Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Our main work focus was to translate your notes into paragraph form. In this paragraph you should include your research and an explanation of how these events might have influenced George Orwell. Along with this, upload a picture, audio, or video. And most all of us emailed our bibliography (using EasyBib) to Anna (firstname.lastname@example.org). This was basically all we worked on today.
As for our homework we first have to read pages 1-37 of 1984. Next, we have to retrieve 2 political cartoons, one from the 1930s-1950s, and another one from our modern day. If the cartoons are in color, print them in color. Our next homework is to work on our project. By tomorrow, we have to post our paragraphs and visual on the time line so our editor, Lauren, can edit them. This is mandatory because we do not have time to work on it in class tomorrow. Also, if you haven't sent you bibliography to Anna, do that ASAP. Her email, like I said before is email@example.com. Other than that there is no other homework. Yay!
Monday, November 29, 2010
Monday back from break, one of the best days of the year, right? No. The usual ‘hello smith’ was almost non-existent. Today, however, we jumped right in with a new research project. We also checked in Inherit the Wind books. If you need a ‘1984’ book, then you have to see Mrs. Smith to check it out. Swapping, one book for another, huh?
The research project we started in class today was, in groups, creating an audio-video time line at loggel. If you don’t already have an account, your o.k. because there is an class log in. What’s awesome is you can make entries from your phone. See Mrs. Smith for help if needed. This website is an interactive audio-visual diary. As a class, are log in name is AHS Smith 5, and the password is AHSSmith5. It also caps sensitive. Period two did is every group of two had a different responsibility. Our class will do the same thing. Our fuhrer of the class is Emily Wolf. Our head honcho of technical director is Logan Makis. We are dividing into groups of two with every year and a group for an overview of the decade. The groups will all have a secondary responsibility like another year or a decade overview. Your work cited should be done in easy bib. It should then be emailed to Anna at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The research of your group will be done in class and if you don’t finish on your own time. See Emily if you are going to be absent or you were absent and are going to need a group. Well good look and have fun. Great day for a Monday right?
Friday, November 19, 2010
The homework over the break was to post comments on other students podcasts and essays for this i believe. To do this we created wiki accounts at http://ahsthisibelieve.wikispaces.com/ and made sure that our user names were our first name last initial 2014. We then turned in our podcasts in Smith's drop box were she took them and put them on the wiki for everyone to read. For the rest of the class we read and listened too others students essays and wrote well thought and constructive comments. When the bell rang the class hastily (but neatly) but there computers away and left the room with only one more hour between them and a week long break.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Smith then discussed with the class what the agenda for the day was, which included continuing with act 2 scene 2, then taking the quiz on all of act 2 and then followed by finishing the book up with act 3 of "Inherit the Wind". If you need a refresher, we read pages 94-then end (this is only if you had the newer books with the blue covers); or you could just use the buddy system and ask a fellow classmate what happened in the story (but reading the book yourself would be reccomended).
Hope your Wednesday was great!
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Today, Smith was greeted by the same monotonous, “Hello Smith” as every other day in the semester. After we all got settled in, we rearranged the room in order to accommodate the setting for Inherit the Wind, Act 2. The premise of Act 2 was the trial of Bertram Cates, the preparation for the trial, and the unsuccessful efforts of Henry Drummond to win the case.
Basically, the only homework that is due for this entire week is creating the podcast for the This I Believe Essay. To do this you have to record yourself reciting the essay into a microphone. The program that you use to do this is called Audacity. The web site to download this free program is here. Plus, the Audacity recording must be converted into a MP3 file. Because it will not export directly to this kind of file, a free converter web site can be found here. First, you have to export the audacity file into a “wav” file and then you convert it from there. Finally, if you have not already turned in the This I believe essay to the drop box or to thisibelieve.com, you need to do that. The submitting the essay the web site can be found here.
After that, the parts for Act 2 of Inherit The Wind were assigned. Over all, the class is definitely entertaining as we read the play. :) We read through Act 2 Scene 1 and to page 93 in Scene 2. In Scene 1, Reverend Brown gets very emotional with his preaching against evolution and Cates. So far in Scene 2, the trial has officially begun, and it is obviously biased. It leads to much argument in the courtroom, mostly about Drummond's witness choices.
As for homework, we only have to do our podcast, which is due on Friday. After that is done, there's no homework! To make the podcast, just use Audacity at school. Or you can do it at home if you have a microphone and Audacity can be downloaded online for free. After recording, just save it and export as a MP3.
Oh, Do i love these colors? I think YES :)
Monday, November 15, 2010
Today we submitted our This I Believe Essays to thisibelieve.org. If you haven’t done this yet here is the link…This I Believe Essay Submission. After printing out our essays, giving them to Mrs. Smith and submitting them online, we continued acting out scene II of Inherit the Wind.
Our Homework for this week is:
Do your podcast for your This I Believe essay. You can do this at home if you have your own headset then you can download the program Audacity on your computer for free. Otherwise you can go to the media center and record you essay. Try to schedule a time in advance because many people will have to use the recording room this week! Once you record your essay drop it in to Mrs. Smith’s drop box. Make sure it is an MP3 file! Save it as your first name and last initial (i.e. Janie E)
Have a great afternoon!!
Friday, November 12, 2010
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Here are a few other links you may find helpful:
To make the comic strips-- http://www.bitstrips.com/ and http://www.toondoo.com/
More information about the TIB essays and podcasts-- http://www.thisibelieve.org/
To download audacity onto your computer-- http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
Some tips and reminders about the essays:
Homework: This I believe essay due Monday in the class drop box (FIRST NAME ONLY!), This I believe podcast due Friday, November 19th.
Reminders: Its a wise idea to podcast your essay as soon as you have it finalized because the library will fill up towards the end of the week. Also, if you need help with your This I Believe essay, refer to http://thisibelieve.org/ for help!
Have a great weekend!
Thursday, November 11, 2010
We started the day with the return of the rest of our in-class essays and then returned to the acting of act 1 scene 1 in Inherit the Wind. If you are having any trouble understanding the play click here for a Sparknotes synopsis. The acting was much better today then the Macbeth play and a lot easier to follow! With Southern accents, monkeys, and a lot of sarcasm by our Hornback, it was a very interesting day! If you missed class today, finish reading scene 1 of the play and make sure to see Ms. Smith about our quiz in class today over scene 1 of Inherit the Wind. Have a happy Veteran's Day!!!
Homework: Tomorrow we have to complete the SAT exercises and over the weekend we have the This I Believe essay, which is due Monday.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Notes on Mr. Craig's talk:
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Remember the written portion for the This I believe is due the 15 and the podcast is due on the 19. Also our Banned book projects are due Monday so you better be done reading those books!! The projects are supposed to be creative so think outside the box.
Friday, November 5, 2010
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Homework, thank the lord, is very light today, so my job is easy. :) As usual, read your banned book! The final project will be due this coming Monday. Also, SAT work Lesson 9 will be due Friday and be ready for some crazy quiz!
Hope to have been of some help. Good luck everyone on your papers!!!! ;)
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
We started of the day with a very unenthusiastic “Hello Smith”, it's Tuesday and everyone was exhausted, but everyone was forced to wake up because we had a very busy day today, and you couldn't afford to not be attentive. We got started right away because we had a lot to do today. First off we took the Fahrenheit 451 quiz, which we got to use “Gates of Heaven” on. As soon as we finished our quiz, we were told to open a word document and be prepared to take a lot of notes!
Tomorrow we will have our first in-class essay. We will have 50 minutes to write a multi-paragraph essay (5 paragraphs) and it must be printed out and completed by the end of class. In the essay we will be addressing the prompt:
What 3 things were Bradbury and Vonnegut through “The Pedestrian” Fahrenheit 451, and “Harrison Bergeron”, trying to warn our society of? How have these warnings come true today?
Here is the format for the essay:
Background (background of the three stories)(Ped, 451, HB) (1 – 2 sentences for each story)
THESIS (Address both questions).
(Ex. Through Fahrenheit 451, “Pedestrian”, and “Harrison Bergeron”, Bradbury and Vonnegut were trying to warn society of reliance of technology, negative influence of media, and decline of public education; they have come true today because………)
Be specific (personal technology, public media, etc.)
Body Paragraph (3) (Only use two story examples in each story, but must use all three at least once throughout the essay)
Set up 1st point
Lead in (Ex. Bradbury writes, “___________”), quote, citationb
Explanation (Ex. Seashell)
Set up 2nd point
Lead-in (Ex. Bradbury writes,”___________”, quote, citation
Set up modern example (how prediction has come true today)
Example (Ex. I-pod, cell phone)
” (Bradbury “Pedestrian”)
” (Bradbury Fahrenheit 451 89) ß (89 is page number, make sure you list it)
” (Vonnegut “Harrison Bergeron”)
** ^ Internal documentation should look just like this^**
No personal words
Grammar, punctuation, mechanics
Explanation - Explain what quote says, connect it to the text
* Things highlighted in Blue are Smith’s suggestions of what to have completely written out tonight, in order to take full advantage of your limited time tomorrow.
· SAT Lesson 9
· Banned Book
- Maggie Hurlbut