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

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Brave New World: Amusing Ourselves to Death

Top Dystopian Movies of All Time

I stumbled upon this article the other day, and just had to share it. It's a list compiled of the most popular dystopian movies. I don't necessarily agree with their definition of dystopia, but this was still interesting enough to share. Brave New World is not even on the list, because the only movies that have been made of the book have terrible reviews. It seems to me like it's one of those books that never really works that well as a film.

I'd love to do an assignment with Brave New World where we compare Huxley's warnings with another dystopian vision....we'll see if we have time.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Crash Course: The Great Gatsby

What are John Green's main points about the book?

Do you agree or disagree with his analysis? Why?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Gatsby Connection: F Scott Fitzgerald Biography

F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great American Dreamer

Reflection Question:

Make a T chart listing the similarities between Fitzgerald's history and the novel.

How does Fitzgerald's life illuminate the connection between money and happiness?

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Poetry Project

Seniors, here is the link to our poetry project for this quarter.


Sunday, March 16, 2014

The Great Gatsby Webquest

Answer all questions in a google doc, titled “Gatsby webquest” and your name. Share the completed doc with me by Wednesday, March 26.

Be sure to use reliable sources and cite them (both in parenthesis and in a works cited entry at the end of your document).

Here is one reliable site that you can start at, though you might need to search further to answer all the questions.


The Great Gatsby Webquest

1. Why is this decade called “The Roaring Twenties” and “The Jazz Age”?

2. Define “prohibition.” Write one quote from the novel that refers to these laws.

3. Find one example of police or government corruption in the 1920’s.

4. Define “bootlegging.” Write one hint from the novel that Gatsby is a bootlegger.

5. Find out how many cars were produced per year in the 20’s, and what percent of the population had cars. Then write two descriptions of cars in the novel.

6. Explain 3 ways that women’s lives changed in this decade.

7. Define “flapper.” Find a quote from one of Gatsby’s parties that describes a flapper.

8. Define “wealth inequality,” which increased in the 1920’s. Find a quote that describes how the poor live in the novel, and another quote that describes how the rich live.

9. Who actually fixed the world series in real life? How did he do it? Who fixed it in the novel, and who is he friends with?

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Slavery in Huck Finn and Beloved / Emily Dickinson...two Crash Course videos

How is slavery portrayed in each novel? How does this portrayal affect the themes of the books?

Monday, February 10, 2014

Research Webquest

1. Asking a Good Question:

  1. Divergent thinking: Robin Williams--ways to use a stick
  2. Writing a Good Research Question
  3. Choosing a clear and focused question. (Remember the Goldilocks rule for organizing your papers--not too broad, not too narrow.)
Summarize what makes a good research question based on the above sources.

2. Search Skills:

  1. How to Use Google Effectively: Infographic
  2. Google Help Page
  3. Google Scholar

Use the above sources to find ways to:
  • find a particular file type (like pdf or an image)
  • find a document that originated in a particular country
  • search for an exact phrase
  • find a document posted within a particular date range
  • exclude a word or include similar words
  • search in a language other than English
  • only search news sources or only search educational sites

3. Determining Reliability of Search Results:

Johns Hopkins University: Website Reliability

  • Explain each of the 6 "items to consider" when evaluating a webpage. Summarize why each item is important.
  • In your opinion, what are the top 3 clues that a website is NOT a reliable source of information?
  • Application: Google your research topic. Find one example of a reliable website, and one example of an unreliable source. Explain to me what 3 clues let you know that one source was reliable and what 3 clues let you know that the other wasn't, with reference to the ideas from the John Hopkins University page.

Website Reliability Application Worksheet: Are these websites In or Out?

4. Plagiarism: 

  1.  Look at the first resource. Which challenge is greatest for you? Why?
  2.  Look at the next two links together. Choose ONE article to read and answer the chart questions for. (articles are in the first link; chart questions in the second)
  3.  Look at the fourth source. What is the difference between cheating, non-attribution, and patchwriting? Which piece of advice is most valuable?
  4.  Look at the source #5 and click on the various links to the left of the Purdue Own page. What is the difference between summarizing, paraphrasing, and quoting? What are their different purposes? 
  5.  Look at link #6. Which templates do you want to try to use in your essay? Why?

5. MLA Formatting
  1. Using In-Text Citations
  2. Works Cited Page with Electronic Sources
  3. MLA Sample Works Cited Page
  4. MLA Sample Essay
Read over these sources. You do not need to write anything about them, but use them as a reference when you write your paper--I will count points off if it's not in MLA format.

6. Digital Notecards
 Here is the student model to follow for how to create your digital notecards.

Socratic Seminar Model

Seminar starts at minute 2:31.