Humanities: Point of View, TED Talks, and Little Brother 4

Hi folks,

Mr. Ryder and Mr. Dunbar are out this afternoon and you are all recovering from a week of Harajuku Fun Madness.

Today in class you have a few different tasks to complete.

The first is the Flocabulary #1 quiz.  It is in your e-mail.  Thank you for being honorable when you take the quiz.  That’s why we love you, folks.  You are good people.

After taking the quiz, watch the video at this link.  Notice how Adam Mordecai , a blogger at Upworthy, added little time code notes for the readers of his blog.  That’s important for the next step in your day.  Make sure you check out his notes though HERE.

After watching that video, take a look at this collection of TED Talks that Mr. Dunbar pulled together. After watching one of them all the way through, create your own time stamp notes a’la Adam Mordecai.  You should have at least 7 time stamp notes, and three of them should connect to Little Brother in some way.  Post a link to the video on your blog as well as your time stamp notes.

And finally, Little Brother Organizer #4 is available.  You will need to watch this video on Point of View to help you out.



Complete all of the above

Read Little Brother

Work on Little Brother organizers  (All are due by May 17)


Humanities: Little Brother, Harajuku Fun Madness, Flocabulary and More

This week, our energy has been very much on Little Brother and trying to find active ways to dig into all the different issues going on with the book.

Monday, it was using Legos to create devices that solve our problems — much as Marcus creates those that solve his.

Tuesday, we played a Harajuku Fun Madness sort of game to explore issues in the book using QR codes and such.

Wednesday, we worked on catching up with reading, worked on the graphic organizers, and studied for Flocabulary SAT #1: Transformation quiz on Thursday.

Thursday, we will take that quiz and then we will  . . . well . . . let us see . . .

So far our surprises have worked fairly well . . .

Don’t forget to read a chapter of Little Brother a night, two on the weekends, and to complete the graphic organizers shared in your Google Drive.  There are three so far, all eight being due on May 17th.

Humanities: Exploring the Constitution

Today, the internet did us in.  Again.  It is getting quite frustrating.  We soldiered on, however, and accomplished quite a bit regardless.

Vocabulary:  Flocabulary!  It begins now and runs through the end of the year.   (We have a free trial available to us and we want to try it out.)  We are going to be working with the SAT program on here, starting with SAT #1: Transformation.  Mr. Dunbar and Mr. Ryder think this could be a pretty powerful way to learn a bunch of vocab in a hurry.  We will be doing a pre-test today and then you can measure that against what you get on the actual quiz.

There will be a quiz next Thursday on these twenty words.  Instead of Word Castles, you may choose to complete the Exercises you can download from the site.  (You don’t have to complete both of the crossword puzzles listed.)

The log-in information was up on the board.  Ask us and we can tell you.  (It’s easy to remember.)

Constitution:  We broke into about ten groups to explore the United States Constitution.  In light of what happened in Boston last week and in Newtown a few months ago, the Constitution is under tremendous scrutiny  right now.  And there’s more issues coming up every day it seems.

So . . . we need to better understand it.

Your group was assigned three amendments and then followed these steps:

1) Read your amendments.  Make a list of all of the words you don’t know.

2) Look at this list of issues related to the Constitution.   Connect your amendments to the issues listed here.

We will be digging into this even further on Wednesday and making connections to the Boston Marathon bombings.

Remember, you also have homework from Monday due on Wednesday.


Find two articles/videos, one full of reliable information about the Marathon Bombings, one full of unreliable information.

Post both links on your blog and then complete the three text connections — text to text, text to self, text to world – for that reliable article.  We’ll be looking at what people posted on Wednesday.

On Thursday, we will have our big project share from Speak.  Should be quite exciting to see what everyone has done.

Flocabulary #1 – work and quiz next Thursday, 5/3