Monday, April 30, 2012

Monday, April 30th

Hello everyone! Today in Smith's class, we discussed the final chapters of Brave New World. Before we began discussing, Smith handed us our Last Lecture rubric for the project. She also told us that the Last Lecture final will be going into the Writing category because it is the category that makes the final about 15% of our grade. For some of us, this is a great opportunity to raise our grade a bit! Hurray! Our homework for Wednesday is to review chapters 9-18 in Brave New World because we have a fairly large quiz on Wednesday. This will be the last grade to be put into the grade book until our final, so it is smart to do well on the quiz! Also, you should be working on your Last Lecture presentation. We will be given time after the quiz on Wednesday to work it and all of the class on Friday to work on it as well. Mrs. Smith said that if you need any help this weekend with your Last Lecture, that you should talk to her right away because her week this week is very hectic! She also said rehearsing before you present is a very good idea because we will only be given 5 minutes to present next week. If you go over 5 minutes you will be stopped in the middle of your presentation and lose points; you will not be able to finish your presentation. So aim for 4 to 5 minutes, in my opinion, just to be safe. Other than that, see you all Wednesday!

Friday, April 27, 2012

April 27, Friday

Hello everybody,
We are coming down to the last two weeks of class, but we have some big things left to do.

For Monday, you need to have the last chapters of Brave New World read and a summary response written for them. We will have a Socratic on Monday, so come with questions!
Wednesday, there will be a quiz over chapters 10-18. Remember, this quiz will be as hard as the last one, so make sure you have read all the chapters.

Today, we had a work day to do whatever you needed. You could catch up on reading, write your LL 3, or work on your LL presentation. We looked at the rubric that Smith will be using to grade us and talked about the requirements for the presentation. Here are just a few of the key points:
  • Dress professionally
    • This is worth 250 points. No jeans and t-shirts!
  • Use all three of the lectures you have written
    • You have to include all three of your essays in order to receive full credit. 
  • Be creative 
    • Don't make everyone fall asleep while listening to you
  • Clarity, Effectiveness, and Organization 
    •  Have one common theme tying everything together
 Here is a link to the rubric, but we will be getting a hard copy next week anyway:

We will be presenting the LL's May 7, 9, and 11

Have a great weekend

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

April 25, 2012

Hey everybody!!
Happy donut Wednesday!

We had a socratic seminar this beautiful morning where the main themes were:
  • happiness
  • being content because your life is the only thing you know
  • power
  • conditioning- are we conditioned??
  • the parallel between the stark white world, and the colorful wild
  • two seperate worlds
  • Bernard vs. Carl Marx
  • true happiness vs. false happiness
  • sadness

Homework is to read 15-16, last lecture part 3, and last lecture presentation

Enjoy your day!

Monday, April 23, 2012

April 23, 2012 SCRIBE

Hello ladies and gents,
Well for starters Ms. Smith wasn't here! So Mr. Rosenberg was our sub. We were all very sleepy today since it was a Monday (yuck Mondays!) Today we listened to music that relates to Brave New World. We asked ourselves several questions... What is being satirized? What is being sacrificed? What connections can you make? We discussed each song as a class. I couldn't find a list of all the songs so here are some of them. Feel free to look up the lyrics on GOOGLE.

Money- Pink Floyd, A Great Day for Freedom- Pink Floyd, Breathe- Pink Floyd, Which Way to America- Living Colour, How to be a Millionaire, - ABC, Beverly Hills- Weezer, Grand Illusion- STYX, Subdivision- Rush.

Your Homework is...
Read BNW 13-14
Summary Response 7-12
Work on last lecture 3 and presentation

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

April 18

Hello everyone. Today in class we presented our montage assignments which were covering certain themes in chapter three such as family, role of women, manufacturing, and many more. They were all very good and interesting.
Remember we have a quiz over chapters 1-9. Know character names, what certain colors mean, and details from those chapters.
Homework: study for quiz, Last Lecture part 3, LL conference

Monday, April 16, 2012

Monday, April 16

In Class:
turned in S/R on Chapters 1-6
Socratic semminar

HW: Montage project is due on Wednesday, check to make sure it works on computer in class.( convert into mp3 file,Bring on a USB)
Read 7-8,
quiz on Friday 1-9

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Friday April 13th

It's Friday!!
Today we spent the class period with our groups for the Montage project on compiling our scripts. Now outside of class the groups need to get together to record their Montage to make an MP3 file to share to the class.

In class discussion over chapters 1-6 will be on MONDAY

-Don't forget to conference with Smith over your last lectures and bring both parts to the meeting
-The Montage project will be due WEDNESDAY but be sure to test it out before presenting
-Summary/Response for ch. 1-6 due MONDAY
-Read Ch. 5 and 6
-Last Lecture 3

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

April 11, 2012

Happy Wednesday!!
Olivia brought in homemade cookies instead of donuts:) YUM
Today was mostly a work day.
It began by Smith assigning a montage project that is due NEXT WEDNESDAY!!
She suggests we get a copy of the book pages so we can highlight lines we want to use when we make the script on Friday.
We spent the rest of the class finishing the project we began on Monday involving the different rooms of the hatchery.
The posters were put on display and each group shared what theirs depicted.

Work on Last Lecture 3
read to chapter 6 for Friday
and begin working on the montage project

Monday, April 9, 2012

Monday, April 9th

  • Came into class with a new seating chart
  • Sign up for LL conference's with Smith (bring both LL's)
  • Brave New World project-
  • Poster on one of the seven rooms in the London Hatchery Center
  • Don't forget details!
  • We worked on our Brave New World projects for the majority of class
  • We'll have some time to finish before we present them on Wednesday
  • HW: Read chapters 3-4, LL3, Conferences

Monday, April 2, 2012

Monday, April 2nd

  • turned in Stranger than Fiction summary response
  • checked in The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • checked out Brave New World
  • discussed Stranger than Fiction vs. The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • The watch was destroyed, but it saved Harold's life vs. Dorian destroyed the painting and that took his life
  • Both creators have large responsibilities toward their creations
  • The creators look at their creations only as art to begin with, but soon realize there is much more to it
  • read "Onion satire articles" on Smith's webpage (groups of three were assigned one article to read and answer the questions at the top of the page)

We also discussed the differences between Horatian and Juvenalian satire to help better understand the satire project we will be doing.

  • humorous
  • witty (smart humor)
  • light-hearted
  • laugh at your faults
  • describes faults to be tolerated
  • focuses on small details
  • bitter
  • harsh
  • abrasive
  • pessimistic
  • ironic
  • mean
  • sarcasm (morbid sarcasm)
  • focuses on the big picture
  • exposes social injustices
Satire- purpose: to hold a mirror up to society and to make fun of the subject

  • Last Lecture Part 2 due FRIDAY April 6th
  • Satire project due Friday April 6th