Archive for October, 2007

Introducing Your Favorite Teacher, Mr. Ellis

October 25, 2007

The Ellis

I decided to post something about myself because I am so well loved by all of you. I often gaze at myself in the mirror and admire the man I have become. It is not easy being so handsome either, I want you to know. People like Tom Cruise call me up at all hours of the night begging me for beauty secrets. I tell him it’s all in the attitude and confidence that you display, however it does help having natural, God given features.

But, enough about my sheer, breath taking good looks, I’m sure all of you little people out there want to know more about me.

Comic Books

The most important thing to know about me is I love comic books. When I was a kid, my favorite comic book artist was Jack Kirby. Jack Kirby was a Jewish man that has gone down in history as being the “king” of comics. As a matter of fact Jack was often called Jack “King” Kirby and signed his name that way because it was his nickname in the comics world. The reason he was so popular, is because he could draw about 10 comics a month. Ever hear of The Hulk? How about Thor? X-Men, Captain America, fantastic 4, The Avengers, Iron Man? Jack along with writer and editor Stan Lee created them all!

Not only that be he was the most awesome artist ever!!!

Silver Surfer

Kirby was amazing! Not only did he churn out about 10 different comics a month, but he also had incredible drawing talent and style. One of the things Jack did was he introduced the two page splash. Usually about the second and third pages, he would have an entire two pages of artwork that was connected into one big piece of art!!!

This is an example of two page art by Jack Kirby. This is from one of the comics he did for DC comics that he wrote and drew.

Kamandi

Sadly, Jack Kirby died in 1994 at the age of 77.  Even though most people have seen many of the characters that Kirby created, they know nothing about him.   Not only did he create a lot of incredible characters, but he inspired so many people that his influence can be felt everywhere in comics, stories and especially movies.  (If you don’t believe me compare Jack’s most famous villan, Dr. Doom to Lucas’s Darth Vader.)

Anyway, you can learn more about Jack Kirby here: JACK KIRBY  

Or you can see some of Kirby’s great art work here: Kirby Museum

My next Blog post about me is so wonderful and fascinating you would be crazy to miss it!

 Get it on!!! 

Lincoln’s Ghost the Newollah Oz Fest Story That Parents Tried to Ban!!!

October 24, 2007

Here’s an historical (or hysterical, depending on how you look at it) ghost story for you. Since it is almost Newollah Oz Fest I thought I would impart my vast plethora of historical data at you.

I t seems that for a very long time, people that stay at the White House have seen the Ghost of Lincoln.  Here is an article that I think you’ll enjoy:

lincoln’s ghostThere have been several stories about ghosts of former Presidents revisiting the White House. However, the most common and popular[citation needed] is that of Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln’s Ghost, or to others as The White House Ghost, is said to have haunted the White House since his death. It is widely believed that Lincoln might have known that he would die before his assassination when he was president.

In one story, Lincoln had a dream[citation needed] that he heard wailing noises. He tried to find the noise, but couldn’t. Lincoln then checked the East Room. There, he saw several people, who didn’t pay any attention to Lincoln, around a corpse. He grabbed one sleeve of a soldier and asked who is dead. The soldier, replied sadly, “The president is dead.” Disturbed by the dream, Lincoln told his friends and wife, Mary Todd, about it. Then, the tragic happened. Lincoln was shot in the back of the head by well-known actor and Confederate spy, John Wilkes Booth.

One explanation for the haunting is that Lincoln felt cheated out of his second term so he decides to stay a lot longer. The ghost has reportedly been seen elsewhere. Witnesses have seen Lincoln on the balcony of Ford’s Theatre with the ghost of the man who shot him, John Wilkes Booth. It have been said that they are trying to solve their differences.

Since staying at the White House after his death, it is rumor that he is actually staying in his wife’s room.

Check Out This Roman Ballista

October 24, 2007

Those of us interested in Greek and roman weaponry might find this video very interesting. It is a Roman Ballista just like the one I talked about in history class. You may remember seeing these in the opening scenes of the Ridley Scott film, Gladiator. Here is a recent Ballista project by some history students. Enjoy!

Question of the week from The Ellis!

October 24, 2007

Who is this man?  The first student that comes to me with the answer gets a free prize!!!

Who is this?

The Ellis Lives!

October 24, 2007

Twilight zoneI finally got my blog up and running. I just want to make sure that all of my slaves……er…students can keep up with all of the exciting news concerning me. Yes, I know all of you love and think about me constantly, I’m sure if they decided to make a magazine about me (I think it would be called “The Great One” or something like that.) that all of my wonderful salv…er students would run out and buy several copies.

We are quickly coming up to our annual holiday the Newollah Oz Fest ! This holiday originated with the 7th grade class of 2001 and celebrates the joy of being in Mr. Ellis’s donut class. By the way, if you are starting to get a little chubby don’t blame me. I only brought the luscious and wonderful chocolate covered goodies to class to see if you really would eat them. I had no intention of feeding them to you. Go sue McDonald’s. They intended to sell you those hamburgers, fries and higher health insurance costs.

The Agenda

This Friday we have a test (Oct. 26, 2007). You all should have donut stained study guides by now. The pages of the guide should have sweat stains and be all crumpled up because you have been sleeping and eating and working over these notes for the last 2 weeks.

No quiz this week. Why? Because I love you.

11th and 8th Grade Classes will be looking at the War of 1812 this week and the 7th and 10th grades will be exploring the Roman VS Carthage Wrestling Extravaganza of all time called The Punic Wars!!!!

Well, that’s all for now. Don’t forget to leave your questions and comments.

Get it on!!!!