Blog info and assignments
Each week I will provide 5 prompts. You will be required to respond to 3 of them. Any prompt with a "*" means it is required. Responses should be well thought out and developed with detail (400-500 words).
- * Technology - How do you feel about using technology to learn? What are the pros and cons? In your ideal vision of school, how should technology be used in the classroom?
- Learning style - Go to this website > HERE Then consider the 8 different learning styles: Linguistic, Naturalist, Musical, Kinesthetic, Visual, Logical, Interpersonal, and Intrapersonal. Which style of learner (or combination of styles) are you why? Give examples of how you like to learn and examples of how you don't like to learn.
- Changes in Character - In Lord of the Flies the characters undergo pretty drastic changes while on the island because they're forced to grow up and adapt pretty quickly. Now, think about how you've changed since you were younger both in school and out of school. Why have you changed? What changes are the most important to you? What hasn't changed? What do you hope changes?
- Scary Story Prep - It's almost October, so we'll be starting on our scary stories soon and you'll actually have a person assigned to read your story and provide feedback. If you would like to start brainstorming and get a draft going, you'll be more than prepared. So, create a scary story using descriptive details, dialogue, and suspenseful diction. Keep in mind that written stories work better when you leave some details up to the reader's imagination. Don't show too much.
- Fear - On the island, the boys are afraid of a "beastie." When we're young we fear things like monsters or spiders, but as we get older we develop fears of things like failure and heartbreak. Think back on your life, what "beasties" did you fear and how did it feel to think something might be out there to get you? Now think about your current fears, what are you afraid of and how does it affect you?
- Judgement - Many of the boys on the island don't take Piggy seriously because of his name, but Piggy seems to be one of the smartest and most realistic boys on the island. Describe a time when you or somebody you know made a quick judgement about somebody or something that turned out to be wrong. How did this make you feel and why? What lesson should we all learn about judging things before we understand them?
- Leadership - Jack and Ralph both have very different ideas of what a leader on the island should be. Describe what qualities you think a good leader should have. Who do you look at as a good example of a leader? Provide an example of a time when this person showed good leadership and how it helped to benefit others.
- Savagery - On an island without adults, rules are beginning to be ignored as the boys try to decide between remaining civilized and ignoring orders so they can have fun. First, what rules do you think we have currently that keep us from being "savages"? If given the opportunity would you get rid of rules so people could live their lives how they wished? What do you think the implications of such a choice would be on our country or the world as a whole?
Week 6 - no posts
Week 5 - Preparation for Lord of the Flies
- Time to explore the island. Imagine you're on a deserted island and describe the following:
- Five things you saw happening on the island
- Five things you heard happening on the island
- Five things you smelled around you on the island
- Five things you physically touched or that touched you as you explored the island
- Five things you tasted while exploring the island
- Five emotions you felt (ex. scared) as you explore and why you felt them
- Five things you felt physically (ex. tired) and why you felt them
- Survival is key on the island, so as you think about your description, address the following:
- three things you saw on the part of the island you explored that your group can use to help survive and an explanation of how each thing will help your group survive.
- three things you saw on the part of the island that your group can use to help get rescued and an explanation of how each thing will help your group get rescued
- three dangers you found on the island that could cause problems for you and your group members and an explanation of what those problems would be.
- *Describe your relationship with your English classes in the past and present. Explain why you feel the way that you do using evidence from your previous or current experiences.
- Identify 2-3 goals you have in your life and explain your rationale for having them. How do you plan to accomplish these goals and how do you think achieving them will impact your future? Be specific about what you will need to do and use this as an opportunity to think through your plan.
- Write a short story (fiction), include a conflict, at least 2 characters, and dialogue.
- Identify a role model in your life; this can be somebody you know personally or just somebody you look up to from afar. Describe the qualities of this person that you admire and explain why these are qualities you would wish to embody. Give specific examples of how they demonstrate these qualities and how you could embody them as well.
- Write a short narrative about something you have survived in your life. Keep in mind that surviving something doesn't necessarily mean avoiding death; for instance I survived a complicated relationship in high school, anxiety, and freshman year of college. Give advice (or steps) to your readers for how to manage the situation both physically and mentally.
- *Introduce yourself and explain your author's purpose. What interests you? What kind of message do you hope to send?
- Find a video (less than 6 minutes) from TED Talks and discuss the theme of the video. What universal ideas are present? What is the author's purpose? How does this video apply to your life?
- Expand on the prompt we discussed in class: "What are you silent about?" Inspired by this video. How has your silence impacted you or others? How can you make a change to allow your voice to be heard?
- Moments that mattered - compile a list of 5 things (good or bad) that impacted your life. Choose 2 of these things and explain in detail why these moments were so important and how they still impact you today. What lessons can we take away from your experiences?
- Choose a hobby or thing you're interested in (books, movies, sports, etc.) and explain how somebody who knows nothing about it can get started. Make this like a How-To post. Provide the steps and link to the necessary resources (books, websites, etc.).