Welcome! Here you'll find a daily record of class activities and assignments, with the most recent class day at the top.
Course Overview:

News Sites:

Thursday, December 21
Today, we:
  • Completed our persuasive story maps
  • Chose TWO other story maps to review - write the topic at the top of the paper
    • using your THH guide (see post from September 12 if you can't find the Salmon colored sheet), look at the story and write down 2 "text" ideas, 2 "head ideas" and 2 "heart" ideas on the front of a sheet of paper - after the thought, put the "section" the thought came from - you need thoughts from at least 4 different sections (this can include the introductory video)
    • Then, on the back of the same sheet, compose a one page response - THIS CANNOT BE A SUMMARY OF THE PIECE - IT MUST BE A REACTION/RESPONSE
  • For 10 points of extra credit, you may choose to do the 6 ideas (2 text, 2 head, 2 heart) for two additional stories. You do not have to write a 1 page response.

Thursday, December 7
Today, we:

Tuesday, December 5
Today, we:
  • Worked on our Animoto Videos (Destiny Collections DUE by beginning of class Thursday, December 7) - you can also look for music here by mood!!
  • Began constructing the text of our persuasive piece:
    • Original from CNN story:
      • It's human nature and simple geography: Things that happen far away, to people we have never known from areas of the world we have no connection to, don't hit us as hard as whatever is happening at home. So if you don't particularly care about the Syrian Civil War, or the crisis it's created in places like the city of Aleppo, it makes sense. The Syrian Civil War has been raging for five years now, and it is, to say the least, a multi-layered conflict. Aleppo is a major city in Syria, and it's in the news a lot because the rebel-held, eastern part is one of the hardest-hit areas of the war. We're talking airstrikes and food, water and supply shortages affecting hundreds of thousands of people.

    • Now you! Fill in the blanks specific to your topic:
      • It's human nature and simple ( ): Things that happen ( ), to ( ) we ( ) from ( ) we have no connection to, don't hit us as hard as whatever is happening at home. So if you don't particularly care about ( ) or the ( ) it's created in/for ( ) like ( ), it makes sense. ( ) has been ( ) for ( ), and it is, to say the least, a multi-layered ( ). ( ) is a ( ), and it's/it's not int he news a lot because ( ). We're talking ( ) and ( ) affecting ( ).

Monday, December 4
Today, we:
  • Completed our annotation and response for the 5th Article of the Week:
  • Completed our Destiny Collections (refer to last Thursday's post for the "list" of things you need, 22-24 items)
  • Began working on our Animoto videos, using the style original, inkwell, or simplicity, with appropriate music of your choice (you can also find music on creative commons - choose to search CCmixter or SoundCloud) - use between 5 and 9 photos for your video, and have AT LEAST 3 "things" your topic "is," along with a text insert of your topic and the word "is..." - save 3 photos for your persuasive piece (so identify if there's a theme or etc you want).

Thursday, November 30
Today, we:
  • Completed our reactions to the CNN persuasive piece about Aleppo
  • Chose a topic of personal interest to persuade people to care about: (your own is fine with approval)
  • Began collecting powerful resources about our topics using Destiny Collections
    • 8-12 photos
    • 3 articles about the topic from the last two years (read them)
    • 2 websites/articles that include statistical information about your topic
    • 3 YouTube videos that are personal stories/news pieces related to your topic (not informational - watch them)
    • 3 websites that aim to help this issue in one way or another (through advocacy, volunteering, or services)
    • 3 articles/websites that highlight why this is a difficult problem to solve

Monday, November 27
Today, we:

Friday, November 17
Today, we:
  • Completed our two padlets
  • Turned them in using this form:

Thursday, November 16
today, we:

Friday, November 8
Today, we:
  • Worked on our "14 things" assignment (DUE Monday, bring a printed copy to class), and submitted it's link in this form:

Tuesday, November 7
Today, we:

Monday, November 6
Today, we:

Friday, November 3
Today, we:
  • Completed and submitted our assignment (the time to submit this assignment has passed. Please see Ms. Barrett)
  • Worked on looking at other people's examples using this link - after reviewing two other people's findings, in your writer's notebook respond to this prompt:
    • What themes do you see in the news items (types, subjects) that were identified by your peers? How does the variety of news available to people/the variety of choices editors make improve our society/hurt our society? Discuss at least 4 different ideas in your writing related to these two questions and reference at least two specific pieces of news.

Thursday, November 2
Today, we:

Tuesday, October 31
Today, we:

Monday, October 30
Today, we:
  • Worked on our advertising scavenger hunt
  • Submitted the link to the scavenger hunt:The time to submit this assignment has passed. Please see Ms. Barrett about late credit.

Tuesday, October 10
Today, we:

Monday, October 9
Today, we:
  • Worked on our papers, DUE at the beginning of class Tuesday, October 10

Thursday, October 5
Today, we:
  • Read our independent reading books
  • Listened together to the last 3 minutes of yesterday's podcast (be sure you do this)
  • Annotated an article using the THH method:
  • Began working on a one-page response about the information we've been studying:

    • Should We Be Worried?
      Media literacy: the ability to ACCESS, ANALYZE, EVALUATE, CREATE, and ACT using all forms of communication.

      Using the “texts” you’ve reviewed in the stations, answer the following prompt in a one page response (single spaced, 12 point font, 1 inch margins or less - this will mean you are writing a response that is no less than 450 words and no more than 600):
      Is calling the “fake news” phenomenon Intellectual Terrorism too extreme, or an apt title? What do you believe are the most important problems this phenomena can create among people in the same state or nation? What about across national/cultural borders? Given the existence of “fake news,” and based on your review of the evidence, how important is media literacy as a skill for you and your peers to have? How could effective media literacy skills influence your relationship with information? Is your generation up for the challenge “fake news” creates? Use at least 4 examples from what you reviewed to support your opinions.

Tuesday, October 3
Today, we:

Tuesday, September 24 - Monday, October 2
On these days:
  • We continued our work on the state of some available media

Today, we:
Worked on revealing the state of some available media

Monday, September 23
Today, we:
  • Completed our Photo assignments, read, and completed our thought log Entry #2 about our nonfiction books (in the reading section of your notebook)

Friday, September 22
Today, we:
  • Worked on completing our Photo assignment, to be submitted in the form below by Monday 9/25 at noon (submit the link by then - the project is due at the end of class Monday)
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Thursday, September 21
Today, we:

Friday, September 15 - Tuesday, September 19
On these days, we:
  • Worked on our assignment from the previous day, due at the beginning of class Thursday, September 21, along with your week one thought log about your nonfiction book

Thursday, September 14:
Today, we:

Tuesday, September 12
Today, we:

Monday, September 11
Today, we:

Friday, September 1 - Friday, September 8
Today. we:
  • Continued work on our Year in Review portfolios (see previous post)

Thursday, August 31
Today, we:
  • Practiced a writing sneeze using this editorial (warning: 2 pieces of strong language)
  • Began thinking about how America has changed/is changing/could change with a Year in Review Assignment: , DUE at the end of Thursday, September 7

Monday, August 21
Today, we:
  • Practiced a writing technique we'll use often

Tuesday, August 22
Today, we:

Thursday, August 24
Today, we:
  • Completed a writing sneeze using this infographic
  • Began surveying the landscape of issues that exist, taking "data swims" into two of them and finding book titles related to our interests:
  • Use these sites to peruse issues:
  • Google topics and questions that arise for you after choosing to read about two issues important/interesting to you, and fill in your data tree from left to right with ideas you come across
  • Use Amazon and Goodreads to find books that could help you answer the question/idea you finally settle on after your swim - try to stick with books published in the last 5 years
  • Previewed some possible books to read this quarter using Google Books and these instructions: