To close our unit on The Great Gatsby, students from English I created silent films with themes that revolve around the American Dream. You can check them out below. Students were in charge of overseeing the entire film-making process, from writing, directing, casting, filming, acting, and editing. Although the films have not yet been rated, parental guidance is suggested.
This article, “In Ozarks, Violence Followed by Exodus: Pressure, Limited Opportunities and Violence Drove Many Blacks from Ozarks,” tells the story of how Springfield, Missouri, and the surrounding area came to be one of the least culturally diverse regions in the entire country.
This article was one of many handouts I saved from an education course I took ages ago with Dr. Sarah Nixon at Missouri State, and in a discussion with one of my own students at OTC, I made reference to the article and said I would email him a link. I was unable to find a copy online in the Springfield News-Leader’s online archives or elsewhere, so I thought I would post a copy here.
When J.D. Salinger, author of Catcher in the Rye, died several years ago, I wouldn’t say I celebrated exactly, but like so many others in the Catcher cult, I salivated at the prospect of getting a glimpse of his unpublished works. Now, reports are saying we could start to see new books as early as 2015.
I’m cleaning off some shelf space to make room for the grade nine text books. I ran across this collection of the 2008-09 Mark Twain Conference Communication Arts Fair Winning Entries. I thought I’d post a digital copy before giving away the original.
The file contains winning entries from a variety of categories for both junior and high school entries from all the MTC schools. Authors are not listed, but if you wrote one of the works and want to claim it, feel free to do so in the comments.
Ah, the costly typo! This is a good illustration of how something as minute as a spelling error can cost thousands of dollars. My alma mater recently handed out thousands of bags with its own name misspelled:
The Missouri State University bookstore…suffered the embarrassment of handing out 6,000 free book bags with the word “university” misspelled.
…MSU spent $70,844 for 17,800 book bags, at a cost of $3.98 per bag. About 6,000 were handed out last month, with an additional 2,500 destroyed.
…The university has no recourse to recoup any part of the cost because, first, the original artwork for the bag, submitted by MSU, had the word misspelled and, second, MSU later approved a proof of the artwork sent by the vendor, which contained the misspelling.
Storytelling is not just for fiction writers; writers of all types can benefit from incorporating narrative into their work because it activates parts of the brain that help us to engage with and retain information:
We all enjoy a good story, whether it’s a novel, a movie, or simply something one of our friends is explaining to us. But why do we feel so much more engaged when we hear a narrative about events?It’s in fact quite simple. If we listen to a powerpoint presentation with boring bullet points, a certain part in the brain gets activated. Scientists call this Broca’s area and Wernicke’s area.
Overall, it hits our language processing parts in the brain, where we decode words into meaning. And that’s it, nothing else happens.When we are being told a story, things change dramatically. Not only are the language processing parts in our brain activated, but any other area in our brain that we would use when experiencing the events of the story are too.
Read the full article here.