Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Pop Culture: 10 Minutes to Film Festival & Making Movie Magic Happen Storyboards


1. On the scrap paper you are given, you have 1 minute to make a list of things you enjoy.

2. Then you have 1 minute to make a list of causes  you care about (i.e. animal shelters, cancer research, volunteer firefighting, etc.)

3. Take 1 minute to make connections between the items in your list of things you enjoy and the list of causes you care about.

4. You then have 7 minutes to choose three films you would show in a film festival based on a theme of your choice based on your two lists above.

What's a film festival?  Take a look at any of these these examples:






After recreating that scene to develop a sense of how it all “works” in a finished product, use your skills to tell the following story. Create a storyboard through still photography and turn it into a slideshow to place in your Pop Culture IN folders and share on your blogs.
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Choose and recreate the camera angles to the best of your abilities from the following sources:

Great tool because it shows you examples from actual films

Several great examples of storyboarding at work

BLOG Post 1: Top 100 Film Scene Recreation.
Post your scene recreation on your blog.
Compose a written, audio or video explanation of your scene recreation in which you discuss:
* The original scene and why you chose it
* Challenges you encountered and how you overcame them and/or how you failed to overcome them
* What you learned about the challenges of filmmaking through this creative exercise

BLOG Post 2: Making Movie Magic Happen.
Post the storyboard/film on your blog.
Compose a written, audio or video explanation of your storyboard in which you discuss:
*Your intentions behind each shot in your storyboard -- even if they are are not as successful as you would have liked them to be
* Challenges you encountered and how you overcame them and/or how you failed to overcome them
* What you learned about the challenges of filmmaking through this creative exercise

AP Lit: Poetry Workshop w Meg Willing & Lit 3x3 & More

Today we had a tremendous poetry workshop with  poet/editor/designer Meg Willing, who also happens to be an alumna of THE Mt. Blue High School.

She showed us how to look at a poem through three lenses: poet, editor, and book designer.  She used Marie Howe's "The Gate" as the centerpiece of this work.

We read the poem a number of times, she guided us through the poem through those lenses, and then we did some close readings.

This was followed by an exploration of rapid fire book designs for "The Gate."  This was lot like our 8 Box experience -- this time we had nine boxes & three minutes, followed by three minutes to expand three ideas on index cards.

We ended with just a short amount of time to play with cutup poetry -- an idea to which we will most definitely be returning in the near future *cough* next week I think *cough*

Coming up on Thursday . . .  Literary 3x3s done right.   We got away from these during Q1 and no longer.  They are powerful ways to move our thinking around and tackle analysis and we need to be doing them regularly and with great intent.   So . . .

Bring Literary 3x3s for The Hours, Mrs Dalloway, and Shakespeare's "Fear No More."

Here are the parameters for Literary 3x3s
  1. Criteria for an effective L3x3
    1. Three, Three-Word “Sentences”: loose grammar
    2. Powerful, Meaningful Diction: consider connotation vs denotation
    3. Every Word Counts: avoid prepositions and articles
  2. Upon forming the deck, lay out the L3x3s and then number the cards in a backside corner 1-9, so as to create an answer key.  Put your initials in the lower right corner of the numbered side of the deck.  On the word side of the cards, put the name of the text or abbreviation in lower left hand corner, creator in the lower right. This way you can mix up the decks and always get back to your starting position.

On Thursday, we have a short class, so we will be working with these Literary 3x3s and sharing projects.

Here's the blogging and reading for this week.

READ.  How to Read Lit.  "If It's Square, It's Sonnet"
BLOG POST. Written Analysis.  Select a power quote (a key moment in Foster's chapter) that you believe captures the essence of the chapter. Defend your choice.
Due. Friday 11.11.16

BLOG POST.  Reflection on Dallowinian Party.  What did you take from it?  What would you do the same?  What might you do differently? 
Due. Friday 11.11.16

READ. The Sonnets & Poetry Foundation Background on Sonnets -- Read all of the Highlighted Sonnets.

Read these in the service of your analytical blog post this week so you have some context for sonnets.  Be familiar with all of them for Tuesday, 11.15.16 for our work that day.
Choose one to annotate and Literary 3x3 for next Tuesday.  11.15.16 

Eng 9 4B Imagery

First we are going to get into groups of two (or groups of 3) and sit across from each other so you cannot see each other's screens. Pick one of the photos in the albumin the link below and spend 3 minutes describing it in a google doc.

Now I want you guys to play with thinglink, you can log in with your school email and say that you are a student. Upload a photo or use one of the ones they give you and do a few things:
1. Write a text tag
2. Add a link in a tag.
3. Put a photo into a tag.
4. See what else you can do.
When you finish yours share it with somebody else in the room (you do not have to share it virtually, just bring your laptop to them). Here is an example of what I made of my cat:

Imagery means to use figurative language to represent objects, actions, and ideas in such a way that it appeals to our physical senses. This website can give you more information on imagery, and every other literary device you could ever need.

This is a bad example of imagery: We went fishing and we caught two bass and took care of them. We came back to swim and the lake looked the same as it always does.

And this is an excerpt from an essay by E.B. White called, Once More to the Lake. When you listen to this write down different things that he says on the senses graphic organizer that correlate to each sense.

"We caught two bass, hauling them in briskly as though they were mackerel, pulling them over the side of the boat in a businesslike manner without any landing net, and stunning them with a blow on the back of the head. When we got back for a swim before lunch, the lake was exactly where we had left it, the same number of inches from the dock, and there was only the merest suggestion of a breeze.... In the shallows, the dark, water-soaked sticks and twigs, smooth and old, were undulating in clusters on the bottom against the clean ribbed sand, and the track of the mussel was plain. A school of minnows swam by, each minnow with its small, individual shadow, doubling the attendance, so clear and sharp in the sunlight."

Here is also an audio version of the essay, this passage happens from 5:51 to 6:50 in this video.

Now that you have heard a good example and a bad example of imagery take this and we will be doing the IMAGERY CHALLENGE! What you need to do is use really specific imagery and details to make your description of the picture you chose at the beginning of the class period really good; spend a solid 5 minutes on this at least. Once you finish you need to show your description to your partner and they will try to guess which picture you chose. If your partner doesn't guess correctly you need to improve the imagery in your description until they guess correctly.

Now that you have had practice using imagery which of your pieces of writing can you improve? How can you make sure that you include these skills when you write in the future?