Choose one of the following options, write, and post it! Make sure you keep your writing goals in mind- try to work on them in this post!
Intro to Senior Project Personal Learning Plan (on Senior Project Page)
Individual Conference sign-up
Sign up with me for an individual conference. We’ll talk through your current state with regards to your senior project, and I’ll get an initial sense of the direction you’re heading. If you’ll be gone on Friday, make sure we conference TODAY!
Watch the full Democratic Primary Debate!
To start today, we have two surveys for you to take.
College Essays- get them exhibited!
See the instructions on the board on the College Essay Display Board instructions. Get them mounted, get them hung in the hallway. Make sure they are formatted to my instructions!
Create a tab for your college essay. It can be within your Humanities class tab, or can be separate. Include BOTH the information from you Display Board AND the full text of your college essay.
Put your writing reflection on your regular Humanities page. Label it, Writing Reflection 1.
College Essay Formatting
DONE with your college essay? You could...
*** You need 3 printed copies of your essay by the beginning of class!
Review Document: College Essay Tuning Protocol
See the groups I've made for you. Once you are in your group, find a place, pull some tables together, and get started! This should take the entire 2 hour block.
Healthy Kids CO Survey
Take the survey in the first half of class
Opt Out Policy
I have developed a formalized “opt out” policy that pertains to your College Essay. This would enable you, in cases, to opt out of the peer editing workshops and/or the exhibition of final work. Please read the “College Essay Opt Out Policy” document on my DP Docs page.
Meet quickly in your Support Groups. Are you on task? If not, what specific steps can you take that will put you on track? Do you need to modify your schedule in any way to respond to different needs?
Project Work Time
As always, there are oodles of tasks you can accomplish during this time. Here are a few suggestions:
Today's Objective: Have 3 copies of your paper printed, double-sided, and placed in the box at the end of class. (Officially, the deadline for this is tomorrow, BOC, but let's get it done today and not have homework!!!)
*** Make sure to write your essay prompt at the top of your essay, and the work count at the bottom. This will aid your tuners during the workshop tomorrow, and is a necessary requirement for the exhibition of your work.
Tomorrow is NOT project work time. We'll be doing peer critiques, so lets get our essays in shape!
One of the themes of this year for me, for you, is increasing independence. As such, I’m putting you in the driver’s seat for much of this process. In college, it’s unlikely that your professors will have interim deadlines for papers and projects. You will have to plan your time, hold yourself accountable, and seek the help you need. So let’s practice that with this project—there’s some symbolic resonance, no?
Sample Essay Read-aloud.
Choose one of the sample essays to read out loud. Non-readers should follow along with the paper in front of you. As you read look for the following. When the read aloud is done, discuss:
Where Are You?
The corners of the classroom have been labeled with numbers 1-4. Go to the corner that best represents your current status in regards to college essays. Use the following criterion:
Which phrase best describes your current situation in regards to college essay writing?
Pick a group of 3 students from your corner and form a support group. You will be working in/with your support group for many of the remaining College Essay Boot Camp tasks. After your group is formed, see me for a scheduling sheet (Handout: “Support Group Scheduling” - Docs Page) and a packet of helpful resources. You'll run through the following tasks:
Now get started on your schedule!
I will make photocopies of your group schedule, and provide each group member a copy.
HOMEWORK: Whatever you assign yourself based on your Support Group Schedule.
First, a little humor to start the day...
Okay, so that Constitution Test was a little rough! DON'T PANIC! I don't normally do this, but for this test I'm going to offer test corrections. You have one week to get them to me (so, until next Friday), and you can work on them in class today. See the document here for how to complete these: Test Corrections. You will receive partial credit for each answer you complete.
Mock Senate Issue Poll
Time to decide on what issues we want to tackle! I've chosen 4 issues the senate may tackle this fall- we need to choose two of them to focus on. Click on the poll link to voice your opinion!
Finish Blog 5 and get it posted if you didn't finish yesterday in class.
Finished? Check out this TED Talk on online Filter Bubbles. As you watch, make some mental connections to the Big Sort and Political Misinformation!
Work on test corrections. DUE: Next Friday (but the sooner you get them to me, the sooner your grade will improve!)
Take the test! No time limit, but it should take about an hour.
There is limitless information in or modern society, but we are only able to access a tiny portion of it. It is important to consider how what we see is shaped by the sources, the people and media, which we get our information from. Choose ONE of the following to talk about in this blog!
Blog 5 is due by the end of class Friday. You’ll have some time (15-20 minutes) to finish it on Friday if you don’t finish it in class today. If you think you’ll need more time than that, you probably want to work on it a bit tonight.
Lesson plans posted daily. Come here to see what you missed, find instructions, etc.