Saturday, December 27, 2008
If you are itching for things to do, here's a few ideas:
1: Get your ROAR book, science fiction! Or, if you want straight ahead science, select a book from the 9th grade list. Obenglish9.blogspot.com
2: Lots of Culture Vulture options, especially for the museum category.
I am not sure about all the timing for when we get back to school in January, but will give you an email closer to then.
Friday, December 19, 2008
For Monday and Tuesday, please complete the final assignments for Term 2:
1: Culture Vulture Poster
2: Culture Vulture Response FD to Turnitin.com
3: Culture Vulture Poster Works Cited
4: Culture Vulture Presentation
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
@Boston Latin 3:00
OUT OF EXILE
The Abducted and Displaced People of Sudan
Edited by Craig Walzer
With an introduction, additional interviews, and an afterword by
Dave Eggers, Valentino Achal Deng, and Emmanuel Jal
Decades of conflicts and persecution have driven millions from their homes in all parts of the northeast African country of Sudan. Many thousands more have been enslaved as human spoils of war. In their own words, the narrators of Out of Exile recount their lives before their displacement, the reasons for their flight, and their hopes of someday returning home. Included are the stories of:
ABUK, a native of South Sudan now living in Boston, who survived ten years as a slave after being captured by an Arab militia.
MARCY AND ROSE, best friends who have spent the vast majority of their lives in a refugee camp in Kakuma, Kenya. They remember almost nothing of their former homes in Sudan.
MATHOK, who struggled to find opportunities as a refugee in Cairo, but eventually fell into a world of gangs and violence.
JOHN, a teacher fighting to keep a school for Sudanese refugees alive in a poverty-stricken slum in Nairobi.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Science Fiction= a future story that deals with present issues
Kindred by Octavia Butler
Dana, a black woman living in Los Angeles in 1976, is mysteriously transported to 1815 to save the life of a small, red-haired boy on Maryland's Eastern Shore.
The Dispossessed by Ursula LeGuin
Describes what a society based on true anarchy might be like...
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
It was a crime to own books, and if found they were burned
evolution on the moon in 2076, where "Loonies" are kept poor and oppressed by an Earth-based Authority that turns huge profits at their expense.
1984 by George Orwell
Big Brother is watching you. Enough said.
Ordinary guy Arthur Dent is trying to fight city hall to save his house from being bulldozed, then ends up in space with a towel as his only hope for survival.
At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft
While exploring Antarctica, scientists discover the remains of vaguely amphibious creatures which cause them to conjure up horrific memories
Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Ice that freezes at room temperature; the world is in danger! A satire of science gone wrong.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Keep up the strong reading tonight. Compose a 2nd Film Reading paragraph
12/19 10 posts
12/17 Rough draft and proof
12/22 Final Draft to Turnitin.com
12/22 Works Cited for poster
12/22-23 Poster Presentation
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
-think about how the film frames the cigar box containing the watch, crayons, and other symbolic items.
2: Vocabulary Quiz #10 tomorrow
ps: a bird told me you could go here to refresh your TKAM reading:
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
But this is why it is so important to be "in the frame" and not cut out of the picture.
For tonight, read over the 4 pages of film terms and ask some questions.
Vocab quiz #10 on Thursday
Monday, December 8, 2008
2: ROAR reading
3: Vocab quiz #10 on Thursday
Friday, December 5, 2008
1: spend one hour ROAR reading. Do it. You have the ELA time for it this weekend.
2: plan out your Culture Vulture work. The rough draft and proof are due on 12/17, and then your poster (research, works cited, and presentation) will be due on 12/22.
3: Compose a cover and table of contents for your TKAM notes. It is due on 12/9.
Here are the required elements:
-title of book
-creative and critical images that connect to the book
-a sheet of printer paper will be fine
-internet images or magazine/newspaper images require a Works Cited page
Table of Contents
-listing of your work (name of work and date)
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Here's some more video fun!
Monday, December 1, 2008
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 6 p.m. Dennis Lehane will speak on the theme of social justice in his latest novel The Given Day, as part of the BPL's Lowell Lecture Series
Rabb Lecture Hall, Copley Square Library
Roy Blount Jr. --
Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. in the Rabb Lecture Hall. In Alphabet Juice, his 21st book, Blount celebrates letters and their combinations.
from his book:
"Have you ever tried to spell any of the various sounds that pigs make? It isn't easy. It's damn well worth trying, but eventually you have to settle on something close. Steven Pinker, in Words and Rules, observes that pigs go oink oink in English, nøff nøff in Norwegian, and in Russian chrjo chrjo."
December fun at the MFA
Boston Children's Chorus
Listen to the Boston Children’s Chorus sing holiday songs in the Koch Gallery and enjoy free admission all evening, including admission to "Art and Empire: Treasures from Assyria and the British Museum."
Wed, Dec 3, 5:30 pm
Amaryllis Chamber Ensemble
The Amaryllis Chamber Ensemble performs holiday favorites in the West Wing.
Sat, Dec 6 and Sun, Dec 7, 1–4 pm
2: ROAR post (the 10 posts are due 12/19)
3: Culture Vulture Rough Draft and Proof 12/17
4: TiP Short Story submission. Check "Thanksgiving Break" post for info.
5: Vocab Quiz #9 on Thursday
6: TKAM Test on Friday.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
2: Get into your ROAR book. 2 posts due Tuesday 12/2
3: Culture Vulture! Take time this week to get out a see a play, hear some music, and enjoy a museum
4: Send your Bildungsroman to TiP Boston via e-mail
Check out the magazine in class, and here:
1: Create an e-mail introduction for your story. Tell your name, school you attend, and a quick overview of your story.
2: Copy and paste your story into the e-mail
3: attach your story as a Word document attachment
4: write "TiP story submission" for the subject line
5: send the message to email@example.com and cc me at Idoreian@boston.k12.ma.us
Monday, November 24, 2008
1: do not worry about ROAR reading. A little will go a long way...unless you have not found a book yet. In this case you are seriously slacking, so put the Turkey down and get to a library.
2: To Kill a Mockingbird reading
Tuesday- page 135
Wednesday- page 178
In class Wednesday- read chapter 18
3: Enjoy the vacation!
Friday, November 21, 2008
Please be zealous as you read.
1: Read TKAM to page 99
2: One ROAR post by Monday. Concentrate on reading TKAM, and then take December for reading your History ROAR
Harmony for the Hungry Benefit Concert for the BMC Food Pantry
Come enjoy a concert to benefit the BMC Food Pantry, performed by the members of the BUMC Band on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 7-9 p.m. in Bakst Auditorium, BUSM. Enjoy music from a wide array of styles, from jazz to rock, performed by faculty, staff and students from BMC and BUSM.
Voluntary cash donations of any amount will be accepted, with all proceeds to benefit the Pantry. The Pantry is in need of resources to help more and more families during these tough economic times. All donations are tax deductible.
Bakst Auditorium is located at 80 East Concord Street - off of Harrison Avenue - enter through the Boston University School of Medicine - The #10 bus stops right there - which also goes to Back Bay - orange line connection.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
-Vocab Quiz lesson 8 (11/20)
-Final draft of Bildungsroman on Turnitin.com (11/21)
-ROAR post for new book (11/24)
-many have not shown a 2nd draft of their Bildungsroman
-printed, clean draft of Bildungsroman for tomorrow's workshop
I was asked about Author Events, and here is the best one coming up soon:
Tuesday December 16th 7pm
Deb Olin Unferth - Vacation
M.T. Anderson - The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II: The Kingdom of the Waves
Cambridge-based young adult fiction superstar M.T. Anderson (Feed, Thirsty) won the National Book Award for the first volume of The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, putting to rest his assessment of it as a work that missed its audience by two centuries. Volume II revisits the young violinist and polyglot as he fights in the Revolutionary War.
Monday, November 17, 2008
In any event,
1) Action Research article review. Typed and printed for tomorrow morning.
2) Vocab Quiz # 8
3) ROAR! Get some posts and reading done this week.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
2: Action Research Reflection- due Monday to Turnitin.com
3: Upload your Adolescent Development work to Turnitin.com, especially groups who do not have citations for the biography section
4: ROAR? Yes, you can read!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
-Vocab quiz #7
-Action Research Reflection due Monday (submit to Turnitin.com)
-compose your short story, have it be 2-3 pages
-finish the editing of the story you read today
Whoa....You Wrote That Song?
Date: Saturday, November 15, 2008
Time: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Teacher: Sarah Green
Enrollment is capped at 8 students.
We'll bring the chords; you make the words. Join two local musicians in November for a fun and friendly songwriting workshop. By the end of our session, you'll have written lyrics and recorded your own new hit! Astonish your friends and family. Rule the charts. No songwriting experience necessary.
About the teacher:
Sarah Green holds an MFA in Creative Writing and is on the faculty of the Writing, Literature, and Publishing Department at Emerson College. She guest-taught a lesson on Pablo Neruda's Book of Questions and a town-hall debate on bigfoot at 826 Boston's summer camp.
Sign up by calling 617.442.5400 or emailing programs [at] 826boston.org with the student's name, age, school, email and phone number.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
-Vocab Quiz on Thursday- lesson 7
-ROAR needs to be started.
-please fill out the Bildungsroman sheet. The actual story is due on Thursday.
-your 2-3 page short story is due Wednesday. Have a print and electronic copy of the story ready to workshop with the writing tutors.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Evening of Opera at Whitehead Institute
Location: N25, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research (9 Cambridge Center, Cambridge)
A special evening of operatic performance by Andrea Matthews, soprano; Philip Lima, baritone; William Merrill, pianist.
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Whitehead InstituteFor more information, contact:
Ceal S. Capistrano
Saturday, November 8, 2008
1: upload your Adolescent Development work (biography, literary analysis, annotated bibliography) to Turnitin.com.
2: Find, and begin reading your History ROAR. The 12 students on the ROAR hit-list for Term 1 must check in with me after school on Monday to talk about their next book.
3: Vocab Quiz #7 on Thursday (11/13)
4: Get out there and Culture Vulture! Anyone go to the ICA last night?
4: sketch out your short story using the handout. A working draft is due before class on Wednesday, so maybe get started this weekend. Be sure to have a paper and an electronic copy ready before class starts.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Nov. 5 - 'Che Guevara with Bling On': Hustling, American Ideals and Jay-Z's Complex Vision of The Game
Nov 6 - Been Praying to God So Long That They Atheist': Jay-Hova and the Politics of Project(ed) Theology
Nov 7 - 'Monster of the Double-Endentre The Rhyme and Reasoning of Jay-Z's Oral Arguments.
All events begin at 4 p.m. For more info click here.
Center for Latino Studies @ Harvard Events
November 6, 2008, 4:30-6:30 pm
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Hip Hop and Academic Literacies: Linguistic, Poetics and Social Critique
Boston Latin School
What happens when you invite teens to a party in an art museum? Teen Nights—the ICA's art happenings organized and promoted for teens by teens.
Monday, November 3, 2008
1: Many folks did not turn in Culture Vulture works cited.
2: Find your History ROAR book for Term II and start posting
3: Your Adolescent Development groups should have a schedule and outline of work
Friday, October 31, 2008
The Culture Vulture Poster and Works cited (due Monday)
On your group:
1: Annotated Bibliography
-works cited + your comments (what makes the source useful to your project)
2: Biographical Introduction
-birth, childhood, research, interesting life tid-bits (1 page, double space)
3: Student Handout
-notes, quiz, relevant info (avoid printing power point slides)
4: Literary Analysis
-what story best shows the ideas of your Adolescent Theorist?
5: Class Presenation
-fill 20 mintues
-split the time into sections (important vocab, skit, quiz, game)
-dress like your theorist? Play a development game? Test our developmental stage?
-extra credit for the groups who present on Tuesday
The Ultimate History of Video Games
By Steven L. Kent
This book is perfect for anyone who has ever touched a joystick or a D-pad. The premise of this book is how each big company or person that has made gaming history, from Nolan Bushnell (founder of Atari and Chuck E. Cheese), to Shigeru Miyamoto (the man behind Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Yoshi, and Star Fox).
The Emperors of Chocolate: Inside the Secret World of Hershey and Mars
By Joel Glenn Brenner
This book was about the war of chocolate. It started off telling about these two men who wanted to pursue a career in creating the best chocolates. The two men were Forrest Mars, and Milton Hershey.
Blue: The History of a Color
By Michel Pastoureau
Certain colors were forbidden outside certain social groups. The moral issue was not the actual color, but the product used to create it. This became part of how people distinguished social outcasts. "The crippled, the deformed, lepers, the 'weak bodied,' and those who were 'cretins and funny in the head' were often to wear bright colors" (Pastoureau 91).
By Michael Redclift
Michael Redclift shows a history of how gum was created. Thomas Adams introduced chicle to the Americans but Wrigley offered baking powder to customers who would buy two packs of gum. He convinced millions of Americans to buy his gum.
Babe Ruth and the 1918 Red Sox
By Allan Wood
As the 1918 season ended it was a significant moment for the Red Sox. Unfortunately, it was the last moment worth mentioning for the next 86 years. That year was full of controversy due to the player strike, threat of government shutting down the season, and the lack of players on rosters.
A History of the World in Six Glasses
By Tom Standage
Beer, spirits, wine, cola, coffee, and tea are six beverages that were each the most influential drinks at particular eras in history. These six beverages form a chain of drinks that were important to many people because they were used for important events.
Ice Cream: The Delicious History
By Marilyn Powell
The book takes you back to when ice cream first came to be, and what an interesting history it is. Marilyn Powell did a great in writing this book. She sure knew how to draw her readers in by intriguing stories, myths, and facts about ice cream.
Chocolate: A Bittersweet Saga of Dark and Light
By Mort Rosenblum
Chocolate, referred to as "the gods' breakfast" is "just about everyone's drug of choice." In the book Chocolate, Mort Rosenblum describes the history and the processes that make chocolate. Based on history, it is said that one hundred beans of cacao was worth one slave.
Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation
By Jeff Chang
The book Can't Stop Won’t Stop was about the hip-hop generation and how it started.
Hip Hop was a very popular type of music in the 1979 when it started. It appealed to people because it was a type of music like no other. Hip Hop originated from the Bronx, New York when DJs began isolating the percussion break from funk and disco songs.
The Rise and Fall of the American Teenager
By Thomas Hine
In the book the idea of “teenager” was discussed. Amazingly, this word did not always exist. According to Thomas Hine and many other people, teens were invented. "The word was coined during the early 1940's by some anonymous writer or editor to describe an age group that had suddenly become a great interest to marketers and social reformers."
By Humberto Fernandez
Heroin, the notorious drug known for its addiction and devastation, dates back over 7,000 years ago as the Sumerians made the discovery of opium. One of the main cereal crops that the Sumerians grew was the poppy flower, in which they referred to as "hul gil", or "the plant of joy".
Salt: A World History
By Mark Kurlansky
Salt has made an important contribution to the world. As Mark Kurlansky says, “salt shaped the beginning of civilization and is an element of life.” It was said by some cultures that salt had magical powers. We know salt as something to sprinkle on food, but salt was so valuable that it served as money.
The Devil in the White City
By Erik Larson
The two men were very alike in physical features, but had different careers. One is an architect, while the other is a killer. Burnham, the architect, was well known for many of his like the Flatiron Building in New York and Union Station in Washington. H. H. Holmes was at first a doctor who then built a hotel called "World's Fair Hotel” where the guests were brutally murdered.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
1: Bring in at least one piece of information related to your theorist.
-you should be able to explain what area of development they researched
-know why they are "famous," what are the major ideas/terms they introduced
2: Vocab quiz #5
3: ROAR procrastination= Incomplete for Term 1
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
1: For tonight, look up an article or two that can be shared with your group. On Thursday, each group member will be required to bring one source of information.
2: Study for that vocab quiz. Do not let easy points slip from your grade because of sloppy study habits.
3: Ambitious students: ROAR and Culture Vulture is opened up for Term II. Get living and reading.
Monday, October 27, 2008
9/9 A Memorable Reading Experience
9/12 Vocab Lesson 1: Exercise I
9/15 The Stranger
9/16 Obama Cartoon Satire
9/22 Vocab Lesson 2: Exercise II even or odd
9/23 New Yorker Caption
9/24 Vocab Lesson 2: Exercise II even or odd
9/29 Vocab Lesson 3: Exercise I
9/30 Jane Eyre CR
10/1 Essay Editors
10/6 Internet Info
10/8 Primitive Though CR
10/10 5 Challenges
10/16 Dream Reading Location
10/20 Vocab Lesson 4: Exercise I
10/21 Research Fun?
10/22 Name in the Lights
10/24 Term 1 Reflections
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
2: Re-Submit your Huck Finn essay w/ formatting changes
3: Vocab Quiz #4
4: How's about that ROAR? It is due by 5pm on Friday
5: Be ready to hit the library on Friday for Action Research and Adolescent Development research
Monday, October 20, 2008
So, my 9th graders are bringing ROAR. Are you?
Please be dedicated to complete your reading and posting by Friday @5pm.
Tomorrow we will start investigating your Adolescent Development theorist. Get cracking on Wiki-search tonight, and be ready to dive into solid research tomorrow.
Last day for Culture Vulture!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
• All essays, in rough draft and final form, must be typed.
• Use Times New Roman 12 point font.
• Use black ink.
• Double-space your essay.
• Do not place extra spacing between paragraphs.
• Indent at the beginning of new paragraphs.
• Margins (sides and top/bottom) should be 1 inch.
• All essays should be written on one side of the paper only.
• Title your essay.
• For final essays: Create a cover page. Follow the example on the next page as a model for your own cover pages. Note:
o Font is Times New Roman.
o Font size is 12 point.
o Font style is regular. No bolding, no italics.
You do not need to include a Works Cited page for this essay
Use a cover page!
(Place about 1/3 of the way down the page and centered.)
History Per. 2
February, 15, 2009
The dark clouds matched the mood today. End of the term brings with it a feeling of regret and frustration. Do be diligent with your work over the next six days.
1: reading day tomorrow. ROAR books, and make some posts
2: Culture Vulture due on Monday (10/20) for response and proof. The Final Draft is due to Turnitin.com by Thursday (10/23)
3: 10 ROAR blog posts are due on Friday (10/24) by 5pm. Check the blog for the format of 5/4/3/2/1 notes
5: Final, final draft of the Huck Finn essay due on Tuesday (10/21). Use the original assignment sheet for reference, and please follow the formatting guidelines in the previous post.
4: find a research group for the adolescent development theorists, and select a scientist to study. First come, first served.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
This has been a strange week, and I am moved to move the quiz for the following week.
1: keep on w/ROAR- all posts by Friday, October 24.
2: Culture Vulture is due on Monday, October 20th, final draft on Thursday, October 23
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
1: ROAR posts should be adding up.
2: get a Culture Vulture
many of you have been hankering for some extra credit. Here you go.
Attend a book reading and compose a one page review. Check the following listings:
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Did you know that Computer Science teacher Mr. del Solar is an amazing photographer?
Come out this Columbus Day weekend to enjoy some snacks and sample his wonderful work.
The Boston Nature Center Presents:
Eduardo del Solar's Birds of the Americas II
“In this exhibit I include images from places I have visited this year. Images of neo-tropical birds from Costa Rica, the clay-licks and rivers from the Tambopata rain forest in Peru, our own Everglades in Florida as well as birds from New England are part of this exhibit. Hope to see you there!”
Join us for the Exhibit Opening and Wine/Seltzer & Cheese Reception October 12, 2008 from 2:00-4:00 PM
Boston Nature Center
500 Walk Hill Street
Mattapan, MA 02126 617-983-8500
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Habits of Mind Lecture: Junot Diaz. October 9th, 6:30pm
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Diaz will be joining us in the first Habits of Mind lecture of the 2008-2009 year. Lecture will be open to all staff, students, and community members who wish to join. For more information, or to RSVP for the lecture, please contact 617-635-6789 ext. 214 or firstname.lastname@example.orgBoston Day and Evening Academy Directions
Exit the station and walk towards the major intersection of Malcolm X Ave./Warren Street/Dudley St.Walk up Warren Street towards the Urban League. The Dudley Square library branch will be on your right.
Take a left onto Kearsarge Ave and walk up the hill to the school which will be on your right.
Monday, October 6, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
Here is how you will take notes as you read:
As you read your ROAR books this year, you are required to keep a record of your reading. For each book, you must compose 10 sections of 5/4/3/2/1 notes and post them on a blog.
You may not post more than 2 times in one day. If you do not have easy access to internet, hand write your notes and then take 10 minutes after school to post on your blog.
5- strong comments about characters and plot
4- insightful questions
3- vocabulary words and definitions; give page #
2- examples of literary terms; give page #
1- summary sentence
Create the Blog
1: create a Google account
2: name your blog, make it interesting!
3: chose template for colors and layout
4: comment on our class blog and share your blog’s address
Thursday, October 2, 2008
1: The overarching question is whether to teach Huck Finn. But, your paper must address whether the book, or the narrator, or the author is racist. This is why RASH is so important. By understanding the RASH, we can evaluate the book.
2: Works Cited. MLA all day. You should have at least 5 sources that are cited.
3: quotations? Each body paragraph should have a direct quotation. Thus, each paragraph must have a citation. If there is no page number, then just list the author's name.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
-the rough outline should include:
1) thesis statement
2) introduction idea/hook
3) main idea for at least three paragraphs that RASH on Huck Finn
4) suggestion for teaching (or not) teaching the book
5) conclusion that brings topic to a global level (censorship, protecting children, racism)
Be sure to visit the library on Saturday. The ROAR book must be brought to school on Thursday.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
by Edwidge Danticat
The Catcher in the Rye
by J.D. Salinger
Staircase of a Thousand Steps
by Masha Hamilton
by Chaim Potok
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight
by Alexandra Fuller
This Boy's Life
by Tobias Wolff
Daughter of the River
by Hong Ying
Monday, September 22, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
-Active reading of "Was Jim Free?"
-Vocab quiz on Thursday
-think about hitting the library for the ROAR book