9 CPI: Work To Be Done & Final Preview (You Might Want to Get Started)

Five paragraph essays, tolerance projects, social network profiles & interviews, Flocabulary and blogs.  There are a lot of zeroes in the books at the moment.  Let’s get this work done and end the year strong.

1. Five Paragraph Essay: Place of Significance (Same rubric as Person of Significance; Write about a place or places this time)

Due: Wednesday, May 29th.  We will have a workshop time available on today and Friday for those who would like to take advantage.

2. Social Network Profiles & Interviews

Past Due: Monday, May 17th.

Parts of that project you need to make sure you complete:

  • STEAL interview organizers (Interview subjects and consider what you learn about them from their speech, their thoughts, the effect they seem to have on others, their actions, and their looks)
  • Practicum student profile pages (Take those interviews and create social network profile pages based on that information; do your best to create those pages from their points of view rather than your own — it should feel like they are the ones that made it — very personal, very specific; the elements of your class’ social network are in your inboxes)
  • Final profile page (of someone you see everyday but do not know well) (Same as practicum pages, but for that one other interview and an example of your best possible work)

When most folks have this in, I have another piece of the work that needs to be completed.  Without the profiles, done, though it won’t mean much to do that final piece of work.

3. Flocabulary Exercises & Retakes

Past Due: May 20th &  May 2nd (and April 9 for Roots 11)

Remember: You can retake any vocabulary quiz as long as you study and show me evidence of that studying

Today’s magic number? Zero.  That number is the number of people who have chosen to retake a vocab quiz this year.

4. Tolerance Project

Past Due: April 24

Some folks have gotten parts and pieces of this project done.  Missing self assessments from many folks.

5. Blogs.

This is the last week of blogging.  That gives you a couple of weeks to get caught up.  Use your blog to help you get your other work done.  Post drafts of your essay.  Self assess your tolerance project in a blog post.  Try using your Flocabulary words in a post.  So many ways to keep your blogging relevant and avoid making it feel like added “busy” work.   (If it feels like busy work, it is because you have made the choice to treat it as such.)

AND ….

The Final

The final will have four equally weighted components:

1) Read and respond – text connections and double entry journals

You will receive a reading the week before the final. Come to class having read it and be prepared to make text connections and complete double entry journals over it.

2) Graded class discussion – we will discuss the year in review; to meet the standard you must make two meaningful contributions to the conversation; to exceed you must make three. You will also be sharing your final PBL products during this time.

3) Five paragraph essay – In a five paragraph essay, discuss what you learned about yourself, others, and English this year.  You do not have to limit yourself to what you learned about others in this class or about yourself in this class.  Think about yourself as a freshman.  The rubric will be the same as for the Person and Place of Significance essays.

Write this before you come to class.  You will not have time in class to write a meaningful, powerful essay that meets or exceeds the standards.

4) Project Based Project of Your Choice

Just like in the fall, choose a topic of interest to you, develop an essential question, and create a product that demonstrates the answer to that essential question.



9 CPI: Flocabulary #2, Romeo & Juliet, and Social Networks

On Thursday, I’ll be with the PACE class at the MLTI Student Conference in Orono.  While I’m gone, you folks will be crazy productive.

Start with FLocabulary SAT #2: Shakespeare Is Hip-Hop.  Dig out the song, listen to the lyrics, get on Quizlet, do some activities, complete the exercises.  Lots to do around that.  Use about 15 minutes of class for that.  There is a quiz next Monday.

From there, you will have a fifteen minute clip — or so — of Romeo & Juliet to watch – the 1967 Zefferelli edition which is supposed to look historically authentic to when the play actually takes place.  (We are in Verona, Italy rather than Verona Beach, California.)  This clip will be in the Google Drive.  A volunteer should hook up a laptop to the screen and speakers to watch.  I want you to see the difference in how the story plays out.

Finally, you have the rest of class to work on your profiles.  Here is what I am expecting you to turn in for Monday:

4 total profile pages (3 from practicum students, 1 from someone who you see all the time but don’t really know)

Be prepared to turn in your interview notes as well.

You will be doing a blog entry on Monday about these profiles and the sort of thinking it required of you.  Be prepared.

Humanities: Impromptu Music Appreciation Day

Today we had planned to talk about Little Brother, the challenges of weighing privacy vs safety, and the ways in which one can take action when one disagrees with authority.

And we did that for a little while when it became apparent that people didn’t know who Bruce Springsteen is, or Fleetwood Mac, or Ani DiFranco, or Bob Dylan, or Nirvana, or Pearl Jam.

We sought to rectify this in the last 20 minutes or so of class today.


Little Brother organizers (1 – 6) are due on Friday

Flocabulary #2: Shakespeare is Hip Hop – Quiz next Thursday – Exercises due next Thursday

Learning to Love You More  – 7 assignments and accompanying artist statements due May 30th.

Don’t forget to turn in your essay that was due this past Monday


PACE: Pictogram Poetry

Today we discussed the Monday evening blog entry that laid out the Chinese poetry project, the analysis, and the plan for the rest of the year.  And then we started making some poetry.

Because classical Chinese poetry is often written using Chinese characters, and because Chinese characters can stand for anything from a letter to a word to a phrase or an idea, I challenged the class to write pictogram poetry following the same traditional content as classical Chinese poets.

The task was to use pictograms such as these:

pictograms  to craft a poem about either farming, love and marriage, or dynasty/government.

I pulled one together for my wife during class that looks like this:Screen shot 2013-05-15 at 10.09.45 AM

And a reminder that we are leaving at 6:15 a.m. for the MLTI conference tomorrow morning.

And we have Senator Saviello coming on Friday.

AP Lit: Watchmen Ends and Begins

Today we discussed Watchmen in total, spending a lot of time focused on the last two pages and how they relate to the entire work.  It was a pretty fantastic discussion.

We then turned our thoughts to the big installation project on May 30th.

We will meet on the landing on Friday so we can think in the actual space.  Right now, our plans call for two grids of comic panels on the two walls, facing one another, and employing Moore and Gibbons’ use of symmetry to tell the story.  It will emphasize that idea of “between the gutters” and will act as a back drop for the center construction.

That construction will be some sort of a machination that is clock-like, turns, and includes mirrors as part of it.

We will likely hang clock parts from the ceiling as well.

Was just wondering . . . I wonder if Northern Lights has a box of old gears we might be able to use.  Or if anyone knows of a machine shop that has a bunch of old gears, cogs, etc.


Humanities: Learning to Love You More, Little Brother and DEJs

Today will feature a bunch of different work in Humanities, so get ready.  It’s going to be a heckuva ride.

To start with, take a look at this PDF that is now in your Google Drive.  It is a collection from the last Learning to Love You More installation at Mt. Blue.

We will have two different teacher guided sessions.

In one session, folks will continue the work they started yesterday with Learning to Love You More and continue to organize those assignments into the sorts of thinking required.

In the other session, folks will look at how to create effective DEJs and discuss Little Brother.  We will also do a little reading out loud of the current chapters you should be on.

After those two sessions, you will have time to study Flocabulary #2: Shakespeare is Hip Hop, work on Little Brother organizers (All due Friday the 17th), and work on Learning to Love You More assignments (Remember, you need to complete 7 of them and complete the artist statements that explain each piece.)

9 CPI: Work Those Interviews & Profiles

On Tuesday, we will start with Romeo & Juliet, the film version of the play directed by Baz Luhrman, the same cat who directed The Great Gatsby.  We will watch 10-15 minutes a day each class until we get to the end of the year.

Then we will do a quick activity to get us more familiar with your Flocabulary #2 words.  And I will introduce an optional project – Learning to Love You More — that some of you might want to make.

From there, it will be time to work, work, work.  Your profiles from your practice interviews with practicums are due.  I’m excited to see those.  Your interviews for your final product were supposed to be completed.

I’ll be conferencing with each of you, looking at the profiles you’ve made so far, giving you feedback, so you can make sure your final is spot on.

Final profiles due at next Monday, May 20th.  You will have Thursday, May 16 to work on them in class.


Flocabulary #2 – Quiz and exercises due May 20th

Final social network profiles – Due May 20th

Make up work & projects

Blog! Blog! Blog!  Last week of blogging will be the week of May 24th!

PACE: Chinese Culture – A Poetic Examination

Today in class, we figured out the best way to tackle our next mini-project.  This one is a poetry collection based on Chinese culture of the past and present, as well as our modern day Franklin County culture.

There will be a rubric available soon, but here is the outline of the assignment as agreed upon in class.  I’ve also added an option that I think may serve some folks well as they are feeling pinched for time.

Part I: Create a collection of poetry that features at least:

1 poem that illustrates ancient Chinese culture

1 poem that illustrates modern/contemporary Chinese culture

1 poem that illustrates modern Franklin County culture

Over the course of your poetry, you must use the following poetic techniques:

  • Rhyme
  • Repetition
  • Figurative Language
  • Diction

In addition to those techniques, challenge yourself to apply the principles of classic Chinese poetry listed here.  

Part II: Complete an analysis of your poetry

This may take the shape of either A) an essay featuring a strong thesis statement, well documented evidence of your thinking, a strong intro and a meaningful conclusion  or B) a comprehensive graphic organizer (I will provide) that asks you to analyze your poetry technique by technique.

What is important to me here is that you demonstrate analytical thinking backed by evidence, even more than you showcase essay composition skills.  However, some of you may want to demonstrate your ability to meet the writing standards by doing the essay.  The choice is yours.

The graphic organizer and the rubric will be ready before the end of this week.  I know time is tight so I’m doing my best to create a manageable schedule for everyone leading into these next few weeks.  Look below.


Flocabulary #2: Shakespeare Is Hip-Hop – Quiz on Wednesday! Exercises due. (LAST vocab work for the year)

Chinese Poetry Collection: Start looking at Chinese poetry and getting some ideas.  This is due May 30th.

To give you a sense of where this is all going for the rest of the year:

Wednesday, May 15: Flocabulary quiz #2 & classical Chinese poetry (LAST VOCAB WORK – Rest of the year to do re-takes if so desired)

Friday, May 17: Meet with Sen. Tom Saviello (R. – Wilton), share PACE plusses and minuses

Tuesday, May 21st: Panel on refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants

Thursday, May 23rd: Poetry Workshop #1 – bring some pieces you’ve written to share and critique and work wit AND LAST WEEK OF BLOGGING

Tuesday, May 28th: Poetry Workshop #2 – bring some more pieces you’ve written to share and critique

Thursday, May 30th: Poetry Collection and Analysis Due  (No Blogging Necessary)

Monday, June 3: Work Session, revisions, Flocab retakes

Wednesday, June 5: Work Session, revisions, Flocab retakes


Final: Week of June 10 – 14.  Final essay (what have you learned about yourself, others, and EDUCATION this year — see what I changed there? See?) due by June 14. (Even if not the day of our final)  Final project due day of our final (TBA) Revisions of all essays, projects, due by June 14.  (I will take everything up until then.)

Here are a couple of videos that show nice examples, and great context, of classical Chinese poetry.  (And that British accent only makes the narrator seem smarter!)

9 CPI: Social Networks, Interviews & More

Wednesday’s practicum student interviews went incredibly well.  Woot.  Now . . . next steps.

Take the information from the interviews and create profile pages for your social network.  I suggest using Pages or Comic Life to create a template for your social network.  On Pages, use the “text box” feature to create your layout.  Be certain to set them as floating and also to turn off the text wrapping function.   That way you can move them anywhere on the page.

After creating your template, create a profile page for each of your interview subjects.

Remember, as we are doing this work you are demonstrating your understanding of STEAL characterization techniques and the importance of adopting someone else’ point-of-view.  Get inside your interview subject’s head and create that profile page as though you were that person.

Between now and next class, you must interview three people you see often, but do not know.  These may be community members, school staff or faculty members, or students.  Use the interview form that Ms. Murphy developed.  You will be creating profile pages for these folks next class, so make sure you have that information ready to go.


Three interviews using the STEAL interview graphic organizer.  – Due next class

Social Network Profile Pages for Practicums – Due next Class (Choose one of your interview subjects)

Social Network Profile Pages for People You See Everyday- Due NEXT Thursday

Flocabulary #2: Shakespeare is Hip Hop – Due Monday 5/20