Friday, August 10, 2018

The Frog Prince: The Grimm Brothers' Fairy Tales Story Time ESL Listening

(TESOL Worksheets--The Brothers Grimm Fairy TalesStory Time ESL Listening)
Worksheet: drivedocspub
Video: HERE, Quizlet: HERE

I did this video two times.  The first time there weren't any big disasters, but I thought my voice was a bit tired, so I did it again.  The first video is HERE


Suggested Use:
Step 1: Look at the vocabulary. Check any words that you don’t know in your dictionary.
Step 2: Listen to the video. (Listen only.  Don’t look at the reading yet).
Step  3: Practice the Vocabulary on Quizlet
Step 4: Watch the video again.  This time look at the reading. Read and listen at the same time.
Step 5: Practice the vocabulary on Quizlet again:
Step 6: Listen one last time.  The last time, don’t look at the reading.

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Proper names:
Names of people: Henry

The Frog Prince
Once upon a time, there lived a king who had many daughters.  All of his daughters were beautiful, but the youngest daughter was the most beautiful of them all.
Nearby the king’s castle there was a dark forest, and next to an old tree in this forest there was a well.  (A “well” is a deep hole in the ground from which people can get water.)  On hot days, the youngest princess used to sit by the well, because it was very cool.
The princess had a golden ball that she liked to play with.  She loved this golden ball very much--it was her favorite toy.  The princess liked to throw the ball up into the air, and catch it again. 
But one day, as the princess was throwing the ball up, and catching it, she accidentally dropped the ball, and it fell into the well, and sank into the water.  And the well was so deep that the princess couldn’t see the bottom.
Because this ball was the princess’s favorite toy, she was very sad.  She started crying.  She cried louder and louder.
“Why are you crying Princess?” someone said.  The princess looked around to see who was talking, but she couldn’t see anybody.  Then she heard the voice again.  “What’s wrong Princess?  Why are you crying?”
The princess looked down, and saw that the voice was coming from a frog.  “Oh, it’s you frog,” she said.  “I am crying because I have lost my favorite toy, a golden ball, which fell into the well.”
“Stop your crying,” said the frog.  “I can help you.  But what will you give me if I bring your ball back to you?”
“You can have anything you want,” said the princess.  “My clothes, my jewellery, even my golden crown which I am wearing now.”
But the frog said, “I’m a frog.  I can’t use clothes, or jewellery, or a golden crown.  What I want is for you to love me.  I want to be your best friend, and to be with you all the time.  I want to sit with you at the table during mealtimes, and eat food off of your golden plate, and drink out of your little cup, and sleep in your bed with you.  If you promise me all of these things, I will swim down and get your golden ball.”
“Oh yes, I promise,” said the princess.  “You can have all of that if you will bring me my ball back again.”  But in her head, the princess was thinking, “What a stupid frog!  He lives in the water here with other frogs.  He can’t be best friends with a human, and he can’t possibly come to the castle with me.”
As soon as the frog heard the princess’s promise, he put his head into the water and swam down.  After a short time, he came swimming back with the golden ball in his mouth, and threw the ball on the grass.
The princess was so happy to see her golden ball again that she forgot all about the frog and her promise.  She picked up her golden ball and ran back to the castle.  “Wait! Wait!” called the frog, as loudly as he could.  “Princess, pick me up and take me with you! I cannot run as fast as you can.”  But it did him no good.  The princess ran back to the castle, and the frog had to go back to his well again.
The next evening, the princess was eating dinner with the king and with all her sisters.  While they were eating, they heard a splashing sound coming up the staircase, and then, when the sound got to the top of the staircase, there was a knock on the door.  And a voice cried out, “Princess! Youngest Princess! Open the door for me.”  The princess ran to see who it was, but when she opened the door, she didn’t see anyone.  Then she looked down at the ground, and there was the frog, sitting there.
The princess quickly shut the door, and went back to her seat at the table.  She was very frightened, and the king saw that she was troubled.  So the king asked, “My child, what are you afraid of?  Is there a giant outside who wants to carry you away?”
“No,” the princess replied.  “It’s not a giant.  It’s a disgusting frog.”
“A frog?” said the king.  “What does a frog want with you?”
“Ah, dear father,” the princess said, “Yesterday, I was in the forest sitting by the well and playing with my golden ball, when my ball fell into the water.  Because I cried so much, the frog swam into the well and got my golden ball for me.  But the frog made me promise that we would be best friends, and that he would always be with me.  I promised him this, but I never thought that he would be able to come out of the water.  And now he is here, outside, and he wants to come in and be with me.”
While the princess was talking, there was a second knock at the door, and the frog cried out, “Princess! Youngest princess! Open the door for me! Don’t you remember what you said to me yesterday by the well? Princess! Youngest princess! Open the door for me!"
Then the King said, “You must keep your promises.  If you promised to let the frog stay with you, then you have to do it. Go to the door and let him in."
So the princess went and opened the door, and the frog hopped in and followed her to her chair. The princess sat down in her chair, but the frog was still down on the ground.  So the frog cried out, "Lift me up and put me on the chair next to you." The princess just sat there and didn’t do anything, until at last the king ordered her to do what the frog had said. 
Once the frog was on the chair, he asked to be on the table. So the princess put him on the table.  And when the frog was on the table, he said, "Now, push the little golden plate nearer to me, so that we can eat together." The princess did this, but it was easy to see that she was not happy. The frog ate happily, but the princess was very unhappy while she ate.
After some time, the frog said, "I have eaten and I am full. Now I am tired. Carry me into your room and make your bed ready, and we will both lie down and go to sleep."
The princess began to cry, for she was afraid of the cold frog which she did not like to touch, and she did not want the frog to sleep in her pretty, clean little bed. But the king got angry and said to the princess, "If someone helps you when you are in trouble, you must be thankful to them afterwards." So the princess picked up the frog with two fingers, and carried him upstairs, and put him in a corner of her room. Then she went into the bed by herself.  But the frog hopped over to the bed and said, “I am tired. I want to sleep in the nice bed just like you. Lift me up and put me in the bed or I will tell your father."
Then the princess became terribly angry.  She picked up the frog, and threw him against the wall as hard as she could.  “Be quiet, you horrible frog,” she said.
But then, an amazing thing happened.  The frog hit the wall, and fell down to the floor.  But when he hit the floor, he was no longer a frog, but a prince, a human prince, with beautiful kind eyes.
The princess was very surprised, but the prince told her his story.  A wicked witch had turned him into a frog.  The witch had left him in the well, and no one but a princess could break the witch’s magic, and turn him back into a prince.
When the princess saw how kind and nice the young prince was, she fell in love with him instantly.  And, it was easy to get married, because she had already promised him that they would always be together.  And her father, the king, had already told her that she must keep her promise.
So, they went to sleep, and in the morning, they got married, and they said goodbye to everyone in the castle, and they left together to go live in the prince’s kingdom.
They got into a beautiful carriage.  (A “carriage” is something that people rode in long ago before there were cars.  It has wheels, and is pulled by horses.)
Someone got out of the carriage to help the prince and the princess.  It was the prince’s servant, named Henry.  (A “servant” is someone whose job it is to help the prince.) Henry was so faithful that his nickname was Faithful Henry.  (If someone is “faithful”, it means that they will never forget you, and always help you, no matter what.) 
When the prince had been changed into a frog, Faithful Henry had been very sad. In fact, Faithful Henry had been so sad that he had been worried his heart would break.  So he had three iron bands put around his heart to protect it from breaking.  (A “band” is something you put around something.)
Faithful Henry helped the prince and the princess climb into the carriage.  Then, Faithful Henry got in the carriage himself, and rode behind them.
As they were riding away, the prince heard a crackling sound, that sounded like something was breaking.  So the prince turned around and cried out, “Henry, the carriage is breaking!”
“No, my prince,” said Faithful Henry.  “It is not the carriage.  It is the iron band around my heart.  When you were turned into a frog and put into the well, I was so sad that I had to put iron bands around my heart to protect it from breaking.  But now that I can see you again, I am so happy that my heart is growing bigger and bigger.  And the iron bands around my heart are beginning to break.”
Three times the prince heard a crackling sound, and each time the prince thought the carriage was breaking.  But each time, it was just another band on Henry’s heart.  The happier Henry became, the bigger his heart grew.
And so, the prince, the princess, and Faithful Henry rode away to live in the prince’s kingdom.  And they all lived happily ever after.

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Vlog: The Sandinista Revolution in Christian Periodicals (My Undergraduate Thesis)

The Sandinista Revolution in Christian Periodicals Part 2

The Sandinista Revolution in Christian Periodicals

Thor: The Dark World

(Movie Review)

Why I Saw This Movie
This movie came out 5 years ago, so obviously I'm a bit late on this one.
Back in 2013, I wasn't entirely committed to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  I would see the movies if they were convenient, but I would just as happily not see them.
Lately, though, I've been getting more and more sucked in.  (The Marvel movies have really been getting better and better lately.  All of the recent Marvel movies from the past couple years have been really good: Civil War, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Spider-Man, Ragnarok, Black Panther, and Infinity War--all excellent.)

So, the more I get sucked into these newer movies, the more I want to go back and catch the ones I've missed so I can pick up on the continuity notes.  (Several of the Marvel movies since have referenced events in Thor: The Dark World.  For example Ragnarok, and Infinity War.)
I've been wanting to see this movie for the past couple years now, but kept waiting for it to be on T.V.  (I know in this day and age you can find everything off of the Internet, but I hate watching action movies on my small computer screen.  I preferred to watch it in style on the big television screen.)
For the past couple years I had bad luck.  I would always turn the TV on right in the middle of this movie, or right when it was ending.  But then, this morning, I was flipping channels, and I caught this movie right at the beginning.  So I watched it, and here I am with my review.

The Positives
* The coolest thing about these Thor movies is how they blend Norse mythology with comic books.  The 9 Realms.  The Rainbow Bridge.  Vanaheimir.  The Dark Elves.  When I'm watching these Thor movies, I keep thinking: "What kind of whacked out comic book writing is this?" Only to go to Wikipedia, and discover that most of this comes directly from the original Norse Mythology. 
I'm given to understand this was how Jack Kirby wrote the original comics way back in the 1960s, although--comic book geek though I am--I'm not well read in my Thor.
(I also mentioned this in my review of Ragnarok.)

* The interaction between Thor and Loki was good.

* In retrospect, you can see that even back in 2013 they were setting up a lot of the pieces for Infinity War.  It's kind of cool how intricately they had this all planned out.

* Asgard was really visually appealing, but the dark world was really boring visually.

* The villains were really boring.

* I really liked Thor's three Warrior friends from the first movie.  They were played by delightfully quirky character-actors.  Plus I liked the idea of Thor having friends and teammates on Asgard, instead of just being a weird loner.
The good news is that they brought them all back for this sequel, but the bad news is that they were barely used.  (And what's worse is that they got killed of in Ragnarok, after again being barely used.  So... so much for those characters, I guess.)

* Natalie Portman wasn't really interesting in this movie.

The Review
You know, we had had so many really great Marvel movies lately, that I kind of forgot there was a period during phase 1 and phase 2 where a lot of these movies were pretty much just place-holders between the big event team-up movies.  But yeah, let's face it, some of these phase 2 movies were pretty forgettable.
This movie isn't bad.  It's competently done, and has a couple decent action scenes.
But it's not great either.  It's pretty meh.  The craziness of Asgard is under-utilized, and the new Dark World is just really boring.

Rating ;
4 out of 10 Stars.  (Maybe border-line 5 stars.)

Marvel Cinematic Universe Links:
1. Iron Man
2. The Incredible Hulk
3. Iron Man 2
4. Thor
5. Captain America: The First Avenger
6. The Avengers
7. Iron Man 3
8. Thor 2: Dark World
9. Captain America 2: Winter Soldier
10. Guardians of the Galaxy
11. Avengers: Age of Ultron
12. Ant-Man
13. Captain America 3: Civil War
14. Doctor Strange--Haven't seen yet
15. Guardians of the Galaxy 2
16. Spider-Man: Homecoming
17. Thor: Ragnarok
18. Black Panther
19. Avengers: Infinity War
20. Ant-Man and the Wasp

Video Review
Video review HERE and embedded below:

Link of the Day
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Tuesday, August 07, 2018

The Paris Commune: Our First Revolution

Stumbled upon this video, and I thought I'd post it here.  As someone who's read a lot about the Paris Commune over the years, I this was a pretty decent summary.  
In the abstract, the myth of the Paris Commune is pretty simple--the working class revolution against the bourgeoisie.  But once you delve into the actual historical details, it gets complicated quickly.  There were so many different factions and different personalities involved.
I think this video does as good a job as can be expected of making a simple narrative out of the whole thing.
My only criticism... the IWA actually didn't play much of a role in the Paris Commune.  (The association of the Paris Commune with Marx and the IWA is more myth than reality).  To its credit, this video acknowledges that Blanquists, Jacobins and Proudhounists were a much bigger influence than the IWA, but by repeatedly mentioning the IWA, they give the impression that the IWA was more influential than it actually was. 
That small nit-pick aside, everything else looks accurate to me.