Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Character Interviews

1. Sydney Opening Moment

2. Finish and present Character Interviews

3. ICB Trivia Round 3

4. Begin movie if time

HW: Read to page 279

Monday, December 16, 2013

ICB: Interview a Character

1. Chris Opening Moment

2. Silent Conversation: Do You Have Instagram Envy?
Read the article "The Agonies of Instagram" and answer 2-3 of the following questions on your blog.
  • Do you use Instagram? If so, to what degree do you identify with the ideas described in the article?
  • Do you think people put too much, too little or just enough energy into the way they depict their lives through photos on social media? Explain.
  • Do you ever look forward to events because you know you will post photos afterward?
  • Is there anything wrong with that?
  • The article quotes David Coggins, who says he doesn’t think people should post “trophies,” or photos of expensive things or places few people get to visit. What is your take on this suggestion?

3. Character Interviews
Select a character from In Cold Blood that you would like to interview. This character could be someone who was already interviewed extensively, such as Dick or Perry, or a character who was never interviewed, such as the rich German tourist, Otto. You will be creating 5 questions for this person (think why and how rather than who, what, when, where) and then your partner will answer them using clues from the book.

HW: Read to page 250 and be ready for round 3 of ICB Trivia next class!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Intro to Features

1. Kyle Opening Moment

2. ICB Trivia #2

3. Analyzing Feature Articles- Find a feature article of interest you from the Press Herald, The New York Times, or The Boston Globe. Read the article and then fill out this analysis sheet in your Journalism folder- we will be brainstorming possible topics once we have read examples.

HW: Feature Article Organizer and read to page 224 of ICB

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Persons Unknown

1. Ben Opening Moment

2. 10 minutes: Finish Hard News Articles and report out

3. Reading Groups: ICB Trivia

4. Character Interviews

HW: Read to page 174

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

FHS Breaking News!

1. Paul Opening Moment

2. NYT:
Read the above article and then respond to at least two of the below questions on your blog:

  • Should scientists try to help people beat old age so we can live radically longer lives? Why?
  • How long would you want to live, if you could choose your life span?
  • Do you agree with the author that “adding years to a life doesn’t necessarily make it any fuller?”
  • What would be the benefits of a scientific breakthrough that allowed people to live radically longer lives?
  • Do you think the benefits outweigh the potential negative consequences, such as higher health care costs for society and fewer jobs for young people? Explain.

3. Hard News Practice: Do this with a partner, and when you finish, post the article as a comment to this blog post.

HW: Read to page 148 in ICB

Monday, December 2, 2013

Hard vs. Soft News

1. Opening Moment: Michael/ Discuss Blog Rubric

2. News Article Analysis Activity

3. ICB Discussion: Meet in reading groups and discuss the questions you brought to class- report out

4. Begin Movie

HW: Read to page 123 in ICB

  • Group 1: Chandler B, Adam, Spencer
  • Group 2: Sommer, Sydney, Paul, Ben
  • Group 3: Cam, Niko, Micheal
  • Group 4: Cody, Evan, Kyle, Chanler H