Monday, September 9, 2013

Humanities: Goal Setting & Cardboard Planning

Today we break in two . .

One group will work with Mr. Tierney on goals setting.  You need to complete the goals form for Tuesday a.k.a. tomorrow!

Another will work with Mr. Ryder on thinking about the Cardboard Challenge.
That session includes watching this video on visual thinking.

After watching the video, you'll put your visual thinking skills to work answering these three questions:
1. If you could help one person today, who would it be and why?
2. What are problems you see in our community, nation, and world?
3. What makes you happy?

These questions tie right into the Caine's Arcade Cardboard Challenge project that Mr. Tierney has outlined for us. (Click on that link for a .PDF version.)

AP Lit: Jago, Viz Think, Ender, Pip & Miles Roby

Monday and Tuesday, AP Lit will be all about finding common threads and ideas, training our brains to get beneath the surface, and practicing visual thinking or "viz think."
We begin by looking at the "What Is Literature?" chapter from Carol Jago's text and identifying highlights, the moments that stuck with us, and the poetry and fiction we each chose from the selection.  We'll be tossing ideas up on the boards.

We'll take a moment to watch this video on visual thinking.

Analysis & Visual Thinking
This will propel us into work with Ender's Game, Empire Falls, Great Expectations and the selections from the Jago chapter.  

We will use visual thinking to conceptualize the connections between these two works as we continue our question to answer the essential question: Why do we study Literature?

Read: The rest of Ender's Game for the first class of next week.
Read: "The Red Wheelbarrow" by William Carlos Williams for next class
Part I: What makes a great analytical essay? What are the essential qualities? Necessary component?  
Part II: To what extent are you capable of producing a great analytical essay?  What are your strengths & weakness as an essayist?