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

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Gatsby Vocabulary

10th graders,

Here is the list of SAT vocabulary words from which your quizzes are drawn.

Here is where you can find the list from which I drew your Great Gatsby vocabulary.

Remember, your assignment has three parts:

a. copy the context of the word in The Great Gatsby.
b. restate the context in your own words
c. define the word with a definition that makes sense for this context.

Follow each of these steps for each of the 15 words I gave you.

Mrs. Poulsen

Monday, March 7, 2011

Their Eyes Were Watching God Vocabulary Project

10th graders,

- Your current project is to find a video on Youtube that illustrates one of the chapters 1-20 vocabulary words from Their Eyes Were Watching God.


- YOUR TARGET TIME IS UNDER ONE MINUTE. No video should be longer than two minutes. Videos need to be PG or a tasteful PG-13. When you are assigned a vocabulary word, you may take these steps to find a pertinent video:

1) To broaden your understanding of the word, do a Google search for "define: (vocabulary word)"
- My example here is "Sodden:"
 http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&source=hp&q=define:+sodden&btnG=Google+Search&aq=f&oq=&aqi=g10

2) You usually won't get a good Youtube example by just searching your vocab word.
- For example, no great results the results for "Sodden:"
 http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=sodden&aq=f
- So, look at the vocab list definition and the Google definitions; look for key words and think about an example of something that would  illustrate your word.
- "Sodden" means to get soaked with water. Trying to think of a way something would get covered in water, my ideas for searches are: "wet cat," "wet dog," "fall in pool," and "lots of rain."

3) Search Youtube.
My results are:
-"wet cat" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHGjn_F63H8
- "wet dog" - nothing good
- "fall in pool" - I found a funny example, but there was swearing at the end
- "lots of rain" - nothing good

4) If you're stuck ask a neighbor.
- I got the idea from somebody else, "trampoline pool fail."
- Searching "trampoline pool fail" - lots of funny results, but not much showing somebody actually soaked: just lots of videos of people getting hurt. After looking at a couple, I found this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUc9ivjSoHo

5) Turn in your assignment as a reply to this post:
-A) Write our name and homeroom
and
-B) Have a link to your video
- check that your link works

Friday, March 4, 2011

It's Socratic Seminar Time!

Hi Seniors,

Here you will find the Socratic Seminar assignment sheet, in case you forgot which poem is being discussed in your seminar.

Here are the two poems that are not in Sound and Sense. If you are a leader or member or those seminars, please print these for your use.

Lady Lazarus

The Bitter River