Archive | February, 2017

Of Mice and Men; Fake News, Plato’s Cave

28 Feb

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9th Grade:

Continue viewing Of Mice and Men film

While watching, take notes on whether you think the actors playing the characters are appropriate and doing a good job.  Also, look out for any differences between the book and movie. Why would they change it?



12th Grade:

We will finish yesterday’s assignment. Make sure you have answered the questions in your notebook.

Plato’s Allegory of the Cave

Watch Plato’s Allegory of the Cave. And answer the questions below in your notebook.

  • Think of a time in which you were faced with new information that forced you to question your beliefs. Were you resistant? How did you feel at first?
  • Write about an example of people being too stubborn to change their viewpoints even in the face of new facts.
  • If people are misinformed, uneducated, and stubborn to change, can they be trusted to govern themselves and make important decisions like voting in a democracy? Are we better off entrusting our government to people whose job it is to understand and know about politics, economics, and social structures? Or do is the risk of putting that much power in a select few hands too great? Are we better off trusting a potentially misinformed, stubborn public to make important decisions about our country?

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Welcome Back!

27 Feb

I hope everyone had a great Winter Break!

9th Grade:

Quick Write- Write about a highlight of your vacation. Go into detail. What did you do? Who was there? When and where were you? Use sensory imagery.

View Of Mice and Men film

While watching, take notes on whether you think the actors playing the characters are appropriate and doing a good job.  Also, look out for any differences between the book and movie. Why would they change it?

12th Grade:

We will read this article on fake news.

Define the following words:

  • Fabricate
  • Yellow Journalism
  • Objective
  • Partisan
  • Penchant
  • Confirmation Bias

Answer the following questions:

  • Has fake news existed in the past? What’s changed in recent years?
  • What is Yellow Journalism?
  • What can you do to distinguish fake news from real news?
  • Under the 1st Amendment, can social media companies censor what people post and see on their networks? Do you think this is good or bad?

OMAM Title; I Have Nothing to Hide

17 Feb

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9th Grade:

Quick Write: What do you have planned for break? What do you hope to do? How do you want to spend it?

We will discuss the title Of Mice and Men, and determine which characters we think are symbolically “Mice” and which are “Men.”

12th Grade:

Read this article about Miss Teen USA being spied on through her laptop camera.

Read this article about Facebook being used to hire people. Think about how companies can tap into your Facebook data to determine if they want to hire you.

Listen to Day 3 of the Privacy Paradox “Something to Hide

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OMAM Themes; Privacy Paradox

16 Feb

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9th Grade:

Go to room A206.

On Kidblog, write about any of the following themes in Of Mice and Men. Explain what the message regarding the theme is. What does the book say about that theme? What do we learn about that theme? Give specific examples (quotes) from the text to support your answer.

Here is the online version of the book.

Themes:

  • Friendship
  • Loneliness
  • Poverty
  • Racism
  • Treatment of Women
  • Hopes and Dreams
  • Euthanasia
  • American Dream
  • Innocence
  • Justice
  • Ethical Dilemma

12th Grade:

Report to our normal classroom, A354.

Quick Write: Have you ever been discriminated against or judged by someone based on your age, looks, dress, ethnicity, gender, etc. ? How? What was the situation? Explain. Perhaps it happened when you first met someone, applying for a job, or went somewhere. Maybe it was by a teacher, parent, a police officer, an employer, a worker at a store, a stranger on the street…

We will listen to the following podcast(s)

 

Privacy Paradox Part 2: Searching for your identity

Privacy Paradox Part 3: Something to Hide

As you listen, answer the following questions.

  • What kind of information are companies and advertisers collecting?
  • What are some ways in which people are being categorized?
  • How could this information be beneficial?
  • How could this information be harmful?

Finish OMAM, Discuss Themes; What Does Your Phone Know About You?

15 Feb

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9th Grade:

Today we will finish Of Mice and Men. We will then discuss some of the themes and main/controlling ideas of the book.

  • Friendship
  • Loneliness
  • Poverty
  • Racism
  • Treatment of Women
  • Hopes and Dreams
  • Euthanasia
  • American Dream
  • Innocence
  • Justice
  • Ethical Dilemma

Here are our notes: themes

12th Grade:

Quick Writes:

  • What are your favorite apps on your phone? Why do you like those apps compared to other similar apps?
  • Are there things you do on your phone you’d rather some people not know about? Like what?
  • How do you prevent others from discovering these things?

Today we will listen to the following podcast about what your phone knows about you.

https://www.wnyc.org/widgets/ondemand_player/notetoself/#file=/audio/json/733288/&share=1

Go into your phone, Settings, then Privacy.

Make a list of which apps have access to the following:

  • Location
  • Contacts
  • Photos
  • Camera
  • Microphone

Why do these apps need this access?

Read Of Mice and Men Ch. 5; Anecdote Piece

14 Feb

9th Grade:

We will be reading Chapter 5 in Of Mice and Men

12th Grade:

Head to A206 to finish your Anecdote Piece.

Be sure to explain your use of skills at the end of the piece.

A205 and The Library to Work on Writing Piece

13 Feb

Periods 3 and 4 go to room A205

Periods 7 and 8 go to the library

9th Grade:

On Kidblog, write a detailed paragraph about how John Steinbeck uses Characterization to develop his central idea of the importance of friendship or the destructiveness of loneliness in Of Mice and Men.

Make sure you:

  • Give specific evidence from the text. Here’s an online version.
  • Explain how your evidence shows the character’s personality.
  • Explain how the characterization develops the central idea.
  • Use the Kidblog Category “Of Mice and Men Characterization”

 

12th Grade:

Type your Anecdote piece and post to Kidblog. Use the Kidblog Category “Anecdote Piece.” Here are the guidelines:

Directions:

Choose a quote from Henry David Thoreau. Explain what it means to you. Tell an anecdote that helps support your understanding of the quote. Henry David Thoreau Quotes

Format:

-Title

Epigraph (use the quote you picked as an epigraph)

-Part 1: Begin your anecdote. Use an effective lead, start in an exciting place. Take the reader to a climactic moment.

-Part 2: Explain the quote. How do you interpret it? How does it apply to the world at large? How does it apply to your life?

-Part 3: Finish your anecdote. Create resolution. Show how the quote applies to the story you are telling.

(Please note: Each of the three parts may be, and probably should be, more than one paragraph long)