STUDENT PROJECTS

Student Projects: Gimnasio Fontana students presented their findings about Shakepeare on Web page designs from Wix.com. Below are a few prime student examples-kudos kids!

  • #1-10th grade English Literature, Gimnasio Fontana-Students: Paula Florez, Manuela Quintero, Gabriela Grisales: Shakespeare Project
  • #2-10th grade English Literature, Gimnasio Fontana. Students are: Valentina Hernandez, Aura Meza, Juliana Rozo, Maria del Rosario Almonacid, and Juana Rivera: Julius Caesar
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For English Literature class, students will be able to:
  • Develop a personal appreciation of language and literature
  • Develop skills in literary criticism
  • Evolve their understanding of the formal, stylistic and aesthetic qualities of texts
  • Demonstrate strong powers of expression, both written and oral
  • Learn an appreciation of cultural differences in perspective
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   "The only thing that interferes with my learning is my    education. " Albert Einstein- Interesting to think why a genius would say this?! Once again," What is education?
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A great Web page from 10th grade at Gimnasio Fontana:
                                 The Julius Caesar of Shakespeare
Gimnasio Fontana
Trimester: 3
Subject: English
Final Project-10-A.B.C
Teacher: Robert K. Pitts

                                                    Julius Caesar Final Project
Task: Throughout the third trimester you will be asked to research: characters, new vocabulary, images, music, symbols, and connect, analyze, explain and relate all these subjects to your lives and the play, Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare.

Sources, which may be used: 

  • Elements of Literature
  • Research on the World Wide Web, aka www
  • An Inquiring Mind
  • The music of: Handel, Pink Floyd, The Doors or others
  • Any other energy source, Soothsayer, Yerbatero, Oracle, Shaman or source of information you wish-just note your source!
This project will be presented on a Web page or Blog. Let’s go green-SAVE THE PLANET! - Memory sticks, CDs or Power Point Presentations will NOT be accepted-create a webpage and Save a few trees! This project will ONLY be presented on a student Web page or Blog.
 
  • CHARACTERS-Student will choose a minimum of 10 characters from the play, Julius Caesar, or from the city of Rome, e.g a baker or architect or soldier of ancient or modern day Rome-to describe and illustrate their understanding- draw 5 of your own.  Who are your characters and why are they important, i.e. what is their significance to the play and or city of Rome? Illustrate these characters with: drawings, photos, diagrams, images, symbols, graphs, charts, and or pictures. Writing includes a short description of your character. For Example-e.g. Calphurnia was the wife of Julius Caesar.
Page Source: http://juliuscaesar-audrey.blogspot.com/

2-DICTIONARY-Student will find and present 40 new terms from the play, Julius Caesar, e.g ides of March, saucy, ode, and define and illustrate them in their Shakespearean dictionary. Make sure to include page sources-Example:
  • Praetor  (Classical Latin: [prajtor]) was a title granted by the government of Ancient Rome to men acting in one of two official capacities: The commander of an army, usually in the field, or the named commander before mustering the army; and an elected magistratus (magistrate) assigned varied duties (per the historical period). 
  • Page source-http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Praetor.
3-MUSIC-Student will find music reminiscent of the play, (5 songs total) or the Rome of Julius Caesar, which they can connect to and relate to Julius Caesar. For example-e.g. Overture to Julius Caesar by George Frideric Handel. 

Page Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eDZJrlEsgA

4-TIMELINE-Student will set the play, Julius Caesar in Historical context with an outstanding timeline. Student will choose at least 10 different historical events happening in other parts of the world while Shakespeare was writing his play (about 1599), and place them on a timeline to discover and illustrate what was happening in other parts of the world while Shakespeare was writing his awesome play, Julius Caesar. 
5- SYMBOLS- Students will find 15 symbols which symbolize a relation to the play, Rome or Italy and explain this symbols significance with a short description. For Example, e.g. an eagle symbolizes the might of the Roman army.

Essay- Each student will present a separate expository essay on 1 of 2 essay questions.
  • Though Julius Caesar focuses on the struggles between powerful men, what role do the plebeians, or common people, play? Are they as fickle as Flavius and Murellus claim in the opening scene? How important is their support to the successes of the various military leaders and the outcome of the play? The play depicts Rome at a time of transition between republic and empire—a time in which, theoretically, the Roman people are losing their power. What role do the people themselves play in this transition?
  • Consider Brutus’s actions. Is he right to join the conspiracy against Caesar? What are his reasons? Does he choose to join the conspiracy, or is he tricked by Cassius? How do Cassius’s motivations compare to Brutus’s? Are they more noble or less noble?
Page Source: http://www.sparknotes.com/shakespeare/juliuscaesar/study.html
      Your Life is your Play. Write the scenes YOU Want to Feel !!! 
Questions? Please feel free to email me at:
robertkpitts@gmail.com
robertpitts@gimnasiofontana.edu.co

Sweet Shakespearean Web Pages from Trimester II-Grade10-A.B .C








Student Web Pages:

Watch, Read and Learn...or NOT-..."you can lead a horse to water, but can't make him drink..."
Brave New World-The Movie:
2009-05-Amusing-Ourselves-to-Death



Trimester 3-2011 @ Gimnasio Fontana

BNW Terms: 
http://www.gradesaver.com/brave-new-world/study-guide/glossary-of-terms/

how brave does one need to ever be in a pre-ordained world...?
Sex, Drugs and Rock n' Roll
BE CAREFUL, If you read,  Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, you might get turned on...just don't drop out... soma,soma,soma,soma,soma, soma
CLONING: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somatic_cell_nuclear_transferhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somatic_cell_nuclear_transfer
...WHAT IF everyone was on drugs,,,then it would be a crime to NOT be ON drugs...?!  what..?somasomasomasomasomasomasomasomasoma




Gimnasio Fontana               
Class:  English-11-A/B/C
LO: Future Classroom discussion /writing subjects

 Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley, explores many themes that are relevant in our current culture.

1. How are our minds manipulated by outside sources such as the media, government and peers? Is this always "bad" for us?


2. What are the ethical issues surrounding human cloning? Are there any scenarios where it could be justified?


3. What steps should a government take to keep order among its people?


4. Where does one draw the line between protection and personal freedom?


5. Why is it important to conform?


6. Why is it important to be different?


7. What is psychological conditioning?


8. What function does a caste system serve?

9.Look up dystopia or negative utopia and explain why Brave New World is considered a novel in that genre.

10.Read and comment on the paragraph on page 99 or 149 that begins “I know. But that’s all the more reason for severity.” 

12. John Savage and Mustapha Mond discuss civilization in chapter17. John says two startling things: “What you need is something with tears for a change. Nothing costs enough here” and “But I don’t w ant comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin.” Take the side of Mond and Savage and clarify the points of view of each.

13.What is the significance of choosing Henry Ford as “God?”

14. The name John Savage could be considered ironic. Explain how.
15. Though Huxley’s brave new world seems less human in the way we are accustomed to living, explain the positive aspects of his society. What aspects would you particularly like and why?

16.Which character in the novel would you be and why?

17.  What is most illogical or improbably about Huxley’s civilization?

18. Knowing what you know about the HIV virus and the communicability of AIDS, discuss the impact it would have in Huxley’s society. Factor in exponential progression, time and psychological implications.





Ø    Gimnasio Fontana
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Trimester II
Helpful Links to start your Essay
In this Linkin Park, music video below, we can see a great example of Gothic Architecture reminiscent of Orwellian London.
--- Links about 1984 by George Orwell
                                The World of 1984 by George Orwell
1984-You Tube Films:
                       Random Literary Analysis about 1984:

Future Assignment:
  • Find a song which relates to the current theme and print or email the lyrics to the class
  • Listen and present the song and lyrics in class.
  • Discuss why the song is relevant to the current class theme.
For example: The song,  And Justice for All by Metallica is relevant to the current book, 1984 by George Orwell because the chosen lyrics below talk about the theme of oppression and control of the people by the government:
                         METALLICA ROCKS !!!
Halls of Justice Painted Green
Money Talking
Power Wolves Beset Your Door
Hear Them Stalking
Soon You'll Please Their Appetite
They Devour
Hammer of Justice Crushes You
Overpower

The Ultimate in Vanity
Exploiting Their Supremacy
I Can't Believe the Things You Say
I Can't Believe
I Can't Believe the Price You Pay
Nothing Can Save You

Justice Is Lost
Justice Is Raped
Justice Is Gone
Pulling Your Strings
Justice Is Done
Seeking No Truth
Winning Is All
Find it So Grim
So True
So Real

Apathy Their Stepping Stone
So Unfeeling
Hidden Deep Animosity
So Deceiving
Through Your Eyes Their Light Burns
Hoping to Find
Inquisition Sinking You
With Prying Minds

The Ultimate in Vanity
Exploiting Their Supremacy
I Can't Believe the Things You Say
I Can't Believe
I Can't Believe the Price You Pay
Nothing Can Save You

Justice Is Lost
Justice Is Raped
Justice Is Gone
Pulling Your Strings
Justice Is Done
Seeking No Truth
Winning Is All
Find it So Grim
So True
So Real

Lady Justice Has Been Raped
Truth Assassin
Rolls of Red Tape Seal Your Lips
Now You're Done in
Their Money Tips Her Scales Again
Make Your Deal
Just What Is Truth? I Cannot Tell
Cannot Feel

The Ultimate in Vanity
Exploiting Their Supremacy
I Can't Believe the Things You Say
I Can't Believe
I Can't Believe the Price We Pay
Nothing Can Save Us

Justice Is Lost
Justice Is Raped
Justice Is Gone
Pulling Your Strings
Justice Is Done
Seeking No Truth
Winning Is All
Find it So Grim
So True
So Real

Seeking No Truth
Winning Is All
Find it So Grim
So True
So Real
..And Justice for All Lyrics
Artist(Band):
Metallica


For me the song talks about how money controls government and the people really have no voice or say in determining their own fate.-Robert

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