"Liberating education consists in acts of cognition, not transferrals of information." -Paulo Friere

Monday, September 21, 2009

Brave New World and "The Story of Stuff"

Hey Seniors--

Ok, just one more Brave New World post. I love this video, "The Story of Stuff," and it seems very relevant to all of Huxley's predictions. So...as your second (or is this the third?) website homework, please watch the video (it's less than half an hour) by noon on Saturday. In your comments below, tell me your opinion of this video, and make one connection to Brave New World.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Everywhere's a Brave New World Now.

Ok, seniors! Lets see what great references to Brave New World you found out there on the interweb. Post links and a few words describing the reference: how it's used, your evaluation of the topic, etc. I'm interested to see what kind of variety of topics and genres of writing you can come up with. Comment on each other's links, too!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Essay Marking Codes

If you got an essay back from me with a cryptic mark, and you can't figure out what it means, you can find the code-breaker here. These marks help me grade faster, and thus get essays back to you faster! As always, if you have a question, please email me.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Moby Dick and Intertextuality

Though I liked the song better before seeing the cheesy music video, "Ahab" by MC Lars is a great example of how this initially daunting text is still interesting enough to write a silly song about. Nerdcore rap, no less.

Look for his references to hubris, Oedipus, and the importance of Ahab's scar. Anyone else find interesting pop-culture references to Moby Dick? Link to them in your comments!

The Crucible: Puritan Research Project

Tenth graders--

I can't wait to see what great research you present to the class! This is the assignment sheet, in case you lost your copy. Here is a link to the main Puritan website where you will find your research.

You also need to find one other reliable site. Click here for tips about finding reliable sites for research.

Enjoy your journey finding out about Puritan life in America!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Story Structure

Students, I had a great first week with you! I'm really enjoying settling in to IBSH.

I found this link while stumbling around the internet, and it seemed to o good not to share with you, my students. It's a great little discussion of story structure, one of those "big four" that we talked about being the main topics of our class. Enjoy.