Theatre Productions

Fate of a Cockroach










Anna in the Tropics









Street Scene








Six Characters in Search of an Author

Published in: on November 29, 2009 at 3:43 pm  Leave a Comment  


Shakespeare the Creator of Theatre:









Because of his determination to enrich london’s Theatre Community. Shakespeare became one of the most world-renowned playwrights. To this day students are studying Shakespeare around the world, he has been my favorite playwright ever since is was 11. My dream is to go to London to see THE GLOBE THEATRE!!! and immerse myself in everything Shakespeare. To be honest I have never met a Shakespeare fanatic like myself. As you can see from my blog title i quote Shakespeare on a daily basis.

Published in: on November 29, 2009 at 3:37 pm  Leave a Comment  

Favorite Piece of Literature



Because I could not stop for Death,
He kindly stopped for me;
The carriage held but just ourselves
And Immortality.

We slowly drove, he knew no haste,
And I had put away
My labor, and my leisure too,
For his civility.

We passed the school, where children strove
At recess, in the ring;
We passed the fields of gazing grain,
We passed the setting sun.


Or rather, he passed us;
The dews grew quivering and chill,
For only gossamer my gown,
My tippet only tulle.

We paused before a house that seemed
A swelling of the ground;
The roof was scarcely visible,
The cornice but a mound.

Since then ’tis centuries, and yet each
Feels shorter than the day
I first surmised the horses’ heads
Were toward eternity.

Sharing each others favorite piece of literature helps to connect with the different individuals in our classroom. We were able to view each other’s favorite piece and then discuss why this piece of literature really inspired the individual. Because we are english major’s we are able to share our passion’s for a piece of literature and have in-depth discussions of the images, themes and symbols in each work. I really enjoyed this exercise, i went to pick up 3 of the works from other students.

Published in: on November 29, 2009 at 3:24 pm  Leave a Comment  

Backwards Planning: How to Build a Successful Lesson Plan

Backwards Design

The backwards design model centers on the idea that the design process should begin with identifying the desired results and then “work backwards” to develop instruction rather than the traditional approach which is to define what topics need to be covered. Their framework identifies three main stages:

  • Stage 1: Identify desired outcomes and results.
  • Stage 2: Determine what constitutes acceptable evidence of competency in the outcomes and results (assessment).
  • Stage 3: Plan instructional strategies and learning experiences that bring students to these competency levels.




Published in: on November 26, 2009 at 12:41 pm  Leave a Comment  

“Things They Carried” Teaching/Learning






By introducing this text as the teacher it is our responsibility to make it accessible to all students. There are a number of ways to make sure every student understands and gets the message the author is trying to present.

Published in: on November 26, 2009 at 12:30 pm  Leave a Comment  

What does “Understanding” really mean?

Six Facets of Understanding

    • Explain:
      Provide thorough and justifiable accounts of phenomena, facts, and data.
    • Interpret:
      Tell meaningful stories, offer apt translations, provide a revealing historical or personal dimension to ideas and events; make subjects personal or accessible through images, anecdotes, analogies, and models.
    • Apply:
      Effectively use and adapt what they know in diverse contexts.
    • Have Perspective:
      See and hear points of view through critical eyes and ears; see the big picture.
    • Empathize:
      Find value in what others might find odd, alien, or implausible; perceive sensitively on the basis of prior indirect experience.
    • Have Self-Knowledge:
      Perceive the personal style, prejudices, projections, and habits of mind that both shape and impede our own understanding; they are aware of what they do not understand and why understanding is so hard.



Published in: on November 25, 2009 at 4:38 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Truth about Love? Imagination and Language


The truth about love is dependent upon a person’s interpretation of what love is? Through this assignment the class was able to transmediate a text turn it into a picture and then give the picture a title. This exercise focuses on creativity and the ability to take a literature piece and show different intrepretations of the text. So you ask what is love? well  love is all around you, your friends, your family, and yourself. Love is what humans strive to accomplish.

Published in: on November 25, 2009 at 4:12 pm  Leave a Comment  

Story of Connie and her road to sexual destruction

Bob Dylan – It’s all over now Baby Blue 1965 live     

You must leave now, take what you need,
you think will last.
But whatever you wish to keep,
you better grab it fast.
Yonder stands your orphan with his gun,
Crying like a fire in the sun.
Look out the saints are comin’ through
And it’s all over now, Baby Blue.

The highway is for gamblers,
better use your sense.
Take what you have gathered from coincidence.
The empty-handed painter from your streets
Is drawing crazy patterns on your sheets.
This sky, too, is folding over you
And it’s all over now, Baby Blue.

All your seasick sailors, they are rowing home.
All your reindeer armies, they are all going home.
The lover who has just walked out your door
Has taken all his blankets from the floor.
The carpet, too, is moving under you
And it’s all over now, Baby Blue.

(Harmonica and Guitar)

Leave your stepping stones behind,
something calls for you.
Forget this dead you’ve left,
they will not follow you.
The vagabond who’s rapping at your door
Is standing in the cloth that you once wore.
Strike another match, go start a new
And it’s all over now, Baby Blue.

Published in: on May 15, 2009 at 4:44 pm  Leave a Comment  

Encounter with a text and the Vampire of “Twilight”


   If you haven’t heard about the phenomenon that is Twilight; you must have been bitten by a vampire and recovering from the venom. This 4 book saga written by the very talented Stephenie Meyers has created quite a frenzy with the female population. This story takes its readers on a journey to a world where vampires become eligible suitors for the girls in the town of Forks, Washington. Twilight is simply and yet beautifully written.  The descriptions of Forks leaves you feeling like you can almost smell the damp air and hear the rain falling on the roof, in the wettest spot in the continental U.S. The story is told in first person from the perspective of Bella, so the reader only ever knows what she knows, making Edward and his family a mystery that is slowly unraveled through out the book. The main character Bella Swan is a very shy and awkward seventeen year old girl who just moved to Forks to live with her father. She is then thrusted into a world she is not familiar with. Her life takes an unexpected turn when she meets the very handsome and dazzling vampire Edward Cullen. Bella becomes spellbound by this “god-like” creature; this romance between Edward and Bella is touching and compelling.  There is sadness to their impossible love, yet at the same time they both are unwilling to give up hope that their relationship is not doomed.  Edward tries to stay away from his beloved Bella because she will be his ruin and he is lusting after her blood; her scent has him mesmerized. Edward is very troubled and needs to find an escape and Bella is that escape.

Published in: on April 3, 2009 at 12:52 am  Leave a Comment  

Boyz II Men and Creativity

A Song For Mama
Boys II Men

   You taught me everything
And everything you’ve given me
I’ll always keep it inside
You’re the driving force in my life, yeah
There isn’t anything
Or anyone that I can be
And it just wouldn’t feel right
If I didn’t have you by my side
You were there for me to love and care for me
When skies were grey
Whenever I was down
You were always there
To comfort me
And no one else can be
What you have been to me
You’ll always be
You will always be the girl
In my life for all times

Mama you know I love you
(Oh you know I love you)
Mama you’re the queen of my heart
Your love is like
Tears from the stars
Mama I just want you to know
Lovin’ you is like food to my sound

You’re always there for me
Have always been around for me even when I was bad
You showed me right from my wrong
(Yes you did)
And you took up for me
When everyone was downin’ me
You always did understand
You gave me strength to go on
There was so many times
Looking back when I was so afraid
And then you come to me
And say to me
I can face anything
And no one else can do
What you have done for me
You’ll always be
You will always be
The girl in my life


Never gonna go a day without you
Fills me up just thinking about you
I’ll never go a day
Without my mama



    The song that I chose is called “A Song for Mama” by Boyz II Men, this song clearly shows the relationship between a son and a mother, and if you read carefully between the lines there is a hint of the unconscious mind telling the singer’s that his mother is the only woman in his life. This lesson can be thought of as a great transmediation lesson. By taking a popular song and breaking down, taking the lyircs and then showing the video will help engage the students. Therefore, learning will take place.




Published in: on March 2, 2009 at 6:54 pm  Leave a Comment