Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Scribe Period 4: April 30th

Today was a PLC day so we had a shortened class period. We spent the whole period in the journalism room to work on our Manifesto. We learned some basics of how to use InDesign such as making text boxes, changing transparency, changing fonts and sizes, and how to rearrange our text. Everyone was told to save their manifesto in the documents section with their name as the title. You will probably need to go in the journalism room during an off hour to work on it before Friday. Friday will be the last day to work on it in class. It is due May 5th and needs to be printed off. The newspaper and yearbook staff will be in there to help you, feel free to ask questions if you need help! Make sure you also see Ms. Smith if you have any other questions. Homework for tonight is to read and annotate Chapters 15-16. Make sure you have all annotations done from the previous chapters since Ms. Smith will check them on Friday.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

First Hour April 23, 2014

We had a shortened class because of the ACT test in the morning. Smith checked our annotations for chapters 7 and 8, and we had a free class period to work on our manifesto or responding to Mr. D's blog.

For homework:

  • Read and annotate chapters 9 and 10. 
  • Bring a printed copy of your manifesto sayings.
  • Bring magazines to cut up

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Scribe 4th Hour 4/23/14

Today was the ACT so we had very short classes. Because of this, we did not have time for a full class. Instead, we had a free choice work day where you could read or work on your manifesto sayings. Smith also checked our annotations for 7-8.

Homework: Read and annotate chapters 9-10, Finish your manifesto sayings and bring a printed copy for Monday (requirements are on the agenda), bring magazines to cut up on Friday

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Monday 4/21/14 4th hour

On Monday, we began class by checking for "entry tickets" and had a short discussion about where we were in the book. During the Socratic, we discussed basically five main points. We discussed the caste system found in the book, we discussed the idea of fitting in or being an outcast in this society, we discussed how much the government should reveal to its people, we discussed the idea of indecency (nurturing mother v. Sex), and we discussed if the society in the novel is mostly happy because they have nothing to compare it to.

For homework that is due Wednesday, your LL manifesto needs to be typed. It can include sayings, quotes, ideas, or words.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday April 18th Period 1

Class began with Mrs. Smith going over upcoming due dates and welcoming everyone to class. Soon after each group presented their montage and we were given some time to work on our entry tickets.
Homework:LL manifesto, read chapters 7-8 and annotate, have entry ticket ready for Monday's fishbowl. For further information reference the Web page

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wednesday April 16 Period 4

Class started with it's usual greetings and proceeded on to the homework and class schedule. Mrs. Smith then informed us that there will be a 50 point discussion over chapters 1-8 on Monday and warned us not to ditch because it can not be made up! She then went over homework, checked our annotations over chapters 1-4 for "Brave New World" and gave us the rest of the time to work on our group montages, which are due Friday.

  • Read and annotate chapters 5-6 for Friday.
  • Finish montage assignment and be ready to present on Friday.
  • Work on your LL part 3:Manefesto.
 Righter’s Strong meeting at 6:00 PM on Monday, April 20th at Solid Grounds.

Wednesday, April 16 Period 1

After the greeting from Mrs. Smith, Class began with a little warning directed toward the seniors. Mrs. Smith described how “coincidentally” there is a class discussion on Monday that CANNOT be made up if missed. Monday just so happens to be senior ditch day, so take precaution. (Tip from Mrs. Smith: If you are going to ditch, don’t be wussy and have your parents call you out. Face the consequences!) After this short discussion, we briefly discussed our homework (listed below), and worked the rest of the period on our Brave New World montage projects, which included practice acting out the montages.

Montage project- Use Chapter 3 of Brave New World to come up with a montage of quotes that shows satire in your given topic. The quotes are aimed to represent society’s attitude toward your specific topic. Remember, since the library is closed, we are NOT recording our montages, but instead acting them out in front of the class. Remember to bring a copy of your script to give to Mrs. Smith.

Homework: Finish montage project by Friday, Read and annotate chapters 5-6 by Friday (Annotations will be checked), Continue working on your Last Lecture Manifesto

Monday, April 14, 2014

Monday April 14th- Period 1

            Today we started class finishing up our projects that we started on Friday. We were working in groups to create a picture of the rooms in the first two chapters of A Brave New World. After spending 10 minutes or so finishing up some drawing each group presented in order of how the rooms were presented in the book. We identified some themes such as repetition and some of the things Huxley was satirizing such as our education system and the need for uniformity.
            We were then introduced to a new project due Friday. The project is a montage created through fraises pulled out of Chapter 3. This project is a group project and will be based on the theme you chose on the board in class. The other homework is to read chapters 5 and 6 for Wednesday and to continue work on your Last Lecture manifesto.

Monday, April 14th

Today, class began as always with, "Hello, Smith!" We then moved right into our homework assignments. For class on Wednesday, chapters 5-6 of Brave New World are due with annotations. There will also be a montage assignment due Friday. Also, keep working on your Last Lecture manifesto! Today, we presented our posters from last Friday and discussed the satirical meaning behind each room represented in Brave New World. Mrs. Smith also explained the montage project. We got into groups of 3 or 4 and chose an idea represented in Brave New World. As a group, you have to pick different quotes from Brave New World that represent your idea, similar to what happened in chapter 3.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Period 4, April 11th

We began this class period by revisiting the satire articles that we looked at in groups on Monday, and handed them into Smith. We spent the rest of the class period creating posters based on what we read in Chapters 1 and 2 of Brave New World. We had to get into groups of 2-3 and each choose a room that was described in the chapters we read, the seven rooms were:

  1. The Fertilizing Room
  2. The Bottling Room
  3. The Social Predestination Room
  4. The Embryo Store
  5. The Bokanovsky Process
  6. The Infant Nurseries and Neo-Pavlovian Conditioning Room
  7. Dormitories 
We each received a green handout with detailed instructions of the assignment, but basically we had to draw the room we chose and describe it, labeling each stage in the process. We had to be sure nothing we depicted was offensive, and make sure everything was accurate, complete and visually appealing. The purpose of this was to get an idea of what the London hatchery is all about, and to see the process of standardization in the New World. We will be presenting the posters on Monday. This activity took us until the end of class.

  • Read Chapters 3-4 of Brave New World and annotate for connections to the essential question: to what extent does a creator have responsibility towards its creation; what what point does a creation assume responsibility for itself?, any questions you have, and extensions to other pieces
  • If you did not finish in class, finish off your poster and be ready to present on Monday
Have a good weekend! 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Scribe Period 4 April 9th

When we walked in to class today we had a substitute teacher who took attendance and then gave us our instructions for the day. Today was a shortened class period because of PLC. During this class period all we did was work on our reading assignment. Chapters 1 and 2 should be read and annotated by this Friday. Annotations should connect to the essential question (To what extent does a creator have responsibility towards its creation; at what point does a creation assume responsibility for itself?) Homework is to finish the reading assignment and start working on LL 3: Manifesto. If you need help with your LL 3, make sure to meet with Smith during an off hour.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

4th Hour 4/2/14

We began the day with the usual greeting of hellos, and jumped right back into watching the movie Stranger Than Fiction.  We did not finish the whole movie, so we will finish watching it on Friday.  We have a summary response on the film due Monday, April 7th.  This is just like the ones we did first semester, except this one has to connect to Dorian Gray, and our Essential Question.

We also have our Last Lecture Part 2 due on Friday.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

1st hour - April 2, 2014

Today in class we continued to watch Stranger Than Fiction. We will finish up the movie on Friday.

We have a summary response due Monday connecting the movie and Dorian Gray to our central questions: To what extent does a creator have for its creation? At what point does the creation assume responsibility for its own actions?

Our Last Lecture part 2 is due on Friday.