Archive | March, 2017

Practice Citing Sources When Answering Questions

16 Mar

Watch the video and read the article “Is ‘Fake News’ Fooling Kids? New Report Says Yes.

In your notebook complete the following assignments:

-Create a Work Cited Page entry for this article.

Answer the following questions using direct quotes from the article. Be sure to use a parenthetical citation in your answers.

  1. Are teens sharing news stories that are inaccurate?
  2. Who do teens trust most for the news they receive?
  3. Are adults confident they can differentiate fake news from real news?
  4. What can be done to make teens more interested in the news?
  5. In your opinion, is fake news a problem for young people?

 

Go to Room A206

15 Mar

Today we will be in the computer lab. You can use this time to make up any work, revised any work, or add to your notebook.

Use the time wisely!!

Enjoy the Snow Day!

14 Mar

Parenthetical Citations

13 Mar

Today we will be taking notes on Parenthetical Citations.

Here are the notes: parethetical citations

How To Tell If A Website Is Reliable

10 Mar

All Classes Go To A206

9th Grade:

Visit the following sites:

Library Wood Carlson

 

University of Green Bay

On Kidblog, please explain the steps you need to take to determine if a website is reliable or not. Put your answers in your own words. If you copy and paste, you will not receive credit!


12th Grade:

Choose a topic for your conspiracy theory research paper. Go online and find 5 web pages that deal with your topic.

On Kidblog, post a link to the website, followed by a brief summary of what the site says about the topic.  Do you think the site is trustworthy?

Works Cited Page

9 Mar

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All Classes:

Today we will have some notes on how to do a works cited page. Here are the notes: works cited


9th Grade:

Discuss the Allegory of the Cave questions.

Mental Puzzle:

Can you figure out the rule?

Here are 3  numbers that follow my rule: 2, 4, 8

Your job is to suggest three numbers, and then I will tell you if it follows the rule or not.

Do this until you can guess what the rule is.



12th Grade:

Explore and share some of the conspiracy theories you found in groups.

Seniors go to A205; The Rule and The Allegory of the Cave

8 Mar

12th Grade:

Since so many of you were out getting pancakes yesterday, we will try this again today…

Meet in room A205. You will begin a basic exploration of conspiracy theories.

Assignment:

On Kidblog, pick 5 conspiracy theories from the articles below. Explain what the theory is (in your own words, do not copy and paste) and write down whether or not you buy into it. 

Here are some places to explore:


9th Grade:

I will check the questions from yesterday’s article.

Mental Puzzle:

Can you figure out the rule?

Here are 3  numbers that follow my rule: 2, 4, 8

Your job is to suggest three numbers, and then I will tell you if it follows the rule or not.

Do this until you can guess what the rule is.

Plato’s Allegory of the Cave

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

  • In your own words, explain the Allegory of the Cave.
  • Why do the prisoners believe the shadows are real?
  • Why does the freed prisoner have trouble understanding that the shadows are cast by actual objects and things?
  • How do the other prisoners react when the freed prisoner tells them about the outside world?
  • How do the prisoners explain the freed prisoner’s story about the outside world?
  • What does Plato’s Allegory of the Cave say about our ability to change our minds?
  • What does the Allegory say about how we perceive reality?

Conspiracy Theories; Fake News

7 Mar

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12th Grade:

Meet in room A205. You will begin a basic exploration of conspiracy theories.

Assignment:

In your notebook, pick 5 conspiracy theories from the articles below. Explain what the theory is and write down whether or not you buy into it. 

Here are some places to explore:

9th Grade:

We will continue reading the article from yesterday and discuss the questions.

Read this article and answer the following in your notebook:

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?

 

 

Great Day for Sachem! Start Discussing Research Papers!

6 Mar

Amazing news!

Today is teacher appreciation day, and our very own president of the United States has honored us! News of this was originally found at United Teachers Union.

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9th Grade:

Read this article and answer the following:

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?

12th Grade:

Mental Puzzle:

Can you figure out the rule?

Here are 3  numbers that follow my rule: 2, 4, 8

Your job is to suggest three numbers, and then I will tell you if it follows the rule or not.

Do this until you can guess what the rule is.

The Research Paper

We will begin discussing our research paper. The research paper counts as 20% of your 3rd quarter grade, as well as your midterm grade (5% of the year). In other words, it’s the largest assignment of the year.

Your job will be to analyze the authenticity of a conspiracy theory.  Here’s a short list that we will look at in class today.

Type Your Essay in the Computer Lab

3 Mar

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Attention All Classes!

Progress Reports are being filled out this weekend; make sure all your work is turned in! Visit eSchool and Kidblog, as well as this site, to make sure you have everything complete.

9th Grade:

In essay format, consider the following:

  • Did you enjoy the movie? Why, why not?
  • Do you think the actors were appropriately cast? Did they play the parts well? Be specific. Who do you think were the best and worst actors in the film? Why?
  • What changes were made to the story in the movie? How do those changes affect the story and the characters? Are any of the book’s messages changed?

Here’s the movie in case you missed it:

 


12th Grade:

In essay format, answer one of the following:

  • Is it dangerous that companies, government officials, and even hackers have access to nearly all of our personal information? Given that people tend to look for evidence to support their beliefs (confirmation bias), is it true that if you do nothing wrong you have nothing to hide?
  • 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?
  • Should social media companies, whose services are heavily used for spreading and sharing information, censor what people share?  Should they exercise the power to decide what is real, fake, offensive, and harmful? What are the benefits and dangers of doing so?