Fashion photography by Norman Parkinson, India, 1950s. (RT @Ardat_Lili89: RT @theniftyfifties Photo: Fashion photography by Norman Parkinson, India, 1950s.
Angela Forshee's insight:
This photography blog has many pictures of 1950s style, fashion, and pop culture, allowing students who are sensitive to visual stimulus to view the world of the play, so when they read it they are more likely to visualize it effectively.
In my opinion, there is no unit of ELA study that will not benefit from the inclusion of fairy tales. This can be as simple as using picture books to introduce compare/contrast or basic thematic analysis terms (plot line, setting, character, conflict, mood) and it can be or as complex as formal readings of critical texts
All of Mad Men's central characters have troubled home lives and uneasy relationships to traditional marriage, expressed through the repressed housewife, the philandering husband, the mistress/secretary, the single mother, the closeted homosexual and the inter-racial couple. Consequently, many of Mad Men's characters seem more "at home" in the workplace than they do anywhere else, even though the constant jockeying for position and subtle shifts in traditional sex roles have created a destabilized environment where belonging is an ever-present concern.
This article discusses the set of Mad Men, an era-style television show that is currently playing. It discusses the process behind designing the homes, rooms, and different set locations and the context behind each one. This would be useful for students to begin to see symbolism in set and tech design.
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Angela Forshee's insight:
Death of a Salesman deals with the American dream and many middle class worries. This article could give good insight to the concerns of middle class citizens, and allow students to read the text with more the eye of the characters.
Part of script analysis is understanding why people do what they do. Though this article pertains to the themes of depression and suicide found in Death of a Salesman, it also give the reader a view of how suicide can affect a family, friends, and other loved ones. As students read more about the psychology of human behavior, they will begin to understand the behavior as it relates to characters in a play, allowing them to begin creating 3D characters instead of stock characters.
One way to analyse a script is through Burkean analysis, which utilizes word, sentence, theme, and scenic repetitions to locate important moments and ideas of a play. This article demonstrates, using Lord of the Rings, different methods of such, including word counts and repetitive topics.