Then I Defy You, Stars!
I find the Craig’s List free stuff ads very entertaining. The combination of really odd itemsSomeone keeps trying to give away the wooden crates Clementines come in and I saw a half empty 2 liter of grape soda in there the other day. Granted, you had to take two additional full two liters (citrus and cola) or no deal. and unique writing choices lead to speculation about who wrote the ad and what they were thinking. I ran across the three beautiful ads pictured above last night and proceeded to force my wife to listen to me read them aloud (It was Valentine’s Day after all). The result was beautiful, poetic even, beat poetic even even. I scrounged around tonight for some jazz loops and produced the beautiful work of art below. No words were changed but I did leave off the phone numbers. http://bionicteaching.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Craigs-List-Beat-Poetry.m4a Craig’s List Beat Poetry The best thing about this is it could morph into a real English lesson. Decide this author was intentional. Analyze it like you would any other work of poetry. A short sample follows. owner in left and gone, two beautifully dogs, golden retrieve, and Lab mix This poem is about escape from the oppression of everyday society. In a scant 13 words, the author manages to take a snapshot of everyday […]
I know, late to the party, but I wanted to do a little more than say “Hey, wordle is pretty cool and stuff. You should use it.” So here’s how I’d use Wordle to attack poetry. Take a few poems from the poets you cover, mash a few of the poems together, and create a wordle for each poet. Then have the students match them to the author. The Stevens one is pretty obvious with blackbird standing out that way but the other two will require a little more attention. The key is to make them identifiable but difficult. Too easy and it’s useless. If you presented these as problems to be solved at the beginning of the unit then you’d be able to get some interesting conversation goingEspecially if you were say looking at poets from the same genre as opposed to my odd personal selections.. I’d post them on the wall as big posters and maybe let people put their votes as to the author under each. Then they move their vote each day as students find out more about the poet and their works. So for Wallace Stevens I picked the poems available in Wikipedia – “Anecdote of the Jar,” “The Emperor of Ice Cream,” “The Idea of Order at Key West,” “Sunday Morning,” and “Thirteen Ways […]
Talking to Dan about his sports law course resulted in this random generator which might be fun for others. It’s still developing but I like the potential for reinforcing some concepts about free speech in a fun way that allows you to repeatedly explore the topic without it getting tedious. I thought this would be a few minutes of work but I believe that Google has shifted the structure of their JSON feeds from the Spreadsheet. It could also be that I am insane. This particular experience did remind, rather unpleasantly, that I don’t fully understand how nested JSON parsing works. I ended up in the right place but only through about 40 minutes of slamming my head into various walls of misunderstanding. I also need to spend a bit of time applying the DRY concept to this bloated mess.