English and Writing
Zora Neale Hurston is considered one of the pre-eminent writers of twentieth-century African-American literature. Hurston was closely associated with the Harlem Renaissance and has influenced such writers as Ralph Ellison, Toni Morrison, Gayle Jones, Alice Walker, and Toni Cade Bambara.
"I have the nerve to walk my own way, however hard, in my search for reality, rather than climb upon the rattling wagon of wishful illusions."
- Letter from Zora Neale Hurston to Countee Cullen
1) Sunrise Poems youtube channel youtube.com/sunrisepoems
We encourage students to share their favorite words. We want your poems, speeches and lyrics. You can recite whatever you want to recite. Don't use recent music in the background (youtube does not allow copyrighted music in the videos). Hold the camera VERY still or place the video on a tripod.
For example, the lyrics to a commercial were:
... you give a little love and it all comes back to you
you're gonna be remembered for the things that you say and do (from a cola commercial)
We invite you to record a poem or read the lyrics of your favorite songs or speech. If you see a poem that you like, find the words on a website, or type them or write them on paper, then point the camera at the words and read with feeling.
Point your camera at the lyrics, read them with emotion, and upload the video to your youtube channel. Then send the link to us and we'll download your video and paste it on our channel. (We like to use ZAMZAR dot com). Send us your suggestions at TheGuideontheSide AT gmail dot com. MORE
2)A Very Cool Sites.com verycoolsites.com
Recommend useful websites to the readers
a) give the name of the website
b) explain why the site is useful. Include your email address if you want to receive a copy of the ebook
State "yes" or "no": Do you want your email address listed as the reviewer of the website?
2)B I Saw It On Youtube.com isawitonyoutube.com
a) Describe several interesting videos and recommend them to the readers.
b) Explain why the videos are useful. Include your email address if you want to receive a copy of the ebook
State "yes" or "no": Do you want your email address listed as the reviewer of the videos?
one minute version
40 second version
Call me. 954 646 8246 I'm in Fort Lauderdale
40 seconds is too long to sit, i know...
Project 1: a book with 3000 websites -- educational and cool.
Project 2: I saw it on Youtube. I have 1500 videos and I need another 500. Can you suggest some cool and useful videos for me? DEADLINE Let's say October 15 to get your attention.
the project will be published on a just in time printer like LULU. If you want to be a contributor, let me know. +1 954 646 8246
3) PROJECT 3: Solarhigh.org needs interpreting by your generation.
If you prefer to BE IN A MOVIE (instead of just passively watching a movie), then contact me and I'll give you the engineer's contact info. Or you can go to solarhigh dot org and figure it out yourself.
4) Youtube videos to China and Iran
Use zamzar.com to download interesting videos
Burn the videos to DVDs
Mail the videos to students in other countries that don't get easy access to youtube.com
To get addresses of these students, contact Mr. Steve
Novin Shahroudi <email@example.com> ask for his favorites
5) Carousel, an online magazine by Novin
Here are the topics for a future issue of the magazine:
1. Write about an interesting tradition in your culture.
2. Write about a holiday
3. Write about a problem in your city and suggest a solution.
4. Write about the TUNA PROBLEM and how we should act.
YES, WRITE ABOUT SOMETHING THAT YOU FIND INTERESTING. WRITE ABOUT YOUR PASSIONS, YOUR FAVORITE TOPICS.
Novin Shahroudi <firstname.lastname@example.org>
6) Penpals around the world. (Building International Bridges)
a) You can contact them on Mr. Steve's Penpal Page
b) You can connect by Skype SteveEnglishTeacher (I'll send you my contacts who want to practice conversation)
c) You can connect with students who are serious about learning more English. Link with Mr. Steve's contact list of English Students on Facebook TLASteve@gmail.com
If you make these connections, you can apply for community service hours from BuildingInternationalBridges.org. Call +1 954 646 8246 to learn more.
Other projects appear on LAF
Build a model of the Space Shuttle
Build a model of the NEXT GENERATION of space vehicles
Create videos for a cool project called SolarHigh.org
Social Studies (History and Culture)
Should marijuana be legalized?
Give FOR and AGAINST arguments
Describe the HISTORY: How did marijuana become illegal?
Cuba: What will probably happen?
What do we want to happen?
What does Mr. Mario want to see happen?
Make a list of the 100 most important poems (according to Mr. Mario)
to understand the history and culture of the USA.
Math is Everywhere. Put math into each of these projects
Write an autobiography
From Repo Men (2010), Jude Law's character writes:
So what am I writing? This is not a crappy memoir or an attempt to apologize for what I've done. This is a cautionary tale. I hope that you might learn from my mistakes. In the end, a job is not just a job. It's who you are. If you want to change who you are, you have to change what you do.
TIPS from a writing coach
PROJECT: Internet Skills (click HERE)
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