Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Humanities: Merryweather High Orientation ReDesign Presentations

Today was fantastic.

Five great presentations.

We will be using time on Wednesday to dig deeper into what made them great and how we can use that information to help us better solve our design challenge.


Blog: 3+ Posts
Req'd Post:  Think back to those first weeks of high school school.  Make a list of five or more things you wish someone had told you about life at Mt. Blue.  Explain your thinking behind each of them.

Roots: 10 (Over 6 - 10)
Roots Quiz 10: Thurs., March 6
Roots Product Due: Thurs., March 6

Present: Merryweather High Orientation Proposal
Due: Today!

Speak: Finish 3rd Marking Period (page 148)
Due: Thursday, Feb 27

AP Lit 3G: On-Demand & Synthesis Thinking

So we'll open with a test prep session: writing prompt.

You'll be given a poem and a writing prompt and fifteen minutes to complete
a) Pre-Writing
b) Thesis Statement
c) 1st Body Paragraph

That's it.

We'll then workshop your pieces and approaches.  See if we can find trends and strategies that seem to be lending themselves to more confident thinking.

From there, we'll spend some time brainstorming our next synthesis pieces by digging into "How to Read Lit Like a Professor" and the Joyce decks you've built.  We'll try to uncover some ideas and big thinking that could produce an epic synthesis.

Well I wanted us to end our work today with Hamlet, as I'd like us to make some progress these next two weeks.  I think Prince Hamlet and Victor Frankenstein could have some fascinating conversations.  Instead we got talking about 3-D printing and other cool things I'm hoping to make part of your senior year before it's all said and done.


Blog: 3+ Posts
Req'd Post: Casting Call. Frankenstein. Please. Please. Please. Can we have a good one? Please.
Due: Feb 28

Write: Frankliners: 1st Submission
Due: Tues/Wed., Feb 25/26
Note: Be certain to put a clean "1st submission" draft in your Google Drive IN folder

Read: Frankenstein
Due: Thr/Fri. Feb 27/28
Prepare: To discuss & explore at length! 

Think & Design: Synthesis #3
Prepare: Thesis Statement & Map
Thesis & Map Due: Thr/Fr. Feb 27/28

Study: MUGS Comprehensive 1-3 Quiz
Prepare: Retakes & Comprehensive Quiz
Due: Thr/Fri Feb 27/28

PACE: Macbeth & Quack & Pitches

We started Tuesday with an activity using the Quack vocab and refreshing our Macbeth brains.

We broke into groups of two or three, each group was given a couple of Quack words from Unit 1 Part 1 of Quack.  Then the groups were told to create a two to three sentence pitch for movie/TV show/video game based on Macbeth using those words effectively.  The pitches were then posted to the class blogs.

Quiz on QUACK Unit 1 Part 1 on Thursday.

From there, folks had three choices.

One, work with Ms. Campbell on a close reading of Macbeth Act 2.1 and completing the Macbeth organizers.

Two, work with Mr. Ryder on developing ideas for pitches.

Three, work independently on graphic organizers, pitches, studying for QUACK, blogging and more.

We had some productive work in each area including the ideas below.


Blogs: 3+ 
Req'd Post: Where's the Macbeth in that?  What have you watched, seen, read, heard that prove Macbeth's themes and characters are still relevant to today? Explain your thinking.
Due: Friday, Feb 28
Macbeth Graphic Organizers: Must Complete 3
Teacher Pace Due Dates:
Wed: Feb 12
Tue: Feb 25
Wed: Mar 5

MUGS: Commonly Confused Words #2
Quiz: Friday, Feb 14 (NEW MAKE UP DATE - FRIDAY, Mar 7)

QUACK: Unit 1 Part 1
Quiz & Product Due: Thursday Feb 27

Start Thinking & Planning: Movie/Video Game/TV Show Pitches & Bibles
Due: March 13

Humanities: Back on Track

So, we had a weird couple of days before break with snow and snow days and here we go  . . . 

Mr. Dunbar explained the new grade book set up.  There will be more information sent home to your folks AND if they have any questions at all, please encourage them to call and/or email.

After that, we reconnected with Speak.  We used GoSoapbox to do a little surveying of where we are all with the book.  And then Mr. Dunbar ran an activity where we imagined what various characters from the book would say about contemporary issues such as the Olympics and Miley Cyrus.

Mr. Ryder read aloud starting from the beginning of the third marking period, right around page 95 or so.

Presentations on Merryweather High Orientation Proposals are due in class on Tuesday.  There will be no make up on this one.  Either you deliver the presentation to the board and admin, or you do not.


Blog: 3+ Posts
Req'd Post:  Think back to those first weeks of high school school.  Make a list of five or more things you wish someone had told you about life at Mt. Blue.  Explain your thinking behind each of them.

Roots: 10 (Over 6 - 10)
Roots Quiz 10: Thurs., March 6
Roots Product Due: Thurs., March 6

Present: Merryweather High Orientation Proposal
Due: Tuesday, Feb 25

Speak: Finish 3rd Marking Period (page 148)
Due: Thursday, Feb 27