Thursday, April 30, 2009

HW 4/30

Raisin in the Sun essay outline!

Be sure to start with the play, then expand into your research

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

HW 4/28

1) ROAR!

2) from the reading in class today, finish your notes

Monday, April 27, 2009

HW 4/27

Top priority:

ROAR posts. Most should be done; if not then get it done.Link

Reading for tomorrow:

1: go to this site
Find the demographic data for Massachusetts, Suffolk County in 1987 and 2006

Native American:
African American:

2: go to this site
Browse around, selecting different years, different cultural groups, and locations in the US

Write down three interesting pieces of information you learned from your research.

3: click and read this article, provide five comments
NY Times Article on Schools and Immigration

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

I do Culture Vulures too...

For the past two years, my wife and I have been photographing and reviewLinking local concerts for a website called It's been great to see lots of good music (and get into shows for free). We cover everything from folk-rock (Fleet Foxes) to post-rock (Radiohead), and hip-hop (GZA, Akrobatik, The Roots).

Last Saturday, I covered the Great Lake Swimmers at the Brattle Theater in Cambridge. Here's some photos
read the review here:

Friday, April 17, 2009

Get Your Culture Vulture Out

Independent Film Festival of Boston

Check out these films

54 years after school segregation was declared illegal, Charleston, MS plans its first integrated high school prom at the behest of lifetime resident Morgan Freeman.

Humorous, entertaining and moving documentary about the people who transform their vehicles into works of art.

(free) Hip-Hop and Comedy Workshops!

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Youth Week Talent Showcase, will be on Wednesday, April 22, from 7 - 9 pm here at 826 Boston. The event is free, open to the public and will feature talented youth from around the Roxbury/JP community. Come out to enjoy original music, poetry, dance, comedy, and more! Download the Talent Showcase flyer.

Join us during April School Break for creative workshops at 826 Boston! To sign up for workshops, call 617-442-5400 or email

Hip-Hop-oetics Take II. Tuesday & Wednesday, 1:00 - 3:00 pm (two sessions). Teacher: Chris Mooney. Enrollment is capped at 15 students. Ages 10-14. In this two-session workshop, students will explore verbal and rhythmic elements of hip-hip lyrics, and write their own lyrics to perform at Jamaica Plain Youth Week Talent Showcase on the evening of April 21st!

Sketch Comedy. Tuesday & Wednesday 10:00 am -12:00 pm (two sessions). Teacher: Lily Mooney. Ages 11-14. Enrollment is capped at 15 students. Working with improv games and comedy-writing exercises, students will create their own sketch comedy skits and have the opportunity to perform them on the evening of April 21st, at the Jamaica Plain Youth Week Talent Showcase.


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Robots and holograms!
265 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02139
Open Daily 10am – 5pm
Institute of Contemporary Art

imaginative sculptures, and poster art
Museum Hours
Tuesday and Wednesday 10 am - 5 pm
Thursday and Friday 10 am - 9 pm
Saturday and Sunday 10 am - 5 pm

Warren Anatomical Museum

Phineas Gage skull, and ether

Harvard Medical School
10 Shattuck Street
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9-5

Thursday, April 16, 2009

HW 4/16

1) read and annotate "The History of Race" handout.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

HW 4/15

since tomorrow is an open house, I'll miss 3rd period.

Here is the work for Thursday:

1) read and annotate the handout "Bias in Belmont/Boston School Desegregation"

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

HW 4/14

1) vocab quiz #20

2) read and annotate "What Happened Once the Youngers Moved to Clybourne Park"

Monday, April 13, 2009

HW 4/13

1) annotate the "Chicago Housing" handout

2) vocab quiz #20 on Wednesday

Saturday, April 11, 2009

I do Culture Vultures too...

ah, a rainy Saturday.

My soccer game was canceled, so a friend and I headed to the MFA. Not for paintings. But for Zidane.

I've been waiting to see this film for almost 2 years, waiting to catch it on a large screen with huge sound. The film focuses 17 HD cameras on Zinedine Zidane for 90 minutes of a Real Madrid soccer match, following his every step, pass, and drop of sweat. Switching between high angle shots from the stadium lights, to an amazingly close perspective from behind Zidane's head, the film gives a narration-less commentary on the experience of a professional athlete. With a soundtrack by the English noise band Mogwai, the footage of Zidane, Beckham, Raul, and Roberto Carlos rises to stunning emotion, then falls as players tap in grass divots when play stops.

Warning: this film will not turn you into a soccer fan. It will make you wonder what thoughts run through an athletes' head as they are surrounded by thousands of rabid fans.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

HW 4/7

1: ARITS test tomorrow

To study:

-skim back over the play, be able to construct an outline of plot events
-look through class notes. Pay attention to "assimilation" and "symbolism"

The test is comprised of these sections:
Multiple Choice Plot (40 points)
Quotation Identification (20 points)
Short Answer (40 points)

Monday, April 6, 2009

HW 4/6

1) review ARITS

2) big test on Wednesday!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Weekend HW

Enjoy the end of ARITS. Please compose a 5/4/3/2/1 entry for this final scene

Spend some time reading your ROAR

Thursday, April 2, 2009

HW 4/2

-Finish reading (make it active) Raisin in the Sun Act 2 Scene 3

-do make sure to write down some quality questions from your reading