Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Student Share


Hoof Prints
By Kristin

Pure tranquility,
Nature’s calm,
Beast and human as one.

Balletic movement,
Effortless aids,
Piaffe and tempis,
Tempo and leg.

Muscles aching,
Sweat from the sky,
Thoughts rushing in.

Beautiful job, Kristin!

Friday, December 14, 2012

For Sandy Hook Elementary


Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

-By W. H. Auden

What a sad day for our country.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Measuring the Universe


Here is a cool movie to show your students when learning about measurement, or even statistics!

Starting as an empty white room, Roman Ondak’s Measuring the Universe at Tate St. Ives has grown through the contribution of around 90,000 participants to a constellation of black marks.

For more information about Roman Ond├ík and Measuring the Universe, visit MoMA.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Online Presentation Programs


This week in Comp Lit, we are learning about presentation software like PowerPoint and Impress. If you are working on a class project, there are many interactive online programs like Prezi and Glogster... and they are free! Check out the presentations below. These autobiography book reports were created by my English students last year.

Anne Frank Timeline by Kennedy
View more PowerPoint from rsol68

Anne Frank by Alyssa

 Nikola Tesla by Logan

Excellent work!

If you create an online presentation, send it my way and I will post it here!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Epic Characters


The Pirate... The Magic Cow... The Ringmaster...

Sounds like an epic tale!

I found this postcard at Cabanon Press and thought it might come in handy. 

When you look at these images, you just can't help thinking up 
a great story.

If you were going to write an epic tale,
what three characters would you choose?