Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Pop Culture 3B: Country v Hip-Hop, Music & Politics

Today you will be rotating through two experiences to explore the presence of politics in music as well as the relationship between country music and hip-hop.

Most of the resources you need are here on this blog post and there will be tools at each station to help you better build your understanding.

Here are the two key playlists.  The graphic organizers you need are here and here.

Country vs. Hip-Hop


Music and Politics

Show Your Learning.


Music Culture Project Rubric.  
Project Due. Wednesday.  Oct. 7th.




Blog. 3+ Posts.
Due. Friday. 10.2.15.
Pinterest.  1 Post.
Due.  Friday. 10.2.15.
Here are three options for creative blog posts for the week:

1. Musical Roots.  Choose a band or artist and create a map of that band's musical influences back at least three layers deep.  Explain your thinking and post links/embed content that shows evidence of your thinking.  Use our work from last week and today to inform this. 

2. Create a Beat for the News.  Use Beatlab.com, Garage Band or another beat generator to create a beat to be played while a news story (from this week) is being viewed, heard, or read.  Post the link to the news story, embed/link to the beats, and explain your thinking.

3. Musical Color Palette.  Use Colourlovers.com to create a color palette for your musical tastes.  Name each color and explain its association to the music to which you connect.  For example, I might create an off-white color & call it "Middle School Hip-Hop Mindset" when the depth of my hip-hop knowledge went to Beastie Boys, Vanilla Ice (yup), and 3rd Bass with a little Fresh Prince and Rob Base on top of that. 

Any of the the above could be expanded upon and further developed into your Musical Culture project due next week.  Consider this a way to build a first iteration or prototype for your finished project due next Wednesday, Oct. 7.



Eng 9. Playlist for Other Rubric and How to Post Your Links on Blog Tracker.

Hi folks,

I thought this rubric was shared with you on a previous post and it was not.  I'm apologizing for that now.  It is the same criteria as what we put up on the whiteboard in the room -- it is just more descriptive and provides more feedback.

Reminder, part of the project was to create a piece of "cover art" for your partner's playlist.

Turning in Your Blogs.

Here's a brief video to help you turn in your blog posts properly on the blog tracker.  I take you step by step.  By Friday, you should have nine posts up, including your Playlist for Others, ideas/designs/process for your Cardboard Challenge, and a 5 Card Flickr that tells the story of solving a problem.  (These have all been described in earlier posts.)




What else could you blog about?  Here are some ideas:


  • Oreo Challenge. Manilla Folder Challenge.  Lego Challenge.
  • Any and all of the graphic organizers so far with an explanation explaining what it is and your thinking.
  • Any draft or planning or sketchnoting or doodling so far with an explanation of your thinking.
  • Your Thirty Circles.
  • Poetry.  Creative Writing. Reflections. Things You are Seeing that Make You Think. 
  • Comments and Critiques and Dialogues
  • Videos That You Want to Talk About.
  • Music That You Want to Talk About.
  • Memes That Make You Think and Laugh And Think.
  • Articles That Make You Think.
  • Post-Its and sorts with explanations.  
  • Anything at all that shows your thinking.  Any of the work you do for class that shows your thinking.  

Here are a couple of links to sample blog posts you could use as guides.  These show you the sort of thinking and explanations that should be included.  These are not perfect posts -- these are good examples to help you see what meets the standard for thinking and content.




Also, here's a video showing some of our problem sorting thinking from class today.  Really cool work today everyone.




Show Your Learning.

Blog: 3+ Posts 
Creative Blog Post. #ShowYourWork on Your Global Cardboard Challenge design.
Sketches. Doodles. Maps.  Lists. Ideas.  Mini Makes. (Manila folder challenges) 
Due. Friday. 10.2.15 

Study. Roots Quiz #1  FRIDAY. (We should have taken this last week.)
Use the Quizlet to Help You Study.
Know the Root & What It Means.
Other Evidence of Learning:  In addition to the taking the quiz, you may want to create a roots product that demonstrates your understanding of the roots and what they mean.  Some of us struggle with quizzes as a way of proving we know something, but if we get a chance to use our knowledge, we knock it out of the park.  Consider writing a story, a set of instructions, making a video, recording a podcast, building something on Minecraft or in LEGO, recording a song, drawing a comic strip, or some other way of showing me that you know those roots and what they mean in a way that shows you truly understand. 
Due.  Friday. 10.2.15 


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Eng 9: Suiting Up for Cardboard Challenge: Day Two: Discovery Phase

Dream Time.

We'll start today with Dream Time to get our brains opened up.  Expect doodling . 10 min.

Roots. 
Then it will be a dive into Roots 1 and a mashup game we call "Frankenword."  Remember there is a quiz on Friday.   I'll also show you how your "Frankenwords" could be used to create more evidence of your vocab understanding.  (10 min.)

Cardboard Challenge Day Two: Discover Phase.

We'll start  with three stations.  You'll need to spend time at each generating ideas on Post-Its.  (15 min.)  

Station 1.  Problems Worth Solving (personal, school, local, statewide, nationwide, worldwide)

Station 2.  Joys Worth Bringing (What makes you smile, laugh, happy cry?  What about others?)

Station 3.  Passions Worth Sharing (Your interests, likes and loves as well as those of others)

Then we'll divide into three groups to sort the Post-Its into trends, identify interesting outliers, and see how this will help us with our Cardboard Challenge work. (10 min.)

Suit Up.  Who will you be working with during the Cardboard Challenge?  You may work in groups of one, two, or three.

At this point, there should be enough time left in class to blog about your work today, post to your blog, and turn in your playlists.  On Friday, we'll start with a quick 2x2 grid activity.   This will help us determine ideas for our cardboard challenges.  And you'll have the rest of class to experiment with the maker cart materials to create prototypes of what will become your cardboard challenge.  (Next week -- you'll have Tuesday and Thursday to build, document and blog.

Show Your Learning.

Blog: 3+ Posts 
Creative Blog Post. #ShowYourWork on Your Global Cardboard Challenge design.
Sketches. Doodles. Maps.  Lists. Ideas.  Mini Makes. (Manila folder challenges) 
Due. Friday. 10.2.15 

Study. Roots Quiz #1  FRIDAY. (We should have taken this last week.)
Use the Quizlet to Help You Study.
Know the Root & What It Means.
Other Evidence of Learning:  In addition to the taking the quiz, you may want to create a roots product that demonstrates your understanding of the roots and what they mean.  Some of us struggle with quizzes as a way of proving we know something, but if we get a chance to use our knowledge, we knock it out of the park.  Consider writing a story, a set of instructions, making a video, recording a podcast, building something on Minecraft or in LEGO, recording a song, drawing a comic strip, or some other way of showing me that you know those roots and what they mean in a way that shows you truly understand. 
Due.  Friday. 10.2.15 

Pop Culture: Music Culture Continues & Blog Options for the Week

We only managed two out of three today and that's ok.  We're going to make up for it on Thursday with piles and piles of songs and politics and country and hip-hop, though we did get started today by talking about the unifying nature of hip-hop and country as essentially storytelling.

It may be one reason why this song has found such an audience.


All of that thinking came about from mapping musical roots up on the board.  I'm  going to post you some post-game thinking of which you may want to take advantage in the service of your musical roots project.

Here is the explosion of lines and doodles that were my marker board today.  I was trying to rush.  Wish I had taken my time . . .  y'know . ..  I might just do a sketchnote today to capture what I missed and through which I rushed . . .
Um. . .  yeah.  This.  The cow in the middle is the US.  I think.  I was manic.

A big deal.  Taylor Swift. Kendrick Lamar.  Even when T.Swift goes back to her country roots & even when Kendrick Lamar goes back into M.A.A.D. City, they are both storytellers at heart.  

The 1970s were a pivotal time for underground music.  Punk in England.  Hip-hop in New York. All informed by the migration of sound and people from the Caribbean and the economic struggles.  Hip-hop grew out of street dances & emceeing & rap culture out of the need to share their stories -- later it grew more aggressive.  Punk grew out of rejection of normalcy and authority -- it was aggressive from onset but less a need to share story & more to express raw emotion -- though really, all music tells a story.

Jamaica.  Caribbean.  Huge, massive importance in music culture.  Colonialism and slavery brought African sounds to those islands where they collided with indigenous sounds.  Those beats and rhythms and instruments then made it to North American and the US.  Those formed the backbones of blues and jazz -- jazz especially the most uniquely American music form.  Blues was really the transformation of spirituals into song.  Once blues was recorded, it started making its way across the Atlantic to England where it had major influence on The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Cream and The Who.  All five of those bands established themselves first as cover bands, covering amped up version of blues, country and rockabilly records.  

A lot going on here but basically a focus on economic struggle times being a motivator of musical innovation.  I wonder if this is true in our first real digital era as well.  Who came about in 2007 or so and has had a major impact?   



Here are just some of the songs I got to and didn't get to.  Really check out that early stuff and see how much it informs the music you enjoy.  It gets to a place quickly where there are so many genres it become difficult to draw an exact timeline.



Music Culture Project Rubric.  
Project Due. Wednesday.  Oct. 7th.






Blog. 3+ Posts.
Due. Friday. 10.2.15.
Pinterest.  1 Post.
Due.  Friday. 10.2.15.
Here are three options for creative blog posts for the week:

1. Musical Roots.  Choose a band or artist and create a map of that band's musical influences back at least three layers deep.  Explain your thinking and post links/embed content that shows evidence of your thinking.  Use our work from last week and today to inform this.

2. Create a Beat for the News.  Use Beatlab.com, Garage Band or another beat generator to create a beat to be played while a news story (from this week) is being viewed, heard, or read.  Post the link to the news story, embed/link to the beats, and explain your thinking.

3. Musical Color Palette.  Use Colourlovers.com to create a color palette for your musical tastes.  Name each color and explain its association to the music to which you connect.  For example, I might create an off-white color & call it "Middle School Hip-Hop Mindset" when the depth of my hip-hop knowledge went to Beastie Boys, Vanilla Ice (yup), and 3rd Bass with a little Fresh Prince and Rob Base on top of that.

Any of the the above could be expanded upon and further developed into your Musical Culture project due next week.  Consider this a way to build a first iteration or prototype for your finished project due next Wednesday, Oct. 7.



Sunday, September 27, 2015

AP Lit: Guidance Visits & True Grit

Hi folks,

Guidance will be visiting on Monday and Tuesday, so I'm keeping our plans flexible.  Whatever time we are afforded will be focused on True Grit.  The nature of the work will depend entirely on the amount of time we have.  I hope we are able to make something things to help us with True Grit.  I sure do enjoy making things and seeing how making things helps others to understand.

Here are some absolutes.

Synthesis Essay 1.  Due Wednesday.  Submit by sharing your Google doc with me.  Huzzah.
How to Read Lit.  Chapter & prompt week.  See below.
Creative Blog Challenge. Color Palette.  See below.
Vocab.  Quiz NEXT week.  See below.




Blogging.  3+ Posts.  
Due. Friday. 10.2.15 
Creative Challenge.  Create a color palette for True Grit on Colourlovers.com.  Post a link/embed screenshot.  Name each color and provide an overall title for your palette.  Be intentional.  Then explain your intentions with a brief rationale for each color.  


Read.  How to Read Lit Like a Professor.  "Every Trip Is a Quest . . . "
Answer the Following Question in a Blog Post: Based on your understanding of Foster's POV, what do you believe he would say about True Grit? To what extent would you agree with him?
Due. Friday. 10.2.15

Design & Submit.  Synthesis Essay 1.
Due. Wednesday. 9.30.15

Study. Roots Quiz #1  Monday/Tuesday next week. (We should have taken this last week.)
Use the Quizlet to Help You Study.
Know the Root & What It Means.
Other Evidence of Learning:  In addition to the taking the quiz, you may want to create a roots product that demonstrates your understanding of the roots and what they mean.  Some of us struggle with quizzes as a way of proving we know something, but if we get a chance to use our knowledge, we knock it out of the park.  Consider writing a story, a set of instructions, making a video, recording a podcast, building something on Minecraft or in LEGO, recording a song, drawing a comic strip, or some other way of showing me that you know those roots and what they mean in a way that shows you truly understand. 
Due.  Monday/Tuesday. 10.5-6.15 

Eng 9: Cardboard Challenge: Day One

A couple of weeks ago, you were introduced to Caine's Arcade and the Global Cardboard Challenge while I was away.

This week, we start meeting this Global Cardboard Challenge, our second design challenge on the heels of our Playlist for Others challenge.

Design Challenge: Global Cardboard Challenge

Design Challenge: How might we use cardboard to solve problems, create joy, and share passions?

Today we start our Discovery Phase by watching another video: Adventures of a Cardboard Box.

But first!  Box Doodles.  We've done Thirty Circles.  Now, we'll take three minutes and see what we can do with just a box.  Or as many boxes as you can muster.   (10 min.)

Keep those.  You'll need them as we watch . . .


The Adventures of a Cardboard Box from Studiocanoe on Vimeo.

Think-Pair-Share. (30 min.)

Think. You'll have time to sketch more ideas from the video & see which ideas of yours show up in the video. (5 min.)

Pair. Then you will get together with a partner to share your notes and answer this question: What do you think the filmmakers want us to take away from "Adventures?" What's the message being delivered? The theme? (5 min.)

Share.  On index cards, doodle one of your box ideas.  On another (the bigger one) write the message you believe is being delivered. (5 min.)

Map & Sort.  We'll work in two groups.  One to sort the box ideas, one to sort the messages.  See what trends are emerging. (10 min.)

10 Minute Mini-Make. (Discover & Experiment.) (10 min.) 

I won't be giving you a box.  I'll be giving you a manilla folder, tape, 4 paper clips, and whatever is in your design kits to create something that either solves a problem, brings joy, or shares a passion.  These might become prototypes for your cardboard challenge.

This would fall under both of the Discover & Experiment phases of our design process.  (Next class, we'll be practicing some Empathy, experimenting some more, and getting into our design teams.)

Blogging.

We're going to add a new routine -- something I've never tried before.  Every class will end at 9.  You will have until the end of class to blog your takeaways from the class, to post evidence of your understanding, to read what others are saying.  I'll be-bop around the room to answer questions, help with technical problems, etc.

Show Your Learning.

Blog: 3+ Posts 
Creative Blog Post. #ShowYourWork on Your Global Cardboard Challenge design.
Sketches. Doodles. Maps.  Lists. Ideas.  Mini Makes. 
Due. Friday. 10.2.15 

Study. Roots Quiz #1  FRIDAY. (We should have taken this last week.)
Use the Quizlet to Help You Study.
Know the Root & What It Means.
Other Evidence of Learning:  In addition to the taking the quiz, you may want to create a roots product that demonstrates your understanding of the roots and what they mean.  Some of us struggle with quizzes as a way of proving we know something, but if we get a chance to use our knowledge, we knock it out of the park.  Consider writing a story, a set of instructions, making a video, recording a podcast, building something on Minecraft or in LEGO, recording a song, drawing a comic strip, or some other way of showing me that you know those roots and what they mean in a way that shows you truly understand. 
Due.  Friday. 10.2.15 

Friday, September 25, 2015

AP Lit 3G/4B Update: True Grit, Literary 3x3 & Synthesis Essay and More

Hi folks,

You six are doing a fantastic job of keeping up with my crazy.  The conversations have been strong, the thinking has been even stronger, and I am feeling good about the drafts I am going to receive next week.

Reminder that blog posts are due on Fridays.  Last week you had a Five Card Flickr in the voice of Mattie Ross challenge, this week a Soundtracking True Grit challenge.  (Next week: Color!  The week after?  Sketchnotes!)  The rest of the posts?  Anything related to class and thinking and creativity and drafts and annotations and thoughts and connecting and what not.

Starting NEXT week, I will be holding you to the expectation you connect to another students blog post.  There will be enough content from the weeks prior that you should be able to do this with little trouble.

Next week, True Grit should be completed (Monday for 3G, Tuesday for 4B) and synthesis essay first submission drafts completed as well. (DUE WEDNESDAY!)   We'll dive into the book on Monday & Tuesday and use SCOUT to do some close readings.  We'll also look at a bunch of other writings.  Excerpts. Poetry. Etc.

Here are the two Literary 3x3 Throwdowns from the two classes.  Though you'd like to see what the other is thinking.


Show Your Learning.
Blog. 3+ Posts
Creative Challenge.  Soundtrack True Grit (3+ Songs.)
Due. Friday. 9.25.15

Finish. Reading True Grit.
Due. Monday & Tuesday.  9.28-29.1.15
Annotate.

Design. 1st Submission Draft of Synthesis Essay 1.
Due. Wednesday.  9.30.15
What if we don't have class?  Yay for Google Docs!



Humanities 2BG: Multigenre Projects Continued; Blogging Continued

On Thursday we followed up the discussion & instructions of Wednesday with time to work in small groups exploring genres/styles/storytelling and blogging.

Here is the rubric for the Who Am I (At  the Moment)? Multigenre Project.




Here are pictures of our notes.






Our due date for this multigenre project is Monday, Sept 28.  If you turn it in on Friday, you will have the weekend to better recharge.  However, turn in your best quality work.  We'd much rather receive quality work on time than rushed work early.

Remember, too, that you have blog posts due this week.  At least one of the blog posts needs to be about your multigenre -- either a draft of a genre, a plan for your design, or the whole blessed thing.

To turn in your blog posts, go to our Humanities Blog Tracker.  BE SURE YOU PUT WEEK ONE POSTS IN WEEK ONE, WEEK TWO POSTS IN WEEK TWO!  Otherwise, you may not get credited as providing evidence of your Habits of Mind for each week.

Here's the blogging rubric again to help remind you of expectations.

Show Your Learning.

Blog. 3+ Posts.
Required Creative Challenge. Multigenre Project #ShowYourWork.  
Include any part or all of your MG.
Due. Friday. 9.25.15.
Post. Humanities Blog Tracker.

What else could I blog?  Oreo Challenge. Manilla Folder Challenge.  Lego Challenge.
Any and all of the graphic organizers so far.
Any and all of the LNG work so far.
Any draft or planning or sketchnoting or doodling so far.
Your personal flag.
Your Thirty Circles.
Poetry.  Creative Writing. Reflections. Things You are Seeing that Make You Think. 
Comments and Critiques and Dialogues
Videos That You Want to Talk About.
Music That You Want to Talk About.
Memes That Make You Think and Laugh And Think.
Articles That Make You Think.

Design.  Who Am I (At This Moment) Multigenre Project
Due. Monday. 9.30.15.

Next Week. Global Cardboard Challenge Begins.





Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Pop Culture 3B: Soundtracking of Our Lives & Music Culture Project

Soundtracking of Our Lives.

Monday in Pop Culture we dove further into our music unit using a Who Am I (At This Moment) tool.  We then tried to connect the dots between the items on the Who Am I to music and musical experiences.

My example:  Based on the family box, I remember my mother and I driving to our family camp, her telling me stories of my grandparents and my great grandparents while Starship's "We Built This City" played on the radio, KISS 94 FM out of Ellsworth to be precise.  (I got the cassette tape from a music club that summer as well. )

Your creative blog challenge for the week is as follows:  How might we create a soundtrack of our lives? Your constraints are as follow:
* Must be at least three songs in length
* At least three songs must include rationales of why each song was chosen
* You must use a digital tool to create and then post the actual soundtrack on your blog

Then you had time to work on your soundtrack.

On Wednesday, we will talk about the first project, due in two weeks on Wednesday, Oct 7.


And I will circulate, make sure everyone knows how to publish blog posts and then submit them to our blog tracker.   I will also make sure everyone has access to our Pinterest board.

Show Your Learning.
Blog. 3+ Posts
Required Creative Challenge.  Soundtrack Your Life.  See the criteria above.
Due. Friday, 9.25.15

Curate.  1 item for Pinterest Board.
Due. Friday, 9.25.15

Design.  Music Culture Project.
How might we demonstrate our understanding of music culture?
Due. Wednesday, 10.7.15


AP Lit 4B: Literary 3x3 Throwdown: True Grit & Synthesis Essay Workshop

Literary 3x3 Throwdown: True Grit
On Monday we started with a Literary 3x3 Throwdown over Portis' True Grit.  We used our 3x3 decks from our readings thus far and then uncovered the first 113 pages of True Grit by laying out one card at a time until meaning revealed itself.

Here's that it looked like.


Synthesis Essay Workshop
From there we workshopped our synthesis drafts.  They are excellent exploratory drafts and another working draft is expected in class on Wednesday.

We also discussed blogging and this week's creative challenge: soundtracking True Grit.

Show the Learning.
Read & Annotate.  Complete True Grit 
Due. Tues. 9.29.15
Blog. 3+ Posts.
Creative Blog Post of the Week. Soundtrack True Grit.  How might we use music media to design a soundtrack of three or more songs for True Grit?  Include a rationale for each song include and embed the playlist on your blog as well.
Due. Friday. 9.25.15
Design.  Working Draft.  Synthesis Essay #1
Next Draft Due for Workshopping.  Wednesday, 9.23.15


Friday, September 18, 2015

Eng 9: Different Type of Learning & Blooging

Hi folks,

Today you will have time to work on your blog posts and other evidence of learning for the week, making sure you get them all done and looking awesome.  You will also watch part of a documentary.  (Check your email.)

Here are the questions I'd like you to answer after watching the first 30 minutes of this documentary.  (You may choose to hook up someone's laptop to the projector and sound at the front of the room or you may choose to watch it on your own.  I'm good with either one so long as you are watching, thinking and responding in a meaningful way.)

1.  What did you notice happening in the video?

2.  What would you find exciting about doing this sort of learning?

3.  What would you find scary about doing this sort of learning?

4.  To what extent would this sort of learning work for you as a student?

You can send your answers to me and/or you may want to use them as another blog post!

Show the Learning.
Blog. 3+ Posts.
Creative Blog Prompt.  5 Card Flickr & Problem Story.
Create a 5 Card Flickr that tells the story of a problem being solved.
Post your images and write out the story on your blog.
Due. Friday. Sept. 18.

Complete.  Notice/Wish/Wonder Organizer on Caine's Arcade & Caine's Arcade 2
Due. Friday. Sept 18.

Create.  Lists.  Three Lists on Problems/Passions/Joy.
Post on Your Blog
Due.  Friday. Sept. 18.

Study.  Roots Quiz 1.
Due. Thursday, Sept 24.



Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Pop Culture: Music Documentaries & Designing a Band, Blogging

Hi folks,

You'll start by choosing a music documentary from the following list to watch in either a small group or as a whole class.  These are all available on Netflix.  You might want to take a minute and investigate each one before making a choice.

20 Feet from Stardom
Muscle Shoals
The Wrecking Crew
Ain't In It for My Health
What Happened, Miss Simone?
The Other One: Long Strange Trip

Watch for 20 minutes and use this graphic organizer to Notice/Wish/Wonder about the content of the documentary as you watch.  (You  can print it off or make a copy that can be edited.) You might want to post those thoughts on your blog -- GREAT blog content!

Then you have the rest of class to work on design-a-band and blogging.

AP Lit: 3x3s and Time to Blog

Hey folks,

I reloaded the white cabinet with index cards so you can build your 3x3s.  If you take a look here, you'll see how to lay out the card.

1.  Put One Word on Each Card.
2. Lay Them Out in a Grade.
3. Lower Left of Each Card, Put the Last Name of the Work's Creator (i.e. Smith, Portis)
4. Lower Right of Each Card, Put the Title or Identifiable Shorter version (Don't Miss, Grit, etc.)
5. Flip the Cards Over and Number Them in Order to Make Them Easier to Reset.
6.  Put Your Initials In Upper Right of Each Card on the Number Side.

After getting your decks built, try doing the following.

1. Lay out your summer book 3x3s.  See what trends emerge across each others.

2. Mix and match your summer 3x3s.  See if you can make a 3x3 of your summer book out of the cards of others.

3.  Look at 3x3s of True Grit.  What commonalities are you finding?  Try to remix.  Then see if you can make a 3x3 of "I Don't Miss It" out of the True Grit cards.

Be playful.  Experiment.  And DOCUMENT EVERYTHING!  Put it on your blog with video or photo and explanations.

You can then take the rest of class time to work on your blogs/synthesis including the 5 Card Flickr assignment for this week.  Remember, your blogs can be full of your process of developing your essay: prewriting, doodles, sketches, maps, anything at all with a little explanation so I know what I'm looking at.

Show the Learning.
Read & Annotate.  True Grit to Page 113
Due. Tues. 9.22.15
Blog. 3+ Posts.
Creative Blog Post of the Week. Create a 5 Card Flickr in the Voice of Mattie Ross. How might you employ the same techniques as Portis to develop her voice in your work?
Due. Friday. 9.18.15
Design.  Working Draft.  Synthesis Essay #1
Due for Workshopping.  Tuesday, 9.22.15

If you have time . . . 
Turn your Literary 3x3s into Index Card Decks.

Eng 9: Caine's Arcade & the Global Cardboard Challenge

Today you'll be working on your own as we introduce our first big project.

Caine's Arcade.

Watch this video.


And then watch this video to learn what the Global Cardboard Challenge is all about.




Complete a Notice/Wish/Wonder organizer to demonstrate your understanding of these two videos.   (Timestamp means tell me exactly where in the video you are getting this idea.  You will need to make your own copy of the organizer.)  

I'm not here to answer questions for you or to have conversations, look over shoulders.  You will have to do your best work to show me your thinking. HOWEVER, if you would prefer to audio/video record your responses, you may do so.  Just be certain you e-mail or share with me what you create.

Support each other and ask Mr. Knight for help with sharing your work with me.

After completing the notice/wish/wonder organizer, turn your thinking to possibilities.

If you were to bring joy to other people by building something, what might you build? Make a list.

If you were to solve a problem others are facing by building something, what might you build? Make a list.

If you were to showcase your passions or interests by building something, what might you build?  Make a list.

Post each of these three lists on your blog. 

If you get done with the above during class, check your work and make sure it does the best job it can demonstrating your thinking.  

You can then use the rest of time to study up on Roots 1.  There's a quiz next week.  

.
Show the Learning.
Blog. 3+ Posts.
Creative Blog Prompt.  5 Card Flickr & Problem Story.
Create a 5 Card Flickr that tells the story of a problem being solved.
Post your images and write out the story on your blog.
Due. Friday. Sept. 18.

Complete.  Notice/Wish/Wonder Organizer on Caine's Arcade & Caine's Arcade 2
Due. Friday. Sept 18.

Create.  Lists.  Three Lists on Problems/Passions/Joy.
Post on Your Blog
Due.  Friday. Sept. 18.

Study.  Roots Quiz 1.
Due. Thursday, Sept 24.



Pop Culture: Design-a-Band

Blogging Rubric 2015.


We start today with this "How Might We . . . ?"

How might we create an intentional band out of random elements?  

This will be run similar to a DEEPdt  flash lab.

DISCOVER.

Make a list of bands and artists that you believe have really great names. Even if you don't love the music or consider them a favorite, you hear the name and think, "that's a great name."  Throw in good names of movies, good names of books, TV series, while you are at it.  

Put three of your favorite names -- music or not -- and put each on a sticky note and up the marker board.

I notice.  I wish.  I wonder.  We'll look at those band names up on the board and discuss using only those stems to start our thinking.

EMPATHY.

3x3 Interviews.  Three questions.  Three subjects.

1. What sorts of fonts appeal to you?  Handwriting? Block? Serif? San Serif?
Serif vs Sans: The Final Battle
by mostash.


2. What colors appeal to you?
The Psychology of Color
by Dehahs.


3. Do you prefer realistic or abstract images?


Collect your responses and include them on your blog post when you discuss the album art you create.  Use what you know appeals to others visually to inform your choices.

EXPERIMENT.

Create-A-Band Process 

I'd Give Credit to the Creator of this Process  But It's From a While Back & I Can't Recall the Link! #arghface.
1. Go to the Random Article link on the Wikipedia front page. (You can find it in the top left navigation menu.) The title of the random article is your new band/artist's name.


2. Go to the Random Quote link on the Quotations Page front page. (You can find it in the left side navigation menu.) You will get a list of random quotes. Pull either a full or partial quote from that page. That is the album title for your band's latest release. (You might also find some song titles this way as well.)


3. Go to Flickr and click on the 'Interesting Uploads from the Last 7 Days' link. (You can find it by scrolling down and looking beside the 'Take the Tour' link.)

4. Pull that information together and then use an app like Pages, Google Draw or Google Docs, a photo editor like iPhoto or Gimp, or any other application that lets you manipulate words and images, and create your album cover.  Export your finished work as a .JPG and post it or  PDF and screenshot it and post it on your blog.

PRODUCE.


5.  On your blog, create a context for your band.  Who are the members?  How did they form and when?  What genre(s) do they play?  What was the gig that led to them making this album?  Where do they play? In other words, what is the story behind the band?  
Here's the big huge giant challenge of this creative endeavor: take those random elements from above and make them all seem intentional.  How might you create sense out of what might be nonsense by applying the filter of music to it?  What does this say about the power of music?
6. In a separate blog post, choose an artist or band you enjoy.  Select an album by that performer. Explore the relationship between the artist's name, the album's name, and the cover art for that album.  To what extent do they align?  Where do you see a clear relationship between the visuals and the music?  Where do you see it not working out?  What about the band's logo or the font used on the album cover?
One to two descriptive paragraphs with visuals to illustrate.
Extra helpful?  Embed some Vimeo links or Spotify links or other ways of proving your point through the music.
You might get some inspiration for your album covers here

10 Iconic Album Covers (Yahoo) Here

99 Well Designed Album Covers (Inspiredology) Here

21 Great Albums with Not So Great Art (AV Club) Here

Lego'd Album Covers Here


Show Your Learning.
Blog. 3+ Posts.
Creative Blog Post. Create a 5 Card Flickr where each image you choose becomes either a) an alternative album cover for an album that already exists or b) a new album by an artist/band that already exists.  Explain your thinking in a few sentences for each new cover.
Due. Friday, Sept 18. 

Other Posts?  
5.  On your blog, create a context for your band.  Who are the members?  How did they form and when?  What genre(s) do they play?  What was the gig that led to them making this album?  Where do they play? In other words, what is the story behind the band?  
Here's the big huge giant challenge of this creative endeavor: take those random elements from above and make them all seem intentional.  How might you create sense out of what might be nonsense by applying the filter of music to it?  What does this say about the power of music?
6. In a separate blog post, choose an artist or band you enjoy.  Select an album by that performer. Explore the relationship between the artist's name, the album's name, and the cover art for that album.  To what extent do they align?  Where do you see a clear relationship between the visuals and the music?  Where do you see it not working out?  What about the band's logo or the font used on the album cover?
One to two descriptive paragraphs with visuals to illustrate.
Extra helpful?  Embed some Vimeo links or Spotify links or other ways of proving your point through the music.

Curate. 1 item.
Pin on Your Pop Culture Pinboard & Use #Flight307pc.
Due.  Friday, Sept 18.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Humanities 2BG: Oreo Challenge & Blogs

Today, you we set up our blogs on Blogger.

Blogging.

Blogging Rubric 2015.
You will be keeping a blog throughout the year on Blogger using your school Gmail account. I've embedded and linked the rubric for blogging here.
What content should you include?  Each week you can expect a creative challenge related to our current focus.  The other two-plus entries may come from day to day work you are doing for class, from creative expression, from general reflections.  Show your thinking.  Provide evidence of your knowing.  That's the goal.

After the first week, you should be looking to connect to at least one other thinker in the Humanities ranks, linking to an idea that inspires you to respond. There are several intentions to the blog:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the readings, viewings, and listenings from class.
  • Connect and reflect upon one another's ideas.
  • Reach beyond the walls of our classroom to share our thinking and benefit from other perspectives.
  • Create a record of learning, illustrating your growth over the space of your year.
    Design Challenge: HMW Oreo?
    You had twenty to minutes to work with a partner, two partners, or solo, use any space on campus, any materials in the room, as you tackled the following design challenge: How might we advertise Humanities with an Oreo?
    Post your results on your blog and I will post links and share out the greatness.  
    Show the Learning.
      Blog. 3+ Posts.
        Due. Friday, 9.18.15
      Study.  Roots List #1
      Quiz. Thursday, 9.24.15