Humanities: Speak Begins & Teams Work

On Wednesday, we experienced a thematic scavenger hunt to get ready for Speak.  Each team needed to find visual representations of the thematic ideas listed on this Google doc. After taking pictures of those visual representations or symbols, those pictures needed to be turned into a Google Presentation or Keynote.  Each slide needed a brief paragraph of rationale, explaining your group’s thinking.

These thematic ideas have HUGE presence in Speak, though they are not the only ones.  We will continue to build upon this list as we read and learn more about what it means to identify and develop a theme.

On Thursday, there was some time to finish off those slideshows.

Teams were also assigned the first section of the novel and provided a graphic organizer to complete.  That graphic organizer is due on Friday as a second one is coming along then.

We also introduced a new form of assessment for group work.  At the end of each class, you will be expected to blog about how well you and your group worked during class, being quite specific.  These count as academic initiative grades.

After a fairly short explanation period, we headed off to the food fourt, spread out, and got to work.


Humanities: Investigating the Issues

Tuesday, October 30th, the day started with a dive into Roots #5.  There will be a quiz next Thursday, November 8th, covering Roots 1 – 5 — that’s 50 words for which folks will be held responsible.  That’s a lot — and totally doable if folks study wisely and not all at once.

Election Issues Frontloading Activity

To quote Mr. Dunbar from today’s step-by-step e-mail:

Today, you will be completing the attached PDF (using the comment/sticky note feature in Preview).
  1. On the PDF, there are issues in the Presidential election down the left-hand side. Each issue has a link to information. Use the information to fill out the first two empty boxes.
  2. (may be done in pairs) The first empty box is looking for “what is the issue?” — Basically, what does the issue mean? Why are we talking about it?
  3. (may be done in pairs) The second empty box is looking for “what are the sides?” — What we want here are the different opinions one might have on the issue. For example, on Global Warming one viewpoint might be that it’s not a problem (that humans created) and we should keep doing what we’re doing. However, the other viewpoint might be that it is a problem and we need to take these steps (list examples of steps).
  4. (must be done alone) The third empty box is looking for “where do I side?” on this issue — What we want here is your opinion on the issue. With which viewpoint do you agree? Why?
  5. (may be done in pairs and/or alone) The fourth/final empty box is looking for “any questions I still have?” on this issue — What we want here are some questions that you still have regarding the issue. For example, do you need more information OR does the information you have leave out a viewpoint that makes sense to you? Why isn’t that viewpoint talked about more?
It couldn’t be much more laid out than this.
Quarter ends on Friday.  Folks should get that work in.