Thursday, February 6, 2014

Humanities: RAFT: Redesigning Orientation at Merryweather High

You teach at Melinda Sordino's Merryweather High.  

The administration has said, "We need to do a better job with orientation and creating a welcoming culture for our students" and has asked you to be part of that task force. 

Design an orientation experience that would help all students, including introverts and "outsiders," feel safe and welcome at Merryweather High and be prepared to explain to the administration the reasoning behind your design.

These resources are here to help. Make sure you credit your sources of inspiration.  

School Climate

Supportive School Environment

Creating an Inclusive School

Transition Ideas and Programs

Orientation Activities

Positive School Environment

Tips for Incoming Freshmen

Freshmen Orientation Video Sample

Blog: 3+ Posts
Req'd Posts:
2 Req'd Post for the Week
1) Give yourself grades for the first semester, similar to how Melinda grades herself.  Notice that she grades herself in things that aren't just academic classes. After grading yourself, include the reasons behind your grades.  Be specific and clear.

2) Brainstorm the video/transition experience for the incoming ninth graders in April.  List every idea of what that video could be, what the activities could look like, or what else could happen next fall.

Need ideas for more blog posts?  Check out the tag "Blogger Fodder" and the videos/links that have been posted.

Read: Complete the "First Ranking Period" (pg 46)
Due: Thursday, Feb 6

Roots: Roots 9 Product & Quiz
Roots Quiz 9 (6, 7, 8, 9) & Product Due: Thursday, Feb 6

PACE: Macbeth & Conflict

Today we'll be looking at internal and external conflict, as well as digging deeper into the resources you have for understanding Macbeth.

We will also continue to unpack our standards, focusing on listening & speaking, writing and reading.

We finished unpacking the listening standard today.  This should help us move through the others more quickly next week.

As you work on your three graphic organizers for Macbeth, choose from these ten scenes.

  1. 1.3 (3 lines) KEY
  2. 1.5 (important - Lady mcbeth)
  3. 1.7 (important)
  4. 2.1 (important)
  5. 3.4 (important)
  6. 4.1 (important)
  7. 4.3 (2) (important)
  8. 5.1 (out damn spot) Imporatn)
  9. 5.5 (out out brief candle)
  10. 5.8 (death and new king)
You may want to use the Shakespeare Navigators site to help you understand.

We'll get some help from Ms. Campbell today to help us better understand internal & external conflict.



Internal- Conflict going on inside of a character; a character versus him or herself.

1. Man vs. Self
  • "The" internal conflict
  • Character versus him/herself
  • A choice between two paths
  • Classic: Requiem For A Dream

External- Conflict between a character and an outside entity.
1. Man vs. Man (to be PC, "Person vs. Person")
  • Conflict between two people
  • Classic: Dorothy vs. Wicked Witch in Wizard of Oz, Any Hero vs Any Villain (ever)

2. Man vs. God/Supernatural/Fate
  • Fighting fate/destiny/one's path
  • Classic: The Shining, Macbeth (the witches!), Dracula

3. Man vs. Nature
  • Character versus the elements
  • Classic: Old Man and the Sea, Robinson Crusoe... Castaway...

4. Man vs. Society
  • Character is "against the world" (or at least a group of people)
  • Classic: Charlotte's Web

Blog: 3+ Posts
Req'd Post: You work for a major multimedia corporation that has just decided to make a series of films, TV shows, video games and books based on Shakespeare's plays because they are royalty-free.  The board of directors hired you to generate some ideas around Macbeth.  Unfortunately, you've never read the whole play or even seen the whole film. Using any line or phrase from Macbeth as your inspiration and the title, and what little you know about the play, pitch one idea to the board of directors for a film, TV series, video game, or book.
Due: Friday, Feb 8

Macbeth Graphic Organizers: Must Complete 3
Teacher Pace Due Dates:
Wed: Feb 12
Tue: Feb 25
Wed: Mar 5

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MUGS: Commonly Confused Words #2
Quiz: Friday, Feb 14

Start Thinking & Planning: Movie/Video Game/TV Show Pitches & Bibles
Due: Early March