Humanities: The End (of the Year) is Nigh

Monday we talked about the power of anonymity and how it works on The Daily Bulldog, Tuesday we learned about the power of persistence and integrated thinking from Steve Milligan of Phenix New Media and the Maine Arts Commission, and Wednesday we learned about what the rest of the year has in store.

Today?  Pre-write and write.  Working draft of a 5 paragraph essay due on Thursday.   The topics were sent to you in an email on Monday.  Here they are again:

Option 1: Discuss a place of significance in your life and the reasons why that place holds such significance for you.
Things to think about as your plan and write your essay:
What makes it so important?  What is that place like?  Was it a single moment that makes it so special or is it a place you return to often?  Is it a geographical location (a river, a pond, a mountain) or is it more everyday (your bedroom, your uncle’s garage)?  How can you help your reader see it but more importantly understand your point of view, help your reader see that place from your perspective?
Option 2: Discuss a secret of significance in your life, what you have kept secret and how that secret has had an impact on you.
Things to think about as you plan and write your essay:
Why did you choose to keep this secret?  Has the secret leaked at all?  Have you felt “branded” by the secret in some way?   What is it like to reveal the secret if only to Mr. Dunbar and Mr. Ryder?  What would happen if you let the secret out?  Where does the power of secrets come from?  What happens to Marcus when his secrets are revealed?
Thanks to Brooke for that 2nd option — it’s a great idea.
The rubric will be exactly the same as it was for the Person of Significance essay.
You need to use one or more pre-writing strategies which may be using graphic organizers to plan, creating webs, creating outlines, doing some free writing, making lists, drawing cartoons, doing some visual thinking.

Calendar for End of the Year in Humanities 2013 (also on Google Drive here)



(This is what we’re doing in class and/or what is due ON that day)


Steve Milligan – Power of Coding, 3D Design, etc. Presentation


Little Brother — Up to Chapter 10, Some Essay Work


Little Brother — Up to Chapter 11, Working Draft of Essay Due


Little Brother — Up to Chapter 12, Writer’s Workshop


Little Brother — Up to Chapter 14, Essays Due, Intro. Learning to Love You More (LTLYM)


Little Brother — Up to Chapter 15, Work on LTLYM


Little Brother — Up to 16, Work on LTLYM


Little Brother — Up to 17, Work on LTLYM


Little Brother — Up to 18, Work on LTLYM


Little Brother — up to 21, Work on LTLYM, Wrap up LB stuff, LTLYM










Memorial Day – No School.






LTLYM Installation (Food Court?)


Senior Assembly Day — Short Class — Flex Day — Assign Parts of the Final?


Romeo & Juliet


Romeo & Juliet


Romeo & Juliet


**ALL WORK (EXCEPT FOR FINAL) DUE.**, Romeo & Juliet


Last Day with Laptops (turn ‘em in today) — think about what parts of the final you need to complete before turning in your laptop.


Work on Final


Part 1 of in-class Final


Part 2 of in-class Final

PACE: Steve Milligan

Tuesday we spent visiting with Steve Milligan of Phenix New Media and the Maine Arts Commission.  He  shared  the work he creates and the pathways and thinking he used in order to get there.  (He talked about the importance of geometry! Something he hated and didn’t think he’d ever need when he was in high school!)

The MLTI Student Conference is happening on Thursday, May 16th. We leave at 6:15 a.m. and return at 5 p.m.  Get blue slips going.  Permission and photo release forms from the conference are coming your way shortly.

For Thursday, make sure you have a working draft of your analytical 5 paragraph essay where you self-assess either your I Am Hero project OR your Pitch to Product project.



9 CPI: Revising Essays

Friday, we will try to make up for the snow day on Wednesday.

We will open with Prime Time for 10 to 15 minutes or so.  And from there we will do some work with Roots #10 vocab.  We haven’t done much with concept sorting in a long while, so expect to make some cards to move and sort.

Then we will use No Red Ink and continue our work with comma-splice run-ons.  These things are gnarly suckers. Use that link to Grammar Girl to help.

From there I will try to conference with as many folks as possible and you will have time to revise your essays.

Homework?  Essays.  Revise or finish your first submission.  Due when we walk into class on Tuesday.  We have new work for Tuesday.  And don’t forget to blog!



9 CPI: Conclusions

The first submission drafts of our first 5 paragraph essay (one in a series of four you’ll be writing this semester) is nearly ready.  Today we talk about conclusions.

Reading: PrimeTime & Blogging

We’ll PrimeTime and blog.  Remember, you have the Jim Burke bookmarks to reference (ThinkAboutIt) if you need prompts.  (Check your email if you can’t find them.)

MUGS: Then/Than

Then we go after new stuff with No Red Ink: Then/Than.

Then: time and cause/effect

I ate seven bowls of high fiber granola and then I destroyed the bathroom for the rest of the day.

First, we are going to build a snow machine from the left over parts of a ’79 Chevette and two pairs of skis.  Then, with help from my Aunt Eunice, we are going to open that sucker up on Clearwater.

Than: preference/comparison

I’d much rather watch a dog try to lick its own butt than do my English homework.

She is way better at groundhog wrestling than I am.

Vocab: Roots #9

After doing an activity on NoRedInk, we’ll turn our attention BRIEFLY to Roots #9.  There will be a quiz on Roots 6, 7, 8 & 9 next THURSDAY.  Be ready for that.

Writing: Conclusions

The rubric for the essay is here at iRubric.

And then finally  . . . wow, today is packed . . . finally we talk conclusions.  We look at how to say, “So what?”  How we build up an essay to leave the reader thinking at the end.  Just like with intros there are lots of different options.

9 CPI: Person of Significance Essay

The week of January 21st, we are diving headlong into the essay we put off as we put a wrap on the first project-based learning projects.

I think we saw all different ranges of success on those projects.  We’ll be coming back to that style of learning before the year ends.  I think it will be helpful for you to see how I design a project so you can best design your own.

For now, we are thinking about people of significance, an idea I got from Mr. Tierney.  You will write your first five-paragraph essay about either a) a person who has influenced/impacted you in three important ways or b) three people who have each had an important influence/impact upon you.

The rubric will be shared in class.  It can be found here.

Tuesday will be about pre-writing, introductions and thesis statements.  Thursday will be all about making sure those intros and thesis statements are awesome.  We’ll be turning in drafts by NEXT Friday, Feb 1st!