Sunday, March 31, 2013

Billie Holiday - Nickie & Michelle

Billie Holiday is one of the best known jazz singers of all time. She not only brought love and passion into her career, but she also brought a new sound altogether. Unlike the typical upbeat, smooth songs that everyone was used to, Billie had what some would say a "slow, rough quality" to her voice. Despite all of her many struggles throughout her life, Billie's music remained of the most important. Billie Holiday developed her own intimate, personal style, and is now a legendary status in jazz music.

1. Childhood/Name
Many people, when they hear the name Billie Holiday, tend to think she's a man. The funny thing about that is that her real name isn't even Billie; it's Eleanor Harris or Eleanor Fagan.

2. Accomplishments
Billie's major breakthrough was in 1933, when she was only 18 years old. She was discovered by producer John Hammond in a night club, and he stated that she was the "greatest singer her had ever heard."

3. Influences
Although Billie had several different influences on her musical career, her biggest inspiration was Lester Young. He helped her create her music "to highlight her unconventional talents." These talents included her ability to improvise phrasing and melodies, which was never done before.

4. Compare/Contrast
In many ways, Billie Holiday is a lot like Whitney Houston...but they have their differences as well.

5. Conclusion
Billie Holiday was an inspiration to all musicians, but especially to jazz musicians. She brought to the table something different and unexpected, and she was not afraid to be judged. She simply lived her life the way she wanted it to and didn't let anyone tell her differently.

Outline - Lauren U and Janaki

Outline for Fred and Ginger Rogers
I.                   Intro
a.       Ginger Rogers
b.      Fred Astaire
                                                              i.      How their style affected everyone
                                                            ii.      How their separate dancing affected everyone
II.                Compare and contrast
a.       Michael Jackson
III.             Dances from 1933-1939
a.       1933 (Flying Down to Rio)
b.      1934 (The Gay Divorce)
c.       1935 (Roberta)
d.      1935 (Top Hat)
e.       1936 (Swing Time)
f.       1937 (Shall We Dance)
g.      1938 (Carefree)
h.      1939 (The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle)
IV.             The Great Depression
a.       1933
                                                              i.      When everything began to fall and Hitler began to take his rise.
b.      1934
                                                              i.      The changes in the world caused the next world war
c.       1935
                                                              i.      The depression was still happening but new life was forming
1.      Babe Ruth hit his final home run
2.      Monopoly came out
3.      Penguin Books were made
4.      Amelia Earhart flew
V.                How Fred and Ginger affected America
a.       Through the years they were together and the great depression
b.      When they were separated
VI.             A video of Fred and Ginger dancing

Outline- Jackie Robinson- Nate Carey, Justin Bush

Jackie Robinson was an integral part in the Civil Rights Movement. He had the first large step in equality, by breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball. He had the courage not to fight back against people physically, but did so with his actions in a peaceful way. After his baseball career, he contributed to the Civil Rights Movement through the NAACP. Jackie was a symbol of hope that people of any race could live their American Dream. He changed the culture around baseball which started a trend against segregation.
1. Courage/Tenacity
Comparison and Contrast to other African American players at the time. He was not the best player in the Negro Leagues, but he could “turn the other cheek”.

2. Civil Rights Movement
Talk a small amount on how he broke the color barrier which was the first big achievement in civil rights. Also about his other achievements in civil rights through the NAACP, and his relationship with Martin Luther King Jr.
3. American Dream
How Jackie Robinson impacted the American Dream of many other people. People of other races than white could play baseball, and have the dream of doing what they really want. He was a symbol of hope.
4. Culture Change
How sports bring people together and his bank and construction company after baseball. How Jackie changed the trend against segregation.

The impact of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier without fighting back, and how this event started a larger discussion of equality in our country.

We will include quotes from Jackie Robinson himself, Branch Rickey, the Dodger's manager, and Martin Luther King Jr. in our slideshow. We also have several pictures of him playing baseball, and some showing adversity that he faced. We may show some of the trailer of the movie "42" as well because it adds emphasis to how much hate that Jackie Robinson faced while breaking the color barrier of baseball.

Bill Gates Outline - Cody and Chris

I.                    Who is Bill Gates?
a.      Bill Gates is both an innovator in technology and a genius of the business world. His company, Microsoft has revolutionized the world of personal computing and employed hundreds of thousands of people. His exploits in technology have benefited the world for almost forty years. Today he is one of the world's richest men and also one of the world's most charitable. 
b.      Childhood and family
c.       Bill first became interested in computers at the age of thirteen
d.      Dropped out of Harvard in 1975 to join Paul Allen at MITS
e.      Co-founded Micro-Soft this same year alongside Paul Allen
II.                  Bill Gates innovation on Technology
a.      Though many would argue that Bill Gates innovations are not truly his (and rightfully so) his expertise in the tactics of business have made an enormous impact on modern technology.
b.      What did he do to change the world?
·         Developed the first widely used graphic operating system.
·         Through Microsoft, he basically made personal computing what it is today
c.       How did he do it?
·         Talk about VisiCorp
·         Aggressive business tactics
d.      How would the world be different?
·         Computers would not be what they are today
e.      Who has he impacted?
·         Every person who has used a computer with a Windows OS
·         Hundreds of thousands of people employed by Microsoft
·         Everyone (Talk about how much industry relies on graphical interface)
III.                Modern day comparison: Mark Zuckerberg
a.      There are several individuals who possess qualities similar to Gates, Mark Zuckerberg (creator of facebook) is almost eerily similar.
b.      Became interested in computers at age twelve
c.       Also attended Harvard and eventually dropped out of school to create/grow his own company (Facebook)
d.      American Billionaire, one of the world's youngest
e.      Different type of business but goes along in the technology field
IV.               Bill Gates gives back
a.      Bill Gates can teach the world a great deal about giving back to society.
b.      Forbes #1 Most Generous People.
c.       Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Presentation-Morgan and kelsie

In this presentation we will be discussing the success that Shawn Johnson has achieved at such a young age.  Shawn is 21 year old Olympian Gold Medalist in gymnastics for the United States.  Through Shawn's hard work and dediction, she has become a role model to some.  She has had to over come some obstacles but she has still maintained her well reputation. 
Slide One- Basic layout of who Shawn is
Slide two- Honors
Slide three- honors continued
Slide four- video
slide five-comparision
slide six- video
slide seven- conclusion

Outline - Frank Lloyd Wright. Brittney and Dan

Frank Lloyd Wright has been big influence to the world of architecture and the way Americans look at design. From playing with building blocks as a child to witnessing many changes happening around the world, Frank Lloyd Wright has always had an interest in building and designing both houses and furniture. While he never actually finished college or got a degree, he received an honor Doctorate of Fine Arts for being such a successful architect, at the age of 88. Many different ideas that Lloyd had are still around today such as organic architecture and individualism. Frank Lloyd Wright was able to take the designs of Louis Sullivan and create an American style of architecture.
First thing that we will start with will just be an introduction to who Frank Lloyd Wright was and some personal background information. Some example will be he didn’t go to college but got an honorary degree. Also this will include that Wright worked for Louis Sullivan.
Next we will move on to some information as to who was Louis Sullivan. Some discussion will be what he created and what job Wright had with him. Finally, some information will be given to why Wright left working with Sullivan.
The ideas of how Frank Lloyd Wright designed his building and how they are very different then his former boss, Louis Sullivan. Some of Wright’s styles was the use of organic Architecture and the idea of individualism. Also Wright wanted America to have our own type of architecture.
The best way to show what Frank Lloyd Wright has created is to use photos of the different buildings he has created. Also the use of Lego models will help give a better visual understanding of some of Wright’s work.
Finally to wrap up the presentation we will discuss how building styles have changed since Wright. Also the legacy of what Wright has created and what the future of architecture is.

Outline (Aristotle)

1.       Who is Aristotle?
a.       One of the greatest philosophers of all time, Aristotle was a Greek polymath born in Chalcidice. Learning from the very best, he gained his knowledge and groundwork from two other very well-known philosophers: Plato and Socrates. Studying subjects from poetry to meta-physics, his understanding of the world at the time was beyond comparison.  However, his love for learning did not come from any outside motives. The drive to learn and teach was one that for Aristotle was very innate. His motivation to understand the world around him lacked any great reward. He learned simply for the sake of learning.
b.      The Father of most notably everything
c.       Student of both Plato and Socrates
                                                               i.      The first teacher
                                                             ii.      Taught Alexander the Great
                                                            iii.      Great teachers create great students. The process of passing down the importance of education can create equally great teachers.
d.      Learned: Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Ethics, Deductive reasoning, History, Logic, Metaphysics, Rhetoric, Philosophy of mind and science, Physics, Poetry, Political theory, Psychology, Scientific Theory, Zoology
                                                               i.      Zoology: Actually went out into the world to learn, rather than lacking the actual experience from learning
e.      “The last person to know everything there was to be known in his time.”
f.        Brought about the entirety of Aristotelian thinking
                                                               i.      Still taught in American classrooms
2.       Expanding knowledge as a value
a.       Expanding upon knowledge with enthusiasm is the only way to truly learn something.
b.      Education is extremely important and should be respected as such
c.       Internal gain, not external
d.      Knowing things to know them
e.      Practices and certain motions aren’t always in use, but foundations were built
3.       American dream
a.       The American Dream is all about progressing forward and building upon previous foundations.
b.      Focuses on constant improvement
                                                               i.      Both in science and the quality of human life
c.       Nothing is ever finished and can be improved
4.       Liberal Education
a.       To further this dream and appreciation for building upon knowledge, that enthusiasm needs to be rekindled.
b.      Christopher B. Nelson
                                                               i.      President of St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland
                                                             ii.      “Learning for the Sake of Learning”
                                                            iii.      “The reward for learning attributable to a desire to know—simply for its own sake—is something I want to call “happiness.” This is not a fulfillment that comes to an end in the gratification of a desire, but an activity, an active engagement in an ongoing project that best defines what it means to be human.”
                                                           iv.      Cultivate a love of learning
                                                             v.      Quotes Socrates’ love as well

1.       John Dewey
a.       Education is a process concerning both the children’s interactions with the knowledge and their interests in it.  
                                                               i.      Education is social and interactive
1.       Helps social reform when allowed to experience the world around them
2.       Emphasized own learning
                                                             ii.      A way of knowledge and learning how to live
                                                            iii.      Inactivity the student
1.       "the child is simply the immature being who is to be matured; he is the superficial being who is to be deepened"
2.       Connections must be made for knowledge to be retained
3.       Take into account the student’s interests.
2.       College Education
a.       There’s a certain feel to university life that can leave little room for complete interest classes.
                                                              i.      Classes that have to be taken
1.       Majors and minors
                                                            ii.      Classes that should be taken
1.       Extra important classes for well rounding
                                                          iii.      Classes that actually interest the student
1.       Too expensive to consider after all the others
                                                           iv.      No more jack of all trades educations
1.       Specialization is key in our culture