Friday, March 28, 2014

Saturday, March 22, 2014

How Concerned Are You About Climate Change?

1. Opening Moments: Chanler and Michael will go next class.

2. Be sure your reflection from last class's discussion is in your Journalism Folder!

3. Read the article  “Scientists Sound Alarm on Climate,”and answer three of the following questions on your blog. We will wait until next class to comment and discuss.

— How much have you learned about climate change in school? What do you believe about it?
— How compelling do you find this most recent report to be?
— How much does the topic concern you in general? Why?
— What do you know about both the short-term and long-term consequences of climate change?
— What do you think scientists like these can do to “cut through public confusion” about global warming?
— What steps can individuals take to help reduce the effects of climate change worldwide?
— What do you think schools could be doing?

4. . Spend the remainder of the class period today researching and developing interview questions for your next editorial. If you don’t have a topic yet for your editorial, review the partner brainstorming document we did a few weeks ago as well as the thumbnail editorial activity you posted to your blog. Also, look back at some of the topics we have been blogging about- do any of these interests you?

Here are the requirements:
  • A topic of your choice that you have a clear and arguable position on
  • Facts to support your position
  • Address the opposing argument and provide facts to challenge it
  • A call to action
  • 2 sources- could be interview sources or online

Come to class on Wednesday with your research and interviews completed. We will be working on rough drafts in class.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Opinion Forum

1. Spencer Opening Moment

2. Opinion Forum
Essential Question:  Should the SAT be overhauled in the interests of creating a better, more fair test, or is it accurate the way it is?

1. Come to class on Wednesday with the below response questions answered. This will be worth a HW grade.
2. We will spend a maximum of five minutes on each question. After each question, you will have 1-2 minutes to write down any thoughts you need to for your written reflection, due next class.
3. I will ask for volunteers to read each question to the class.

EVERYONE is expected to speak during the seminar. Your goal should be to make at least one of each type of comment:

  • Analysis
    • Think deeply about the text and discuss the original conclusions you come to.  Mention ideas you come up with pertaining to issues in the text, or add your original thoughts to an issue someone else has brought up.
  • Text
    • Reference specific examples from the text that either support or disprove a claim being discussed.  
  • Reference
    • Evaluate what others say and then either challenge or build off them.  Show that you are listening to your peers.
  • Connection
    • Apply the concept in question to areas outside of the text area.  How is the idea in question proven or disproven in your world?

3. Reflection- due next class

  • What’s the one thing you wish there’d been time for you to tell the rest of the class?
  • What did you learn from this discussion?
  • What was the best thing you heard today?
  • How has your thinking changed/deepened/improved as a result of this discussion?
  • How do you think you participated in this Opinion Forum? How could you have participated better/more efficiently?

HW: Reflection and topic selection for Editorial #2. Think locally: what issues affect you, the school or the community?

Monday, March 17, 2014

Revise/Post Articles and Opinion Forum Prep

1. Niko Opening Moment

2. Check out my comments on your Editorial Article- revise, add sources, and post your articles to the NYT contest website.

3. Begin working on response sheet for our SAT Opinion Forum next class
Rubric for Opinion Forum

HW: Response Sheet

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Should Colleges Ban Fraternities?

1. Sommer Opening Moment
2. Should Colleges Ban Fraternities?
Read the following NYT article and answer three of the below questions on your blog:
— Do you want to join a fraternity or sorority? Why or why not?
— What do you think fraternities could do to police themselves? Is what Sigma Alpha Epsilon doing enough?
— What do you think of the argument the student in this excerpt makes — that rituals like pledging build the most committed members of the organization? What are some of the positive things fraternities do?
— What do you think would be lost if there were no fraternities on college campuses? What might be gained? Would banning fraternities substantially lessen problems like sexual violence and alcohol-fueled injuries and deaths on college campuses or not?
— How should colleges respond to bad behavior by fraternity brothers? Do you think they should ban fraternities entirely? In 2011, the Room for Debate blog asked that question and several experts answered. With whom do you most agree?
3. Editorial Finishing Touches
Do you have a title?
Are paragraphs short? 
Do you have any unnecessary words/details that could be omitted?
Read aloud to a partner to see if you can catch any mistakes!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Editorial Breakdown- What goes into writing and editorial?

1. Cam Opening Moment

2. Read the opinion article We Need More Tests, Not Fewer. Each group will be responsible for keeping track of a different element of the editorial- please do this as a comment on today's blog posting!

Group 1 (Adam, Cam, Sommer) : Background information

Group 2 (Niko, Spencer, Chanler): Author's opinion and facts to support it

Group 3 (Michael, Paul, Ben): Opposing Argument and facts to challenge it

Group 4 (Cody, Kyle, Sydney, Chanler B): Call to action

3. Editorial Revision

Friday, March 7, 2014

Writing Day

1. Adam Opening Moment

2. Review Editorial Rubric

3. Work Period: Rough Drafts OR Senior Project Proposal

HW: Rough Draft due Tuesday

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Analyzing Editorials

1. Chandler B Opening Moment

2. Thumbnail Editorials

3. Analyzing Editorials: Choose one of the following NYT opinion pieces and complete the analysis sheet:

The NFL Begins to Wake Up

Driving Down Childhood Obesity

The Case for a Higher Minimum Wage

4. Report Out: Topics
Find two sources for next class: remember, one MUST be a NYT Article!

HW: Email me your topic and links to your two sources BEFORE next class.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Editorial Brainstorming

1. Finish Shattered Glass and Viewers Guide

2. NYT Editorial Clip and Contest

3. Partner Brainstorming Activity

4. Thumbnail Editorials (if time)

HW: Select editorial topic for next class: