Week 33–Last Week of School

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We have finished the book! And I am sure you enjoyed it!!!

You have two assignments this week (other than your poetry memorization).

1.) A Critique–A one page essay discussing whether you think Fahrenheit 451 is a good book. Imagine you are writing either a recommendation to teachers (whether or not they should teach it), or for youth (whether or not they should read it)–tailor your writing to your specific audience. You may write it like a letter or an article in a newspaper/magazine. You pick. Feel free to write any negative thoughts you have as well (but you don’t need to, I just want you to feel free to speak your minds).

2.) A Pitch for a Movie–You don’t need to make this into an essay; it can be organized like a report, or however makes sense to you. It would look great in a thin plastic report folder. I want you to pretend like you are a movie director, and you want to turn Fahrenheit 451 into a feature length film. I need you to discuss:

  •  Setting–where will you film the movie? Will it be futuristic? Will it be modern day? Will it have a 1950’s retro feel? And WHY!!!!
  • Characterization–Which Hollywood actors and actresses do you think will bring the characters to life? Who will portray Montag? Mildred? Clarisse? Beaty? Faber? The old woman who burns herself? And explain why you chose each actor/actress.
  • Conflict–What will be the main conflict? How will you portray it? Man vs. Man? Man vs. Society? Man vs. Himself? What will you focus on as the main conflict of the movie, and WHY.
  • Foreshadowing–What scenes to you want to emphasize to foreshadow things to Image result for plot diagramyour audience?
  • Diction–What significant quotes from the book do you want to emphasize and how will you do it?
  • Symbols–Which symbols from the book do you want to emphasize? The Hound? The Phoenix?
  • Plot Diagram–Include a plot diagram where you show the progression of the story as it transitions through the introduction, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution.
  • Scene Direction–Pick one scene from the book and tell me how you would film that scene (close ups, actors’ expressions, imagery, details). Show me how amazing you can make it.
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Alfred Hitchcock

I want you to work on this pitch as if it were a real competition, and you were trying to get the job, knowing you are competing for it against all the other students in the class. What will make your pitch unique and special? Why will I want to pick your pitch? I will announce the winner on the blog after I grade them. 😀

You may also include pictures or drawings. Have fun. Don’t stress. Be creative.

I am so proud of you guys! I had so much fun with you this year. Thank you for being such wonderful students. I know God has an amazing plan for each one of you. ❤

Bring Friday:

  • Fahrenheit 451 Folder–with the packet of questions, your critique, and your movie pitch.
  • A poem and a Bible verse that you memorized and are ready to recite.
  • A sweet treat (cookies, etc.) that you are willing to share with your friends after class.

Last Poem of the Year

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I want to end with a song, instead of a poem. Like I said, good songs are also good poems. I want you to value good poems and good songs–to remember them, to love them, to look back with fondness when you hear them again. I want them to help you GROW and THINK and HOPE. That is what this last song is about. ❤ I hope the things I taught you will stick with you, and that you will “think of me kindly” the next time you read Robert Frost, Edgar Allan Poe, Ray Bradbury, etc. You may not remember everything I taught you, but please remember that I believe in you and I pray for you. ❤

Well respected by Smiths fans and critics alike, “Rubber Ring” is a song about coming of age, and leaving the awkward, difficult period in life that is being a teenager. Morrissey urges the listener to never forget those songs that kept you going through tough times, even though now you may have matured and their effect or your admiration for them Image result for I'm here with a cause I'm holding a torchmay have lessened. Coupled with a funky, minstrel-esque guitar piece by Marr and interludes of interviews claiming “everybody’s clever nowadays”(a commentary on the ever growing number of pseudo-intellectuals), the surrounding sound effects really reaffirm “Rubber Ring” as a piece deeply entrenched and admired within the expansive and eclectic back catalogue of the Smiths.

The title is both a nod to a vinyl record (as it is round and made of rubber) and
the life preserver rubber ring that is tossed into water to save people from drowning. To many teenagers, songs by The Smiths are their “Rubber Rings.” This music helps them get through tough times in their life. (genius.com)

“Rubber Ring” by The Smiths ❤

[Verse 1]
A sad fact widely known
The most impassionate song
To a lonely soul
Is so easily outgrown
But don’t forget the songs
That made you smile
And the songs that made you cry
When you lay in awe
On the bedroom floor
And said “Oh, oh, smother me mother” ***
Oh, la da dey, la da dey, la da dey, la da dey
Oh na na na, la da dey, la da dey, la da dey
Oh la day, la da da dey di la da da dey di

[Verse 2]
The passing of time
And all of its crimes
Is making me sad again
The passing of time
And all of its sickening crimes
Is making me sad again
But don’t forget the songs
That made you cry
And the songs that saved your life
Yes, you’re older now
And you’re a clever swine
But they were the only ones who ever stood by you

[Verse 3]
The passing of time leaves empty lives
Waiting to be filled (the passing)
The passing of time
Leaves empty lives
Waiting to be filled
I’m here with the cause
I’m holding the torch
In the corner of your room
Can you hear me?
And when you’re dancing and laughing
And finally living
Hear my voice in your head
And think of me kindly
Oh, la da dey, la da dey, la da dey, la da dey
Oh na na na, la da dey, la da dey, la da dey
Oh la day, la da da dey di, la da da dey di

[Outro]
Do you
Love me like you used to?
Oh, la da dey, la da dey, la da dey, la da dey
Oh na na na, la da dey, la da dey, la da dey
Oh la day, la da da dey di, la da da dey di

You’re clever
Everybody’s clever nowadays
You’re clever
Everybody’s clever nowadays

Oh, la da dey, la da dey, la da dey, la da dey
Oh, la da dey, la da dey, la da dey, la da dey

You are sleeping
You do not want to believe
You are sleeping
You do not want to believe
You are sleeping
You do not want to believe
You are sleeping

 

[****smother means to hold a pillow over your face to stop breathing. This is just a slang expression, for exasperation]

 

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