Friday, October 31, 2008

Weekend Work

On you:
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


Here are some choice selections from past years:

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).

Chewing Gum
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

Research what?

With the action research and History paper coalescing this week, the ELA Adolescent Development work has taken the back burner (look up the idiom).

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

Adolescent Development Research

What I am realizing, albeit slightly later than I would have wished, is that you need FIRM deadlines for research. Otherwise, the last minute rush is too great and causes unneeded stress.

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

Week Ahead

1: Culture Vulture poster and Works Cited due 11/3
2: Adolescent Development Research- get information as we will be working on it all week
3: Vocab Quiz #5 10/30

Do Now Work

It is good to look back and consider the work that has been completed in Term 1. Here's what we have accomplished at the start of our period together:

9/9 A Memorable Reading Experience
9/10 Superstition
9/11 Dialect
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
9/26 Time
9/29 Vocab Lesson 3: Exercise I
9/30 Jane Eyre CR
10/1 Essay Editors
10/6 Internet Info
10/7 Hair
10/8 Primitive Though CR
10/10 5 Challenges
10/14 Pride
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

Turnitin Work and others

1: Upload your Final Draft of Term 1 Culture Vulture to

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

A quiet ROAR

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

Huck Finn Guidelines

Essay Formatting

• 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!

My Title: A Sample Paper
(Place about 1/3 of the way down the page and centered.)

Ima Student

History Per. 2
Ms. Stern
February, 15, 2009

ROAR, Culture Vulture, Huck Finn, Adolescent Development


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 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

Vocab? Huh?

I have heard from some that the Vocab Quiz scheduled for tomorrow was a surprise...

This has been a strange week, and I am moved to move the quiz for the following week.

For tonight,
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


Be ready and awake for the test tomorrow morning.

1: ROAR- be active with your reading and posting

2: vocab on Thursday, lesson 4

Friday, October 10, 2008

Columbus Day

Sure, it might not be the greatest reason to have a day off, but Leif Erickson Day didn't have the same ring...

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:

BU Bookstore

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Rite of Passage

Get some research done.

Tell me what you can find about rites of passage, and where you found said information.

Keep on keepin on with the ROAR reading

Birds Culture Vulture

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

Bildungsroman Thoughts

Since the Fire Drill closed out 2nd period, we are slightly off schedule...

We do have a vocabulary quiz tomorrow, lesson three, and you should get cracking on reading your ROAR, then posting 5/4/3/2/1 journals.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Through the Tunnel

Read "Through the Tunnel" by Doris Lessing

Be sure to make a post on your ROAR blog, you need ten for this term

Culture Vulture? No 10th grader has completed their assignment yet...

huge Culture Vulture

You don't even know how huge this is!

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

Boston Day and Evening Academy Directions

Dudley Station.

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

Film Culture Vulture!

Here's a great film festival that is happening this week!

Films are shown at Boston University and Harvard Film Archive.

See the full listing here:

Get that ROAR blog online

For tomorrow,

1: read the short story "It Can't be Helped" p. 355

2: create a ROAR blog and let me know its web address

Friday, October 3, 2008

Share your ROAR blogs here!

Now that you have created a ROAR blog, time to share.

Give a comment to this post, and provide the web address of your blog.

ROAR assignment

Now that you have your book, time to get reading. You must create a blog and inform me of its location by Tuesday.

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

ROAR!!! oh, and that paper...

Last thoughts about the paper...

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.

Happy writing.