Reflection on Student Presentations and/or Current News

Periods 2, 3, and 4 You need to complete the Senior Research Presentations Reflections.

Type a 200 word Blog Post reflecting on the presentations in the auditorium. Make sure you include the following information:

  • You can choose to write a general reflection Or about each individual student presentation
  • Summarize the presentation
  • What was interesting in the presentation?
  • What was confusing/uninteresting in the presentation?
  • What do you think went well with the presentation? (Was the presenter loud, clear, engaging, etc.)
  • What advice would you give the presenter?

Period 2: 

Danielle Casillas–College Tuition Costs on the Rise

Brenda Torres–Astral Projection

Kameron Jordan–Smarter Guns

Jenna Wallace–War on Drugs

Evelynn Naling and her sister–Criminial Behavior Nature vs Nurture

Madalen Burke–Art Censorship


Period 3:

Kiala Cotton–The Afterlife

Michelle Saucedo–Serial Killers

Madalen Burke–Art Censorship

Serena Gregory–Suicide Prevention


Period 4:

Jenna Wallace–War on Drugs

Evelynn Naling and her sister–Criminial Behavior Nature vs Nurture

Brenda Torres–Astral Projection

Serena Gregory–Suicide Prevention

Stephanie Perez–Pixar Theory


Periods 7 and 8 You need to complete the Current News Blog Post:

Type a 200 word Blog Post about Current News. Peruse the news sites and read an article about something that interests you: sports, national news, local news, education, politics, entertainment, health, etc. After you read the news article, do the following in your blog post:

  • Summarize your article and insert a link to the article. If there is an image that you could also share on your blog, please do so.
  • Evaluate whether you believe the article is one-sided (biased) or if it seems neutral and allows the reader to come to his/her own conclusion.
  • Analyze what you found shocking, surprising, amazing, saddening, exciting, frustrating, etc. about the article. Share your personal thoughts.
  • Ask your readers questions to get them thinking about the article’s topic
  • Scan the article before you submit it to make sure it’s appropriate for all age levels (there are topics on the news that may not be appropriate for younger kids, so please refrain from those overly sensitive topics)

EduBlog Challenge on Food and Culture

Go to the EduBlog Challenge page to see the different options for the Food and Culture Blog Post for this week. Yes, you should type at least 200 words about food, culture, music, etc in America or just focus on Illinois. Definitely include images and/ or links to help visualize what you are writing.

Activity 1: 

Write a post on food, songs, stories or clothing that is popular in your country. In your post, include links to where you researched and some images with attribution. You might also want to a collage of images or a slideshow you have created.


Then, Visit at least 5 blogs from countries other than your own. Leave a comment on a post at each blog to ask them questions about food, songs, stories or clothing in their country. Leave the link to your blog in your comment so that the students from these other towns and countries can check out your edublog and comment on your work as well.

60 Second Shakespeare Script and Performance Reflection

We read the Shakespearean Drama Twelfth Night, watched the movie version clips, and analyzed the different characters and plot lines.  Students used their creativity to design a 60-second script that included the most important characters and scenes; then, students performed the scenes in front of their classmates to showcase their knowledge of the events in the acts as well as demonstrate how these characters portrayed themselves.  Now, it’s your turn to evaluate your script creation and authentic performance in order to reflect on the overall assignment/learning process.

Please complete the following:

1. Go to your JTLearn Period Pages and click on your group video.  Watch your performance, making sure you truly view your play-acting to be able to evaluate yourself.  You may want to watch the other groups to be able to compare your performance to that of others.

2. Self-evaluate yourself.  What did you do well?  What could you have improved in your performance?

3. Write a new blog post with 200 or more words including the following information:

  • Summarize the act your group had to summarize in a 60-second script.  Who were the important characters? What were the important actions/events in this Act?  How was this easy or difficult to do within a 60 second script format?
  • Evaluate the group collaboration by explaining how well your group communicated and worked together.  What were some of the positive aspects of how your group functioned together?  How do you think your group could have improved while working together?  Was there a group leader or did all of you take equal part in making decisions and/or keeping the group on task? What advice do you have for other students doing group work?
  • Explain your preparation for the performance.  What did you have to do specifically to prepare for the performance?  Did you memorize your lines or bring them up with you during the performance?  Were you nervous or confident?  Did you use any props?  What would you have done differently if you could re-do this performance, or at least the preparation for the performance? Why?
  • Analyze your performance by being honest and reflective of your own participation in the performance.  What did you do well?  What do you think you could have done better?  Were you comfortable? shy? scared? excited? confident? confused? apprehensive? Looking at the video and being able to see yourself perform as well as your group members, how do you feel you did?  Are you satisfied with your performance?  Why?  Would you have done anything differently? If so, what would it be and why?  How could you improve your own role and your own performance to improve the entire re-creation of the drama for that act?
  • Compare the groups by explaining which group (out of all 5 for the class period) did the best.  Explain why this group you chose was the best out of all the others in your class period.  What did you or could you learn from their performance?  What did you learn from watching other groups perform?  Did you learn more from the videos or from the live performance?  Please explain.
  • Give advice to the teacher. Yes, I’m asking for your advice. I did survey students on whether they would like to perform in class or in the Little Theater and majority chose in the classroom.  Do you think that was a wise decision?  Or, should I have pushed for the Little Theater performance?  Would the groups perform better in the Little Theater, or would it cost more apprehension for many students? What if we had a live audience of other class?  Would that make you more or less excited about the assignment? What would you prefer? How do you think your group would respond? I surveyed your desires for group members; was that a good idea or should groups have been created randomly? Do you have any other positive comments about the activity or constructive criticism to help improve the activity for future assignments? Please share your thoughts because they do matter.

Social Issue Multimedia

Yes, today is the day you publicly post your social issue multimedia presentation that you created for your research paper. Here are your required steps.

  1. Create a New Post with a title that states your social issue argument (For example: Teacher should utilize more educational technology in the classroom.)
  2. Write 75-100 words describing why you chose this social issue to argue or why you think it’s important that society takes a look at the social issue and improves it. In other words, use these words to entice your audience to read your post and click on your multimedia presentation.
  3. Include the file of your presentation.  Go to ADD MEDIA above the post box and click on UPLOAD FILE. Then upload your file.  For those of you who did smores or videos, just find the url address and make sure you include it as a link.

I’m sure you can’t wait to see the comments from others; and I can’t wait to read them all.  I know you all chose extremely important social issues and I’m curious to see how others view your presentations and your ideas.