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Film Studies Midterm

     Write a minimum of one page on at least one topic/theme in at least two different films.  For example, for the theme of Racism you may discuss how racism is represented in any of the films listed in that category.  For the theme of Women’s Rights and Empowerment, discuss how two or more films from that category depict women’s rights.  You may use your notes, papers and refer to the films on our website:  westernmediacenter.educatorpages.com

  1. Nazi Germany then and now:  Au Revoir Les Enfants, BlacKkKlansman, Race, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.
  1. Immigration: El Norte, Real Women Have Curves,

              The Idol, The Kite Runner.

  1. Women’s rights and empowerment: Hidden Figures, El Norte, RBG - Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Real Women Have Curves, Flint Water Crisis, BlacKkKlansman, Confirmation, In the Time of the Butterflies, The Kite Runner. Maria Full of Grace, Ocean's 8.
  2. Dictatorships and government violenceAu Revoir Les Enfants, El Norte, BlacKkKlansman, Race, In the Time of the Butterflies, The Idol, The Kite Runner, Vice, Dr. Strangelove.
  3. Human rights: Au Revoir Les Enfants, Hidden Figures, El Norte, Bowling for Columbine, RBG - Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Real Women Have Curves, Flint Water Crisis, BlacKkKlansman, The Hate U Give, Confirmation, Race, In the Time of the Butterflies, The Idol, The Kite Runner, Cuckoo’s Nest.
  4. Racism:  Au Revoir Les Enfants, Hidden Figures, El Norte, Real Women Have Curves, Flint Water Crisis, BlacKkKlansman, The Hate U Give, Confirmation, Race, The Idol, The Kite Runner.
  5. Health care, gun violence, education funding, maternity benefits, vacation time, job benefitsWhere to Invade Next, Bowling for Columbine, RBG - Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Flint Water Crisis, The Hate U Give.
  6. Politics: Confirmation, Snowden, In the Time of the Butterflies, Race, The Idol.
  7. Relationship struggles:  The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Harold and Maude, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

     On a separate sheet of paper, please evaluate this class.  Do not write your name on this paper.  It is anonymous.  Consider these questions, please:  Did this class teach you anything worthwhile?  Did taking this class improve your writing, listening and perception skills?  Should film classes be taught in high school?  What changes would you make to this class?  List strengths and weaknesses of this class and include any other comments you would like to add.

 

Evaluation suggestons:

More group discussions and deeper discussions

Take more time during and between films

Take a 10-minute break to discuss plot, characters, setting and themes of the film

Show films in thematic units

Encourage and guide student selection of movies

Allow group discussion and group assignments

Include grammar and essay writing instruction

 

 

 

Film Studies Final

     Write a minimum of one page on at least one topic/theme in at least two different films.  For example, for the theme of Racism you may discuss how racism is represented in any of the films listed in that category.  For the theme of Women’s Rights and Empowerment, discuss how two or more films from that category depict women’s rights.  You may use your notes, papers and refer to the films on our website:  westernmediacenter.educatorpages.com

  1. Nazi Germany then and now:  Au Revoir Les Enfants, BlacKkKlansman, Race, The King’s Speech, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.
  1. Immigration: El Norte, Real Women Have Curves, Amreeka,

              The Idol, The Kite Runner.

  1. Women’s rights and empowerment: Hidden Figures, El Norte, RBG - Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Real Women Have Curves, Flint Water Crisis, Girl Rising, BlacKkKlansman, Confirmation, Life, Above All, In the Time of the Butterflies, The Kite Runner. Maria Full of Grace, Ocean's 8.
  2. Dictatorships and government violenceAu Revoir Les Enfants, El Norte, Amreeka, BlacKkKlansman, Cautiva, Race, In the Time of the Butterflies, The Idol, The Kite Runner, The King’s Speech, Vice, Dr. Strangelove.
  3. Human rights: Au Revoir Les Enfants, Hidden Figures, El Norte, Bowling for Columbine, RBG - Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Real Women Have Curves, Flint Water Crisis, Amreeka, Girl Rising, Climate Change, BlacKkKlansman, The Hate U Give, Confirmation, Cautiva, Race, Life, Above All, In the Time of the Butterflies, The Idol, The Kite Runner, Cuckoo’s Nest.
  4. Racism:  Au Revoir Les Enfants, Hidden Figures, El Norte, Real Women Have Curves, Flint Water Crisis, Amreeka, Girl Rising, Afro-Brazilian Culture, BlacKkKlansman, The Hate U Give, Confirmation, Race, Life, Above All, The Idol, The Kite Runner.
  5. Health care, gun violence, education funding, maternity benefits, vacation time, job benefitsWhere to Invade Next, Bowling for Columbine, RBG - Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Flint Water Crisis, Girl Rising, Climate Change, The Hate U Give, Life, Above All.
  6. Voting Rights: Midterm Elections 2018.
  7. Politics: Confirmation, Snowden, In the Time of the Butterflies, Race, The Idol, Vice.
  8. Relationship struggles:  The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Harold and Maude, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Graduate.

     On a separate sheet of paper, please evaluate this class.  Do not write your name on this paper.  It is anonymous.  Consider these questions, please:  Did this class teach you anything worthwhile?  Did taking this class improve your writing, listening and perception skills?  Should film classes be taught in high school?  What changes would you make to this class?  List strengths and weaknesses of this class and include any other comments you would like to add.

 

Evaluation suggestons:

More group discussions and deeper discussions

Take more time during and between films

Take a 10-minute break to discuss plot, characters, setting and themes of the film

Show films in thematic units

Encourage and guide student selection of movies

Allow group discussion and group assignments

Include grammar and essay writing instruction

 

 

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 Film Assignment beginning 12 June 2019                                     

 1967

 

 

Setting:  California Map of California  Socioeconmic level:  upper middle class (rich)

 

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Library Image result for berkeley univ   

 

Themes: 

  • The American Dream
  • Affluence
  • Love, Sex, Marriage
  • Isolation and Alienation

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Film Assigment

  1. Is McMurphy insane?  Explain.
  2. Are the following activities therapeutic:  baseball, fishing, basketball, card playing, music, Billy dating a woman?  Explain.
  3. McMurphy after trying to tear the sink and pedestal from the floor: “I tried, didn’t I?  At least I did that.”  Explain what he means.
  4. How does Billy respond when Nurse Ratched mentions his mother?
  5. Explain what is common between Billy in Cuckoo's Nest and Bertie in The King’s Speech.  What is different?
  6. Did the medical establishment do a good job treating people with mental and emotional problems?  Explain.
  7. Why do the uncommitted men choose to stay in the mental institution when they are free to leave at will?

 Film Assignment beginning 4 June 2019                                     

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

From the novel by Ken Kesey in 1962 

Setting:  Oregon mental hospital, 1963

 Rocky Marciano held the world heavyweight title from 1952-1956

Electric Shock Therapy:  http://theconversation.com/electroconvulsive-therapy-a-history-of-controversy-but-also-of-help-70938

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcmarVpo2xE

Lobotomy Procedure: https://www.livescience.com/42199-lobotomy-definition.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftDGcCbkeH4

Quotes and themes:  rebellion vs. conformity

Frederickson to Nurse Ratched:  "Do you mean to say that it's sick to want to be off by yourself?"

 

 

 

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Cheney's Law - Frontline (Executive Privilege)

https://vimeo.com/151752541

Cheney: The Dark Side 

https://www.pbs.org/video/frontline-dark-side/

Revolving Door, Boehner, Cannabis pitchman

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/03/us/politics/john-boehner-marijuana-cannabis.html?action=click&module=News&pgtype=Homepage

Trump's War n Worker Rights

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/03/opinion/trump-worker-safety-osha.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage

Taliban and Women

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/04/opinion/afghanistan-taliban-peace-talks.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage

 

 Film Assignment beginning 29 May 2019

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                                                                                          Vice (2018)      

Dick Cheney  Image result for dick cheney

Donald Rumsfeld  Image result for donald rum 

George W. Bush  Image result for george w bush

Colin Powell  Image result for colin powell

Condoleezza Rice  Image result for Condoleezza Rice

David Addington Image result for david addington

Timeline 

https://www.timetoast.com/timelines/u-s-presidents-since-1960

Crude, vulgar language

Deferment

Vouched for DUI’s

Fox News – Roger Ailes

Kurt

Mouth shut, do what you’re told, be loyal

Dedicated, humble servant to power

Nixon and power: “best . . . feeling in the world”

Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely

Kissinger: bomb Cambodia

750 lib bombs drooped from 20,000 feet will kill thousands of innocent people

Cheney to Rumsfeld: “What do we believe?” Chaney is laughed out of the room.

1973 Bethesda, MD

Political consultant

Nixon-Rumsfeld out

Casper, Wyoming – Lynn’s mother, Edna.  No serious investigation of her death (drowned in lake).

Extraordinary Rendition

Guantanamo

Nixon out – Ford in

Rumsfeld, Cheney in

Kissinger out, Scowcroft in

Cheney chief of staff, Rumsfeld sec. of defense

Antonin Scalia

Theory of Unitary Executive: the president taking absolute authority

Koch, Coors, money to think tanks

Reagan: welfare

Absence of control

Deregulate finance, mining, water and air quality

Fairness doctrine: both sides equally in broadcast media – Fox News moves America to right

Halliburton:

Cheney: “No one has shown the true power of the American presidency”

“You and my dad agreed that my dad would have been reelected if you had taken out Saddam”

“War time presidents are very popular.”

 

Crude, vulgar language

Deferment

Vouched for DUI’s

Fox News – Roger Ailes

Kurt

Mouth shut, do what you’re told, be loyal

Dedicated, humble servant to power

Nixon and power: “best . . . feeling in the world”

Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely

Kissinger: bomb Cambodia

750 lib bombs drooped from 20,000 feet will kill thousands of innocent people

Cheney to Rumsfeld: “What do we believe?” Chaney is laughed out of the room.

1973 Bethesda, MD

Political consultant

Nixon-Rumsfeld out

Casper, Wyoming – Lynn’s mother, Edna.  No serious investigation of her death (drowned in lake).

Extraordinary Rendition: Extraordinary rendition is the practice of kidnapping or capturing people and sending them to countries where they face a high risk of torture or abuse in interrogations.

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Guantanamo

Nixon out – Ford in

Rumsfeld, Cheney in

Kissinger out, Scowcroft in

Cheney chief of staff, Rumsfeld sec. of defense

Antonin Scalia

Theory of Unitary Executive: the president taking absolute authority

Koch, Coors, money to think tanks

Reagan: welfare

Absence of control

Deregulate finance, mining, water and air quality

Fairness doctrine: both sides equally in broadcast media – Fox News moves America to right

Halliburton:

Cheney: “No one has shown the true power of the American presidency”

“You and my dad agreed that my dad would have been reelected if you had taken out Saddam”

“War time presidents are very popular.”

 

https://birthmoviesdeath.com/2018/12/26/vice-and-adam-mckays-shakespearean-tendencies

 

Think tanks

Koch brothers

Patriot Act

Extraordinary rendition (abducted taken to foreign lands that torture)

Enemy combatant

Guantanamo Bay (not U.S., no due process)

War Powers Act (power to attack counties perceived as threats)

Unitary Executive Privilege (do anything you want)

Tenet- FBI

Richard Clark – expert terrorism

“We don’t want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud.”

Saddam Hussein has weapons of mass destruction – Nuclear weapons

Biological and chemical warfare

Britain – Tony Blair sided with U.S.

Al-Qaeda

Strong coalition

Karl Rove

Colin Powell address to UN – evidence that Iraq has nuclear weapons

“You are the president.  War is yours.  No not share powers.”

Shia and Sunni Muslims

Torture memo

Geneva Convention (“open to interpretation”)

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi

Powell speech: most painful moment f his life

Shakespeare in Vice:   https://birthmoviesdeath.com/2018/12/26/vice-and-adam-mckays-shakespearean-tendencies

Nixon

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xo7KWzOgnf8

Building 7

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0cMOr7SSKg

Z

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAKHTXj2cCk&t=3313s

Vice Quiz

  1. T/F: Dick Cheney got a deferment so that he did not have to serve in the military.
  2. Who was President in 1969 when Cheney served as a congressional intern? a. Ford   b. Carter c. Nixon
  3. Dick Cheney worked for: a. Donald Rumsfeld b. John F. Kennedy c. Pablo Escobar.
  4. T/F: Cheney worked in the Ford administration.
  5. From 1978-89 Cheney was a U.S. Congressional Representative from:                  a. Nebraska b. Wyoming c. Utah
  6. Donald Rumsfeld “took care” of Cheney’s DUI’s. What is a DUI?  a. drunk under the influence b. driving under the influence c. dead under the influence
  7. Cheney was said to be a “dedicated and humble servant to”: a. power b ethical behavior c peace
  8. In March 1969, President Richard Nixon authorized secret bombing raids in Cambodia. Vice shows Rumsfeld and Cheney chatting outside the office of Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.  The bombing of Cambodia lasted until August 1973. While the exact number of Cambodian casualties remains unknown, most experts estimate that 100,000 Cambodians lost their lives, with an additional two million people becoming homeless.  According to Vice, why was Nixon speaking with Kissinger in Kissinger’s office instead of in the Oval Office of the President? a. because the bombing of Cambodia was illegal, and Nixon wanted secrecy b. because the Oval Office was equipped with recording equipment c. both a and b
  9. Donald Rumsfeld told Cheney and other new congressional interns that serving as an intern was not an honor, but a.  a s--- detail b.  a learning opportunity c. a path to get rich
  10. The Fairness Doctrine of the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) required broadcasters to devote some of their airtime to discussing controversial matters of public interest, and to air contrasting views regarding those matters. Under which administration did the fairness doctrine end?  a. Reagan b. Nixon    c.  George H.W. Bush
  11. Which publication offers the most conservative view of the news?  a. The New York Times b. MSNBC c. Fox News.
  12. What is a think tank and what is its role?  a. to play a fundamental role in shaping      policy agendas.  b. to bring expertise and put forward evidence c. both a and b
  13. Think tanks and Fox News became more influential in shaping policy at the same time because of what common factor:  a. money b. deregulation c. both a and b
  14. Rich companies and families fund think tanks.  Which two families are mentioned in Vice:  a. the Coors and the Koch’s b. the Rockefellers c. Oprah
  15. When Cheney asks Rumsfeld, “What do we believe?” Rumsfeld laughs uncontrollably and shuts his office door in Cheney’s face.  What meaning does this scene convey? a. Rumsfeld enjoys making fun of Cheney b. Cheney’s question that service in government should by guided by principles is seen by Rumsfeld as naïve c. Rumsfeld has an overactive bladder and runs to the private toilet in his office.
  16. Who became president when Nixon resigned on August 1974?  a. Carter b. Clinton c. Ford
  17. Cheney and Rumsfeld served in the Ford administration until which democrat was elected president?  a. Clinton b. Powell c. Carter
  18. Cheney learned about the unitary executive theory from which future Supreme Court Judge:  a. RBG b. Anthony Kennedy c.  Antonin Scalia
  19. T/F: The unitary executive theory says that the president has the power to control the entire executive branch.
  20. In 1989 Cheney served as Secretary of Defense under which president:  a. Carter b. George H.W. Bush c. George W. Bush
  21. Who was a four star general and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff  (military leaders): a. Colin Powell b. Donald Rumsfeld c. Condoleezza Rice
  22. John Bolton holds which position in the U.S. government today?  a. Secretary of State b. National Security Advisor c. Head of the CIA
  23. John Bolton wants the U.S. to invade which country? a. Afghanistan b. Iran         c. Syria
  24. Who is the current U.S. Secretary of State:  a. Mike Pence b. Mike Pompeo         c. Hillary Clinton
  25. Dick Cheney was a good example of the “revolving door” in Washington, D.C.  The “revolving door” describes: a. people moving from elected office to the private sector and back again.  b. people taking advantage of their contacts with influential people in government so as to make money as lobbyists for private companies c. a and b
  26. When Dick Cheney became vice president he established offices in the:  a. CIA  b. Senate c. House of Representatives d. a, b and c
  27. Dick Cheney’s office in the House of Representatives was near the appropriations committee (allocation of money from the Federal budget).  Why the appropriations committee?  a. to influence spending decisions b. to channel funds into his projects c. a and b
  28. Which was an example of Cheney’s participation in the “revolving door?” a. His Wyoming influences b. His position as CEO of Halliburton
  29. Which president served honorably in the military: a. George W. Bush b. George H.W. Bush c. Dick Cheney
  30. Which event prompted the U.S. to go to war in Afghanistan:  a.  the Pentagon attack b. the World Trade Center attack c. a and b
  31. What paved the way for the U.S. to attack Iraq?  a. 9-11 attacks b. saying that Iraq was responsible for the 9-11 attacks c a and b
  32. Cheney tells George W. Bush “war time presidents are popular.” George W. Bush agrees because his father, George H.W. Bush, became very popular directly after prosecuting which war: a. Persian Gulf War b. Operation Desert Storm c. a and b
  33. T/F: His popularity after that war was short-lived.
  34. The Patriot Act is a U.S. law passed in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Its goals are to strengthen domestic security and broaden the powers of law-enforcement agencies with regards to identifying and stopping terrorists. The passing and renewal of the Patriot Act has been extremely controversial. Supporters claim that it's been instrumental in a number of investigations and arrests of terrorists, while critics counter the act gives the government too much power, threatens civil liberties and undermines the very democracy it seeks to protect. Could the Patriot Act have been passed if the 9-11 attacks did not happen?  a.  likely b. unlikely
  35. In which previous movie in our class did Henry Kissinger appear? a. In the Time of the Butterflies b. Cautiva c. Hidden Figures
  36. Power tends to corruptabsolute power corrupts absolutely. An observation that a person's sense of morality lessens as his or her power increases. The statement was made by Lord Acton, a British historian of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  Does it still apply today?  a. yes b. no
  37. Extraordinary rendition is the practice of kidnapping or capturing people and sending them to countries where they face a high risk of torture or abuse in interrogations. Was Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, one of those locations?  a. yes b. no
  38. Why did Cheney’s office relabel the estate tax to the death tax?  a. to get people to save more to pay taxes upon death b. to get people to agree to the cutting of taxes on very rich people
  39. David Addington, Cheney’s lawyer, told Cheney he was not a member of the Senate and not a member of the executive branch.  This meant that Cheney would be accountable to: a. the President b. the Senate c. nobody   
  40. T/F: Cheney’s team reviewed a map of Iraq’s oil fields shortly after taking office.
  41. Cheney took office in 2001 after the Supreme Court did what?  a. told Florida to conduct a recount b. stopped the recount in Florida and gave the election to George W. Bush.
  42. Bush was said to have had how many more votes that democrat Al Gore?  a. 50,000 b. 5,000 c. 537
  43. The War Powers Resolution was passed in 1973 by both Houses of Congress, overriding the veto of President Nixon. It was passed to reassert Congressional authority over the decision to send American troops to war.  Did George W. Bush and Dick Cheney abide by this law?  a. yes b. no
  44. T/F: “Prisoner of war” was changed to “enemy combatant” because an enemy combatant can be tortured whereas a prisoner of war has protections outlined in the Geneva Conventions.
  45.  T/F: The Patriot Act allowed the U.S. to practice extraordinary rendition: the    taking of.suspected criminals to another country, often a country known to violate human rights and due process of law:
  46. T/F: The U.S. placed enemy combatants in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, because it controlled the area and operates outside of U.S. legal jurisdiction.

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Film Studies Final for Seniors

Write a minimum of one page on at least one topic/theme in at least two different films.  For example, for the theme of Racism, you may discuss how racism is represented in any of the films listed in that category.  For the theme of Women’s Rights and Empowerment, discuss how two or more films from that category depict women’s rights.  You may use your notes, papers and refer to the films on our website:  westernmediacenter.educatorpages.com

  1. Nazi Germany then and now:  Au Revoir Les Enfants, BlacKkKlansman, Race, The King’s Speech.
  1. Immigration: El Norte, Real Women Have Curves, Amreeka,

The Idol, The Kite Runner.

  1. Women’s rights and empowerment: Hidden Figures, El Norte, RBG - Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Real Women Have Curves, Flint Water Crisis, Girl Rising, BlacKkKlansman, Confirmation, Life, Above All, In the Time of the Butterflies, The Kite Runner.
  2. Dictatorships and government violence:  Au Revoir Les Enfants, El Norte, Amreeka, BlacKkKlansman, Cautiva, Race, In the Time of the Butterflies, The Idol, The Kite Runner, The King’s Speech.
  3. Human rights: Au Revoir Les Enfants, Hidden Figures, El Norte, Bowling for Columbine, RBG - Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Real Women Have Curves, Flint Water Crisis, Amreeka, Girl Rising, Climate Change, BlacKkKlansman, The Hate U Give, Confirmation, Cautiva, Race, Life, Above All, In the Time of the Butterflies, The Idol, The Kite Runner.
  4. Racism:  Au Revoir Les Enfants, Hidden Figures, El Norte, Real Women Have Curves, Flint Water Crisis, Amreeka, Girl Rising, Afro-Brazilian Culture, BlacKkKlansman, The Hate U Give, Confirmation, Race, Life, Above All, The Idol, The Kite Runner.
  5. Health care, gun violence, education funding, maternity benefits, vacation time, job benefits:  Where to Invade Next, Bowling for Columbine, RBG - Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Flint Water Crisis, Girl Rising, Climate Change, The Hate U Give, Life, Above All.
  6. Voting Rights: Midterm Elections 2018.
  7. Politics: Confirmation, Snowden, In the Time of the Butterflies, Race, The Idol.
  8. Teen struggles:  The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Harold and Maude.

On a separate sheet of paper, please evaluate this class.  Do not write your name on this paper.  It is anonymous.  Consider these questions, please:  Did this class teach you anything worthwhile?  Did taking this class improve your writing, listening or perception skills?  Should film classes be taught in high school?  What changes would you make to this class?  List strengths and weaknesses of this class and include any other comments you would like to add.

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https://www.wxyz.com/news/spotlight-on-the-news-all-for-one-turning-detroit-neighborhood-students-into-leaders

 Film Assignment beginning 22 May 2019

The King's Speech (2010)

British Empire 1925

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King George V

King George VI (Duke of York until 11 Dec. 1936)

Stuttering  http://Demosthenes   

The Greek orator Demosthenes was said to treat his speech impediment by talking with pebbles in his mouth and shouting above the roar of the ocean waves.

Wembley, London, 1925, British Empire Exhibiton

 

British colonies and dominions

https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/former-british-colonies.html

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Knock knees are angular deformities at the knee, in which the head of the deformity points inward. A standing child whose knees touch but whose ankles do not is usually said to have knock knees. During childhood, knock knees are a stage in normal growth and development (physiologic valgus).

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Balmoral Castle

Balmoral has been one of the residences of the British royal family since 1852, when the estate and its original castle were purchased privately by Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria. It remains the private property of the royal family and is not part of the Crown Estate.

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Sandringham Estate has long been the beloved private country home of Queen Elizabeth II. 

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Wallis Simpson (American) Wallis Simpson, later known as the Duchess of Windsor, was an American socialite whose intended marriage to the British king Edward VIII caused a constitutional crisis that led to Edward's abdication. Wallis grew up in Baltimore, Maryland

 

The Glorious Revolution (1688–89) permanently established Parliament as the ruling power of England—and, later, the United Kingdom—representing a shift from an absolute monarchy to a constitutional monarchy.

 

Magna Carta, which means 'The Great Charter', is one of the most important documents in history as it established the principle that everyone is subject to the law, even the king, and guarantees the rights of individuals, the right to justice and the right to a fair trial.

 

King John ruled England for almost two decades (1199-1216) and was well known as a heavy handed ruler. He would often wage unnecessary wars and burden his subjects with heavy taxes to pay for them. King John begrudgingly signed the Magna Carta because he needed the barons to fight his wars and collect his taxes.

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Monarchies in Europe

What countries have monarchs?

Other monarchies are BahrainBelgiumBhutan, Darussalam, CambodiaDenmarkJordanKuwaitLesotho, Principality of Liechtenstein, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Malaysia, Principality of MonacoMoroccoNetherlands, Norway, Oman, QatarSaudi ArabiaSpainSwazilandSwedenThailandTongaUAE, and Vatican City 

 

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Winston Churchhill and King George VI (Bertie)

Britain's class system:

The social structure of the United Kingdom has historically been highly influenced by the concept of social class, which continues to affect British society today.[1][2]

British society, like its European neighbours and most societies in world history, was traditionally (before the Industrial Revolution) divided hierarchically within a system that involved the hereditary transmission of occupation, social status and political influence.[3] Since the advent of industrialisation, this system has been in a constant state of revision, and new factors other than birth (for example, education) are now a greater part of creating identity in Britain.

Although definitions of social class in the United Kingdom vary and are highly controversial, most are influenced by factors of wealth, occupation and education. Until the Life Peerages Act 1958, the Parliament of the United Kingdom was organised on a class basis, with the House of Lords representing the hereditary upper-class and the House of Commonsrepresenting everybody else. The British monarch is usually viewed as being at the top of the social class structure.

10 Downing Street Image 10 Downing Street, also known colloquially in the United Kingdom simply as Number 10, is (along with the adjoining Cabinet Office at 70 Whitehall) the headquarters of the Government of the United Kingdom and the official residence and office of the First Lord of the Treasury, a post which, for much of the 18th and 19th centuries and invariably since 1905, has been held by the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

 

The Church of England is the established church of England. The Archbishop of Canterbury is the most senior cleric, although the monarch is the supreme governor.    English national church that traces its history back to the arrival of Christianity in Britain during the 2nd century. It has been the original church of the Anglican Communion since the 16th-century Protestant Reformation.

The headquarters of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), the territorial police force responsible for policing most of London.

Stanley Baldwin, 1st Earl Baldwin of Bewdley, KG PC FRS was a British Conservative politician, who dominated the government in his country between the two world wars.

Adolf Hitler was the ruler of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. During his dictatorship, Hitler initiated military policies that led to World War II and the deaths of at least 11 million people, including the genocide of an estimated 6 million Jews. Hitler's death by suicide near the end of the war brought an end to his fascist regime.

Characters:

Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter in The King's Speech (2010) "Bertie" The Royal Highness of Duke - King George VI and the Dutchess of York. 

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Geoffrey Rush (The King's Speech) Lionel Logue, the speech therapist.

 

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   Film Assignment beginning 1 May 2019

The Kite Runner (2008)

Assignment: (Minimum 3 paragraphs)

Shame is a theme in The Kite Runner.  Explain how shame influences the behavior of the following characters:

Amir

Hassan

Ali (Hassan’s father)

Sohrab

Baba (Amir’s father) He fathered Hassan, which means he slept with Ali’s wife.

He was therefore the father of both Amir and Hassan and the grandfather of Sohrab, Hassan’s son.

Or

Write down your thoughts about The Kite Runner.

Kite fighting 

Setting: Afghanistan at the fall of the monarchy through the Soviety Invasion and the Taliban regime.

Chararacters: Amir, a rich boy and a Pashtun.  Hassan, his servant and a Hazara.  Rahim Khan,  Assef, 

 

Afghanistan

Hazarajat-map.png

http://www.bl.uk/learning/cult/inside/shahnamestories/storyeight/sohrabdeath.html

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Assignment:  Write a one-paragraph response for each question.

1. What is a strengh of Skyfall?

2. What is a weakness?

3. What did you learn?

   

 

   Film Assignment beginning 10 May 2019

Skyfall (2012) 

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Spy film

Locations:  Istanbul, Turkey

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Shanghai, China

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Shanghai, on China’s central coast, is the country's biggest city and a global financial hub. Its heart is the Bund, a famed waterfront promenade lined with colonial-era buildings. Across the Huangpu River rises the Pudong district’s futuristic skyline, including 632m Shanghai Tower and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, with distinctive pink spheres. Sprawling Yu Garden has traditional pavilions, towers and ponds.

 

Macau, China 

Image result for macau on world map  Image result for macau Macau is an autonomous region on the south coast of China, across the Pearl River Delta from Hong Kong. A Portuguese territory until 1999, it reflects a mix of cultural influences. Its giant casinos and malls on the Cotai Strip, which joins the islands of Taipa and Coloane, have earned it the nickname, "Las Vegas of Asia." One of its more striking landmarks is the tall Macau Tower, with sweeping city views.

 

London, England 

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MI6

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The Secret Intelligence Service, commonly known as MI6, is the foreign intelligence service of the government of the United Kingdom, tasked mainly with the covert overseas collection and analysis of human intelligence in support of the UK's national security

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Modigliani 

 

Characters:

James Bond, Agent 007 

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M: Head of Secret Intelligence Service

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Eve Moneypenny

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Mallory "M" 

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Raoul Silva 

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Q

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NATO (North Atlantic Treat Organization)

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO /ˈneɪtoʊ/FrenchOrganisation du traité de l'Atlantique nordOTAN), also called the North Atlantic Alliance, is an intergovernmental military alliance between 29 North American and European countries. The organization implements the North Atlantic Treaty that was signed on 4 April 1949.[3][4] NATO constitutes a system of collective defence whereby its independent member states agree to mutual defence in response to an attack by any external party. NATO's Headquarters are located in HarenBrusselsBelgium, while the headquarters of Allied Command Operations is near MonsBelgium.

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Film Assignment beginning 6 May 2019

Paper Moon (1973)

Assignment: Write one-page on Paper Moon.

 

 

It's only a paper moon
Sailing over a cardboard sea
But it wouldn't be make-believe
If you believed in me
Yes, it's only a canvas sky
Hanging over a muslin tree
But it wouldn't be make-believe
If you believed in me

 

Radio Shows

Fibber McGee and Molly

http://www.fibbermcgeeandmolly.com/

Jack Benny 

https://www.otrcat.com/p/jack-benny

Nehi soda

Cremo

Keep Your Sunny Side Up

https://video.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?fr=yhs-pty-pty_email&hsimp=yhs-pty_email&hspart=pty&p=keep+your+sunny+side+up#id=6&vid=e487375779c9f43afa26041b1441000a&action=click

FDR: Franklin Delano Roosevelt 

Fireside Chat

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iipnhLTdh-0

Paper Moon

 

1936

Model A

  

Con man

Confidence trick

Bootlegger

Prohibition

The increase of the illegal production and sale of liquor (known as “bootlegging”), the proliferation of speakeasies (illegal drinking spots) and the accompanying rise in gang violence and other crimes led to waning support for Prohibition by the end of the 1920s. In early 1933, Congress adopted a resolution proposing a 21st Amendment to the Constitution that would repeal the 18th. It was ratified by the end of that year, bringing the Prohibition era to a close.

Radio shows and songs

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQpmVVK6ce8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bw5h-WPYBQ

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeisCvjwBMo

 


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Film Assignment beginning 30April 2019

The Idol (Palestine, 2015)

 

                                             Mohammed Assaf

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1 Describe Gaza "under siege."  Why does it look this way?

2. Why did Mohammed audition via Skype and not in person?
3. “We may be surrounded by ugliness, but your voice is beautiful.” Who said that?

4. Why does Omar oppose Mohammed’s quest to sing?

5. Explain: Mohammed to Amal: "No one knows that we are refugess and are not allowed to return."

6. Why does Ismael give Mohammed his ticket?

7. Why do the Palestinian people take pride in Mohammed Assaf’s achievement?

8. Why does Mohammed get sick during the competition?

 

 What is a visa?

Yassar Arafat

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Dome of the Rock - Al Asque Mosque, Jerusalem

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Cairo 2012

 

Beirut, Lebanon 2012

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaza–Israel_conflict

 

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    Gaza https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnPzCWXQhMY

     Gaza wars:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaza_War_(2008%E2%80%9309)

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Tunnels between Gaza and Egypt

             

Gaza War 2012

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Palestinian Lands

https://visualizingpalestine.org/visuals/shrinking-palestine

Short history of Palestine and Israel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dISYTwDS6eQ

Separation Wall and Bethlehem

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PecEVGStsNw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nufBpHmWhtQ

German Video - West Bank - Check points

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Z1v0v7S8hA

 

Concepts:  Music as a "tool of the devil."

Merge your voice with your passion and your soul. 

Dreams are sometimes "all we have left."

The practice of smuggling.

 

 

                                                             

 

 

https://www.npr.org/2016/05/26/476492097/in-the-idol-a-singer-faces-more-than-just-harsh-judges

 

 

 

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  1. Minerva compares the entire nation to a cage; what does she mean by this?
  2. What are some of the ways that Trujillo consolidates his power? How does he manage to control everyone so completely?
  3. “Long live the butterflies.” Explain.
  4. Describe the role of the Catholic Church in supporting and opposing Trujillo’s dictatorship.
  5. Describe the roll of violence in the dictatorship.
  6. How is the repression of women depicted in the film?
  7. Name three countries ruled by dictators today and name the dictators.

 

In the Time of the Butterflies – assignment #1

  1. In which country does our film take place?
  2. In which decade?
  3. What is the profession of Minerva’s father?
  4. What type work does Minerva want to do?
  5. Who was the dictator of the Dominican Republic?

 

In one paragraph, describe similarities between In the Time of the Butterflies and Cautiva.

You may want to consider:  opposition, dictatorship, fear, prison, execution, Catholic Church, absence of human rights . . .

https://www.leftvoice.org/The-Mirabal-Sisters-and-the-International-Day-for-the-Elimination-of-Violence-Against-Women

The Organizaton of American States

http://www.oas.org/en/

 

Mirabal sisters assassination (en espanol)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJ-wfWsBJis

Dictators and the cult of personality

Putin:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/24/world/europe/russia-putin-criticism-law.html

Swearing in Russian Prisions

https://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/15/world/europe/russia-bans-foul-language-in-some-prisons-no-word-on-enforcement.html?action=click&module=RelatedCoverage&pgtype=Article®ion=Footer

https://llbahtyrantsdictatorspsychopaths.wordpress.com/dictator/modern-era/cult-of-personality/

List of Dictators

https://www.ranker.com/list/list-of-famous-dictators/reference

"Bread and Fear"

 

Film Assignment beginning 22 April 2019

Traditional African Religions and Culture

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2py6GfLukZI

1. What did you learn about traditional African religions? 
Name and explain three items.

 

In the Time of the Butterflies (2004)

 

 

 

 

 Dominican politician, soldier and dictator, who ruled the Dominican Republic from February 1930 until his assassination in May 1961.

His 31 years in power, to Dominicans known as the Trujillo Era (Spanish: El Trujillato), are considered one of the bloodiest eras ever in the Americas, as well as a time of a personality cult, when monuments to Trujillo were in abundance. Trujillo and his regime were responsible for many deaths, including between 20,000 and 30,000 Haitians in the infamous Parsley massacre

 

The film begins with pictures and video of the actual victims of Trujillo. During the montage, a title card appears that says:

From 1930 to 1961, General Rafael Leónidas Trujillo held absolute control of the Dominican Republic.
His secret alliance with the church, aristocrats, intellectuals and the press were the foundation of his dictatorship.
His formula to remain in power was simple: murder anyone who opposed him.
More than 30,000 people were executed during his regime of terror...

The scene shifts to a prison cell, where one of his victims, Minerva Mirabal (Salma Hayek), recounts the events of the story.

Minerva and her three sisters, Patria (Lumi Cavazos), Dedé (Pilar Padilla), and María Teresa "Mate" (Mía Maestro), live on a farm in rural Ojo De Agua. Minerva, the outspoken sister, convinces her father, Enrique Mirabal (Fernando Becerril), to send her, Patria, and Mate to a boarding school. The sisters spend five years away at school, during which time Minerva captures the attention of Trujillo (Edward James Olmos), who notices her at a school play.

When school is over, Minerva wishes to study to become a lawyer, but women are not allowed in law school. The sisters return to the farm, and Minerva soon meets and falls in love with Virgilio "Lio" (Marc Anthony), a member of the Dominican resistance, who gives her the nickname "Butterfly", or Mariposa in Spanish. Lio's activities during a college protest are noticed, and he is forced to leave the country out of fear for his life, though he continues to write to Minerva.

Minerva, along with her family, is invited to a formal ball at Trujillo's palace, where she dances with him. During their dance, Minerva asks for permission to attend law school, but Trujillo declines. He grabs Minerva inappropriately, and she responds by recoiling and slapping him in the face. Her family quickly rushes to her side, and Trujillo allows them to leave. The next day, the chief of police, Captain Peña (Pedro Armendáriz, Jr.), arrives at the family farm and takes Minerva's father away. The sisters spend several weeks dealing with the police bureaucracy, trying to locate their father, before it's suggested that there is a way Minerva can get her father out of prison. Minerva goes to the palace, and Trujillo suggests that her father can leave if she stays. Minerva points out that her mother is waiting outside and would "appreciate his hospitality" too. Trujillo decides that they should leave it to chance (a dice roll) to determine if Minerva and her family go free, or if Minerva stays at the palace while her family is released. Minerva accepts, but asks to "up the stakes"—if she wins, she goes free and also gets to attend law school, and if she loses, Trujillo can "have his wish". She rolls the dice and wins, and Trujillo lets her leave.

Minerva's victory is hollow. Her father is released from prison, but has been tortured and soon dies. While attending his funeral, the police chief delivers to Minerva a letter permitting her to attend law school. Minerva's hatred of Trujillo is intense, but she decides to accept his "gift" because she views it as her only way to effectively oppose him.

While in law school, Minerva discovers that Lio has been killed by Trujillo supporters even though he was out of the country. She meets other members of the resistance, who, through Lio, know of her as "Butterfly". She becomes a member of the resistance, and over time Patria and Mate learn of her activities and become involved too. She falls in love with Manolo Tavárez (Demian Bichir), a fellow law student and member of the resistance, and they are married.

When Minerva graduates from law school, Trujillo is present to pass out the diplomas. All the other students receive diplomas, but he refuses to give Minerva hers, saying he agreed to allow her to attend law school, not to practice law.

After law school, Minerva has children but continues her resistance activities. After a series of increasingly dangerous events, she, Mate, and many resistance members are arrested and sent to jail. Minerva becomes a symbol, and many prisoners, guards, and outsiders secretly voice their support for "the Butterflies".

Eventually, Minerva and Mate are released from jail, but their husbands and Patria's are still held captive. The women continue their efforts to locate their husbands. Trujillo stops by to visit Minerva at her home, and she asks for his help to get their husbands released. Trujillo vows to help Minerva "end her troubles".

While returning from a trip to visit their husbands, Minerva, Patria, and Mate are stopped on the road by a large group of Trujillo's men. They are taken some distance off the main road, and the men surround them and beat them to death.

Another title card appears at the end that says:

The Death of the Mirabal Sisters was the final blow to the regime of Leónidas Trujillo, who was assassinated six months later.
Several of the children of the Mirabal sisters held important posts in the later democratic governments of the Dominican Republic.
The day of the sisters' death, November 25th, is observed in many Latin American countries as the International Day Against Violence Towards Women.

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Film Assignment beginning 15 April 2019

Life, Above All (South Africa, 2010) 

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Describe the obstacles Chanda overcame.   What qualities of character did she possess to overcome these obstacles. Who changes her outlook and behavior as a result of Chanda's brave actions?  (Minimum two paragraphs).

Issues in the film: 

  • Tradition vs. modernity (illiteracy vs. literacy)
  • The force and influence of gossip
  1. Whose funeral is attended at the start of the film?
  2. Who is Esther? 
  3. Where is her family?
  4. How does she survive?
  5. How is she treated by people in her neighborhood?
  6. What happened to Chanda’s father?
  7. Why does the community ostracize (“hate”) Lillian (Chanda’s mother)?
  8. Who is Jonah and what is his relationship to Chanda, Lillian and the children?
  9. What happened to Ms. Tafa’s son?
  10. What is wrong with Dr. Chilume, and how does Chanda expose him?

 

South African township near Johannesburg  (Elansdoorn)

Chararacters: Chanda, Lillain (her mother), Mrs. Tafa (neighbor), Esther (school friend), Jonah, Iris, Soly, Sara, Aunt Lizbet

Lannguage:  Xhosa 

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Estimated HIV prevalence among adults aged 15-49 by country in 2007

Aids

Traditonal medicine

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Film Assignment beginning 11 April 2019

Run Lola Run (1999, Germany)

 

 

Disjunctive narrative (nonlinear time and space).  Time is compressed. Space is broken up.

Comparison to cubism   

Pablo Picasso

 

 The film tells the same story three times. Which elements are exactly the same each time? Which elements change? Are there any elements which occur only in one or two of the three scenarios?
Lola starts in the apartment each time, with the same scene of her mom on the phone. She always encounters a man with a dog, a woman pushing her child in a stroller, a group of nuns, a man on a stolen bicycle, the homeless man, her father’s associate, an ambulance, the security guard, her father with his mistress, and Manni. Her specific actions and behaviors change between the runs and so do the capacitive charging sound cued flash scenes. Run three specifically has additional scenes like the casino and Manni’s encounter with the homeless man.

 

Describe the scenes that occur between Run One and Run Two, and Run Two and Run Three. What function do they play in the structure of the film, and in the story itself?

 

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Film Assignment beginning 26 March 2019 

Life of PI (2012)

 

1. In one or two paragraphs, describe Pi’s life in India before he and his family left for Canada.  What was important to Pi as a child and then as a teenager?

 

2. In one or two paragraphs, describe how Pi survived at sea.  What were Pi’s sources of strength for surviving this ordeal?

 

3.  Describe  Pi's relationship with Richard Parker.  

 

India in mid-1970s was a tumultuous place. Following corruption charges and criticism from opposition parties, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi declared a state of emergency. Curfews, censorship, the whole nine yards. The protests against Gandhi were disrupting everyday life in India. In the novel, Gandhi's measures invade Pi's home state of Tamil Nadu (where Pondicherry is located). Gandhi severely disappoints Pi's father, who had hoped for a tolerant, new India: "

 

Pondicherry, India 

 

Cassawary   

 

Karma:    The definition of karma is the destiny that you earn through your actions and behavior.

 

Ashram: a secluded place for a community of Hindus leading a life of simplicity and religious meditation 

 

Chipati:  A flat, unleavened, disk-shaped bread of northern India, made of wheat flour, water, and salt. Also called roti

 

Krishna 

He is worshipped as the eighth avatar of the god Vishnu and also by some as the supreme God in his own right.

Hanuman Devine monkey companion of Rama. 

 

Lakshmana  Younger brother and close companion of the Hindu god Rama

Ganesh   The Hindu festival celebrated in honour of the elephant-headed god, Ganesha. This is a very auspicious day celebrated to pray the god so that every new... 

Parvati Parvati or Gauri is the Hindu goddess of fertility, love, beauty, marriage, children, and devotion; as well as of divine strength and power. 

Vishnu Vishnu is one of the principal deities of Hinduism.

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Salah:  prayer

Allahu Akbar:  God is most great

Kaballah:  a school of thought of Judaism

Quotes from Life of Pi:

Adult Pi Patel: "Faith is a house with many rooms."

Writer: "But no room for doubt?"

Adult Pi Patel: "Oh plenty, on every floor. Doubt is useful, it keeps faith a living thing. After all, you cannot know the strength of your faith until it is tested."

Pi:  "Hunger changes everything you thought you knew about yourself."

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Film Assignment beginning 20 March 2019 

Race (2016) (Jessie Owens) - double entendre

  1. What agreement did Avry Brundage make with Joseph Goebbels in Berlin?
  2. According to coach Snyder, what “counts most of all” in running a good time in the 100-meter dash?
  3. What disturbing events did Avry Brundage witness on the streets of Berlin?
  4. Why did Jesse Owens select to attend Ohio State University when he could have gone anywhere else?
  5. T/F:  Meters are shorter than yards.
  6. What world-wide economic condition existed during the 1930s?
  7. Describe at least two incidents of racism Jesse Owens faced.
  8. What type of work did Jesse Owens do when he was 6-years-old?
  9. What role was played by Leni Riefenstahl?
  10. How did Goebbels try to bribe Brundage?
  11. What did the NAACP ask Jesse to do?  Did Jesse make the correct decision?  Explain.

       12.Was the United States right to participate in the 1936 Olympic Games in Nazi Germany?  Explain

Jessie Ownes   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0ouprKFnl4                              Stephan James

1. 1936 Olympics, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio, Ann Arbor, Berlin

2.  Hitler and Joseph Goebbels, Minister of Propaganda, Nazi Germany 1933-1945

3. Leni Riefenstahl, filmmaker, Berlin.

4. Joe Louis and Max Schmeling

5. Avery Brundage, born in Detroit, 1887, president International Olympic Committee.

 

https://staceytuttle.wordpress.com/2016/03/12/race-movie-discussion/

http://www.historyvshollywood.com/reelfaces/race/

               Adolph Hitler                                    Heinrich Himmler                                 Leni Riefenstahl                               Avry Brundage

 

 

                              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuiJHJz4f5Q

                         Joe Louis                                               Joseph Goebbels                                                   Usain Bolt

Louis Schmeling Fight 2                                                                                                                         Louis Schmeling PBS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LNzWHuygpw                                 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoeJfNgHqlc

 

PB Fight 2       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KMU876nyTU

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Film Assignment beginning 14 March 2019 

Cautiva - "Captive" (2005)

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Cautiva

www.westernmediacenter.educatorpages.com

  1. What major event happened in Argentina in 1978?
  2. Why is Cristina taken from class?
  3. What happened to Cristina’s birth parents?
  4. What is Cristina’s legal first name?
  5. What does Cristina share with Angelica (the girl who was thrown out of class)?
  6. Cristina says “Malvinas War” twice as she is smoking a cigarette with her friend.  What does Cristina not understand about the recent history of her country? (You may look up Malvinas War).
  7. In the film, where do we read “The disappeared will never forget you?”
  8. Where in the film do we see women wearing head scarves?  Where do they assemble and what pictures do we see?
  9. What words and images in the film indicate that the United States offered strong support for the military dictatorship of Argentina?
  10. Where were Cristina’s parents taken and held, and what type of torture was administered?

The following two questions are optional and for extra credit:

  1. When Cristina inspects her birth mother’s bedroom, she notices an image of Che Guevara and an "Ode to Pablo Neruda."  What is their significance?
  2. Name at least two other Latin American countries that had military governments at the same period as Argentina.
  • What? 15-yr-old Argentinian girl learns that she has been adopted and that her real parents were killed by the military government at the time of her birth. 
  • That her adoptive father worked for the military/police.  His colleague, "Glow Worm, was Cristina's godfather and helped "disappear" (kill) her birth father.
  • Where:  Buenas Aires, Argentina, South America.
  • When: 1978-1994

Film Review: https://www.popmatters.com/cautiva-2496205262.html

Film Trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gffrHzRVSck

Falkland Islands War, also called Falklands War, Malvinas War, or South Atlantic War, a brief undeclared war fought between Argentina and Great Britain in 1982 over control of the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) and associated island dependencies.

https://www.britannica.com/event/Falkland-Islands-War

 

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Film Assignment beginning 11 March 2019 

Confirmation (2016)

Assignment:  Respond completely and clearly to 1-5.

  1. Was Anita Hill right to speak out? Explain.
  2. Anita Hill:  "The victim tends to become the villain." Explain.
  3. Ricki Seidman, Assistant Director to Senator Ted Kennedy: “Judge Thomas will make decisions that will affect women’s lives for the next two decades.” Explain.
  4. Did the Senate Judiciary Committee give Anita Hill a fair hearing? Explain.
  5. Did the democrats on the committee do their best to defend Anita Hill? Explain

Issues: 

  • Supreme Court and its influence on the lives of everyone
  • Sexual harassment
  • Senate confirmation process
  • Racism
  • The power and influence of the media, especially television
  • Methods of influencing public opinion
  • Affidavit a sworn statement in writing made especially under oath or on affirmation before an authorized magistrate or officer. The witness's affidavit was presented to the court as evidence.

   

                  Anita Hill                                         Clarence Thomas

     

                    Thurgood Marshall                              Joe Biden                    https://www.democracynow.org/2019/3/13/as_joe_biden_hints_at_presidential     (55.30)

 

President George H.W. Bush (1989-1993)          Willie Horton      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Io9KMSSEZ0Y

http://www.ed.gov/

U.S. Department of Education

http://www.eeoc.gov EEOC:   Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (federal agency that enforces civil rights laws against            workplace discrimination.

 

University of Oaklahoma

Quotations from the film:

Thurgood Marshall:  "There's no difference between a black snake and white snake:  they'll both bite."

Anita Hill:  "The victim tends to become the villain."

Ricki Seidman, Assistant Director to Senator Ted Kennedy:  "Half of these guys have shaky dynamics with women."

Thomas: " . . . high-tech lynching . . . "

Charles Ogletree to Anita Hill: "He's trying to dismiss you because you're a black woman."

Female congresswomen to senate leaders: "So much power, so little leadership."

TV news report: "The entire senate stands of being accused of being indifferent to women's rights."

Charles Ogletree to Anita Hill:  "He's trying to dismiss you because you're a black woman."

Vocabulary: depose, leaks, uncategorically, over the transome=unsolicited, character assassination

Elements in the film:  FBI, leaks (to the press)

Question:  What happned to Anglea Wright?

False accusations:  erotomania, lesbianism, Anita told the judicial committe to "hold" her testimony; pubic hairs in her students' graded papers, over-the-transom (unsolicited), character assassination

 

Brett Kavanaugh Hearings - Sept. 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAx2gdc7_RQ 

Christine Blasey Ford

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnczBf3DSnk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6EF0nuFjCw

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Film Assignment beginning 5 March 2019 

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

                                                        

 

  • Describe the meaning of one or more of these quotations in The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
  •  And/or, describe how any of the following issues affects the characters in the film (Minimum:  one page).
  • Charlie to Mr. Anderson: "Why do nice people choose the wrong people to date?"
  • Sam to Charlie: “Why do I and everyone we love pick people who treat us as if we were nothing?”
  • “I want people who like the real me.”
  • Charlie to Sam: “We accept the love we think we deserve.”
  • Patrick to Charlie: “You see things and you understand.  You’re a wallflower.”
  • Sam to Charlie: “Welcome to the island of misfit toys.”
  • Charlie: “I Just wish I could have found another way to breakup.”
  • Patrick to Charlie: "Why can't you save anybody?"
  • Dr. Burton to Charlie: "We can't choose where we come from, but we can choose where we go from there."

 

  • Sexuality and/or hiding one’s sexuality
  •  drugs, alcohol
  • suicide, mental/emotional breakdown
  •  child/teen sexual abuse
  • death by accident
  • shame

 

  • Characters: Charlie, Sam, Patrick, Mary Elizabeth, Candace, mother, father, Aunt Helen, Mr. Anderson, Dr. Burton

LGBT in America article:    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/13/opinion/lgbt-trump-red-states.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage

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Film Assignment beginning 25 February 2019

Snowden (2016)

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Snowden – Day 3

 Name _____________________________  Hour ______________

Film Studies website:  westernmediacenter.educatorpages.com

  1. What is the real name of No Such Agency?
  2. You are a U.S. spy working to keep the U.S. safe from foreign influences.  At which agency do you most likely work?
  3. You work at the Pentagon.  For whom to you work?
  4. The U.S. Special Forces: de oppresso liber.  Define.  Which Latin phrase is printed on the one-dollar bill and what does it mean?
  5. You work in covert operations for the CIA.  What does that mean?
  6. Which city mentioned in Snowden is located on two continents?
  7. You are a considered a very conservative U.S. senator. Are you in favor of Snowden’s acquittal or conviction?
  8. After the 9/11 attacks the U.S. Congress passed the Patriot Act.  The Patriot Act provided more money for the NSA and CIA to conduct what type of activity?
  9. As a CIA analyst you have been assigned to work with the Mossad.  Which language will be most helpful for you to learn?
  10. Describe at least two “tracks” in your digital footprint from yesterday.

 

 

Snowden Questions Day 2

Respond thoughtfully to at least five (5) of the following questions and quotations on a separate sheet of paper.

  1. When Snowden first arrives at “The Hill,” the CIA training headquarters in Virginia, he meets Hank.  Hank tells Snowden that he had developed a much-improved cyber program for $3million that, despite its “efficiency” and excellence was dismissed in favor of a much less effective system (whose design was based on Hank’s system) for $4 billion.  Snowden then says to Hank that there must have been a good reason for the CIA to choose the more expensive, but less efficient system.  “They’re not stupid,” Snowden says of the CIA.  Hank then responds to Snowden by using the following language:  that “What really sets the agenda” is “military industrial happiness management.” Congress gives “money to the contractors” and “efficiency” and “results go out the window.”

                           1.Think about this.  Is one objective of the CIA, the DIA and the NSA to get “results” or to funnel tax-payer money to well-connected                                          companies that do business with the U.S. government?

  1. “You don’t have to agree with your politicians to be a patriot.” (Corbin O’Brian)

 

  1. “This is not about Terrorism.  Terrorism is the excuse. This is about economic and social control.” (Snowden)

 

  1. “Do not tell truth to power.  We’ll hammer you.”

 

  1. “Most Americans don’t want freedom.  They want security.” (O'Brian)

 

  1. “Does the NSA collect data on millions of Americans?” – Sen. Ron Wyden (Senate Intelligence Committee)

            “Not wittingly.” -  James Clapper – head of NSA

 

  1. Define “whistle blowers.” 

 

  1. Is Edward Snowden a hero or a criminal?  Explain.

 

  1. Snowden explains the CIA’s hacking of Japan’s infrastructure (electricity, water, etc.) and that of other countries.  If Japan and other countries friendly to the U.S. become enemies, how could the U.S. retaliate?

 

  1. Sowden says the NSA is “tracking every cell phone in the world.”  What is your opinion?

 

 

 

Define:

  1. NSA (no such agency)
  2. CIA
  3. DIA
  4. Pentagon
  5. 9/11
  6. De Oppresso Liber 
  7. Enigma
  8. Sigaba
  9. Cray 1
  10. Iraq and Afghanistan
  11.  London, Berlin, Istanbul
  12. Where is the “modern battlefield?”
  13. MRE
  14. Covert
  15. When was President George W. Bush in office?
  16. When did the Iraq War begin?
  17. Liberal and conservative
  18. “Bush lets U.S. spy on callers without courts (a court order).
  19. FISA: Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act
  20. FISA court (issue warrants based on suspicion)
  21. Forth amendment
  22.  Soviet Union: when did it dissolve?
  23. Desert Storm:  what and when?
  24. Terabyte:  what is it?
  25. “What really sets the agenda:  a) “$3 million vs. $4 billion, b) “military industrial happiness management.”
  26. Coffer (“open the coffers”): define.
  27.  Congress: money to the contractors.  
  28. “Revolving door”
  29.  “Efficiency – results out the window”
  30. SIGNT: signals intelligence
  31. Malware
  32. “You don’t have to agree with your politicians to be a patriot.”
  33. Digital footprint
  34. The Guardian: British liberal newspaper
  35. Geneva
  36. Diplomatic cover
  37. United Nations – UN Mission
  38. U.S. diplomatic mission to the UN
  39. GSS
  40. Derog:  derogatory
  41. “Culture of fear wins again.”
  42. Scrubbing pile – data scrubbing
  43. Bucharest (capital of Romania)
  44. PRISM
  45. WHO: World Trade Organization
  46. Credit Suisse, J.P. Morgan, Deutsche Bank
  47. “Dirty Saudi money funding Bin Laden
  48. ISI: Inter-Services Intelligence
  49. G8 (Group of Eight): France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, Russia, Canada, United States and Japan
  50. “Leverage over Brazil.  Leverage over oil companies.”
  51. “This is not about Terrorism.  Terrorism is the excuse.
  52. “This is about economic and social control.”
  53. “Protecting the supremacy of your government.”
  54. Metadata
  55.  “Do not tell truth to power.  We’ll hammer you.”
  56. Chinese cyber divisions
  57. “Sixty years and no WWIII.  Our power for the good of the world.”
  58. “Most Americans don’t want freedom.  They want security.”
  59. Mossad
  60. Counter cyber 
  61. Drone warfare
  62. Senate Intelligence Committee
  63.  “Does the NSA collect data on millions of Americans?” – Sen. Ron Wyden
  64. James Clapper – head of NSA “Not wittingly.”
  65. Nuremberg Trials
  66. Whistle blowers
  67. Espionage Act

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Film Assignment beginning 13 February 2019

Searching (2018)

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1. Describe how Margot used social media.

2. Describe how Margot's use of social media helped her deal with the loss of her mother.

3. Explain why Margot hid her life from her father and people her own age.  

4. Describe the dangers of using social media.

5. Describe how adults and teens lied in Searching.

6. Consider this:  In Searching, do people control social media or do social media control people?

7. How did Margot's father fail her?

 

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Film Assignment beginning 11 February 2019 

Against All Odds: The Fight for a Black Middle Class (Bob Herbert)

The Black Middle Class

Link to Video:  https://www.pbs.org/wnet/chasing-the-dream/stories/odds-full-film/

Rep.  Elijah Cummings Elijah Cummings - Wikipedia  Bob Herbert Sean Penn Archives - Murphy's Law I    

Isabel Wilkerston, author of The Warmth of Other Suns:  The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

 

                   

1. Is there a name for rioting by whites?

2. "Hateful set of rules."  Define.

3. Percentage of black American children who are poor?

4. What is the black unemployment rate?

5. Compare wealth between blacks and whites.

6. How many years after slavery?

7. How many years after Civil Rights Movement?

8. $113,000 vs. $5,700.  What does this refer to?

9. What percent of African-Americans have no net worth.

10. What percentage of African-Americans lived in the South at the beginning of the 20th Century?

11. Elijah Cummings, congressman from Maryland, son and grandson of sharecroppers.  What is a sharecropper?

12. Sharecroppers were in debt.  What is debt?

13. Sharecroppers had no legal recourse.  Explain. 

14. Educating African-Americans was promoted or discouraged by whites?

15. How did Harry T. Moore die?

16. What happened when a white person and a black person passed on the sidewalk?

17. Where was "The Negro Wall Street?"

18. What event precipitated the May 1921 riots?

19. The Great Migration.  How many African-Americans migrated from the South?

20. What was their main objective?

21. How many migration "streams" (by railroad) were there?

22. Did discrimination exist in the North?

23. T/F: Most African-Americans were limited to working in menial jobs.

24. Most African-American women did what type of work?

25. Which area of employment provided African-Americans a path to the middle class?

26. Bob Herbert says, "It didn't matter how hard you worked, or how smart you are - blacks were seen as a ____ class, and that's the way they were treated."

27. What did Congressman Elijah Cummings's 6th grade counselor ask him?

28. Were black doctors allowed to practice anywhere?

29. Lawyer, Ms. Scott, was not hired in a private law firm.  Why not?

30. The difficulty of the establishment of a black middle class was due to a lack of decent employment and the often-violent refusal of whites to allow blacks into decent ______.

31. How did Chicago land lords charge black renters more money for less space in undesirable building and neighborhoods?

32. What was Chicago's "black belt?"  What was the equivalent called in Detroit?

33. What was "The Chicago Wall?"

34. Redlining: Insurance companies and banks had maps where they literally drew red lines around neighborhoods in which they would not lend money. Question: what options remained for black residents to purchase a house or building?

35. Bankers said it was "too risky" to make housing loans in redlined neighborhoods.  What did they mean by "too risky?"

36. Local banks operated by an "unwritten code that said we won't rent to, sell to or finance a home that an African-American wants."  ". . . A system of outright exclusion and denial."

37. "An American system of Apartheid."  Define apartheid.  

38. "The federal government would not insure FHA loans for black people.  What is an FHA loan?  What is mortgage insurance?

39.  Without mortgage insurance, banks would not risk lending.  Why not?

40. Buying a house "on contract." Black home buyers paid double or triple the value of the home.

41. Buyer makes monthly payments at a high interest rate and builds no equity.  If he or she defaults (fails to pay) even one installment, he loses the property and everything he's paid into it.  

42. $25,000 contract and FHA appraisal is for $15,000, you're paying interest on $10,000 more than you should be paying.  Explain.

43. At least $500,000,000 was legally stolen from the black community in Chicago between 1940 and 1970.  

44. What is the difference between income and wealth?

45. Housing projects. "Sanctioned warehouses." "Law and custom kept blacks warehoused in inner cities."

46. Tax payer funded interstate highways (I-75, I-94) opened suburbs and created good jobs and good housing.  African-Americans were left out.

47. Compare this racist history with Starr's experience in The Hate U Give.

48. What do suburban white residents fear?

49. What are the two pillars of a middle-class family?

50. How do most families build wealth?

51. When blacks are kept out of decent jobs and decent housing, what is the result?

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Film Assignment beginning 4 February 2019 

The Hate U Give (2018)

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Film Assignment for Thursday, February 7, 2019 (20 points)

The Hate U Give (Due Monday, February 11, 2019)

Film Studies Website:  westernmedia.educatorpages.com

  1. "It is impossible to be unarmed when it is our blackness that they fear." -Shamell Bell, Black Lives Matter activist.  Describe the meaning of this quote. 
  2. Starr quote #1: "When I'm home, I can't be too Williamson, and when I'm here (Williamson), I can't be too Garden Heights."
  3. Starr quote #2:  "You all want to act black, but you want to keep your white privilege."
  4. Starr quote #3:  "If you don't see my blackness, you don't see me."
  5. What is a grand jury?
  6. Define "indict."
  7. What happened to Starr's childhood friend, Natasha?
  8. Starr and others at the restaurant recorded the police officers when they confronted Maverick. What does Starr say when the police officer told her to stop recording?

Tear Gas 

https://www.vox.com/2014/8/18/6030413/tear-gas-treatment-pain-symptoms

Black Panthers' Ten Point Program:

https://www.blackenterprise.com/black-panthers-ten-point-program/

 

By Any Means Necessary          

It entered the popular culture through a speech given by Malcolm X in the last year of his life.

We declare our right on this earth to be a man, to be a human being, to be respected as a human being, to be given the rights of a human being in this society, on this earth, in this day, which we intend to bring into existence by any means necessary.

— Malcolm X, 1965[

 

Starr Carter

Starr Carter is the novel's protagonist, a sixteen-year-old African-American living in the mostly poor and black neighborhood of Garden Heights while attending the upscale, largely-white private school Williamson Prep. When she was ten, Starr saw her friend Natasha killed in a drive-by shooting; the trauma of this experience is repeated at the beginning of the novel when Starr witnesses the death of her friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. The novel follows Starr as she attempts to navigate the two worlds of Garden Heights and Williamson Prep while simultaneously dealing with grief over Khalil's death and her forays into activism in response to the unjust shooting.

Maverick "Big Mav" Carter

Maverick, Starr's father, owns and operates a grocery store in Garden Heights and is a firm believer in the tenets of Black Power espoused by Huey Newton. A former gangbanger, Maverick spent three years in prison before fatherhood inspired him to get out of the gang system. He supports Starr throughout the novel, inspiring her to not be silent in the face of injustice. Although he feuds with his brother-in-law and struggles to accept Starr's white boyfriend, by the end of the book Maverick makes peace with those who care about Starr.

Lisa Carter

Lisa, Starr's mother, is an invaluable source of support and care for her daughter throughout the novel. She encourages Starr to do as much as she is comfortable with in terms of activism and speaking out. Lisa worries for the safety of her family and convinces Maverick that their family should move out of the Garden Heights neighborhood. At the beginning of the book, she works as a nurse in a Garden Heights clinic, but she later secures a higher-paying job in a different hospital which makes the family's move financially feasible.

Seven

Seven is Starr's half-brother; Maverick is Seven's father, and Iesha, the gangbanger King's girlfriend, is his mother. Seven has a close relationship with Starr—they play basketball together every month, he drives her home from school every day—and he supports his sister during the difficult grieving period following Khalil's death. He's eighteen, and is accepted to many colleges, but doesn't want to leave Garden Heights because he feels the need to protect Iesha and his sisters from King's physical abuse. Ultimately, Maverick convinces Seven to pursue the opportunities open to him and attend a college outside of the city.

Sekani

Sekani is Starr's younger brother, who also attends Williamson Prep. At first, Starr's parents don't tell Sekani that Starr witnessed Khalil's death, but eventually tell him as Starr gets more involved with efforts to protest the shooting. Starr and Sekani frequently have good-natured fights and bicker with each other.

Chris

Chris is Starr's boyfriend. He shares Starr's love for Jordan sneakers and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. However, he's also rich and white; Starr feels that this creates distance between them, while Chris insists that Starr let him into the side of her life she usually tries to hide from her Williamson friends. Although Maverick doesn't accept Chris at first, the two grow closer throughout the novel.

Hailey Grant

Hailey is one of Starr's friends at Williamson Prep. At the beginning of the novel, their friendship is strained because Hailey unfollowed Starr's Tumblr account after Starr posted a picture of Emmett Till, a fourteen-year-old black boy murdered for whistling at a white woman. Hailey doesn't redeem herself throughout the novel, either; she insinuates that Khalil is better off dead because he sold drugs, and she repeatedly makes racist comments to Starr while denying that she herself is a racist. The tension between the two friends builds until they get into a physical altercation at school. At the end of the book, Starr decides to cut Hailey out of her life, since the negative aspects of the friendship outweigh the positive.

Maya Yang

Maya is one of Starr's closest friends at Williamson. Like Starr, Maya plays for the school's basketball team. She also lives on Carlos's street. Maya is Asian-American, and when Hailey makes racist comments about Maya's ethnicity, Maya and Starr agree to make a "minority alliance" and refuse to allow Hailey to make prejudiced remarks towards them.

Kenya

Kenya is one of Starr's friends who lives in Garden Heights. She and Starr share a brother, since Maverick is Seven's father and Iesha is the mother of both Kenya and Seven. Kenya has an outsized personality and isn't afraid to fight people, but she also calls Starr out for not speaking up for Khalil as she believes Khalil would have if their roles were reversed. In addition, Kenya has to deal with physical abuse from King.

 

King

King is the most notorious gangbanger in the neighborhood, a King Lord deeply involved in drug dealing and violent acts. When Maverick took a prison charge and saved King from getting locked up, King allowed Maverick to leave the King Lords. King is also abusive towards his girlfriend, Iesha, and to his kids, Kenya, Seven, and Lyric. The neighborhood ultimately turns on King, turning him in to the police after he sets fire to Maverick's store.

Iesha

Iesha is King's girlfriend and the mother of Seven, Kenya, and Lyric. Although Seven and Iesha have a strained relationship because Seven believes that she doesn't reciprocate his love—she didn't even show up to his high school graduation—Iesha makes sacrifices for Seven as well. She is a point of contention in Maverick and Lisa's relationship, because Maverick conceived Seven with her after having a fight with Lisa.

DeVante

DeVante is a teenager who lives in Garden Heights and ends up getting involved with the King Lords. He joins the gang and sells drugs in an attempt to find a kind of family and to make money to provide for his mother and brother. Fearing that he will end up dead or in prison, DeVante turns to Maverick for help in getting out of the King Lords. Maverick sends him to live at Carlos's house. At the end of the novel, DeVante agrees to turn witness against King to protect Iesha, Seven, Kenya, Lyric, and the Garden Heights community.

Khalil

Khalil, Starr's best friend from childhood, is shot while unarmed by a police officer who had pulled him over for having a broken taillight. Although Khalil's death occurs in the first few pages of the novel, his presence reverberates throughout the novel. Khalil sold drugs because his mother, Brenda—who struggles with addiction—was in debt to King. King tried to persuade Khalil to join the King Lords, but Khalil refused.

Carlos

Carlos, who is Lisa's brother, serves as a police officer in the same force with the officer who shot Khalil. When Maverick was in prison—from when Starr was three years old until she was six—Carlos served as a father figure to Starr. This creates tension between him and Maverick; they both have Starr's best interests at heart. Carlos is put on leave from the police force after he punches the officer who shot Khalil. He lives in a suburb that is wealthier than Garden Heights.

 

Film Assignment for Monday and Tuesday, February 4-5, 2019

The Hate U Give

 

  1. What is “The Talk?”

 

  1. Characterize the relationship between Starr’s parents.

 

 

  1. What does Khalil teach Starr about Tupac?

 

 

  1. Why was Khalil stopped by the police officer?

 

 

  1. Why does King tell Starr to “keep it in the rearview”?

 

1. "The Talk"

https://www.vox.com/2016/8/8/12401792/police-black-parents-the-talk

2. The  Black Panthers' 10 Point Program and  T.H.U.G.L.I.F.E. 

http://blackpower.web.unc.edu/2017/04/the-black-panthers-10-point-program/

The Book by Angie Thomas

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https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062498533/the-hate-u-give/

a. 

b. Inspired by Oscar Grant killing in 2010

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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/jul/09/oscar-grant-oakland-police-shooting

Tamir Rice - 2014

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Sandra Bland - 2015

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Eric Garner - 2014

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Emmitt Till - 1955

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  Film Assignment beginning 15 January 2019 

BlacKkKlansman (Spike Lee 2018)

Unite the Right Rally

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Rally participants are preparing to enter Emancipation Parkin Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12, 2017. They carry Confederate battle flagsGadsden flags, and a Nazi flag.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unite_the_Right_rally

 

  1. Describe how Ron Stallworth works to overcome racism in:
  1. The police department
  2. In the Colorado Springs community

 

  1. Why did director Spike Lee choose to make a movie about white supremacy and hate speech now? Cite specific events that have occurred in the U.S. in the last two years to our political climate.  Is it harmonious or divided?  Explain.

 

  1. Politics:  David Duke: “Another way to sell hate.” 
  • Ron: “No one would ever elect someone like David Duke.”
  • Sergeant Trapp: “Why don’t you wake up?”
  • Look up David Duke’s political history and describe it.
  1. Donald Trump and David Duke

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2016/03/01/donald-trump-and-david-duke-for-the-record/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.d4bb3ef563f9

 

https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/schmich/ct-david-duke-mary-schmich-20170815-column.html

 

List of Characters:

https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Characters/BlacKkKlansman

Spike Lee

Angela Davis

https://www.democracynow.org/2019/1/11/exclusive_angela_davis_speaks_out_on

David Duke

Confederate Flag

Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael)

FBI (J. Edgar Hoover)

Was instrumental in founding the FBI in 1935, where he remained director for over 37 years until his death in 1972 at the age of 77. 

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Black Panthers  (The Black Panthers, also known as the Black Panther Party, was a political organization founded in 1966 by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale to challenge police brutality against the African American community. Dressed in black berets and black leather jackets, the Black Panthers organized armed citizen patrols of Oakland and other U.S. cities. At its peak in 1968, the Black Panther Party had roughly 2,000 members. The organization later declined as a result of internal tensions, deadly shootouts and FBI counterintelligence activities aimed at weakening the organization).

KKK Sun Wheel

Hattie McDaniel "Mammy" in Gone with the Wind

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpuUzQygt8s

Lynching of Jesse Washington, 1916

Jesse Washington was a black teenage farmhand who was lynched in the county seat of Waco, Texas, on May 15, 1916, in what became a well-known example of racially motivated lynching. Washington was convicted of raping and murdering Lucy Fryer, the wife of his white employer in rural Robinson, Texas. He was dragged out of the county court by observers and lynched in front of Waco's city hall. Over 10,000 spectators, including city officials and police, gathered to watch the attack. There was a celebratory atmosphere among whites at the spectacle murder, and many children attended during their lunch hour. Members of the mob castrated Washington, cut off his fingers, and hung him over a bonfire. He was repeatedly lowered and raised over the fire for about two hours. After the fire was extinguished, his charred torso was dragged through the town and parts of his body were sold as souvenirs. A professional photographer took pictures as the event unfolded, providing rare imagery of a lynching in progress. The pictures were printed and sold as postcards in Waco.

Eugenics

The science of improving a human population by controlled breeding to increase the occurrence of desirable heritable characteristics. Developed largely by Francis Galton as a method of improving the human race, it fell into disfavor only after the perversion of its doctrines by the Nazis.

Dr. William Shockley

My research leads me inescapably to the opinion that the major cause of the American Negro's intellectual and social deficits is hereditary and racially genetic in origin and, thus, not remediable to a major degree by practical improvements in the environment.

Lost Cause

https://historynewsnetwork.org/blog/154173

 Donald Trump and David Duke

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2016/03/01/donald-trump-and-david-duke-for-the-record/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.d4bb3ef563f9

 

http://David Duke and Donald Trump and the long ties of history

 

White Women Who Voted for Trump

https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/01/us/politics/white-women-helped-elect-donald-trump.html

Pinky ("passing")

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinky_(film)

Aryan - Neo-Nazism

Since the military defeat of Nazi Germany by the Allies in 1945, some neo-Nazis have developed a more inclusive definition of "Aryan", claiming that the peoples of Western Europe are the closest descendants of the ancient Aryans, with Nordic and Germanic peoples being the most "racially pure."[81]

Hate Map

https://www.splcenter.org/hate-map

Westernmediacenter.educatorpages.com 

BlacKkKlansman

  1. Scene one:  “Gone with the Wind.” Set in the American South against the backdrop of the American Civil War and the Reconstruction era.  The film has been criticized as historical revisionism glorifying slavery.
  2. “Integration and miscegenation” (The interbreeding of people considered to be of different racial types).
  3. Central High School.  Little Rock Nine.  1957. The Little Rock Nine was a group of nine African American students enrolled in Little Rock Central High School in 1957. Their enrollment was followed by the Little Rock Crisis, in which the students were initially prevented from entering the racially segregated school by Orval Faubus, the Governor of Arkansas. They then attended after the intervention of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
  4. Brown vs. Board of Education:  The U.S. Supreme Court issued its historic Brown v. Board of Education of TopekaKansas, 347 U.S. 483, on May 17, 195 Tied to the 14th Amendment, the decision declared all laws establishing segregated schools to be unconstitutional, and it called for the desegregation of all schools throughout the nation.[1] After the decision, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) attempted to register black students in previously all-white schools in cities throughout the South. In Little Rock, the capital city of Arkansas, the school board agreed to comply with the high court's ruling.
  5. “Jewish-controlled puppets on the U.S. Supreme Court.”  Eight out of 113 justices have been Jewish.
  6. Mongrel Nation. Mongrel: “An individual resulting from the interbreeding of diverse breeds.” 
  7. Commies:  communists
  8. Scenes from “Birth of a Nation.”
  9. 1972 – Vietnam War
  10. Jackie Robinson:  First black baseball player (1947) for Brooklyn Dodgers.  Branch Rickey: white baseball executive who signed Jackie Robinson.
  11. Ungawa:  It seems to originate in Tarzan movies but it was co-opted by Black teens in Oakland during the 70s as a slang power-grunt.
  12. NORAD: North American Aerospace Defense Command.  The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is a United States and Canada bi-national organization charged with the missions of aerospace warning, aerospace control and maritime warning for North America.
  13. C-4 Explosive:  high power “plastic” explosive.
  14. “House negros.” The house negro, as defined by Malcolm X, is the slave who imagines himself to be thought of as kin by his master because they live in the same house.
  15. David Ernest Duke (born July 1, 1950) is a prominent American racistwhite supremacistwhite nationalist politicianwhite separatistantisemitic conspiracy theoristHolocaust denierconvicted felon, and former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.

A former Republican Louisiana State Representative, Duke was a candidate in the Democratic presidential primaries in 1988 and the Republican presidential primaries in 1992. Duke also ran unsuccessfully for the Louisiana State SenateUnited States SenateUnited States House of Representatives, and for Governor of Louisiana.

  1. White supremacists demonstrate on the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville, Va., on Aug. 11, 2017. The “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, a year ago this month served as a wake-up call for many Americans—a reminder that white supremacist groups remain a fixture in the country’s political landscape.
  2. Blood and Soil:  Before the attack, the right-wing marchers were filmed chanting “Blood and Soil,” a Nazi slogan which held that ethnicity is based solely on blood descent and the territory one maintains.
  3. Angela Davis, activist, composite character.
  4. Stokely Carmichael – Kwame Ture
  5. Boom-shaka-laka!
  6. War in Vietnam: illegal and immoral.  Hell no, we won’t go.”
  7. What does Kwame tell Ron after the speech? 

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Film Assignment beginning 11 January 2019

Lynching

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-S3D33_-q8

Ku Klux Klan

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gL-DFSKV8uU

Birth of a Nation

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRtB6Ur76bw

 

  1. Give one example of hate speech within the last year.
  2. Name three governments in the world where hate speech is tolerated
  3. Name one organization that promotes free speech and equality and explain what they do.
  4. Define the film “Birth of a Nation.”  It was shown in the White House of which U.S. President?

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Film Assignment beginning 7 January 2019

Slumdog Millionaire

1. How does Jamal get the autograph of Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan?

He jumps down a latrine

He steals it from Salim

He stows away on his helicopter

He becomes a contestant on the real-life Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire—Bachchan is the host

2. How does Jamal and Salim's mother die?

Malaria

Car crash

The Hindu/Muslim Riots

A freak accident

3. When asked which statesman appears on the American $100 bill, Jamal is able to provide the correct answer: "Benjamin Franklin." Where does Jamal get his own $100 bill, which allows him to answer the question?

Begging in the slums

Tourists at the Taj Mahal

Salim stole the money

The ATM

4. Prem unwittingly feeds Jamal the answer to the second-to-last question about which sport?

Rugby

Soccer

Cricket

WWE

5. Who says, "If it wasn't for Rama and Allah, I'd still have a mother"?

Jamal

Salim

Latika

Maman

6. Who says, "Money and women – the reasons to make the most mistakes in life. It looks like you are mixed up in both."

Prem

Police Inspector

Maman

Jay-Z

7. Who says, "I thought we'd be together only in death"?

Jamal

Latika

Jamal's mother

Prem

8. Who says, "Do the right thing in approximately three minutes, and you will be as famous as me. And as rich as me. Almost."

Javed Khan

Salim

Prem

Spike Lee

9.  Who, in the climactic moment of the film, says, "God is great"?

Jamal

Salim

Javed

Constable Srinivas

10.  At the time Jamal appears on the game show, what is his profession?

Assistant in a telemarketing office

Beggar

Accountant

Mime

11. What color do we come to associate with Latika throughout the film?

Yellow

Blue

Red

Periwinkle

12. Where does Salim make his last stand against Javed and his goons?

A courtyard

A bathtub

A mosque

A small town in Bolivia

13. Who is the most significant Juhu slumlord?

Javed Khan

Maman

Salim

Don Corleone

14.  At the end of the story, what does Jamal have in common with Who Wants to be a Millionaire host Prem Kumar?

They are both guys from the slums who became millionaires overnight

They both have brothers who are gangsters

They both used to be chai wallahs

They are both Geminis

15. And the final question for 20 million rupees… in Alexandre Dumas' book, The Three Musketeers, two of the musketeers are called Athos and Porthos. What was the name of the third Musketeer?

Aramis

Cardinal Richelieu

D'Artagnan

"It is written"

16. Who answers the phone when Jamal uses his phone-a-friend lifeline?

Salim

Latika

Javed Khan

Ghostbusters

17. Where does Jamal tell Latika he will be waiting for her every day?

The train station

The airport

The Gateway of India

Outside her house, holding a boombox playing Peter Gabriel songs.

18. Where are Jamal, Salim, and Latika living when Maman first finds them?

In an empty boxcar

On an airport tarmac

A garbage dump

A high-rise penthouse

19. At which famous Indian landmark do Jamal and Salim pose as tour guides to hustle foreigners?

The Red Fort

The Golden Temple

The Taj Mahal

The Statue of Liberty

 20. Where is Jamal from?

Mumbai

Calcutta

Delhi

Lucknow

Questions

  1. Does Slumdog Millionaire make you think about poverty in a different way? What are you grateful for after watching the movie? Is Jamal a compelling hero? Is he easy to root for? Why or why not?
  2. Is Salim a sympathetic character? Why or why not?
  3. Is Latika a strong and empowered character? Why or why not?
  4. How might Slumdog Millionaire be considered a "fairy tale" of sorts?
  5. What sparks Salim's decision at the end of the movie to sacrifice himself?
  6. What do you think of the ending, and the "Jai Ho" credits sequence? Was it a fitting finale? Or did it leave something to be desired?
  7. Jamal emphasizes and re-emphasizes that it is his destiny to reunite with Latika, but is his success in this pursuit really an act of fate? Or are there other factors in play?
  8. If Slumdog Millionaire had a sequel, what story might it tell?
  9. Is it at all problematic that this movie about India was written, directed, and produced by Westerners from Great Britain? Why or why not?
  10. Does the story give us faith in humanity? Why or why not?

Rama: Hindu deity

Diwali: Hindu festival of lights

Amitabh Bachan:  Indian actor and celebrity

Cricket: ball game

Amnesty International: strives to protect unfairly jailed people

Taj Mahal - Agra, India 

Crore: A crore is a unit in the South Asian numbering system equal to ten million

 

What is the Meaning of the Indian Head Shake?

In essence, the head wobble is the non-verbal equivalent of that multipurpose and omnipresent Hindi word achha. It can mean anything from "good" to "I understand".

The most common use of the head wobble is to respond in the affirmative. For example, if you ask someone if the train is going to your destination and they wobble their head in reply, it means "yes".

The head wobble is also often used as a sign that what's being said is understood.

For example, if you tell someone you'll meet them at a certain place at 5 o'clock and they wobble their head at you, it means that it's fine and they'll be there.

Other situations where you're likely to encounter a head wobble include:

  • As an alternative to "thank you", which is not commonly said in India.
  • To acknowledge someone's presence. This can be particularly useful if you see someone you know across the street but can't shout out to them.
  • As a gesture of kindness or benevolence, for example, if someone sits down next to you on the train.

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Film Assignment beginning 18 Dec. 2018

Climate Change

https://350.org/science/

“We are not prepared to die.” Those are the words that Mohamed Nasheed, the former president of the low-lying island country of Maldives, delivered at the U.N. climate summit in Katowice, Poland, this week. In an impassioned plea for nations to overcome their differences, he urged world leaders to take decisive action to tackle climate change.

Cabinet Meeting

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKoch_iEos8

https://www.democracynow.org/2018/12/14/we_are_not_prepared_to_die

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-great-pacific-garbage-patch-cleaning-up-the-plastic-in-the-ocean-60-minutes/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EyaTqezSzs

Greta Thunberg, 15, Addressing UN, Calls for Global School Strike 

https://www.democracynow.org/2018/12/13/you_are_stealing_our_future_greta

Delegates from nearly 200 countries have agreed to a United Nations deal on climate change that seeks to keep global temperatures from rising by more than 1.5 degrees Celsius—or 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit.

Coal

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-aW538oOik

Clean Energy: hydro, wind, geothermal, solar

Leonardo DiCaprio - UN Ambassador of Peace

 

  1. What did Mohamed Nasheed, as president of the Maldives, do to call attention to climate change?  Why did he do this?
  2. Describe the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
  3. What can you do to prevent plastic from entering our ecosystem?
  4. In which country did the UN Climate Summit recently take place?
  5. Name three fossil fuels.
  6. Which is used for transportation?
  7. Which is used for generating electricity?
  8. Name one type of coal mining.
  9. Name one method of extracting natural gas.
  10. Name one type of oil drilling.
  11. Name the most expensive and destructive method of producing oil.
  12. Name one site in the US where we find rising sea levels.
  13. T/F: Some big businesses and their media outlets deny the existence of climate change.
  14. Name two large Asian countries that have a significant carbon footprint.
  15. How many people rely on fishing to survive?
  16. What gas do rain forests absorb that helps stabilize the earth’s atmosphere?
  17. Name one dietary change you can make today to help reduce the carbon in our atmosphere.
  18. Name three types of “clean” energy.
  19. Name one form of “clean” transportation.
  20. What will you do with your empty plastic bottle?

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Film Assignment beginning 14 Dec. 2018

Afro-Brazilian Culture

Pelourinho (pillory, whipping post), Salvador, Bahia (bay), Brazil

Bahia - Wikipedia

 

Africa Brazil Map Clip Art at Clker.com - vector clip art ...

Plate techtonics

Slave Trade

Capoeria

 

Candomblé

 

 

 

Brazil – Part I

  1. When did Brazil separate from Africa? Explain plate tectonics.
  2. Portion of slaves to Brazil compared to North America. Average life span of a slave to Brazil.
  3. When did slavery end in Brazil? Compare with other countries.
  4. Percentage of Brazil’s population that has African heritage?
  5. Population of Brazil?
  6. Which Brazilian state is most heavily influenced by African culture?

 

Film:  Quilombo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_cSBjNP72o

 

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Film Assignment beginning 12 Dec. 2018

Cell Phones

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awAMTQZmvPE

Effects of Screen Time on the Brains of Children

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/groundbreaking-study-examines-effects-of-screen-time-on-kids-60-minutes/

http://humanetech.com/

Cell Phones

  1. Phones, apps, social media and Silicon Valley. What is Silicon Valley?
  2. What is “brain hacking?”
  3. Tristan Harris compares a cell phone to a __________
  4. Explain the relationship between rewards and creating a habit of checking your phone frequently.
  5. Snapchat and streaks.  What are streaks?
  6. T/F:  Harris says that technology is neutral, and it is up to us to learn how to use it.
  7. How do the makers of apps make their money?
  8. What does Harris say about phone use and human relationships?
  9. What does Harris mean by the “race to the bottom of the brain stem?”
  10. What does Harris say is the difference between phones in the 1970s and today?
  11. T/F: Tech companies freely explain what they do to “keep people glued to their screens.”
  12. Ramsey Brown is a “brain hacker.”  What is his goal?
  13. What is the significance of Brown calling his business Dopamine Labs?
  14. They write apps to “trigger your brain” to ____________.
  15. Why does a “rush” of “likes” come suddenly in Instagram?
  16. What is the relationship between the length of time you look at your screen and the money social media companies make?
  17. Why does Facebook use a “continuous scroll?”
  18. T/F: Social media is not designed to be addictive.
  19. Our report says “the typical person checks his/her phone every ______ or less.”
  20. The brain chemical cortisol is related to anxiety.  For a frequent user of social media, when is it produced?

Cell Phone Health

  1. In addition to changes in the physical structure of the brain, what other areas of adolescent developments is the National Institute of Health studying?
  2. 11,000 children and teens will be studied for over a decade at what cost?
  3. A premature thinning of the cortex and a wrinkling of the outer most layer of the brain is possibly linked to _______________
  4. Young people who spent more than two hours a day on screens tested lower on which tests?
  5. Can researchers say with certainty if screen time is addictive?
  6. T/F:  Babies transfer what they learn on a screen to the real world.
  7. T/F:  Babies and young children are more vulnerable to screen addiction.
  8. Which experiment with babies showed babies’ reluctance to give back a device?
  9. Researchers found that screen time stimulates the release of the brain chemical ________.
  10. T/F:  Dopamine plays a critical role in cravings and desire.
  11. How many hours a day do teens spend on their phones, according to this report?
  12. T/F: A report conducted by Penn State found that college students who limited their screen time to 30 minutes a day reported a decrease in depression and lonelines.

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Film Assignment beginning 10 Dec. 2018

Girl Rising (cont.)

                                   

Malala Yousafzai

Kafala System 

 

Film Assignment beginning 6 Dec. 2018

Girl Rising

1. Sokha, Cambodia

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Image result for cambodia world map

2. Wadley, Haiti

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2010 Earthquake

https://www.cnn.com/2013/12/12/world/haiti-earthquake-fast-facts/index.html

3. Suma, Nepal

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4. Yasmin, Egypt

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5. Azmera, Eithiopia

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6. Senna, Peru

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7. Mariama, Sierra Leone

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Girl Rising Discussion Questions

 

  1. How does obtaining or not obtaining a quality education impact one’s personal future but also a community’s/country’s future?
  2. How did you see cultural beliefs and traditions influence the rights and opportunities of the girls in the film?
  3. Which story did you find most compelling and why?
  4. What admirable characteristics did you see in all of the stories in Girl Rising?
  5. Throughout all of the film’s segments, family members play a key role in whether the girls were able to attend and stay in school.  How does a family’s social and economic well-being influence this decision?
  6. What statistic shown in the movie resonated with you the most? Why?

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Film Assignment beginning 28 Nov. 2018

Big History

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1. What is Big History? Eight Thresholds

2. Scale of the universe: small to big

3. The Big Bang. The four fundamental forces.

4. Hubble's expanding Universe

5. Ways of Knowing: dark matter and dark energy

6. Jackline Howard: speed of light, Hubble telescope, Hubble deep field: 

  1. What is Big History?
  2. How many humans on our planet?
  3. How many stars in our galaxy?
  4. How many galaxies in the universe?
  5. Define:  geology, biology, astronomy, physics, history, anthropology, archeology
  6. Is the smallest thing we know unimaginably small?
  7. Is the universe unimaginably big?
  8. How old is the universe?
  9. Within a very small fraction of a second after the start of the big bang the four forces of the universe were created.  Name them.
  10. What would have happened if gravity had been a little stronger?
  11. A litter weaker?
  12. Fact: “Goldilocks conditions” means that conditions were just right.
  13. Do we know what made the Big Bang possible?
  14. Do we know why the Big Bang happened?
  15. Did space and time exist before the big bang?
  16. T/F: Immediately after the Big Bang the universe was inconceivably hot.
  17. What happened to matter and energy after the first billionth of a second after the Big Bang?
  18. What two forms did energy take?
  19. Matter appeared the form electrons and ____________.
  20. Quarks linked up to form protons and __________.
  21. T/F: Right after the start of the Big Bang the universe was too hot for atoms to form.
  22. In the 1920s Edwin Hubble calculated the distance of stars. T/F:  Before this time, it was thought that the stars in the Milky Way galaxy comprised the entire universe.
  23. Hubble studied the wavelengths of stars’ light.  A red wavelength indicates what?
  24. If a light is blue in color the star is moving toward or away?
  25. The distance of a galaxy is proportional to its velocity.  T/F: if a galaxy is twice as far away then it is moving away twice as fast.
  26. T/F: Hubble discovered that the universe is not expanding.
  27. T/F: Albert Einstein believed that the universe was not expanding and had always existed.
  28. In 1990 the Hubble Telescope was launched into space.  It sent back clear images of distant galaxies and space phenomena that had never been seen. How could it see so far into space?
  29. Jacqueline Howard:  what is the speed of light?
  30. How many times could you travel around the earth’s equator in one second?
  31. Jacqueline says the universe is expanding.  Think of her balloon example.  Is space also expanding?
  32. A famous image taken by the Hubble Telescope is called the “eXtreme Deep Field” image.  What is it?
  33. The next space telescope to be launched is called the James Webb Telescope.  Its mirror will be ___ times as large than the Hubble’s.
  34. Its goal is to see the _______ of the universe.
  35. CBR: Cosmic Background Radiation was released how many years after the Big Bang?

Big History - Day 2: The Stars Light Up and the Creation of Chemical Elements

  1. Dark Energy, Dark matter
  2. CBR
  3. Hydrogen and helium and atoms – size
  4. Nuclear fusion
  5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1ZQ4JBv3-Y

Electromagnetic Spectrum

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4t7gTmBK3g

Atom

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-3I1JGW-Ck

Dark Matter and Dark Energy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAa2O_8wBUQ

  1. Dark Ages were the first -------- years.
  2. Atoms in space.  75 percent were ______.
  3. 83 percent was dark _______.
  4. When atoms collide with each other they ________.
  5. At 3,000 degrees atoms can’t ______.
  6. What happens at 10,000,000 degrees?
  7. How long will the star shine?
  8. What happened to the universe after the first 200,000 years?
  9. Why did the birth of stars lead to more complexity in the universe?
  10. Which fundamental force was most important in star creation?
  11. Describe how elements heavier than hydrogen and helium were created.
  12. How old are some atoms in your body?

Big History Day 3

Large Hadron Collider

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=328pw5Taeg0

Black Holes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOEDG3j1bjs

Dark Matter and Dark Energy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfYZqBG1IDg

Eagle Nebula (Pillars of Creation)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZ7zGUFDOsg

Journey to the Edge of the Universe

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68tpCpDOsyA

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Film Assignment for Thur.-Tue. 15-20 Nov. 2018

Amreeka

Map of Middle East

Map of Palestine/Israel

 

Native American Lands

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZCvUroBpaE

Palestinian Lands

https://visualizingpalestine.org/visuals/shrinking-palestine

Short history of Palestine and Israel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dISYTwDS6eQ

Separation Wall and Bethlehem

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PecEVGStsNw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nufBpHmWhtQ

German Video - West Bank - Check points

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Z1v0v7S8hA

 

Arab World Map

Bethlehem

Separation Wall in West Bank is 700 kilometers and not yet complete.

Amreeka

Vocabulary:

  • tabbouleh/tabouli
  • notre utopie fera tomber beaucoup de mur (Our utopia will topple the wall)
  • ich bin ein Berliner (I am a Berliner).  A reference to the speech by U.S. President John F. Kennedy in Berlin, West Germany in June, 1963.  Significance here is to express unity in the face of adversity. 

Characters:

Muna, Fadi, Uncle Samer, grandma, Aunt Raghda, Uncle Nabeel

  1. Setting of film (places, time)
  2. Where does Muna (“hope”) work?
  3. What was in the envelope?
  4. What does Fadi (“savior” used by Arabic Christians) think about his college opportunities in Palestine?
  5. Muna: “visitors” in the U.S. vs. Fadi: “prisoners” in our own country.  Explain.  Use examples from our films, including border crossings and check points.
  6. This is the flag of what country?

Israel Flag | printable flags

 

  1. This is the flag of the state of _____File:Palestine flag.jpg_____?
  2. Where does Muna put her money?
  3. U.S. invasion of Iraq:  March 20, 2003.  Does Uncle Nabeel think the war will end quickly?
  4. In which state does the family live?

 

Amreeka Part 2

  1. Describe the challenges Fadi faced in Palestine.
  2. Describe the challenges Fadi faced in Illinois.
  3. Describe the challenges Muna faced in Illinois.
  4. There are advantages and disadvantages living in the U.S.  Advantages:
  5. Disadvantages:
  6. How was Uncle Nabeel’s medical practice affected after the 9-11 attacks on the World Trade Center?
  7. How was Fadi treated by American students?
  8. Explain how it is possible that Fadi’s classmates could overcome their prejudices after getting to know him.
  9. What aspects of Palestinian culture offered comfort to Muna, Fadi, Uncle Nabeel, Aunt Raghda and their children?
  10.  Why is it ironic that Muna befriends Mr. Novatski, the high school principal?

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Film Assignment for Fri.-Wed. 9-14 Nov. 2018

Flint Water Crisis

 

How it happened

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snwT77H8N78

http://time.com/4191864/flint-water-crisis-lead-contaminated-michigan/

Timeline of Events

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/01/21/us/flint-lead-water-timeline.html

Moore

https://michaelmoore.com/10FactsOnFlint/

 

Flint Water Crisis

        1. Why did Flint switch its water source from Detroit/Lake Huron to the Flint River?

  1. What happened to Flint’s water after the switch in water sources?
  2. How did Flint residents become aware of the water crisis?
  3. What negative consequences did some residents experience from drinking Flint water?
  4. How did many Flint residents respond to the water crisis?
  5. How did the governments of Flint and Michigan initially respond to the crisis?
  6. Flint officials told residents to boil their water.  What happened to the quality of the water after it was boiled?
  7. Flint had a mayor, city council and an emergency financial manager.  Did the emergency financial manager overrule Flint’s mayor and city counsil?
  8. How did the emergency financial manager respond to the water crisis?
  9. EPA – Environmental Protection Agency.  What did EPA official Miguel del Toral say about Flint's water?
  10. MDEQ – Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.  How did the MDEQ respond to the water crisis initially?
  11. Is clean water a basic human right?  Explain.
  12. Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha.  What role did she play in the Flint water crisis?
  13. Dr. Marc Edwards of Virginia Tech University. What role did he play in the Flint water crisis?

 

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Film Assignment for Wed.-Thur. 7-8 Nov. 2018

Midterm Elections 2018

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTYQ6_OaCDY

Which party now controls the U.S. House of Representatives?

https://www.nytimes.com/

Teens Pre-Registered to Vote

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5j2gB_XG2JE

Teens and voting (short history)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ar7r5aG_B0Y

Oprah in Selma

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YRUUFYeOPI

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1. Who won the governship in Michigan?

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/11/06/us/elections/results-governor-elections.html

2. Who will be the U.S. representative in Michigan's 13th district?

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/11/06/us/elections/results-governor-elections.html

3. This person is a "first of a kind."  Explain.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ae7RFrlm-fA

4. Who will be the U.S. representative in Michigan's 14th district?

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/11/06/us/elections/results-house-elections.html

5. Who is the youngest woman elected to congress?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EG_-QHz5xU

6. If you live close to Western, which congressional district do you live in and who is your representative?

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/MI#map

7. If you live near Michigan and Livernois, which district do you live in and who is your representative?

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/MI#map

8. Michigan's proposals:  1. Marajuana: legal.  2. Gerrymandering: banned.  3. Easy voter registration: passed.

https://www.freep.com/story/news/politics/elections/2018/11/02/michigan-ballot-proposals-2018/1858959002/

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Gerrymandering

https://www.freep.com/story/opinion/contributors/2018/07/27/gerrymandering-michigan-what-gop-doesnt-understand/848083002/

 

Politicians choosing voters

Eldridge Gerry

Vice President and Governor of Massachusetts

Early 1800s

Same group of voters.  Arrange into a different configuration that gives one party an advantage in every election. 

Carved Massachusetts Into legislative districts that worked out to the advantage of their party.

The shape of the district map resembled a salamander.  Gerry + mander = gerrymander.

Two identical diagrams. Each show 30 voters divided into 17 red (R) and 13 blue (D).

If you divide them into 4 districts they would be roughly equal.

Democrats have majorities in two, and republicans have majorities in two.

Evenly divided.

Same four districts drawn to ensure that republicans win all four districts all the time.

One district in which republicans outnumber democrats 4-3.

And 5-2.

And 4-3.

And 4-3 again.

Same group of people.  Slice the pie in a slightly different way

This is partisan gerrymandering.

Why is this done.

Every 10 years there is a census.

Each state divided into congressional districts that are roughly equal in population

710,000 people = average congressional district.

1 representative out of 435 represents about 710,000 people.

Federal government and the Constitution leave it to the states to decide how to divide up their districts.

Some states (about 12) is done by nonpartisan panels. 

In most states, which ever party controls the legislature gets to draw the lines.

They draw these lines to their own party’s advantage.

How does this play out in Michigan?

In Michigan, republicans control the governor’s office, the house of representatives, the senate and the judiciary. 

Sometimes these maps are challenged in the courts, so it helps to have judges who are friendly to your party.

In 2010 (a census year) republicans in charge of the districting process that year got to draw maps that are very advantageous to their party. 

As a result, they have been able to maintain majorities in the legislature even when democrats get more votes overall than republican candidates.

Democrats do the same thing when they are in charge.  Example: Maryland.

Districts are drawn by computers. 

How can anybody know how you vote?  Elections are secret, aren’t they? 

What do “they” know about you? 

Where you live.  How many children you have.  What kind of car you drive.  Where you shop. What you spend your money on.  Whether you go to church. 

An algorithm predicts how you will vote in the next election.  The current term of choice for a problem-solving procedure, algorithm, is commonly used nowadays for the set of rules a machine (and especially a computer) follows to achieve a particular goal. 

Districts must be contiguous ("touch" each other).

If you are republicans, you pack as many democratic votes into as few districts as possible.

The 14th was designed to be overwhelmingly democratic.

https://tse3.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.e2Y6u9CRgd5rN9FyLsa7XwHaFu&pid=15.1&P=0&w=242&h=188

 

It is designed so that democrats will win over 60 percent of the vote.

By doing this republicans can create more districts for themselves.

Do the voters pick the politicians or do the politicians pick the voters?

This creates politicians who have more extreme views.  Hyper-partisanship.

Write a two-paragraph essay and explain how proposals #2 and #3 will improve voting and make Michigan more democratic.

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Hacking Democracy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YldIdkjrqM

Electoral College

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9H3gvnN468

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Film Assignment for Fri.-Mon. 2-5 Nov. 2018

Real Women Have Curves (2002)

Write two pages on this film.  The questions below are suggestions.

  1. In which ways does Ana differ from her mother? Explain.
  2. Describe the different life paths taken by Ana and Estela.
  3. How does Ana’s education influence her opinion of the women who work in the garment shop, including her mother, Carmen, and her sister, Estela?
  4. Ana is shocked to learn that Estela earns only $18 for each dress, but dresses retail for $600.   Are there any similarities in this employment arrangement and that of Rosa and Nacha in El Norte? Explain.
  5. When Ana removes her shirt in the shop she helps the women change their perception of female beauty.  How? 
  6. Ana is independent of her family with respect to education, sexuality and work.  Describe how she is different in each of these areas.
  7. Does Ana’s mother value her for her intelligence?  What does Ana’s mother value in a woman?
  8. What similarity can you draw between Ana and RBG with respect to their struggle to be valued for their intelligence?
  9. Ana does not give up after her parents refuse to allow her to accept the college scholarship.  Explain her strategy for getting acceptance. 

Film Assignment for Mon.-Tue., 29-30 2018

Freakonomics

Sumo Wrestling

  1. How many years has sumo wrestling been practiced?
  2. What type of rituals do the wrestlers perform?
  3. “The essence of pure competition” What does this describe?
  4. Referee dressed as a Shinto priest. Sumo and Shinto are intertwined.  What is Shinto?
  5. Celebrates the purity and harmony of man and _______.
  6. Clapping hands to awake the ______.
  7. Show hands to reveal that there are no concealed ________.
  8. Stomping of feet to stamp out evil _________.
  9. Throwing of salt.  Why?
  10. The purpose of the rituals is to make the _____ happy.
    “Purity is a good mask for corruption.  Discourages inquiry.”  Inquiry of what?
  11. When stakes are high a small percentage of people will ______________.
  12. How do you tell if a sumo wrestler is cheating? 
  13. People who are being corrupt are always trying to cover their ________.
  14. Levitt says that he can detect cheating in sumo wrestling without even watching a wrestling match.  How?
  15. Yaocho is a Japanese word that means what?
  16. When a sumo wrestler “takes a fall” (deliberately loses to his opponent) it is because he has _______.
  17. The one who needs the win succeeds _______ percent of the time.  That is a huge deviation (statistically).
  18. How is “pay back” achieved among the cheating wrestlers?
  19. Watch the Japanese journalist type Japanese characters on his computer.  What is different?
  20. Describe the role of money in cheating among sumo wrestlers?
  21. Rikishi.  Define.
  22. Honne  (real truth) Tatemae (the surface of things – the façade)
  23. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEaW7jHFcIw
  24. Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme. Define Ponzi scheme.
  25. What happened to the “whistle blowers” who exposed the lies and cheating in sumo wrestling?
  26. What role does gambling play in sumo wrestling?
  27. “ . . . Shattering a taboo in Japan’s shadow society.”  Explain.
  28. How do the Japanese police achieve a 96 percent arrest rate and therefore project a very high tatemae?
  29. Magazine articles on the death of the young sumo wrestler influenced public opinion about sumo wrestling.  Explain.
  30. How did the sumo world respond to the magazine articles?
  31. “Sunlight is the best disinfectant.”  Louis Brandies. Justice on U.S. Supreme Court from 1916-1939.  Explain this quote.
  32. What keeps us from seeing corruption are our illusions that our economy is a rational system, a free market, open to all.  Rigging markets in matches is good business if the rigging is hidden from view. Explain.  

 

 

Film Assignment for Tue.-Fri. 23-26 2018

RBG - Ruth Bader Ginsburg

 

  1. Supreme Court of the United States:  how many justices?
  2. Which president nominated RBG to the Supreme Court?
  3. Define: “first generation” and “second generation.”
  4. “What has become of me could happen only in America.” What did RBG mean?
  5. T/F: Her parents were college graduates.
  6. Her father was from Odessa.  Where is Odessa?
  7. What was RBG’s nick name?
  8. Her mother died when she was what age?
  9. What happened on the night of RBG’s high school graduation?
  10. Her mother told her to “Be a lady and be ________.”
  11. What is the name of the most recent Supreme Court nominee?
  12. What controversy arose at the hearings for his nomination?
  13. T/F: Her husband was not supportive of her legal career.
  14. T/F: Her future husband, Marty, valued RBG for her brain.
  15. T/F: The girls at Cornell displayed how smart they were.
  16. Define “Red Scare.”
  17. The best way to win an argument, RBG taught her granddaughter, is not to ______.
  18. Women comprised what percentage of Harvard Law School in the late 1950s?
  19. T/F: RGB was comfortable at Harvard Law School.
  20. Why couldn’t RBG get into the college library?
  21. What does RBG say helped her to excel in law school the first year?
  22. T/F: When RBG graduated from Columbia Law School in 1959 she found it easy to get a job.  Explain.
  23. T/F: Just a few laws discriminated against women in the mid-20th century.
  24. Name two laws that discriminated against women in 1970.
  25. T/F: RBG marched and demonstrated for women’s rights.
  26. RBG began arguing sex discrimination cases before or after she began teaching a course on women and the law at Rutgers University.
  27. Frontiero v Richardson: who won this case?  What was it about?
  28. What is “gender-based discrimination” (in your own words – one sentence)?
  29. “I saw myself as a kind of a kindergarten teacher in those days” What was Ginsburg referring to?
  30. “Think of how you would like the world to be for your daughters and granddaughters.”
  31. “The gender line helps to keep women not on a pedestal, but in a ______.”
  32. “She (RBG) was creating a legal landscape.”  - with respect to what specific issue/s?
  33. The Supreme Court was composed of all men until what year?
  34. How does RBG’s husband Marty help RBG to get nominated to the Supreme Court?
  35. “It is essential to a woman’s equality with man . . . that she be the decision maker. This is something central to a woman’s life, to her dignity, and when government controls that decision for her she’s being treated as less than a fully adult human responsible for her own choices.”  What was Ginsburg talking about?

  1. Ninety-six to three.  What does this refer to?
  2. What was the vote count in the Cavanaugh nomination?
  3. “This constitution is the highest law of the land.”  Who said that?
  4. RBG was the first or second woman justice to the Supreme Court?
  5. How many woman justices are on the Supreme Court today?