The number one request in wishlists sent to Mr. Earnshaw’s North Pole Classroom Blog? More videos from Bob’s Buskers (from Bob’s Burgers)! So here you go – the National, a Christmas Tree, and a message we can all get behind. Stay warm, students and friends; happy holidays!
If you’ve looked at this page but once, you know that the Bard is a pretty big deal around here. Today, then, would be remiss without an annual commemoration of his birth/death-day with some extra, added momentum. The whole world is turning out for the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s (bodily) death, with touring productions, social media campaigns, reams of newsprint, and random English teachers’ blog posts. However, there is one special event that will be making its way to our humble corner of the world later this year.
The Folger Shakespeare Library, located in Washington DC, has 82 copies of Shakespeare’s First Folio. These items are extraordinarily rare, and unbelievable fragile. (You can read about the extreme safety precautions the Library takes by checking this link from NPR.) Published long after his death, the folio contains at least 18 of his plays that would not be known today without these labors of love. And this year, to honor his everlasting legacy, copies of the Folio will be traveling from the Folger Library out to all 50 states and Puerto Rico, and Wyoming’s temporary host is none other than our own State Museum in downtown Cheyenne!
From Sept 7 – 30, you can see one of these Folios, a repository of some of the greatest words ever penned by the human race, for the price of admission, which is typically FREE! While a trip to DC may be a prerequisite for American-ness, let’s be honest and say that this opportunity is likely your best bet to join in one of the most important celebrations available to young scholars and citizens of the world. Rather than leave you with yet another quote or pun on the topic, I think it suffices to let the plays speak loudest. Do yourself a favor and bask in the (probably musty) glory of all that is wonderful, inventive, and essential by checking it out next Fall!
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:
This YouTube video takes a humorous look at introducing Shakespeare (make sure you stick around until the ironic, slow open is over):
Of course, here’s the Canadian Folio copy of the play:
And, because why not, more awesomeness relating to the Bard from a 2012 TEDxTalk:
The Readiness is All!
It’s a Leap Year, so take a deep breath and then make some big leaps this month! Here’s a list to get you started.
- Dire Straits – Romeo and Juliet
- Del Amitri – Roll To Me
- April Smith and the Great Picture Show – Movie Loves a Screen
- Lynden David Hall – All You Need Is love
- Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – No Surrender
- Eric Bibb – Shine On
- The Avett Brothers – February Seven
- Preservation Hall Jazz Band – Go To The Mardi Gras
- David Mead – Girl on the Roof
- Gin Wigmore – Black Sheep
- Matt Costa – Mr. Pitiful
- Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Breakdown
- Fine Young Cannibals – She Drives Me Crazy
- The Figgs – Je T’Adore
- Lyle Lovett – Private Conversation
- The Cure – The Love Cats
- Lenka – Trouble Is a Friend
- Elton John – Your Song
- The White Stripes – Fell In Love With A Girl
- Mirah – The Garden
- The Musicians of Swanne Alley – Green Sleeves (Traditional)
- Dawes – A Little Bit of Everything
- Queen – Somebody to Love
- Dido – White Flag
- Fool’s Garden – Lemon Tree
- The Rolling Stones – Gimme Shelter
- Firefall – You Are The Woman
- Annette Louisan – Das Spiel (Ich Will Doch Nur Spielen)
- Elvis Presley – Suspicious Minds
- Tornado Brass Band (Various NOLA Street Guys) – Bye Bye Blackbird
- Across the Universe Soundtrack – All You Need Is Love
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.
December – melodies, medleys, and more than a little wassail.
- John Williams – Star Wars Main Title/Rebel Blockade Runner
- Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
- Mannheim Steamroller – God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen
- Lord Huron – Fool for Love
- Trans-Siberian Orchestra – The Silent Nutcracker
- Trans-Siberian Orchestra – A Mad Russian’s Christmas
- Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – Born to Run
- Wolfmother – Vagabond (500) Days of Summer Soundtrack)
- Mannheim Steamroller – Los Peces En El Rio
- Ryn Weaver – OctaHate
- Ellie Goulding – Anything Could Happen
- Frank Sinatra – Come Fly With Me
- Ed Sheerhan – I See Fire (The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug Soundtrack)
- Danny Elfman – What’s This? (The Nightmare Before Christmas Soundtrack)
- Kansas – Play The Game Tonight
- Among Savages – New York City
- Coldplay – Christmas Lights
- The Devil Makes Three – Dynamite
- Mick Jagger and Joss Stone – Lonely Without You (This Christmas) (Alfie Soundtrack)
- Elton John – Levon
- Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Wizards In Winter
- Eagles – Please Come Home For Christmas
- Dar Williams – Are You Out There
- Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Christmas Eve / Sarajevo 12/24
- Mannheim Steamroller – God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
- Capital Cities – Safe and Sound
- Van Morrison – Bright Side Of The Road
- John Lee Hooker – Bluebird
- Tom Waits – Cold Cold Ground
- She & Him – Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want (500) Days of Summer Soundtrack)
- Shivaree – Goodnight Moon (Kill Bill Vol. 2 Soundtrack)
- The Four Seasons – December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)
- Barenaked Ladies – Auld Lang Syne