“Part history book, part Scheherazade, astonishing as only true stories can be, Persepolis gave me hope for humanity in these unkind times.” – Sandra Cisneros, The House on Mango Street 70,000 mosques. 1,000 political prisoners. One cry of “Independence, Freedom, Islamic Republic.” This is life in the Islamic Revolution. Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood … More Reading: Witnessing Revolution with Persepolis
Redesigning a system that has been used for centuries is hard. That’s why in GHEnglish, students assessed podcast episode Joshua Medcalf on Living that Life of Purpose by StartEdUp. The podcast, of Don Wettrick and guest Joshua Medcalf, assessed the modern-day school system. Ideas included students needing to act in “burning the boats,” and going … More Other: School, the Design that Needs Less Design
“Haroun: You’re a girl?! / Blabbermouth: (Choking Haroun) If you tell anyone I’ll kill you! / Haroun: I think I’m in love.” – Excerpt from Student Project regarding Haroun and the Sea of Stories The end of Haroun and the Sea of Stories came and passed like the constant revolutions of the moon. As per GHEnglish tradition, … More Project: Make Way, It’s the Haroun and the Sea of Stories Student Play!
“I know what I / know I know what / I see none of you / is that different / from me.” – David Elliott, Bull What happens to the innocent bystander when Greek gods strike their wrath? What makes the hero a hero, and the villain a villain? Bull by David Elliott answers these … More Reading: Bull, the Sympathy for a Monster
“You can melt Dark Ships, You can melt what’s shadowee, You can melt Ice Castles, but You can’t melt me!” – Salman Rushdie, Haroun and the Sea of Stories The class has ended Haroun and the Sea of Stories for the second time. As the class reread, and some used the lens of monomyth, the … More Reading: Turn the Moon, Goodbye Haroun
“His hands were moving furiously in something like a dance of rage or hate. Faster and faster, more and more emphatic grew his hand movements; and then, in what might have been disgust, he let his hands drop, and began (horror of horrors!) to speak.” – Haroun and the Sea of Stories, Salman Rushdie Rereading … More Reading: A Lie, a Failure, and the History of Both with Haroun and the Sea of Stories
“There were delicious pomfret in the sea at that time of year, so people could have a break from the glumfish; and the air was cool and clean, because the rain washed away most of the black smoke billowing out of the sadness factories.” – Haroun and the Sea of Stories, Salman Rushdie Haroun and the Sea … More Reading: Taking a Swim with Haroun and the Sea of Stories
“The crowd has gotten back in line. The registers have started beeping again, and no one could ever know that a guy might have just croaked on the floor we’re all standing on.” – Jo Knowles, Read Between the Lines Read Between the Lines is a realistic fiction novel written by author Jo Knowles. Despite … More Reading: Can Read Between the Lines cause people to make more of a change?
“Dancing is spiritual. Dancing is personal. Some people look at a dancing person and say, What a total show-off. They only notice the body of the dancing person. They look at the way the elbows jut out, the way the hips shake and the neck bends. They criticize all of these things, saying, This dancing … More Reading: Can you relearn love with Anything Could Happen?
Disclaimer: The following post is a class assignment in response to watching The Matrix. Students were told to fully explore the scenario the movie introduces by creating a character that would fit into the film, and create three distinct responses for the beginning, middle, and end of the movie that the characters would create. In this case, … More Other: Character Creation and The Matrix