Thursday, June 4, 2015

Symphony Hall Open House Culture Vulture (event or museum)

This weekend, Discover Roxbury is hosting an arts event at Boston Symphony Hall.

There is a concert with the Blind Boys of Alabama on Saturday night, and open house Saturday and Sunday morning. As part of the weekend, art from local painters and photographers will also be showcased. I'm honored to have some photographs on display, and hope you can check them out!


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Boston Photo Story: Final Draft instructions!

Congratulations on giving life to an image of Boston's past. Here are your instructions for wrapping up the project!

1) check that you have uploaded Draft 1 and 2 to Turnitin.com
2) check that you have completed Writing Workshop handouts #1-3
3) check your story with 826 Boston tutors (in class or after school), or Mr. Doreian
4) save your story in the correct photo folder: ELA 10 folder-->Boston Writing Project--> Image
  • the story should have a title, your name, and period at the top
  • the file name for the story must be formatted [period, name, title] ex: PERIOD 1 Pat Student "title of story"
5) consider joining the Editorial Board. Applications at back of the room, or here. 10 students will be selected to compile stories, format and illustrate, and create a title for our book! Responsibilities include three after school (2-3pm) meetings May 21, May 26, May 28
[NOTE: Editorial Board members will earn one letter grade (10%) extra credit for Term 4]



Thursday, April 16, 2015

ROAR IV: Book into Film

For the final ROAR, select a book that has been adapted into a film. Your notes will be done differently: Note 1 and Note 2 will cover 1/2 of the book, Note 3 will cover the film. And Note 3 needs a screen shot for at least 5 interactions!


Here are some older films: https://sites.google.com/site/roarchoiceselections/table-of-contents/book-into-film

The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks
(get reading quickly as the film might leave the theaters soon)


Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
(April 17)


True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa by Michael Finkel
(April 17)


Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
(May 1)


Every Secret Thing by Laura Lippman
(May 15)


Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
(June12)








Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Class Work Days: April 15+16

Satire Project
As you put together your poster, remember the goal is to identify the tools that build the satire and explain how laughter addresses a serious topic.

In composing the poster, keep in mind the following guidelines:

The 6x6 Rule (Ms. Stern)
text boxes should only have 6 lines, and only 6 words per line

The 20, 10, 5 Rule
images and text sizes should vary to be read from 20, 10, and 5 feet away


Culture Vulture Project (April 29-May 1)
Register for a prezi account

Experiment with the site, and begin your Culture Vulture presentation (5 minutes of speaking)

Select your best Culture Vulture, check with Mr. Doreian if you can't decide

Presentation Outline
Hook/Introduction (½ minute)
Topic One (1 minute)
Topic Two (2 minutes)
Topic 3/Conclusion (1½ minutes)
-Topics should be separate sections of information, not a narration of plot/event
-Topics should show research, but should not just be a list of facts/dates
-Topics should be interesting to you, and by extension, to the class


1. Remember the 6x6 rule for each slide
2. Use images to accompany text; do not use images as background. You do not want to create a background that distracts your audience
3. Make sure your text is easy to read, size-wise, font-wise, and color-wise
4. Abbreviate your message. Complete sentences are unnecessary and cumbersome to the viewer
5. Too much animation can be annoying. Keep it simple!
6. Your slides should have plenty of unused space. Do not feel compelled to fill empty areas on your slide with unnecessary graphics or text boxes that do not contribute to better understanding. The less clutter, the more powerful your visual message will become
7. Have a visual theme that remains consistent throughout your presentation. Do not switch backgrounds, fonts, animation, etc.
8. Spelling still counts! Spelling (or grammatical) errors are embarrassing when presenting
9. Include citations at the end. Citations are necessary when importing artwork, sound, or video from websites

826 Writing Project (May 4-15)
Send e-mail links of quality Boston photos to Mr. Doreian
Extra credit given if your image is selected!


Friday, April 10, 2015

Othello Survey Response

Which class period?

Period 11218.8%
Period 22234.4%
Period 457.8%
Period 52539.1%
















Period 1 (+3 points)
The Four Temperaments are used in the play, and it is possible for humans to be consumed by jealousy in a second. If you keep repeating something it can hypnotize someone.
The inner or outer circle conversations because we tend to dwell on one question for a long period of time causing the other questions to lack our attention. It was also hard finding a seat when you are in the out circle, and we couldn't hear most of the inner answers.

The worst part of our "Othello" classwork was asking table/partner questions. I don't think this was effective since my table didn't really do that.

Period 2 (+2 points)
that I am special and I am great

The Socratic test that we had i felt that it was a way to review over the book whilst also giving everyone their own voice interpreting the play

Period 4 (+2 points)
The best part of our "Othello" classwork was the prezi notes and film reading because it allowed me to understand the play better. When we discussed it through the prezi I was able to understand the puns and imagery; when we film read, I understood the play better since I saw it visually.

I did not like the self-directed reading/notes because I would often get lost and I wouldn't understand the play. I also didn't know if I was interpreting the play correctly.

Period 5 (+2 points)
I learned that pity is not love no matter how much you pity someone it still isn't love. I also learned that you cannot believe everything that is being told and if you think you do believe it then it's best that you should confront the issue by yourself instead of having someone else give you information that may not be true.

The worst part of the Othello classwork was the socratic circle. It was enjoyable but it was hard not knowing the questions we got wrong. When going home and trying to study I didn't have a clear understanding of which questions were right or wrong.