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Still from: King Kong (1976) Paramount Pictures/ De Laurentiis Entertainment Group


The 1976 remake of King Kong takes the basic premise of the 1933 classic and makes it, well, more '70s. Instead of a rag-tag film crew on a mission to make an unsanctioned motion picture, we have a greedy capitalist on an oil barge with a stowaway scientist in tow – off to discover an uncharted island. Little do they know that what's hiding on that island isn't oil..1

..continue reading Danny Milton's article

Students, please read the whole article before class. You will write a short review about this, or any other movie, in class.

  1. Milton, Danny, 21 April 2021 Article on Hodinkee Watching Movies The 1970s Version Of 'King Kong' Includes A Monster Of A Rolex


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Rice or Potatoes?

Sliced meat with green vegetables on white ceramic plate

        Most people eat rice with their meals, but I like to have potatoes instead of rice. Some people think potatoes taste bland, but I think they have their own special flavor. I like all kinds of food made from potatoes. Today, I'm going to tell you an interesting story about potato crisps, one of my favorite foods made from potatoes.

        It is said that the first potato crisp was made by George Crumm. One day, a customer complained and asked him to cook his portion of potato chips again, saying that the potato chips were too thick to eat. Crumm got very angry, so he decided to make potato chips so thin the customer would not be able to pick them up with a fork. He made very slim chips for the picky man~ However, when the chips were given to the man, the customer was very satisfied.

        In this funny story, we learn how we got a nice food from one of life's chance happenings. Around our world, there are so many foods that were made by accident. This incident about potato crisps is interesting, isn't it?

        Although some foods are popular with many people, we seldom ask ourselves who first made them or why it was first made. By questioning the curious things and eating them with their own stories, we might begin to experience them as more delicious.

Article by Syw56

Image: Sliced meat with vegetables on white ceramic plate by Dmitriy Zub - Unsplash licence

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Rice and Breakfast: Are they really Important?

        As we were growing up, we were told repeatedly to eat enough rice and to include rice with our breakfast too. Were our parents correct to encourage us to eat this way?

Rice with sesame in black bowl

        There are obvious reasons to prefer rice to potatoes. I like rice more than potatoes because there are a limited number of things with which you can eat potatoes, but there are many foods that can be eaten with rice. Apart from its versatility, rice provides our bodies with essential vitamins as well as a source of carbohydrates, protein and fiber. For these reasons, we really should consider it an important part of our daily diet.

        How about breakfast? Is breakfast, really, the most important meal of the day? Eating a good meal in the morning ensures you have all the energy you need for the rest of the day. Rice is a good source of energy, and the brain needs energy as much as any other part of the body. That is why students need to eat a good breakfast. Also, if you eat breakfast, your life becomes regular. It has a big impact on one's health later in life.

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#writing #weavit

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For the next few weeks, we will be reading the first in a series of hilarious books about Ben Braver. He is a boy with a good reason for failing to fit in. His classmates all have special abilities, but he doesn't. This particular adventure begins with a peanut buttercup. You will never believe any of it!

Sketch from Chapter 53 The Super Life of Ben Braver, Book I

The Plan

Our main goal is to learn a lot of funny words by reading the text and completing worksheets together in class. As we go along, we will do our best to stop laughing. As your teacher, I should set realistic expectations, and so I should remark that the first of our goals is achievable (how many is 'a lot') but the second one might not be.

Students are urged to read ten chapters before each class, and the same chapters will be covered again in class. Bring your copies of the book or e-book to class with you, as well as all your questions. Registered students can click the Class Time content for further guidance.

See you in class!

Suggested support material
  1. Marcus Emerson, 2020 The Super Life of Ben Braver RoaringBookPress Ebook
  2. Marcus Emerson, 2020 The Super Life of Ben Braver TantorAudio Audiobook
  3. Marcus Emerson Official Author's site
  4. Class time content

#adventure #childrensFiction #humor

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In this short novel by Orwell, we meet a group of farm animals that rebel against their human farmer. It is their idea they will create a society where the animals can be equal, free, and happy. In the end, however, this very good idea fails, and the farm is worse than it was before. 1

Orwell wrote the book between November 1943 and February 1944, when the UK was in its wartime alliance with the Soviet Union and the British people and intelligentsia held Stalin in high esteem, a phenomenon Orwell hated. 2

Although the manuscript was at first rejected by publishers in England, it became a big hit and is still read by children and adults across the world. People think it is always relevant because the characters reflect typical human characteristics and foolishness. Because the characters are animals, it is categorized as a beast fable. Orwell explains his view in one of his essays that all art has a social and political motive to convince the audience of a particular point of view.3 In the essay, Why I Write, Orwell mentioned Animal Farm as the first novel in which he purposefully set out to send a political message through his writing.

Orwell, George. Animal Farm – The Graphic Novel

Animal Farm – The Graphic Novel Adapted and illustrated by Odyr

Publisher: eBooks@Adelaide Licence: Public Domain (Life+70 years)

The audiobook of the full novel is available at Open Rights Library.

This is a reading of the essay, Why I Write by George Orwell:
  1. George Orwell, 1945. Animal Farm Open Rights Library
  2. George Orwell, 1945. Animal Farm Wikipedia
  3. George Orwell, circa 1945. All Art is Propaganda: Critical Essay Archive

#fable #satirical #political #graphicNovel

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  1. Readers' Guide to Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights
  2. Study Guide: the plot and summary of Wuthering Heights
  3. Study guide to the vocabulary
  4. All LibriVox recordings are in the public domain, CC0 Licence
  5. Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights on Scribd

#literaryFiction #romance

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Driven by ambition, Okonkwo works tirelessly to gain prosperity and prestige in his village. But he is harsh as well as diligent. Things Fall Apart traces the growing friction between village leaders and Europeans determined to save the heathen souls of Africa. Its hero, a noble man who is driven by destructive forces, speaks a universal language. 1
Audiobook on Odysee, TRUTHsocial.ST playlist
  1. Chinua Achebe, Recorded Books Audiobook
  2. Chinua Achebe, 1959. Things Fall Apart Anchor Books
  3. Audiobook on Odysee, TRUTHsocial.ST playlist


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      Belgian cartoonist, Georges Prosper Remi (Hergé was his pen name) first published The Blue Lotus in a magazine in Brussels in 1931. At the time, imperialist Japanese troops were occupying China, including then American and British managed seaport _Shanghai”. Parts of the story are based in real events. I hope you all enjoy!

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  1. George Prosper Remi (Hergé) Wikipedia bio
  2. Tintin official website
  3. The Blue Lotus and other books by Herge on Scribd

#adventure #graphicNovel #historicalFiction #humor

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     Hello, readers! Care for a thought-provoking play about growing up? I have just the thing for you.

     A few years after the collaboratively-written play, Sizwe Bansi is Dead1, was performed at the Space Theatre in Cape Town, I was fortunate to watch rehearsals and then see the play performed in Durban, South Africa. What an experience that was! One is never too young to enjoy a good play.

     Like that play, the one featured in this post is also written by Athol Fugard. He made many contributions to the arts and helped raise worldwide awareness about South Africa. His plays were so controversial, they were often banned as subversive. I invite you to enjoy this play, widely available and presented in various formats: the 2010 South African film version 2, the 1985 TV version3, and the one I consider to be one of the best yet, the LA Theater Works production in audiobook format 4.

Characters Hally or “Master Harold” Son of the owner of the business. Sam A servant working for Hally's family. Willie A servant working for Hally's family

     Hally is a young student conflicted between love and admiration toward his adult role models, and the easier path available to him, to deal with the complexity that life presents him by abusing his power and privilege.

     The plot is uncovered against the immediate backdrops of an upcoming ballroom contest, Sam's abusive relationship with his partner, and Hally's sick, crippled and alcohol-addicted father being discharged from hospital. These backdrops are crafted into effective devices by Fugard that bring the suspense of the main conflict to his audience. The social political context is the early years of Apartheid South Africa. This reminds us of the destructive force a social context where abuse is considered normal can have on relationships and on individuals themselves.

In "Master Harold"… and the boys, Hally, aka Master Harold, turns on the person he's always felt closest to, the older man who always protected him and tried to help him grow up into a man who could hold his head up. In the totally heartbreaking and shocking climax of the play, Hally decides to try to destroy his best friend Sam; instead, he destroys his own self-respect. After his outburst, he's speechless with shame; you can tell he hates himself for it. He doesn't apologize, though. He's paralyzed by what it would mean for a white boy to humble himself in front of a black man. He turned on Sam because he could, because he knew that because of his race (and his basic decency), Sam wouldn't fight back 5.


  1. Athol Fugard, and others, 1972. Sizwe Bansi is Dead Wiki
  2. Lonny Price, 2010. Master Harold and The Boys Film
  3. Michael Lindsay-Hogg, 1985. TV Adaptation YouTube
  4. Athol Fugard, 1982. Master Harold and The Boys Audiobook
  5. Study Guide Shmoop
  6. Class time content

#literaryFiction #dramaticplay

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     Hello, all you young readers! Many of you enjoy graphic novels and the fantasy genre. I have news about a fantastic novel for all of you to read.

     Students taking the advanced English course will be reading the novel by Jeanne DuPrau, City of Embers. The book became a bestseller soon after being published in 2003. A film based on the novel was released in 2008. The graphic novel adaptation by comic book artist Niklas Asker was released in 2012 and is available on Scribd!1

     What is scribd?       It's an online library service. For a small monthly fee, you can read as many of the books or listen to the audiobooks in the library. There are titles for the whole family. You also get free access to other services like CuriosityStream and ConTV. Who said reading isn't fun?

City of Ember: The Graphic ... by Random House Teens

     Now, for the advanced students, you will be studying the far more exciting full novel! This is the kind of book you will enjoy reading so much, you will find it difficult to put down. For the harder parts, we are always right beside you to help. Here are some pointers for you to get started.

Author     Jeanne DuPrau (born 1944 in San Francisco, California) is a writer, best known for The Books of Ember, a series of science fiction novels for young people. She lives in Menlo Park, California.

    Her bio profile on Goodreads2 describes her as someone that appreciates the difficulty involved in writing well, but she remains motivated to achieve the goal all the same. She sounds like each one of us in some way, and an excellent role model for us to follow as we tackle our studies.

Brief Description of City of Ember detailed summary, provided at Spark Notes3

The city of Ember was built as a last refuge for the human race. Two hundred years later, the great lamps that light the city are beginning to flicker. When Lina finds part of an ancient message, she’s sure it holds a secret that will save the city. She and her friend Doon must decipher the message before the lights go out on Ember forever!                                             Scribd graphic novel version 1

Suggested support material

  1. Jeanne DuPrau, 2012. City of Ember Graphic Novel adapted by Dallas Middaugh with art by Niklas Asker
  2. Jeanne DuPrau, 2003. City of Ember RandomHouse Goodreads
  3. Summary and study guide Spark Notes
  4. Wendy Dillon (Narrator), 2004. City of Ember ListenLib. EAudiobook
  5. Class time content

#dystopianFiction #albatross2 #graphicnovel

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