Monday, May 5, 2014

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Last Day!!

1. Chandler B photo presentation

2. End of Year Feedback Form

3. Blog Read-Around

  • Read each person's movie review and one other writing piece
  • Comment on both. Comments should be specific and constructive!! Focus on the strengths of each piece and any questions you might have for the writer. 
4. Debrief- senior projects and what's next?

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Workshop Day

1. Review Criteria for Blog Portfolio

2. Peer Review Senior Movie Review

3. Work on Revisions and Introductions

HW: Blog Due Next Class

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Pixar Shorts

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Vox Pop Presentations and Movie Review Intro

1. Turn in Vox Pops via Ebackpack

2. Listen to Vox Pops and complete voting- winners will be announced on Thursday

3.  Blog Post:
  • If you are thinking about seeing a particular movie, would you consult a movie review for a recommendation? Why or why not?
  • What types of useful information can a movie review offer you? List as many as you can.
  • How often do you think young people consult movie reviews before watching a movie?
  • What aspects about movie reviews make them a positive or negative influence on your decision to watch the movie?

Bring Ear Buds for Next Class- we will be doing a movie review activity in class that will be due at the end of the period. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

College Crossroads and Vox Pops Listening

1. Sydney Opening Moment

2. Blog posting:  It’s April, and that means colleges and universities are notifying high school seniors across the nation about whether they were accepted, rejected or wait-listed.
How involved are you in the college process right now? What messages have you gotten from your parents, teachers and others about the importance of getting into the right school? What do you believe?
What kind of college do you think will be the best fit for you? Why?
In “Our Crazy College Crossroads,” the Op-Ed columnist Frank Bruni writes about this question. Read the article and then answer three of the following questions on your blog:
— What is your reaction to Mr. Bruni’s idea that where you go to college matters less than “the effort you put into your studies, the earnestness with which you hone your skills, what you actually learn”?
— If you’re a student who is finished with the college process, what advice would you give high school juniors?
— What is your idea of what the perfect college for you might be? Why?
— How much pressure do you feel, whether from parents, teachers, the media or your friends, to get into a selective college? How do you handle that pressure?
— In the end, how much do you think it matters where you go to college? Why?

3. Listen to vox pops
4. Begin individual vox pops- due Tuesday

Monday, April 7, 2014

Vox Pop Editing

Opening Moment: Kyle

Directions for Vox Pops:

1. Create your  audio story in Garageband.

Create a new project. Name it.

Make your recordings directly in Garageband.  Choose a voice track with no effects and start recording the responses to your question.

It is easiest to put the responses in different tracks  but you can also build it in one track and split the clips when you are done so that you can move them around.

Be mindful of not saying the question each time (perhaps write it down for people to read instead )  as that will require less editing Try to minimize background noise.

Adjust the sound levels on each clip so there are no abrupt changes.

Build the piece in order from left to right. It's easiest to build it in a blank track above or below the others.  Put the responses in the order that will most effectively make your point.

Add music in a separate track

Name the song in Garagband

Export to iTunes

Import to iMovie- you will need to ad an image before you do this.