Friday, February 20, 2009

Classics

Played these awesome cats (The Treniers) and Mr. Inimitable (CC) for my junior English class; knocked 'em dead.





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Blogger anno said...

What fun!! Was this background for an assignment, or a prompt? Because, you know, other teachers might be interested.

8:26 AM  
Blogger murat11 said...

Anno: Just pure fun, with some expanding minds as well. Something to go along with all the African American lit we've been reading this month. These clips were all on a video I found at the biblioteca: "Jumpin' and Jivin'." Along with Cab and the Treniers, there were Fats Waller, Lionel Hampton, Duke, Count Basie, Lena Horne...

One student was so smitten with Cab's "Minnie" that he made me play it over a half dozen times, then spent a whole evening trying to load it up on his myspace. Back the next day, made me play it again, and then proceeded to tell me all he'd found out researching Cab the night before...

Now, that's what I call eddication...

8:55 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

pascha (or should i say murat: these blog identities are so confusing, this is crusoe by the way, aka maria), are you a high school teacher too? english?

i assume from your writing voice you are a guy, but i might be mistaken...

sorry for all the sleuthing!

9:12 AM  
Blogger murat11 said...

Maria: Murat, middle name; Paschal, first name. The terribly pedestrian "Pat" is what I am typically called, save for Dad by my son. I came way too late to the party of my wonderful first name to change my walking / waking identity. Kids (and it seemed teachers, too) back in the early 1960s had no idea how to pronounce Paschal. My attempts to shift name-gears as an adult failed miserably. Hence, the beauty of blog-identities, reclaiming names. I've just been informed by my junior English class (yes, English teacher; yes, guy) that my name is now ZenMaster Booker (last name). I'll take it.

Hey, sleuth away! Funny you should be asking, because there are questions I've been dying to ask you, but I wasn't sure just how much you liked your island there.

11:01 AM  

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