Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Stand Up and Speak (Finals, Day 2): May 24 or 26, 2017

Focus: What do we want each other to understand better or differently?

1. Warming up with our course evaluation

2. Speaking and Listening: Enjoying our first presenters and panel discussions
  • Remember that your goal is to participate at least twice as an audience member.
3. Wrapping up with a reflection on your speeches

4. If time allows, continuing your sneak peak of a possible 3rd documentary for next year: Life, Animated OR I Am

HW:
1. Have a summer full of good things!

2. Come visit me next year!



Friday, May 19, 2017

Stand Up and Speak (Finals, Day 1): May 19, 2017

Focus: What do we want each other to understand better or differently?

1. Warming up with your American Lit stats and a ten-minute course evaluation

2. Speaking and Listening: Enjoying our first presenters and panel discussions
  • Remember that your goal is to participate at least twice as an audience member.
3. Wrapping up with a sneak peak of a possible 3rd documentary for next year: Life, Animated

HW:
1. If you did not present today, prepare to present on the day of your final. If you are signed up for the finals period, you must go then. IF A GROUP MEMBER IS ABSENT, YOU MUST PRESENT WITHOUT HIM/HER. Do everything in your power to be here for your group.
  • 4th hour final: Wednesday, 7:21 am
  • 6th hour final: Friday, 8:46 am
2. Turn in your Chromebooks to the library as soon as possible. You will not need yours for this final.

Note: If you still have a Color of Water or Great Gatsby book, you need to turn it in to the bookkeeper. If you can't find your book, you will need to pay the fine. You will not be able to register for next year's classes until all books/fines are taken care of.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

It's the Final Countdown: May 18, 2017

Focus: How are we going to open and close our speeches with power?

Reminder: You may now take up to six minutes for your speech.

1. Warming up with the opening and closing of Waiting for Superman
  • Why did the director choose this particular clip for the opening? For the closing?
  • What makes this a powerful frame? 
2. Filling out this quick survey and developing your speech openings and closings

3. Running through the rubric one last time and addressing areas that need work

4. Practicing, practicing, practicing

4th hour final: Wednesday, 7:21 am

6th hour final: Friday, 8:46 am

HW:
1. If you are signed up to give your speech tomorrow, you must give your speech tomorrow. If you are signed up for the finals period, you must go then. IF A GROUP MEMBER IS ABSENT, YOU MUST PRESENT WITHOUT HIM/HER. Do everything in your power to be here for your group.

2. Turn in your Chromebooks to the library as soon as possible. You will not need yours for this final.

3. ALL MAKE-UP WORK, REVISIONS, ETC. DUE THIS FRIDAY BY 3:00 PM.

Note: If you still have a Color of Water or Great Gatsby book, you need to turn it in to the bookkeeper. If you can't find your book, you will need to pay the fine. You will not be able to register for next year's classes until all books/fines are taken care of.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Becoming an Expert: May 17, 2017

Focus: How do we become experts in our speech topics?

Breaking News: You may now take up to six minutes for your speech.

1. Warming up with individual ideas about how you can use ethos, pathos, and logos in your speeches

2. Brainstorming a list of what you need to research, then dividing and conquering

A. Brainstorming example from Blackfish:
  • Interviews with Sea World trainers--did they know about the dangers?
  • Interviews with Sea World former executives
  • Tilicum's history--has he been aggressive before?
  • History of attacks at Sea World and other marine parks
  • Court documents surrounding this case
  • Footage of Sea World shows
  • Background info on whales in their natural environment
  • Accounts of whale behavior in captivity vs. natural environment
  • How are whales captured? How are they trained?
  • Accounts of attack on Dawn
  • Protests on Sea World
B. Dividing and conquering: Form a group note catcher

C. YOU NEED TO SHOW ME YOUR WORKS CITED BY THE END OF CLASS.

3. Using your research to create your speech:
  • Revisit your investigate question, turning point, and call to action: Do they still work, or do they need to be revised now that you've done your research?
  • Outline the body of your speech: What are three main points of your speech, and how does your research fit in? How will you transition from topic to topic/person to person?
  • Frame your speech: What will be your opening and closing? How will you use media to emphasize/accent your speech without overwhelming it?

HW:
1. Speeches will begin this Friday; all groups signed up must be ready to go. No extensions will be granted; if a member is absent, prepare to go without him/her.

2. ALL MAKE-UP WORK, REVISIONS, ETC. DUE THIS FRIDAY BY 3:00 PM.

Note: If you still have a Color of Water or Great Gatsby book, you need to turn it in to the bookkeeper. If you can't find your book, you will need to pay the fine. You will not be able to register for next year's classes until all books/fines are taken care of.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Final American Lit Book Club: May 16, 2017

Focus: What does your author want you to understand better or differently, and how does the book's resolution contribute to this?

1. Warming up with individual book reviews (click HERE for ideas about star-ratings)

Click on your book club's document below, find your first name and last initial, and follow the directions. Please note that you are doing this individually (not as a group) because you may have differing opinions on your book. I am grading these since they take effort for you to do (20 points per review).

Next year, I will link your reviews directly to the book list; this way, students can make informed decisions about which book they're choosing.

2. Enjoying your final day of book clubs; I will be checking on your syllabi as you discuss from home.

3. Exiting with your final success tickets; they are on the table by the door--please grab one for your group and use it to respond to the following:

  • What have been the three aspects of book clubs you've enjoyed the most? 
  • What three pieces of advice would you give to next year's nonfiction book clubs?


HW:
1. Your Works Cited page is due at the end of class tomorrow (three sources minimum, one of which must be your book club book).

2. Speeches will begin this Friday; all groups signed up must be ready to go. No extensions will be granted; if a member is absent, prepare to go without him/her.

3. ALL MAKE-UP WORK, REVISIONS, ETC. DUE THIS FRIDAY BY 3:00 PM.

Note: If you still have a Color of Water or Great Gatsby book, you need to turn it in to the bookkeeper. If you can't find your book, you will need to pay the fine. You will not be able to register for next year's classes until all books/fines are taken care of.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Building the Foundation of a Speech: May 15, 2017

Focus: How do we build the foundation for a compelling speech?

1. Warming up with our last three good things together

2. Discussing your Gatsby essays and the possibility of revision

3. Picturing the narrative arc as you build your speeches:
  • What did Waiting for Superman and Blackfish build up to? 
    • What question was each investigating? 
    • What was the call to social action? 
    • What were the main building blocks in between?
  • What will your speech build up to? (Do this independently, then compare notes.)
    • What question will you investigate?
    • What is your call to social action?
    • What are your main building blocks in between?

4.  Researching your investigative question and becoming an expert on your topic
  • Finding reliable and diverse sources (ever heard of the C.R.A.P. test?)
  • Using www.easybib.com as you go (Works Cited due by end of class on Wednesday)

Click here for the American Lit Speech Planner.

HW:
1. Finish your book and final syllabus for tomorrow.

2. Speeches will begin this Friday; all groups must be ready to go.

3. ALL MAKE-UP WORK, REVISIONS, ETC. DUE THIS FRIDAY BY 3:00 PM.

Note: If you still have a Color of Water or Great Gatsby book, you need to turn it in to the bookkeeper. If you can't find your book, you will need to pay the fine. You will not be able to register for next year's classes until all books/fines are taken care of.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Answering the Call: May 12, 2017

Focus: How do we answer the call?

GATSBY BOOKS ARE BEING CHECKED IN AFTER SCHOOL TODAY.

1. Warming up with teenagers who are answering the call and offering their gifts to the world:

Malala Yousafzai
Easton LaChappelle
Mary Grace Henry
Yash Gupta
Anoyara Khatun
Katie Stagliano

Perform a quick search of your person to figure out who they are, what they're up to, and where their inspiration comes from. In other words, how did they answer the call to action?

Get together with two neighbors who researched different teenagers.
  • Share what you've found about each person. How did they each answer the call to action?
  • What do they all have in common?
  • What connections can you find between this activity and Finding Joe? Between this activity and your final speech?
For more heroic, everyday teenagers, click here: YSA (Youth Service America)

For ideas on how to answer the call, click here: www.dosomething.org/us


2. Recapping the overview of your American Lit final speech and forming investigative questions

3. Figuring out what needs to be done, making a plan, and forming your group's question
  • Click HERE for a planning sheet.
  • Here are your speech work days:
    • Friday, May 12 (today)
    • Monday, May 15
    • Wednesday, May 17 (Works Cited due by end of class)
    • Thursday, May 18
  • Speeches begin on Friday, May 19: All groups must be ready this day. Any group not ready to present will receive a ten-point deduction; no excuses will be accepted.
4. Needing more help?

  • Breaking news from Mrs. Dodge and the Speech and Debate Team:

I wanted to alert you to a community outreach event offered by the Speech and Debate team that could benefit your students. The event is especially useful if you are giving a public-speaking-related final exam in your classes.

  • What: Public Speaking Help!
  • When: Tuesday, 16th and Thursday, 18th, from 2:30-3:30 each day
  • Where: C1452
  • Details: Members of the Speech and Debate team are making themselves available to help their peers prepare for final speeches and practice public speaking skills!

HW:
1. Finish your book club book and final syllabus for Tuesday.

2. Work on your final speech (specifics determined by your group).

3. ALL MAKE-UP WORK, REVISIONS, ETC. DUE BY 3:00 PM ON FRIDAY, MAY 19.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Book Clubbing, Day 5: May 11, 2017

Focus: What should we understand better or differently?

1. Warming up with your gifts

2. Identifying, analyzing, and evaluating Finding Joe's rhetoric; please turn in your tracking sheets for the final time!

3. Book clubbing, Day 5!

4. Wrapping up with success tickets

HW:
1. Finish your book and final syllabus for Tuesday.

2. ALL MAKE-UP WORK, REVISED WORK, ETC. DUE BY 3:00 PM ON FRIDAY, MAY 19.

3. We will be working on final speeches tomorrow.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Finding Joe, Day 2: May 10, 2017

Focus: What are your gifts? How can you offer your gifts to the world?

1. Warming up by finding the gold underneath

2. Finishing Finding Joe

3. Wrapping up with your post-viewing questions and small-group discussions to identify, analyze, and evaluate the film's rhetoric (if time allows)

HW:
1. Assigned book club reading and syllabus for tomorrow.

2. Start thinking about your final speech; we will be working on it on Friday.


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Finding Joe, Day 1: May 9, 2017

Focus: What does Finding Joe want us to understand better or differently about ourselves?

1. Warming up with your previewing questions for Finding Joe    (10 minutes)

2. Watching the first half of Finding Joe with a focus on the one rhetorical appeal you haven't studied yet

3. Wrapping up with a three-minute return to your questions

HW:
1. Assigned book club reading and syllabus for Thursday.

2. On Friday, you and your book club will start preparing your final speech.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Book Clubbing, Day 4: May 8, 2017

Focus: What does your book club author want you to understand better or differently?

1. Warming up with three good things!

2. Spending 15-20 minutes of quality time with your book / audiobook

3. Enjoying Book Clubs, Day 4! I will be checking out your syllabi from afar.

4. Wrapping up with your success tickets and thinking about what you need to do for Thursday

HW:
1. Assigned book club reading/syllabus for Thursday.

2. Start researching your book club final speech; in addition to your book, you will need to research at least three other reliable sources that offer important information about the issue you're taking on.

3. I need to get all Gatsby books checked in by Wednesday, May 10. 

Stand Up, Speak, and Field Questions: May 5, 2017

Focus: How do I help an audience to think better or differently about something?

1. Warming up with post-viewing responses to Blackfish

2. Analyzing and evaluating Blackfish in a 20-minute Socratic seminar; turning in tracking sheets

3. Giving one-minute speeches to other students who share your rhetorical appeal; following up with one-minute panel discussions
  • As you listen, think of (and possibly jot down) 1-2 questions to ask of the speaker that relate directly to the speech. The tone of your questions should match the tone of the speech.
4. Reflecting on your second one-minute speech with the American Lit speech rubric

HW:
Assigned book club syllabus and reading for MONDAY MONDAY MONDAY MONDAY.

For students with school-issued Chromebooks:


  1. You will only need your Chromebook for this class if you need it to prepare your speech. You will otherwise not need it on the last day of class nor during finals.
  2. Please turn in your Chromebook as early as possible based on your needs for other finals.
  3. If your Chromebook is damaged or lost, come see us before finals week.
  4. You now turn in your Chromebook to the library, not to your English teacher.


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Book Clubbing Day 3: May the Fourth Be With You!

Focus: What do your book club authors want you to understand better or differently?

Tribe: Slightly shortened class

1. Warming up with our book club wins and losses; also, an announcement about documentary #3

2. Book Clubbing, Day 3: What larger patterns are starting to emerge? What tensions are on the rise? Any shifts yet?

3. Exiting with your success tickets

HW:
1. Assigned book club reading and syllabus for MONDAY MONDAY MONDAY (not Tuesday). 

*BIG SWITCH-A-ROO FOR NEXT WEEK: We will have a book club meeting on Monday, May 8, and then two documentary days in a row on Tuesday and Wednesday. You will have 15-20 minutes of reading time on Monday.*

2. Bring your documentary tracking sheet to class tomorrow; write me a note if you'd like me to regrade your Waiting for Superman section.

3. Prepare your new one-minute speech with your new rhetorical appeal tomorrow. Click here for the topics. There will be a twist...stay tuned.

For students with school-issued Chromebooks:


  1. You will only need your Chromebook for this class if you need it to prepare your speech. You will otherwise not need it on the last day of class nor during finals.
  2. Please turn in your Chromebook as early as possible based on your needs for other finals.
  3. If your Chromebook is damaged or lost, come see us before finals week.
  4. You now turn in your Chromebook to the library, not to your English teacher.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Blackfish, Day 2: May 3, 2017

Focus: What does Blackfish want us to understand better or differently, and how does it use rhetoric to persuade us?

PLC: Shortened Class

1. Warming up with the big questions:
  • Whom does Blackfish want us to blame for Dawn's death?
  • How does the film use logos, pathos, and ethos to persuade us?
2. Viewing the end of Pathos

Note to self: Start around minute 45:40, then skip from 57:30 to 1:06 (the Loro Parque scene)

HW:
1. Assigned book club reading and syllabus for tomorrow. 

*BIG SWITCH-A-ROO FOR NEXT WEEK: We will have a book club meeting on Monday, May 8, and then two documentary days in a row on Tuesday and Wednesday.*

2. Bring your documentary tracking sheet to class on Friday; write me a note if you'd like me to regrade your Waiting for Superman section.

3. Prepare your new one-minute speech with your new rhetorical appeal this Friday. Click here for the topics. There will be a twist...stay tuned.

For students with school-issued Chromebooks:


  1. You will only need your Chromebook for this class if you need it to prepare your speech. You will otherwise not need it on the last day of class nor during finals.
  2. Please turn in your Chromebook as early as possible based on your needs for other finals.
  3. If your Chromebook is damaged or lost, come see us before finals week.
  4. You now turn in your Chromebook to the library, not to your English teacher.





Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Book Clubbing, Day 2: May 2, 2017

Focus: What do your authors want you to understand better or differently, and how do they achieve this?

1. Warming up by wrapping up two loose ends from last Friday
  • 4th hour: Finish delivering one-minute speeches; everyone needs to submit their reflective rubric TODAY. If you'd like your grade recorded, please circle it.
  • 6th hour: Discuss, analyze, and evaluate Waiting for Superman; turn in green tracking notes
2. Enjoying your investigative journalism book groups, round two!
  • A challenge: Are you finding any connections between your book and the documentaries and we're watching (not just in content, but in rhetorical appeals)?
3. Wrapping up with success tickets

HW:
1. Assigned book club reading and syllabus for Thursday.

2. If you have been absent during documentary time, you need to either find a time to watch the movie on your own, or read 3-5 articles about the topic covered in the documentary and fill out your tracking sheet by identifying ethos, pathos, or logos in those articles.

3. Prepare your new one-minute speech with your new rhetorical appeal this Friday. Click here for the topics. There will be a twist...stay tuned.

For students with school-issued Chromebooks:
  1. You will only need your Chromebook for this class if you need it to prepare your speech. You will otherwise not need it on the last day of class nor during finals.
  2. Please turn in your Chromebook as early as possible based on your needs for other finals.
  3. If your Chromebook is damaged or lost, come see us before finals week
  4. You now turn in your Chromebook to the library, not to your English teacher.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Blackfish, Day 1: May 1, 2017

Focus: What do we need to understand about how we treat living things?

Please pick up your documentary tracking sheet on your way in.

1. Warming up with three good things

2. Checking your current understanding with high velocity previewing questions for Blackfish and a warning of sensitivity triggers

If you'd like to opt out of Blackfish, you can develop the same skills and gain knowledge on the same topic by reading the following articles for ethos, pathos, and logos:

National Geographic: Are Wildlife Sanctuaries Good for Animals?
The Conversation: In Defense of Zoos
NPR: Sea World Ending Captive Breeding of Killer Whales
Washington Post: SeaWorld's Whales Deserve Better
CNN: Sea World Responds to Blackfish


3. Switch-a-rooing your rhetorical appeals and watching Blackfish
  • 1st two rows: Logos
  • Middle two rows: Pathos
  • 3rd two rows: Ethos
HW:
1. Book club reading and syllabus for TOMORROW.

2. Start preparing your new one-minute speech for this Friday; you will be emphasizing your NEW rhetorical appeal. You may use the same speech topic or switch it. Click here for the list.

3. IF you did not give a one-minute speech on Friday, prepare to deliver yours TOMORROW.