PACE: Gearing Up for Adventure

This is a big, huge, giant week for PACE.

Today, we discuss the adventure on Wednesday.  You will get the permission slip, we will talk about the time frame, and we will discuss what you should bring.

We’ll take a pre-test on Flocabulary #2: Hip-Hop Shakespeare.  There will be a quiz on Monday, the 13th.  Exercises are also due that day.  And if you’d like to re-take quiz #1, all you need to do is demonstrate some studying and building better understanding of those words.  (You might go on Quizlet, you might do something creative, you might do the other crossword puzzle.)

We’ll discuss elixirs — those objects and understandings heroes bring back from their adventures. What are those elixirs we’ve discovered for ourselves in our lifetimes, perhaps even this year.  The last I Am Hero organizer (#4) has been assigned.  This is due NEXT Tuesday, the 7th. (Big project due on Friday so there’s the emphasis.)

On Wednesday, we adventure.  7:30 a.m.  Crossroads.  Be not late.  There be monsters.

And on Friday, we debrief the adventure, you will come with your I Am Hero projects with a special guest.  Senator Tom Saviello (R. – Wilton) will be here to learn about PACE, talk to you folks about civic engagement, and all sorts of neat stuff.


I Am Hero Project – Due Friday!

I Am Hero Graphic Organizer #4 – Due next Monday!

Heroic Adventure – Wednesday! Must have permission slip!

Flocabulary #2: Hip Hop is Shakespeare – Monday the 13th!  Quiz!


PACE: Pitches into Products & More

We’ve got a new rubric: Pitches into Projects

There are several elements to this rubric that will be covered in the next couple of weeks, mythology and evolution chief among them.

Today, the goal is to work, work, work on those trailers and chapters ahead of getting started with Hunger Games & Adventures of Ulysses literature circles on Wednesday.  At the heart of this work will be two essential questions:

1) To what extent has heroism evolved over time?

2) How does a story grow into a mythology?

Wednesday we begin the journey of answering those two questions.


PACE: A Long Overdue Update on Where We Are at in PACE

Wow.  Somehow I just . . . well . . . I just did not blog there for PACE.  I didn’t do it.

Let’s change that right now.

We agreed as a class to move forward with these pitches and develop three of them into trailers/sizzle reels/sample chapters depending upon the nature of the original pitch.

Danielle’s Pastel series of novels, a story about a young woman sucked back in time through a mysterious painting.

Matt’s Bunker (working title) TV series, a story about people forced to live underground while the world goes on outside — and what happens when they come out.

Jake’s The Quest TV series, a story about the finding of the Holy Grail . . . and then another . . . and then another . . .

We agreed that by this coming Friday, March 22nd, tangible progress toward the production of these three projects must be made.

Here are some resources that can help you develop your pitch from an idea into a published product:

Tim Ferriss’ step-by-step account of how he  and his colleagues created a trailer for his book, The Four-Hour Body.  

We looked at this blog post in detail in class last week.

What about another?

This article from MicroFilmmaker Magazine lays out some guidelines for making a compelling movie trailer.

And another?

For my money and time, I think you would do well to look over the above link, take some time with Tim Ferriss, and then really dig into this tool from the fine folks at

Using licensed clips from A Good Day to Die Hard, you can construct your own trailer online and see how different styles of clips, different elements, can impact the final product in different ways.

I mean, I made this trailer for A Good Day to Die Hard in about five minutes. (And it shows.)

Wednesday, I will be providing everyone with a rubric for this new project.  It will be based upon the input I received from the groups as to how these projects should be assessed.

I’m excited to see what everyone develops.

Be prepared for next week, however, as we will be embarking on a journey — a HEROIC journey as we plan to study both The Adventures of Ulysses and The Hunger Games in literature circle style.  We voted today on the best approach.  Folks will have the opportunity to work in groups or individually.  The only limitations will be that you must read one of the two texts.  This work should lead us straight into our trip, if we are able to secure the financing for it.