Friday, December 17, 2010

50 Years of "To Kill a Mockingbird"

National Public Radio does a nice piece on our novel; its importance, legacy, and lasting impressions.

Listen to the audio here.

Read the transcript while you listen for increased comprehension.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

While We Read

These are guidelines we need to address as we read. Note that alothough observation is key in attaining higer level thinking, it is at the lower end of the critical thinking spectrum.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Friday, November 26, 2010

Socratic Seminar

These students:
- Refer to the text
- Respectfully take turns
- Use their examples to address “The Big Question”
- Did the reading and came to class prepared
- Understand the criteria of the Seminar, their role and responsibilities
- Go to a school with, either no uniform policy, or their uniform policy is based on America’s Best Dance Crew…

What we don’t want- people in the outer circle- just not nice- seems like their excluded- not nice- and you can see their reaction- not participating- not nice

Socratic Seminar Analytic Rubric
Socratic Seminar Holistic Rubric

Friday, February 26, 2010

Interesting things on the internet!!!

I found this on Youtube- Amazing! How talented is this guy? Honestly, when I grow up, I want to be just like him. -"Bboy2old"

Reading Contracts!!! Sara and Nic G.!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

I will

Still I Rise
---Maya Angelou

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
'Cause I walk like I've got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I'll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don't you take it awful hard
'Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines
Diggin' in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I'll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I've got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history's shame
I rise
Up from a past that's rooted in pain
I rise
I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise
Wordle: Still I Rise

Monday, January 18, 2010

Frakenstein Media Projects

Thom, Nik, Mimi,and Eddy's friend?
Listen to what this extremely unbiased viewer had to say- "This is the best video ever. Whoever is grading this project should give it an A+. The characters are extremely well analyzed, and the actors really show an understanding of the characters. It's also very witty." (Well said Nik!)

Jasmine, Mimi (again), and Maria (we know it's her because she's in the mirror).

Neph, Maria K., and Annbella- Wow, she died just like this last year!

Mimi and Natalie!

Riana, Mariella, and Angela-

Bader? Zak, and Monster-