Baraka: Pure cinema at the core of remarkable film

Baraka: Pure cinema at the core of remarkable film

“Baraka” It isn’t a travelogue. It isn’t a documentary. It isn’t a feature film. It doesn’t have any dialogue. There are no star actors. There isn’t even a plot. Yet, this remarkable film goes straight to your heart and intellect in a uniquely compelling way. Here are...
On the Line (Auf der Strecke)

On the Line (Auf der Strecke)

This Swiss film is such a great example of all we’ve been talking about, I thought I’d wrap up our short films unit with it. Pretty good film, isn’t it? It was nominated for an Oscar in 2009 in the live-action short film category. As for the assignment, log in to our...
A word about Skyward

A word about Skyward

Okay, okay. I’ll admit it: As a teacher, I despise Skynet… er, ah, Skyward. However, as a parent of an MTHS student, I love Skyward Family Access.
So, I understand that I’m trying to have it both ways when it comes to this wonderful, horrible Web tool. Of course I want to know how my son is doing in his classes, but I don’t want to be enslaved to updating Skyward on a daily basis for my students.
But, it’s more complicated than that. Let me explain…

Have you planted “Marigolds”?

Have you planted “Marigolds”?

Eugenia Collier’s short story challenges us to think about that moment when we transition from youth to adulthood. It’s clear that her narrator has thought about this deeply, and only after several years has she been able to put her thoughts and experiences into...