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February 6: A Day February 6, 2013

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1A

1. Focused freewrite. Students wrote for four minutes about a time they were forced to grow up, to mature. This helped students preview their next reading log, which is focused on how the character becomes more mature.

2. Wikipedia webquest. 

As we watched these videos, we took notes on our webquest guide: Wikipedia Markup and Policies

And then we left the pathos of Wikipedia to look at the rules:

Then, students looked at some of the edits from GHS (which explains why we’re blocked) and the Five Pillars of Wikipedia.

HW: Finish webquest. Reading and Log 3 due Friday.

And here’s something we didn’t look at during class but explains our project well:

You can also check out this video of Jimmy Wales giving a lecture about Wikipedia at Yale:

2AB

1. Outside English project option: For an extra project grade or for extra credit, read The Taming of the Shrew in addition to Romeo and Juliet. Then, after reading, you will do your project on Shrew instead of R and J. So, just like when we read A Walk in the Woods  and Into Thin Air, there’s no extra project — just extra reading.

2. Katy Perry teaches us a lesson. As a class, we watched Katy Perry’s “Wide Awake” and analyzed the cultural assumptions about men seen in the video using this structure – wide awake.

Start watching at 0:30.

3. Mindy Kaling on stereotypes. To further explore the role of men and women in society as well as our assumptions about them, we read Mindy Kaling’s “Flick Chicks.” Students should annotate as they read. The reading should be done by tomorrow.

HW: Finish reading the Mindy Kaling article. By the middle of next week, get your own copy of Romeo and Juliet or use THIS AWESOME ONLINE EDITION on your phone or iPod or other device. Or, if you have a Scribd account you can read this great version I recommend online and offline. And this version is interactive and pretty baller. If you don’t have your own copy or a device, no fear! I will issue you a super-heavy textbook–which is fine, too. 

4A

1. Outside English project option: For an extra project grade or for extra credit, read The Taming of the Shrew in addition to Romeo and Juliet. Then, after reading, you will do your project on Shrew instead of R and J. So, just like when we read A Walk in the Woods  and Into Thin Air, there’s no extra project — just extra reading.

2. Katy Perry teaches us a lesson. As a class, we watched Katy Perry’s “Wide Awake” and analyzed the cultural assumptions about men seen in the video using this structure – wide awake.

Start watching at 0:30.

3. Song analysis assignment. Students then went to the computer lab to choose their own video and/or song to analyze for cultural biases. They filled out a four-square chart on their song of choice. Here is the assignment: song deconstruction

HW: Finish chart on your song/video. The chart includes images, lyrics, binaries, portrayals of men and women, and the message the artist is communicating about relationships or men/women.

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