Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Humanities: Working on the Merryweather RAFT Project

Today we started with some time on Roots 10.  You'll find a link over in the right sidebar.

Then there was a big chunk of time to work on the Speak/Merryweather High RAFT.

You have presentations due on Friday.  There WILL be an audience you must impress.

At the end of class will be a few minutes to read Speak.  Please have finished the Second Ranking Period for Wednesday.


Blog: 3+ Posts
Req'd Post: 
Empathy.  After break we will be interviewing students, faculty, and others about orientation so we can create the best experience possible.
Create a list of 5 to 7 questions for each of the following users/demographics.  You might use some of the questions for multiple users.

  1. 8th Grade Students
  2. 9th Grade Students
  3. Upperclassmen Students
  4. Middle School Teachers
  5. High School Teachers
  6. Middle School Administrators
  7. High School Administrators
  8. High School Guidance Counselors
  9. Parents of 8th Grade Students
  10. Parents of 9th Grade Students
  11. Upperclassmen Parents
Due: Friday, Feb 14

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

Read: Complete the "Second Ranking Period" (pg 102)
Due: Wednesday, Feb 12

Joycean Qualities and Frankliner's Workshop

Happy Birthday, Thomas Alva Edison!


Today is kicking off with some (much needed) test prep-- multiple choice style.

Ryder will undoubtedly rant. This is simply a fact. It will probably be pretty entertaining.

Next we will delve into Joyce for exactly fifteen minutes. The goal is to look for evidence of three of his styles: epiphanies, manipulation of language & aesthetics and free indirect discourse. To do this, we will bust out your design kits and mark up hard copies of the stories. There doesn't need to be any rhyme or reason to how you do your marking-- doodles, brackets, lines, etc-- as long as you know what it is you are highlighting from the text and why... so feel free to get creative!

Following the Joycean Exploration we will sort all the feedback stickies from the board and place them all together on the dragon board, again in a spectrum from least to most helpful.

To wrap up class we will have a writing workshop using the Frankliner's drafts you brought in today.

Blog: 3+ Posts (next week, you get to take off for vacation! woot!)
Req'd Post: Analytical work.  By this week you will have read three chapters from "How to Read Lit" -- "Blind," "Geography," and "Season." Foster delivers a great deal of thinking across these three chapters and I believe strongly they apply to Joyce's stories.

Find three powerful ideas from Foster -- one from each chapter -- and then apply those thoughts as lenses for looking at Dubliners.  Explain how each applies and can illuminate understanding from Joyce's work.  (You might focus on multiple stories or only one or two -- that is up to you.  Having a strong sense of Foster's thinking is more important than having a strong sense of each of these stories.) 

You may write, record, film or otherwise capture your thinking, so long as it is clear and can stand on its own without tremendous interpretation on the part of your audience.  Lots of digital tools you can use for this AND it could just be a series of paragraphs as well.  Work to your strengths/interests.
Due: Fri, Feb 14

Read: How to Read Lit Like a Professor "And so Does Season"
Due: Fri, Feb 14 

Write: Working Draft of "Frankliners" story/poem
Due: Wednesday Workshop, Feb 13

Upcoming: Read Frankenstein
Due: Thursday/Friday following Feb break.