Thursday, May 29, 2008

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

A Midsummer Night's Dream - Part of Act 3, Scene 2

Not the best quality, but worth a watch.

Shameless Self-Promotion

As we approach the end of the year, I wanted to name two upcoming events that I am involved in.

1) PEN New England Reading on June 7th @ 4:00 p.m. at the Barnes and Noble in Boston. I will read excerpts of my novel in progress. The information is below.

2) Seussical the Musical - June 6th and 7th @ 7:00 p.m. It is at Fourth Presbyterian Church in South Boston. 340 Dorchester Street. I have spent the last ten Tuesdays teaching 70 elementary school kids to sing and dance.

Both events are free and open to the public. You are more than welcome to attend. Both are good, clean fun. I am firm believer in life-long learning. These are two examples of ways I am still striving to increase my understanding of English (writing and literature) and hone my skills as a director. IT NEVER STOPS and it shouldn't.

Here is the information on the reading:
PEN/New England and U. Mass Boston will sponsor a reading by a six local students from the Lesley MFA Program in Creative Writing

Place: BU Bookstore (BU Barnes & Noble in Kenmore Square )
Date/Time: June 7, 2008, 4:00 pm.


· Jennifer Badot, poetry
· Jessica Belt, nonfiction
· Philip Holland, fiction
· Alyssa Lovell, poetry
· Sareeka Rai, fiction
· Sean Walsh, young adult fiction

Lesley MFA Program Director Steven Cramer will introduce the readers read briefly from his own work.

Sponsored by PEN New England and coordinated by Barbara Perez, an MFA student at U. Mass Boston, and Joyce Peseroff, Director of the MFA Program at U. Mass Boston, the reading series is intended to connect students, faculty members, and artists in Boston area, and to foster an atmosphere of mutual inspiration.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Annotated Bibliography

For the research you will use in your presentation, your group will create an annotated bibliography.
An annotated bibliography "is a list of citations to books, articles, and documents. Each citation is followed by a brief (usually about 150 words) descriptive and evaluative paragraph, the annotation. The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited" (

The bibliography uses MLA format for citation of sources. Click on this link or refer to the Writer's Inc. book on how to properly cite your sources. Your group will be graded on the accuracy of your citations.

Your response to your citation should address the following questions (to the best of your ability). Your writing style should be scholarly, not in the first person, not a journal entry:
Write a concise annotation that summarizes the central theme and scope of the book or article. Include one or more sentences that (a) evaluate the authority or background of the author, (b) comment on the intended audience, (c) compare or contrast this work with another you have cited, or (d) explain how this work illuminates your bibliography topic. (

A sample annotated bibliography can be found here. Notice that this site refers to the need of writing in the present tense. A habit you MUST kick.


Monday, May 19, 2008

Procrastination...., which is a great news and culture website, has a special issue on Procrastination. I stumbled upon as I was working on your grades.

Friday, May 16, 2008

A Poem for the Weekend

I’m a riddle in nine syllables,
An elephant, a ponderous house,
A melon strolling on two tendrils.
O red fruit, ivory, fine timbers!
This loaf’s big with its yeasty rising.
Money’s new-minted in this fat purse.
I’m a means, a stage, a cow in calf.
I’ve eaten a bag of green apples,
Boarded the train there’s no getting off.

- Sylvia Plath

What’s the answer, you say? NO CHEATING!!!!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

More on Feet (Poetic Feet that is)

I just wanted to post some information on different meters and beat used in A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Here is information on Trochiac Tetrameter used by the fairies.

Here is great information on Iambic Pentameter. Here is some more on verse and poetry in Shakespeare's world. It is a glossary and AWESOME!

Friday, May 9, 2008

I just added...

I added to the class links, a link to the complete text of A Midsummer Night's Dream. You can use this for your explication and reading. Enjoy.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Shakespeare, Inc.

Could Shakespeare survive Hollywood? How would the BARD do in our modern world?

Listen to this radio story on NPR - It is about eight minutes in length.

Write a response, addressing the following:

1) What did you find interesting about this radio cast? What did you learn? What did you question?

2) Do you believe Shakespeare would survive in Hollywood and our modern world? Why or Why not?

Your response should be a brief paragraph and refer specifically to the audio show. The assignment is due May 9th.