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)
Directions: Write a post about your family and culture – include their interests, where you might have been together as a family. Remember to include grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles. Write about your ethnic or cultural backgrounds. Feel free to design or explain your family tree. Explain any of your family traditions, whether it’s for holidays or birthday celebrations. What makes your family so special or different from others? Does your family speak any other languages?
* Adding a photo or image of your family and/or images of places where your family has traveled to together on family vacations. You could also add images of your cultural flag or any traditional meals or other traditions.
2. Go to http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/75 and type in your ASSIGNED USA UN World Heritage Site in the SEARCH bar to learn about this amazing site. Then go to the link in above in direction #1 to learn even more info about that world heritage site.
4. After your short summary and image on PADLET, please compose a 150 word or more summary of your assigned USA UN Heritage Site to share your expertise of the site as well as include your link to the site ensure others could access your research. Make sure you include the name of this UN site, its location, its significance in decoding the cultural heritage, and any other interesting/intriguing facts.
5. Please add at least one image of this site so that your audience can see its culture and beauty.
3. Pick one of these two UN World Heritage Sites and write a summary sentence about the UGANDA site as well as add an image (+) related to this site. Make sure you add DIFFERENT info than the person who posts BEFORE you. https://padlet.com/mmaslowski/UNWorldHeritageSites
4. After your short summary and image on PADLET, please compose a 150 word or more summary of the Uganda UN Heritage Site to share your expertise of the site as well as include your link to the site ensure others could access your research. Make sure you include the name of this UN site, its location, its significance in decoding the cultural heritage, and any other interesting/intriguing facts.
5. Please add at least one image of this site so that your audience can see its culture and beauty.
All human beings should be treated with respect and dignity and be proud of being an individual. No one should be stereotyped by their race, gender, background, social status, etc. We are all human beings and we should be proud of who we are because there is no other person like us. Don’t judge a person by the outside appearance; don’t stereotype a person or generalize an entire group or race of people. We are all human and we all deserve love and respect; and, we should all show ourselves respect. We all Matter. You Matter. Let’s make a difference and be more awesome!
Now, take the Challenge: Since it’s Black History Month, please pick a person or group of people who represent Black History so that we learn more about these important people and their amazing accomplishments. Look at the Poster below:
Pick one of the challenges, find an appropriate image or video, and write a 200-300 word reflection on the image/video. Analyze what the image/video represents and how that one image/video can pretty much say a 1000 words. How is the image an important example of Black History Month? Explain in detail. Make sure you include the image/video in your Post.
Super Bowl commercials are very expensive and millions of people watch them, so the creators of these commercials have to be effective so the money that was spent on the very short product was worthwhile.
As we look at some commercials, focus on the persuasive methods that were used and try to relate to how they could help you prepare for your social issue research paper.
Before watching some commercials together as a class, I asked students to focus on 3 aspects (which they needed in their social issue research papers):
What is the purpose (message) of the video?
How did the commercial show both sides of this perspective (message)?
How effective was the shock value to get audience attention to the major social issue and/or product?
Now it’s time for students to have some choice as they analyze other commercials and videos.
Directions: Your goal is to find and share at least 3 video commercials in order to write at least 250 words by analyzing the PURPOSE, AUDIENCE, and STANCE of these commercials. Make sure you go to ADD MEDIA and EMBED the videos into your blog post so your audience can view the video and comment on whether they agree or disagree with your analysis….or add more to your analysis.
Here are your options:
Analyze your top 3 Favorite Superbowl Commercials
Analyze your bottom 3 Least Favorite Superbowl Commercials
Analyze your top 3 Most Funny Superbowl Commercials
Analyze your top 3 Most Serious Superbowl Commercials
Analyze your top 3 Unbelievable/Unrealistic Superbowl Commercials (ones in which actions happened that we know are not realistic to real life)
Analyze 3 Different Types of Superbowl Commercials (Food related, Car related, Beverage related, etc)
If you have another creative idea to analyze 3 different Superbowl Commercials, see me to approve and go ahead
If you prefer to not analyze commercials, find 3 videos you like and analyze their purpose, audience, and stance. (For example 3 most motivational videos or 3 inspiring videos, etc) See me for approval
Some added resources to help you complete this assignment well:
Today, February 3, 2017 Students from Period 2 and Period 5 were invited to the Little Theater to be in the audience while Mrs. Blake’s speech team participants had a dress rehearsal. Students were given the following instructions prior to entering the Little Theater:
Mrs. Blake’s Speech Showcase:
You will pay attention to the students who are speaking in the Little Theater. You will write an edublog post about these students and their speaking qualities; feel free to take notes so you can remember what to write about. You are an audience member and you will critique the students and their speeches to help them improve for the competition.
Please focus on the following so you can give them advice to improve:
how do they use their voice (loud, quiet, tone)
facial expressions (helpful, distracting)
were any movements distracting or helpful to bring about the intended message?
did they succeed in delivering the intended message?
Any advice? (constructive criticism)
Any positive comments?
Students have the option of writing about all 5 speech presentations or pick 1-2 to describe or reflect over in detail. Students need to summarize what they saw and heard and explain in detail their interpretation of the speech as well as giving positive comments and constructive criticism so students can improve before their actual competition.
Here were the 5 Speech Presentations during period 2:
Hope spoke from the perspective of a mother grieving the loss of her son Jesse who died in the Sandy Hook tragedy
“Hungry Heart” had some repetitive phrases including “We Fall, We Get Hurt, We Get Up Again!” and “I see you…You Matter”
The Humorous Duet was performed by Tony and Casey who were arguing brother and sister over Instagram and it was called “Mutually Assured Destruction”
The Dramatic Interpretation or “DI” was called “Widow’s Walk” related to the Tragic Events surrounding September 11th.
Radio Speaking had to be 4:50 exactly…..and it was!
Here were the 5 Speech Presentations during period 5:
Humorous Interpretation entitled “Who’s a Good Dog?”
An Oratorical Declaration by Grade called “Hungry Heart” had some repetitive phrases including “We Fall, We Get Hurt, We Get Up Again!” and “I see you…You Matter”
The DDA (Dramatic Duet Acting) was about schizophrenia with the person who has the mental illness and the voice she is hearing entitled “What the Voice Wants Me To Do”
SOS (Special Occasion Speaking)
Radio Speaking had to be between 4:50-5:05…..and it was!
My sophomore high school students are required to pick a current social issue topic that they could argue/debate. The goal is to research an issue that they want to improve, no matter how controversial it might be. First they researched pros and cons relating to their topics so they could narrow down their argument. They had to find 3 articles that reinforced their argument and 2 articles that opposed their argument. Students used www.sweetsearch.com , www.change.org, and www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate for majority of their research. Please take a look at their individual blogs and read their Graff Templates…short 200-250 word paragraphs that summarize their argument, including a mention of their pros and cons as well as their own personal opinions. They will have a question or two after their Graff template, so please respond with some positive feedback and with constructive criticism because they will turn this research into a 1250 word paper to showcase their argument. Thank you!
(Please scroll through Per 2 and Per 8 Edublogs on the right-hand side to see all the individual Sophomore English student blogs.)