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.

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!

9 CPI: Social Networks, Characterization, Point of View & More

Today we start designing a better social network and doing the pre-planning we need to do in order to create that network.

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We’ll start by watching these three clips from The Social Network.  After watching each clip, identify what you can learn about the protagonist, Mark Zuckerberg as played by Jesse Eisenberg, and which characterization techniques (STEAL) the filmmaker uses to deliver that information about the character.  You might want to blog these understandings for quick reference.

After this, we will brainstorm all of the social media networks that we know.   You can find reminders, inspirations and piles of information here: http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/55-interesting-social-media-infographics/

This leads to us working in small groups to design our ideal social network tools.    We will share these ideas and come up with common denominators a.k.a. the parts and pieces we can all agree should be part of our social network.

Now . . . all of this is leading toward the following work: interviews and profile building.

Here’s the one characteristic of our social network that will make it unique: users don’t create their own profiles; the network creates it for them.  What?!!?  Yes.  I’ll explain . . .

You will be interviewing people you see everyday, but do not know.  They can come from three categories: students, teachers/staff, community members.  For example, you might buy a soda from the same store at the same time everyday, but not know the name of that person behind the counter.  You might sit in a learning lab with a teacher you know nothing about.  You might eat lunch at a table next to a group of juniors you don’t know — and sit there every day.

You will be interviewing them and using that information you learn about them to create their profile for our new social network.  After you create the profile, you will meet with them again to see how well you did with your information and design work.

The point of it all? To use your STEAL knowledge and combine it with your P.O.V. knowledge to create profiles that you can feel confident accurately represent these people or “characters” you have just come to know because you have been able to adopt their points of view.

Some of the essential questions you may be answering: How do we get to know a person through social media?  What makes a social network successful and powerful?  What can we gain from better knowing the people around us?

On Wednesday, we will practice our interview skills as we know we need to go out into the world and do this for real.

This video should help us with that.


1. Prepare questions to ask the interview subjects about the various information your class chooses to have in its social network.  Check your e-mail for your class list of topics.

2. Tolerance Projects, Self-Assessments: PAST DUE! Get ’em in.

3. New Flocabulary list is coming on Monday.  Make sure you have done the work for Flocabulary list #1!!!!

4. Blog, blog, blog!  Remember, 3 per week.  Lots of topics available to you right now.  Use it to plan your interview, your network, talk about the power of the internet, etc.