Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Native American "Badlands"

Hey Freshman - here is an example of a blog post that connects an interpretation of the song "Badlands" with what we have learned and talked about in terms of Native Americans. There is also a comment by Mrs. Panarelli below to show you what we are looking for in terms of how you should be commenting on your classmates' posts. Now it's your turn! Read below and then post a lyric response on your own site!


 My perception of the Native American culture has changed drastically over the course of my lifetime. As a young person, I knew very little about the native people of our country. Over time, and with a great deal of research, I have come to understand that Native Americans' lives are very different from what I had once  thought. In fact, when I listen to the song, "Badlands" by Bruce Springsteen, I can make a variety of connections between the lyrics and to the lives of these indigenous people. Although I'm fairly certain that Bruce Springsteen did not have Indians in mind when he wrote the song, I do know that his sentiments can be connected to anyone who has ever had to struggle to get by in life.

When Springsteen writes, "Girl, I don't give a damn for the same old played out scenes, I don't give a damn for just the in-betweens" I think of the boy in the Frontline video that we watched in class. I specifically connect these lines with Robert, the young boy, who had a dream of being president despite the challenges that he faces everyday. Despite the poverty that surrounds him, despite the fact that his mother is an alcoholic, Robert doesn't "give a damn about his same old played out scenes". He wants to break free of his own "Badlands"  and make something of himself, even though the odds are against him. He has hope.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Stereotypes and Ignorance

Take a look at the video below and think about the underlining message? What is it? What techniques are being used? Do you think the message is relevant? Does the producer of the video achieve the desired goal? How does it connect to the Sherman Alexie Video? Copy these questions into a blog post and respond in a thoughtful, well developed response. You may include an image if you feel it enhances your response. When you are done, read and respond to at least five of your classmates posts. Don't just say, "good point" or "great post"; anyone can say that! You are smart - think deeply and respond appropriately!