Thursday, March 29, 2012

Homework 3/29

phew, that was a discombobulated day...
and so will be tomorrow.

For all periods, bring your ROAR notes on 1/3 of your history book

For period 4+5, vocabulary quiz at the start of your period

We'll do much catching up, so bring your annotated articles to class and your revised food story

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Homework 3/28

What a wonderful workshop today!

You made me so proud with strong questions, welcoming smiles, and taking a risk with some Gorgonzola!

1) vocab quiz lesson #8
2) revise your food memoir Do Now
3) annotate the article written by your period's guest speaker
4) bring your cheese score card

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Homework 3/27

1) annotate this restaurant review by Devra First

2) vocab lesson #8
3) ROAR notes #1 pushed to Friday

Monday, March 26, 2012

Homework 3/26

1) ROAR reading!

2) vocab quiz on Thursday, lesson 8

Friday, March 23, 2012

Homework 3/23

Here's a copy of the Othello study guide:

Remember, we'll be shining a light in these 5 categories:
1) The Moor
2) voice of women
3) dramatic irony
4) 4 humours
5) Shakespearean diction

Hunger Games Extra Credit!


I'll be watching sometime next week, but all you who are hungry for opening weekend here's how to earn extra credit.

1) watch film, keep proof (popcorn bag doesn't count)
2) compose a short reflection on the film: key camera movement, non-diagetic sound, additions/subtractions, ect.
3) read, print, and comment on a professional movie review ( the actual review, NOT the sentence summary!

attach the whole shebangabang together, and earn 10% on a test!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Guess the MCAS writing prompt!

Here are the MCAS prompts from the past 7 years:

2005           character that changes as a result of a particular event
2006           character with the ability to inspire or lead others
2007           character who overcomes hardship and misfortune
2009           character whose pride or selfishness creates problems
2008           character who must adjust to life in a new environment
2010           character whose life is affected by a single act or mistake 
2011           character who stands up for what they believe 
2012           ???

For extra credit, post a comment that includes your name, period, and the essay topic. The closest entry will earn a lunch!

Posting closes at 9pm March 19th.

Friday, March 16, 2012

MCAS week: homework/Othello Reading

MCAS prompt-

Often in works of literature, a character stands up for something he or she believes in.
From a work of literature you have read in or out of school, select a character who stands up for something he or she believes in. In a well-developed composition, identify the character, describe how the character stands up for something he or she believes in, and explain how the character’s actions relate to the work as a whole.

Othello 4.2
Film Afternoon!
-I'll have a showing of Act 4

Othello 4.3

Othello 5.1
Film Afternoon!
-I'll have a showing of Act 5

Othello 5.2 (have the play completely read for Friday)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Homework 3/14

-make some solid 3/2/1 notes for Othello Act 3 Scene 4

-vocabulary quiz, lesson #7

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Homework 3/13

1) phew, Othello Act 3 Scene 3; this is where it all changes...

Monday, March 12, 2012

Homework 3/12

1) look back at Act 2 and write down how Montano describes Othello

2) Read+3/2/1 notes for Othello Act 3 Scene 1-Scene 3 line 90

Friday, March 9, 2012

Homework 3/9

1) write an introductory paragraph for the 2008 MCAS question: change in environment

2) Othello 3/2/1 notes on Act 2 Scene 3

3) ROAR proposal, history book!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Homework 3/8

1) 3/2/1 notes on Othello Act 2 Scene 1+2

2) MCAS cheat sheet notes on Night, To Kill a Mockingbird, or Antigone

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Homework 3/7

1) read and notes for Othello Act 1 Scene 3
3-words you cannot define (or find in the dictionary)
2-connections with class information
1-specific question about character/plot

2) vocab lesson #5

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Homework 3/6

1) read Othello Act 1 Scene 2

Friday, March 2, 2012

ROAR IV: History

Term IV ROAR: The History of _______________.
Proposal Due: March 12

No biographies, think about reading a history of a topic that interests you.
-math (the history of zero)
-chem (the discovery of an element)
-history (the Doner Party)
-ELA (history of curse words)

Here are some choice selections from past years:

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).

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.

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.

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.

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, 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.

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.

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."

Heroin 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."

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.

Homework 3/2

1) study for our Vocabulary Review Quiz on Monday, lessons 1-5

2) pick a ROAR book for term 4, History of _________________!