Foulcher is a poet, but also a teacher. His poem ‘Martin and the Hand Grenade’ was based upon a history lesson he taught. ‘The class pauses for history’ uses ‘history’ as a pun to show the setting was a history lesson and the class was waiting for their next instruction, and also because the class is pausing to experience war before they are born. Foulcher was inspired to write this poem not only by the lesson itself, but also by the naïve response that children have to war which contrasts with the response of adults. An adult’s understanding of the seriousness of war can be seen through the imagery used where Martin ‘edges out the firing pin’ of the grenade, ‘fingers the serrations’ with ‘his father’s bleak skill’.
Urban Schools Film Festival Written Critique: Lean on Me Lean on Me is a 1989 film based on the true story of a principal, Joe Clark, hired to run one of the worst schools in the state New Jersey, Eastside High. His mission is to turn this school around completely in one year’s time, as well as bring order and peace to this crime, drug, and graffiti infested institution. On top of all that, he must also bring up the learning level of the students so they can pass the state’s minimum basic skills test (www.imdb.com). To me, this film is seemingly based largely on urban school stereotypes and the general public’s perception of them. The stereotypes and clichés shown throughout this film of urban schools, teachers, students, and families represent a vague idea of the reality of these environments.
The movie, Dead Poets Society directed by Peter Weir is set in an American private school during a time of romanticism in the first half of the twentieth century. Dead Poetâ€™s Society negotiates the transition of poetry and life as an unconventional English teacher encourages a group of private school boys to seize the day. The boys intimidate the teachers youth by reforming the dead poetâ€™s society and getting in touch with romanticism and their true inner life. However a fathers controlling nature pushes Neil Perry to his limits as the stress of all work and no play takes its toll. It is this scene where Neil sacrifices himself that has greatest impact and adds overall effectiveness to the movie.
Dead Poets Society (1989) Dead Poets Society is a story of an English teacher named John Keating (Played by Robin Williams), who inspires his students to be themselves and change their lives and “ Seize the Day” through his teaching of poetry and literature. Neil Perry, Todd Anderson, Knox Overstreet, Charlie Dalton , Richard Cameron, Steven Meeks, and Gerard Pitts are senior students of the Welton Academy, which is the best elementary school in America and the values is defined by the headmaster Gale Nolan as tradition, honor, discipline and excellence. John Keating, a former student at the school, begins working in the school as an English teacher. He tells his students to call him “O Captain! My Captain!” In his class, he is making unusual works for his students in teaching them.
Breanne Gray Characterization Paper October 24th, 2013 Period 9 A True Gentleman “He had announced in the schoolyard that day before that Scout Finch’s daddy defended n-words,” Cecil Jacobs (Lee 74). In To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch plays the role of the protagonist who fights through Maycomb’s thick racism. Finch demonstrates a very strong sense of justice and teaches his children the same. No matter what the situation is he maintains his integrity. His character is so sterling in nature that he could have been boring or irritating if Harper Lee had not written him so beautifully and believably.
t Petty Mrs. Anderson English II 6hr. 7 September 2012 Problem Solver Before Clint’s father left for war, he talked to him about how he has to be the man of the house while his dad is away. He made the promise that he will be the man he wants him to be. But Clint gets into a lot of problems at school, and he cannot solve them like a man. In Reginald McKnight’s story, “the kind of like that shines on Texas,” he suggest that it takes a boy to make problems, but it takes a man to solve them.
Director Boaz Yakin's REMEMBER THE TITANS captures the heart of high school football while tackling the sins of its fathers, chronicling the true story of the undefeated 1971 T.C. Williams team of Alexandria, Virginia, which was the first integrated high school team in the state. The players represent a hotbed of racial tension, but as the team struggle towards unity and gridiron glory, Remember the Titans builds on several subplots and character dynamics to become an inspirational drama. It tackles the issues of race and bigotry, and does so in a typically blunt and head-on fashion. The year is 1971, and Alexandria, Virginia is under federal mandate to integrate its schools.
Challenges like tug of war, wrestling and a display on handling bow and arrows and spear for target shooting are organized. The best and strongest are instantly initiated into the secret society while the least ones are only given garments to show they have grown into adolescents. Another example of initiation/ rite of passage can be seen in the story “Battle Royal” by Ralph Ellison. Here he describes a rite of passage event at the start of the story whereby the protagonist grandfather on his deathbed called his father to his bedside and
He also admits to feeling responsible for his mother’s death. Since Baba likes soccer, Amir tries to like it as well, albeit unsuccessfully. In chapter 4 The story jumps back in time to 1933, the year Baba is born and Zahir Shah becomes king of Afghanistan. Around the same time, two young men who are driving while drunk and high hit and kill Ali’s parents. Amir’s grandfather takes the young Ali in, and Ali and Baba grow up togetherDuring one reading session under their favorite pomegranate tree, Amir begins to make up his own story while he is reading to Hassan.
Jim Keenan English 101 It Puts The Lotion In The Basket As most kids gradually start to read more and more as they mature, I was one of the few who didn't learn to enjoy reading until senior year of highschool. The teachings of Tom Alessandri were the sole cause of my newfound appreciation for literature. All it takes is the inspiration of one individual to turn someone onto reading and writing. Tom Alessandri was the last highschool English teacher I had, taking his Science Fiction & Horror Literature class. While many people would be discouraged by the title of the class alone, I was intrigued and immediately signed up.