Thursday, March 31, 2011

My Students Recite Poems from the Harlem Renaissance


As a culminating activity for our study of the Harlem Renaissance, I brought my video camera to class and filmed some of my students reciting poems from Langston Hughes and Countee Cullen.  You should see what a great job they did.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Today is Opening Day


Today is Opening Day, one of the grandest days of the year.  Unless you're a fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates, that is.  Opening Day is still fun and all, but it's just the first day of another disappointing, heartbreaking season.  So here is the lesson for all Pirates fans this year: "Have fun, but not hope."  Allow the following poem to elucidate...

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Jay Gatsby's Facebook Page



For extra credit, I allowed my students to create Facebook pages for characters in The Great Gatsby.  Come on in to see some more. 

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

"Shade Tree Astronomy" by the Perfect Vessels


This weekend was the Music Video Showcase, put on by Live From Memphis.  The Perfect Vessels had a dog in that fight--"Shade Tree Astronomy," created by our very own Graham Burks.  Come on in to see the whole thing.

Monday, March 14, 2011

My (Successful) Visit to William Faulkner's Home

William Faulkner

It took me three visits to Oxford to get inside Rowan Oak, the home of William Faulkner, but I finally made it.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Playing the Early Show


The Perfect Vessels played on local television yesterday morning.  Here's how it's done.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Perfect Vessels--Free Download



The official release for Name Our Own Stars, by The Perfect Vessels, is not until April 12.  But for a very limited time, you can download it for free here.  Check it out!