1. Annika Bengtzon: Crime Reporter_And Django Unchained

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Television…If you subscribe to Netflix or a similar service, look for Annika Bengtzon: Crime Reporter. This hour and a half program from Swedish television is an enjoyable change from American programming. The production values and stories are outstanding. Malin Crepin plays the foot soldier of a Swedish newsroom. She would rather be in the field chasing stories than behind a desk. The inner stories of those working around her are never told, but the six part series doesn’t need this to fly.

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Movies…Long before Django Unchained won numerous Golden Globe awards, these thoughts came to mind. I love movies; seeing everything. However, I was not going to attend this movie. I was protesting its brutality. The AfroAmerican Literary Book Club, which I love, (www.aalbc.com/please subscribe to their outstanding newsletter) strongly recommended seeing it. They were Wrong! Wrong! Wrong! The movie was riveting. Django Unchained depicts every black on black and white on black brutality imaginable. Enough! There are much better black themed and acted movies that deserve everyone’s support and praise. Not this movie!

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Poetry…Rediscover Judith Viorst’s poetry book If I Were In Charge of the World. The lead poem, of the same name, encourages you to mentally look at the world as if you were in charge of it. Try as you might, you will not come up with a better solution than Judith’s if she were in charge of the world chocolate would be a vegetable. Judith Viorst wrote the book Alexander and the Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Please revisit it, also.

Adage…May your two lives be long ones; the life you lead until you die and the life you lead to no one remembers you.

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Internet…Take a look at my poetry website (catapultintopoetry.wikispaces.com), no www. is needed. It is filled with classroom perfect and easy to use ideas for Black History Month and Salute To Poetry Month.


About tjpalumbo

Tom Palumbo is a nationally known and award winning author, teacher, technology designer, administrator, and grant writer. He has taught for thirty-five years in preschool through 12th grade classrooms throughout the quad state area. His ideas have made a difference in the way thousands of teachers, parents, and children read, write, do mathematics, use technology, and think creatively and critically. Tom’s twenty books on reading, writing, critical thinking, and mathematics have won four national book awards. 5,000 teachers and home schooling parents have matriculated through his graduate courses/lectures. 12,000 have signed up for his website. As Director of Pennsylvania’s Parent Information Center and New Jersey’s Citizen’s For Better Schools Resource Center, Tom received over two hundred commendations for his presentations to thousands of teachers, parents, and administrators throughout the Florida, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland area. Workshop participants receive idea loaded CD’s, access to hundreds of videos, PowerPoints, curriculum links, games, and lessons on his website, and an activity booklet filled with common core curriculum in line with local, state, and national standards. Instruction, on each of these resources, is presented during his presentation. Mr. Palumbo has over two hundred learning centers, bulletin boards, and project developers in reading, writing, poetry, literature, and math in make-it/take it item format that can, also, be part of any workshop program. Call or email Tom to set up a workshop for your organization. Tom Palumbo tjpalumbo@aol.com 215-262-9986 aimtjp.wikispaces.com
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