New Visitor’s…Please read the two paragraphs at the end of this column before beginning your explorations in theater, poetry, children’s literature, movies, television, books, and the Arts that this column presents. The section will say New Visitor’s Greeting and be in boldface.
Please, also, check out my educational website at aimtjp.wikispaces.com and catapultintopoetry.com. If you have any teachers or children in the family, they will enjoy them immensely. There are tons of immediately ready to use ideas in reading, children’s literature, Internet explorations, problem solving, and poetry on the opening screen and in the Public Dropbox. Teachers from throughout the area have contributed creative lessons, creative games, and book talks to the site.
Movies…Admission Revisited…What happens when your best friend’s daughter, who is brilliant, wants to go to Princeton and refuses to apply anywhere else? How do you tell her that there are forty thousand (40,000) applicants from around the world? Of these forty thousand applications, they only select 1,000. What are her chances? Should she only set her heart of this school?
The answer is: Take her to see Admission! The movie Admission with Tina Fey, Paul Rudd, and Lily Tomlin deserves a look over the holidays. It is the only movie in theaters that doesn’t have killings, vampires, battles, and future worlds colliding. It only did six million dollars the first week. Maybe it will help answer the college admission question of what are they really looking for in an applicant.
George Clooney…The Break-up…It is easy to see why George Clooney broke up with Stacy Keibler! Look at the photos of the two of them. You don’t see him. You only see her. That cannot happen to a star.
On the brighter side are the upcoming movies in which he is starring. Gravity is a space adventure with Sandra Bullock. The real must see is Monument Men of the book of the same name. It is the story of a group of historians and art curators trying to retrieve the paintings the Nazi’s stole from all over Europe. The 1964 film The Train with Burt Lancaster is a film with a similar theme.
Poetry…Poetry 180…A Poem A Day For High School Students…
We repeat. April is Salute To Poetry Month. Poetry 180 will give you thirty great poems you can use to introduce each day in April. I discovered the site through researching Jane Yolen poems. The site has a sign-up box for the 180 poems and a great sign-up for everything you would want to know in literature from The Library of Congress. Below is a repeat of the original poem of hers that introduced me to the site. It is called Fat Is Not A Fairy Tale. It is a great discussion starter and example of creative writing where a theme is hidden in a theme.
Fat Is Not a Fairy Tale
I am thinking of a fairy tale,
I am thinking of a fairy tale,
I am thinking of a fairy tale
Just Write…Writers Write…Every issue of this column presents in puzzle, game, poetry, or creative writing form some little challenge that will keep you mentally sharp. The top index bar of this column has over one hundred of these creative encounters. If you teach or are home schooling members of your family, these ideas are perfect for young and old alike. Past columns have recommended that you keep a writing or activity journal. Hopefully, you will rekindle an old love of poetry and writing or discover a new interest and skill. Cancel hang gliding this week and write the beginning of that book you said you were always going to do! Call mom, too!
A Critical Thinking and Writing Challenge…Progressive Sentences…
A progressive sentence is a sentence that starts with a word of any length and each word after it has one more letter than the previous word. After you grasp the idea of a progressive in writing see if you can take the concept into a different sphere of writing.
EX. I am not very often easily tricked, Florence!
A. Try to write two progressive sentences in the spaces below.
B. What is the largest sentence you can write without using words in a series?
C. A progressive poem employs the same rules as a progressive sentence. The only difference is that some kind of rhyme pattern is used. Examine the poem below and compose one of your own.
D. You might want to try a progressive acrostic for your name Your score would be the number of unique letters in the acrostic.
This column is always trying to highlight work by local community groups, businesses, artists, writers, and poets. We like featuring people who are making a difference throughout North America and the world, too.
Community News…What’s Happening In Your Community?
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Common Visions, who we featured earlier for their environmental work with schools in California, is coming east. Their Richmond Project described below is monumental. Go to Nutiva’s website and sign up for information about bringing this project to your home town
Common Visions and Nutiva
“We want to get dirty!” hollered a group of 5th graders from Richmond College Prep School to Nutiva volunteers in anticipation of planting fruit trees at their school. The students did get a chance to get their hands in the dirt and touch worms, show off their knowledge of plant cells and photosynthesis, and learn that they will not be attending the school when the trees mature. In three years when the trees bare fruit, it will be their younger brothers and sisters who get to pick the apples, persimmons, and plums.
Planting for future generations is a sustainability concept familiar to Common Vision’s Project Director Leo Buc, who commented, “The next generation deserves a healthy environment, they deserve access to healthy food, they deserve to see what’s possible.”
Powered by two vegetable-oil-fueled buses, Common Vision just completed its spring Fruit Tree Tour (http://vimeo.com/44339456) of over 30 California public schools. In addition to planting fruit trees at these schools, Common Vision presented live music, storytelling, art, dancing, and puppetry.
Common Vision made a visit to Richmond College Prep courtesy of a grant from Nutiva through its 1% Program (https://nutiva.com/about/donation/). Over the next five years, with Nutiva’s support, Common Vision will plant a fruit tree garden of 10-25 trees in every public, elementary, middle, and high school in the City of Richmond. This initiative, the first of its type, will serve as a benchmark for the potential of school gardens to significantly impact a local food-shed and contribute to a culture of healthy eating.
New Visitor’s Greeting…Welcome to Let’s Talk, a freewheeling column on movies, theater, television, books, educational practices, the arts, current events, and the Internet. If you are a first time visitor to the column, I recommend that you start with the About topic in the Index Bar at the top of the page. Follow About with the Let’s Talk column in archives. It was the first column of the New Year. Proceed to Let’s Talk II and then work your way up to today’s column. These columns will introduce a plethora (a better word choice than myriad) of new ideas and old delights you may have missed. It will give you a strong foundation for some of the issues we are introducing and following up in newer columns.
New visitor’s comments are welcome, too. They are immediately placed on this page in the contributor’s comment section or are shared with the column’s readers on Sunday. You are welcome, also, to suggest topics for discussion or enlist help from the site’s family of readers. I am a compendium of useless information. Challenge me, please, with great theater, travel, history, books, movies, and educational issues that would interest a wide audience of readers. The “compendium comment” was stolen from Orson Bean. Bean used the quote many times on television talk show interviews. Please recommend my column to your friends and other lovers of discussion.