This message is intended for the freshmen classes! I wanted to share a few wonderful resources from a 3rd Hour Shakespeare’s World Research presentation today. As you may remember, there is a veritable slew (slew!) of subjects included on Tuesday’s Ides Test. These great four links help fill in general knowledge of Shakespeare’s life and works.
Here’s a link to a brief timeline of the life of Stratford’s most famous son:
Spring may be around the corner, or maybe there’s another big winter storm on the way. At least we know we’ll always have the wind! Wind up with these tunes – some oldies, some goodies, and a crew of Celtic crush.
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Learning to Fly
Traditional – Tim Finnegan’s Wake
Adele – Rumour Has It
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – Death to My Hometown
Jack White – I’m Shakin’
The Head and the Heart – Shake
Máire Brennan – Against the Wind
Mumford & Sons – Hopeless Wanderer
Brigham Phillips – Will Ye Go Lassie Go
Talking Heads – Wild Wild Life
Jessie Ware – Wildest Moments
Hal Ketchum – Past the Point of Rescue
Evan Dando – Hard Drive
U2 – Sunday Bloody Sunday
Green Day feat. U2 – The Saints Are Coming
Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl
Traditional – The Jolly Beggar
Will Millar – The Wild Galway Races
The Fratellis – Flathead
Dropkick Murphys – Fields of Athenry
Natalie Merchant – Nursery Rhyme of Innocence and Experience
Gheorghe Zamfir – The Lonely Shepherd
Men at Work – I Come From a Land Down Under
Tegan and Sara – Where Does the Good Go
Frank Turner – Recovery
The Hooters – And We Danced
The Killers – All These Things That I’ve Done
The Black Keys – Little Black Submarines
The Rolling Stones – Wild Horses
War Horse Soundtrack – Learning to Plough
Dropkick Murphys feat. Bruce Springsteen – Peg O’ My Heart
It certainly has been a busy month, and I think we are all looking forward to the well-deserved break. Before we go, however, I’ve got an opportunity to be not-so-secret Santa to one or two good boys or girls who check out the class website! It is the holidays after all, and one of the best presents was Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
In my possession are two different t-shirts (sized large) that I’m gonna give to the first two students who find the Golden Ticket. “The Golden Ticket?!” – you may well ask. It looks like this:
It is hidden in one of the previous posts (from Halloween on, let’s say). Using your mouse and some keen detective skills, you can find the magic stub! Follow the directions that show up with it, and you’re on your way to the best-styled Christmas this side of the galaxy.
It’s the season of suspenseful storytelling, with an emphasis on imaginative yarns and wanderings through folklore. Here are some of the videos from class, by your request, that captured through digital wizardry (a most mysterious magic) the senses, tales, and spine-tingling thrills of the school year in October.
Intro to Literature: “The Bottom of the River” by Delta Rae
The song you can’t escape from, no matter how far the river takes you. Perhaps one of the greatest music videos out there, not least of which in the terrible joy of ambiguity.
Brit. Lit – The Middle Ages: “The Canterbury Tales: Part I”, from Christmas Films, Pizzazz Pictures, and Right Angle.
These episodes aired on the BBC in 1998-2000, excerpting highlights from Chaucer with inventive animation swings. Not for the faint-hearted or tidy-minded, but then, a lot of the fun stuff from different historical eras isn’t.