Thursday, November 7, 2013

Humanities: Roots Quiz 4, Photo Essays & Of Mice & Men

We'll start with Roots Quiz 4.  Look for it in your e-mail. Word Map #4 due today as well.

From there, we'll arrange the room in similar fashion to what we did in yesterday's class. Those folks who want more T-direction, sit near the T, the further way you sit, the more independently you believe you can work today.

That work will revolve around understanding photo essays, much as yesterday involved getting an understanding of StoryCorps.

Note: What would be great material for a blog post?  Find a photo essay or a story corps story, link to it on your blog and share your thinking/reaction.

Explore the Photo Essays found on the TIME Magazine Website:
Using the same questions as yesterday for continuity:
  • What sort of stories would you want to see?
  • What sorts of stories are you seeing on this site
  • How might you be able to capture these sorts of stories?

Reading aloud (two rooms)Time for the second Three4Thinking (Due Tuesday 11/12).


3+ Posts
Req'd Post:
Find a song that would belong on a soundtrack for Of Mice & Men.  Post the song/embed the video and write a paragraph explaining your thinking.
Be sure to check the blogging rubric in the right hand sidebar; to meet the standard you must now make posts connect to outside information and/or another student's thinking
Due: Friday, November 8

Roots 4 Word Map or Roots Product
Due: Today

Three 4 Thinking #2: Of Mice & Men
Due: Tuesday, November 12

Be Thinking:
Are you thinking about doing a photo essay, story corps?  Do you want to take on the design challenge of making the recording booth? What would your angle be in tackling these questions and ideas? What questions do you have?  

AP Lit 3G: Feedback, Dolls, Raisins & Andre's Mother

We'll open today by taking out our projects again.

WHAT?!?!  But didn't we just?

Yes.  Here's how it is all going to go down.

1) Display your book projects again for a 2nd gallery walk.  (3 min.)

2) Provide as much as quality FB as possible (I noticed statements & questions) on Post-Its.  Think about the sorting we did last class. (7 min.)

3) Take a moment to see what FB you received on your project this time around. (3 min.)

4) As a class, sort all of the new FB into categories that make sense to you. (5 min.)

5) Now, here's a new wrinkle.  Go sit w/ a piece of paper or laptop and brainstorm qualities of effective FB   (i.e. "specific," "meaningful,") (2 min.)

6) Turn to a partner and share your lists.  (2 min.)

7) Choose three key/vital items to put on Post-Its (one item per sticky) (2 min)

8) Put those 3 items up on the board.  (2 min.)

9) As a class, sort those qualities into a way that makes sense.  Consider the relationship between the different qualities -- what unites them? makes them unique?  (3 - 5 min.)

10) Now, go over to the big huge board of past FB and see if you can find examples from the FB we've given this week that reflect the qualities.

And then we do some acting.

PACE: Beats & Beats & Beats

We'll start today by playing in and seeking what sorts of sweetness we can build in there.

That will take us to an exploration of Beat Making Lab, an amazing program that started at the University of North Carolina and is now doing work around the world to use music as an agent for change and justice.

To demonstrate understanding of the work at Beat Making Lab, we will use the Three 4 Thinking graphic organizer.  The fillable form is available in your PACE 2013 OUT folder  on Google Drive.

From there we will get into our Ohana teams and continue shaping the music unit.  As a group, you will discuss the sorts of work you would like to do, would not like to do, the essential questions you would like to answer, and then bring that thinking back to me.  We'll be using a different format for this conversation than we've used before.

1) Ohana Teams
  • * Discuss the unit so far
  • What you like, what concerns you
  • What else can we/should we do?
2) Send Ohana Rep to Conf. w/ Mr Ryder
* Share thinking
* Collaborate w/ Mr Ryder

3) Mr Ryder goes and revises unit plans to reflect Ohana input

Blogs: 3+ Posts
Req. Blog: Post a link/embed a song that speaks to you TO RIGHT NOW. Write a short explanation of why that song is meaningful and connects to you.
Due: Friday, Nov. 8

Three 4 Thinking: Beat Making Lab
Due: Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013