Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Eng 9: Work. Work. Work.

Hey folks,

Friday, you have a day to update your blogs and post your work on the blog tracker.

You have a day to complete or revise your Playlist for Others.

Remember there's a rubric for this.  (The media standard is optional.)
To cite your songs properly in your project for the research standard you should follow this format.

  • Artist/Performer's name "Name of the Song" (Year of Release)
which becomes . . . 
  • Pearl Jam "Evenflow" (1993)

You can take it to the next level by adding the video or the link.

Pearl Jam "Evenflow" (1993)

While I'm on a roll, here's an example of an explanation.  This is why I would include this song on Mr. Brackett's playlist:

I included "Evenflow" by Pearl Jam (1993) on Mr. Brackett's playlist because he was in high school when this song came out and I know how much he loves the '90s.  He told me it was his favorite era of music.  Just listening to this song I can immediately picture Eddie Vedder wearing a flannel shirt and throwing his hair all around.  I think Mr. Brackett would enjoy rocking out to this song while driving his truck through the back roads of Temple, playing the bass line on the steering wheel.

You have a day to study for Roots Quiz 2  that will cover Roots 1-2 next TUESDAY.

And finally you have a day to start your one-page reflection essay on the Cardboard Challenge.

You have three options to choose from for your essay.

Option A. Product/Process/Outcome.  
  • Describe what you made using specific, meaningful details.
  • Describe how you made it by sharing specific step by step directions in what it took to make it.
  • Describe how you feel about the final results by discussing what you like about your final product and what you might do differently next time or on a different iteration.

Option B.  Yourself/Others/Creativity.
  • Discuss what you learned about yourself from completing the cardboard challenge, including things you didn't realize about your abilities and talents, struggles and strengths.  
  • Discuss what you learned about others as a result of completing the cardboard challenge, including the experience of interviewing others and their needs or perhaps what it is like to work with a partner.
  • Discuss what you've learned about the creative process and what it is like to make something for others and to make it using only a particular set of resources.

Option C.  Three Things You've Learned About Creativity
  • Discuss three things you've learned about creativity from completing the cardboard challenge.
For this essay, I want you to keep it within a one-page limit, 11 or 12 point font, single spaced.  (Don't play around with the fonts to make it seem like you wrote more than you did.  That's not the point.  Also: super annoying.)  The point is to use specific details to get your ideas across to your reader in a short amount of space.  

Here's what I'll be assessing (grading):

Your Details (writing) How well did you use specifics to show exactly what you mean?
Your Organization (writing) How well did you use paragraphs to organize your thoughts and ideas?
Your Voice (writing) How well does your personality come through in your writing?
Your MUGS (MUGS - mechanics, usage, grammar, spelling) 
Your Timeliness (Due next Thursday, Oct 22)


Blog.  Get caught up with your evidence.  At minimal, post your 5 Card Flickr from Week One, your playlist from others for Week Two, pictures/notes/plans from Cardboard Challenge for Week 3, and then your finished Cardboard Challenge or more pictures/notes/plans for Week 4.  Those are the required posts and the thinking I most want/need to see.

Study.  Roots Quiz 2 . Tuesday.

Know the Roots Quiz 2 (lists 1 & 2)& What They 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.
You may want to make one of these for Roots 1 as well. 
Due. Tuesday 10.20.15 

Pop Culture: Making Movie Magic Happen (Sorta.)

Making the Movie Magic Happen. (Sorta.)

Stage 1. After watching a couple of clips under Mr. Ryder’s tutelage, try your hand at storyboarding, directing and cinematography.

  1. In groups of one, two or three, choose a film from the  AFI Top 100 - 10th Anniversary list that you have seen or at least sorta kinda “know.” (This list is due for an update in 2017.  I’m curious to see what happens  . . .)
  2. Find a clip of a well-known scene from that film online.  They are out there.
  3. Using either people or LEGO minifigs and either digital photography or sketching, recreate that scene shot-by-shot, angle-by-angle
  4. As you are producing that recreation, think about the placement of the camera, the framing, the movement.  Do your best to create as honest a reproduction as possible.  The point?  To see if you can see filmmaking from a creator’s point of view and become more aware of how the filmmaker’s convince their audiences to see and think about the subject matter in a particular way.

Which takes us to Stage 2.
After recreating that scene to develop a sense of how it all “works” in a finished product, use your skills to tell the following story.
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Choose and recreate the camera angles to the best of your abilities from the following sources:

Great tool because it shows you examples from actual films

Fantastic explanation of camera angles

Several great examples of storyboarding at work

Stage 3. #ShowYourWork by Creating a Google Presentation, Prezi, or other slideshow to show how your team did.   Post that to each of your blogs.

Due at the midpoint of next class for sharing and feedback.


Blog: 3+ Posts
Curate: 1 Pin on Pinterest.
Critical Creativity Options.
Option 1.  Soundtrack a Clip. Choose a clip from or use one from our class folder and link/embed a song that suits it, a song that transforms it, and a song that's completely inappropriate for it.  Explain your thinking.

Option 2.  Score a clip.  Choose a clip from or use one from our class folder and use Garageband,Soundation, live instrumentation/vocals, or another tool to design a score.  Explain your thinking.

Option 3.  Six Shot Story.  Tell a complete story using six different camera angles.  You may choose to create this as a video or as a storyboard.

REQUIRED BLOG POST.  Rose. Bud. Thorn. Read One of the Articles Above and Complete a Rose/Bud/Thorn Graphic Organizer over that article.  Post the results of your thinking on your blog.

AP Lit: Design Challenge: Prufrock Remixed

Design Challenge: Prufrockian Remixing.

How might we remix “Prufrock” into a derivative work (meaning, it is based on/inspired by an original) that reflects the poetic and design qualities and intentions of T.S. Eliot’s original?


Last class you did just this.  You spent a day exploring Prufrock and discussing and figuring.

Today, before you start empathizing and experimenting, take a moment to refresh your thinking with this spidea web.
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Recreate this on paper in front of you.  When you think of what you’ve done with “Prufrock” so far, what immediately springs to mind.  5 min.  No more.

Follow this up quickly with an I NOTICE/I WISH/I WONDER over “Prufrock.”  Again, quick.  5 min.  Rekindle what you’ve already discovered.  

Work as a whole class on this.  Someone has to volunteer to be interviewed about their thoughts and feelings about “Prufrock.”  Here’s the thing.  It isn’t a lecture on Prufrock.  They must be asked questions by the other members of the class.  5 min interviewing one student.  
Then choose another.  Grand total.  10 minutes.

As you are taking notes during the interview, use this empathy map tool.  Consider what they are saying and doing as they are talking, and imagine what they might be thinking and feeling based on that.

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This is your first twenty minutes of class.


Print off copies of “Prufrock.”   Cut it up.  Make it bigger.   Rewrite.  Move it around.  Remember in a remix you can add layers upon layers, bring in new, add your own.

There’s butcher paper in the lockers in the hallway.  Use it.  There’s stuff in the closet.  Use it.  There are LEGOs and Jenga blocks and who knows what? Use whatever you have and need.

The key?  Making sure it embodies the spirit and intention of the original while still seeming like a whole new work.

Inform your experimentation with what others have told you, what you’ve discovered about Prufrock.

Be wild.  Be free.  Try things.  See what happens.  Take lots and lots of pictures.  Put them on your blog.  Not because it is required but because it matters and it helps.  Please share them with me as well.


For next class, bring a working iteration of your remix for discussion, feedback, exploration.  We’ll be using the feedback wheel.  The what?  Next week we learn about the feedback wheel

Also, next week, we’ll  read and annotate  articles I will be sending to you about Prufrock and Eliot.  What do they uncover that we hadn’t?  How does your remixing experience lend itself to that sorts of thinking?

Blog. 3+ Posts.
Req'd Critical Creativity.  Literary Emoji.  Choose any of our works from this year and express them in emoji form.  Or use symbols of your own.  Explain your thinking.  

Read & Respond.  How to Read Lit Like a Prof.  Is It a Symbol?
Post on your thoughts on Foster's ideas on your blog.

Essay Revisions. If you are intending to revise your  synthesis essay, you may want to get on it.  
I will only accept revisions up to October 27.  If you complete a revision, you must also submit a Revision Submission Form.
Due.  As many times as possible between now and Oct. 27.

Blogging.  If you revise your posts or if you post late, please use the fill tool on the blog tracker to turn that box, Green.  You can revise your blog posts 

Read & Design. Indie Book Project.
Due. Wednesday & Thursday.  November 4 & 5.