cicoletti shares his vision for 10th and 11th Grade English and Communications for 2010-2011.

Dave Cicoletti shares his vision for 10th and 11th Grade English and Communications for 2010-2011.



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    Minarets English 10 and 11 for 2010-2011 Minarets English 10 and 11 for 2010-2011 Presentation Transcript

    • To educate means. . .
      mid-15c., from L. educatus, pp. of educare "bring up, rear, educate," which is related to educere "bring out," from ex- "out" + ducere "to lead" (see duke). Meaning "provide schooling" is first attested 1588 in Shakespeare.
      “This is going to be on the test…”
    • English/Communications is. . .
      Developing a format/etiquette for class discussions/debates/presentations/bathroom behavior
      Immersion journalism/nonfiction projects (native plants field guide, bike shop, trail building, elders documentary)
      writing effectively or more effectively
      on the pulse of current events (cross-referencing news sources)
      Everythingfrom classics to comics (language artistry, cultural studies, how archetypes/themes play out in real life)
      any or all subjects a student is drawn towards.
      A creative outlet: poetry, fiction, story, essay composition, blogging, networking, texting, gossiping.
      The “Bass Guitar” of all other subjects
    • Teaching English throughExploringAmericanMusic
    • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
      “All modern American literature derives from one book by Mqrk Twain called Huckleberry Finn.”—Ernest Hemingway
    • Richard Wright’s Black Boy and Native Son
      Beale Street, Memphis, Tennessee
    • Huddie Ledbetter, aka: “Leadbelly”
      Influenced blues, folk, R&B, and Rock
    • Mckinley Morganfield, “Muddy Waters”
      Directly influenced:
      Chuck Berry
      The Rolling Stones,
      Jimmy Hendrix
      Led Zepplin
      The Allman Brothers
    • The Rolling Stones
    • Early American Fiddle Tunes
    • Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass
      German Bass
      Hawaiian dobro
      British Fiddle
      Italian Mandolin
      African Banjo
      Spanish Guitar
    • O Brother Where Art Thou?
      Follows plotline of Homer’s Odyssey
    • The Grapes of Wrath
      John Steinbeck
      Okie Camp, Visalia, CA
      Woody Guthrie
    • The Great Gatsby
    • The Middle Passage
      West Africa
      South America
    • Music of The Princess and the Frog
    • Ernest Hemingway
    • Black Betty
      Lead belly
      Ram Jam
    • Indigenous Oral/Musical Traditions
      “Native Americans perform stories through song, music and dance, and the historical facts thus propagated are an integral part of Native American beliefs. Epic legends and stories about culture heroes are a part of tribal music traditions, and these tales are often an iconic part of local culture.”—D. Brown
    • Input
      Web Sources
      Short Stories
      Current Events Articles
      Music Videos
      CD’s, Photos
      Guest Performers
      Clips and Feature length Movies
    • Output
      Video: music/documentary/impressionistic/lyrical/photography
      Writing: articles, interviews, essays (compare/contrast, persuasive, personal narrative, expository, technical) explore and analyze lyrics for literary elements
      Performance: music, oral presentation, etc.
      Class projects where creative work/information is compiled onto a web “special edition,” evening performance or bound book.(ORIGINS)
    • Possible Specific Assignments
      Compare and Contrast the Rock n’ Roll styles and personalities of the 50s with those of the 70s
      Study the lyrics of the three of your favorite songs. Find at least two examples of figurative language. Discuss the universal themes in the songs. Play them for the the class and discuss your findings.
      Interview a local musician or a local music fan. Askhim/her8 questions about their influences, favorite bands, musicians and music styles. Create a keynote or Yodio about this interview and present to the class.
      Write a 3-page personal narrative about a time when you or someone you know really had the blues. Write a blues song about this using call and response format typical in American blues; perform it or get your friends to do it for you.
      Go to a concert and write up a review of the performance. Take pictures and post to the Round-up site for editorial review.
      How To Build a Guitar Keynote presentation.
      Pick a modern song of your choice and trace itsorigins and influences. What does the song reveal about American culture?