Jan 26 2015


10 Novels That Will Sharpen Your Mind [Interactive] – Scientific American

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http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/fiction-stories-that-sharpen-your-mind/

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Jan 13 2015


Anthem by Ayn Rand & American Politics

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Research any connections you can find between American politics and Ayn Rand’s literature. What influence has her work had on the United States, the citizens of the United States, politics in the United States? Has her influence been positive, negative or negligible?

Have any politicians made reference to her work? Who are they? What could this mean?

Look to the following sources for help with this: politico.com, motherjones.com, alternet.org, theatlantic.com, thefederalist.com. Also, use the following phrases exactly in your favorite search engine:

  • ayn rand democratic party
  • ayn rand republican party
  • ayn rand libertarian party
  • ayn rand tea party
  • ayn rand american politics

Check your sources so you know WHY they say what they say. Are they deliberately supportive or not supportive? What is their motivation for being on this OR that side of the topic?

Make sure you answer the following questions in your post.

  1. What influence has Ayn Rand’s work had on the United States, the citizens of the United States, politics in the United States?
    1. Have any politicians made reference to her work?
    2. Who are the politicians who have been influenced by her literature?
    3. What have politicians said about her and/or her literature?
    4. Are they deliberately supportive or not supportive?
    5. What could this mean for the future of the country?
    6. What are the strong held beliefs of these politicians?
  2. Has her influence been positive, negative or negligible?
  3. What is your position about individuals rights and responsibilities?
  4. How does your position relate to Ayn Rand’s ideas?
  5. How can your create change in the future based on your ideas and beliefs?

Post your findings (cited properly) to your own website or to this discussion. Please, please, please check your work before you post anything to your site. This assignment should be a POST.

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Jan 08 2015


Anthem by Ayn Rand & Billy Joel

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Read the lyrics to the poem below. Then, respond to the following question. Make sure you address all of the following questions in your response.

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How do multiple characters speak & behave toward Equality 7-2521 that is echoed in the lyrics of this song?

You may find details for support in the speech and actions (behaviors such as gestures and body language) of secondary characters. What do they say to Equality 7-2521? How do they behave toward Equality 7-2521? What do they mean by what they say & do? Why is this important given what the world in which they live is like? 

Give examples to provide support in the form of direct quotations from the book, Anthem by Ayn Rand as well as from the song Only the Good Die Young by Billy Joel.

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“Only The Good Die Young” by Billy Joel

Come out Virginia, don’t let me me wait;
You Catholic girls start much too late
But sooner or later it comes down to fate
I might as well be the one.
They showed you a statue and told you to pray They built you a temple and locked you away
But they never told you the price that you pay
For things that you might have done…
Only the good die young. 
You might have heard I run with a dangerous crowd
We ain’t too pretty, we ain’t too proud
We might be laughing a bit too loud
But that never hurt no one 
Come on Virginia show me a sign
Send up a signal, I’ll throw you the line
The stained-glass curtain you’re hiding behind
Never lets in the sun.
Darling, only the good die young 
You got a nice white dress and a party on your confirmation
You got a brand new soul, 
And a cross of gold.
But Virginia they didn’t give you quite enough information
You didn’t count on me 
When you were counting on your rosary 
They say there’s a heaven for those who will wait
Some say it’s better but I say it ain’t.
I’d rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints;
Sinners are much more fun…
You know that only the good die young 
You say your mother told you all that I could give you was a reputation
She never cared for me
But did she ever say a prayer for me?
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How do multiple characters speak & behave toward Equality 7-2521 that is echoed in the lyrics of this song?You may find details for support in the speech and actions (behaviors such as gestures and body language) of secondary characters. What do they say to Equality 7-2521? How do they behave toward Equality 7-2521? What do they mean by what they say & do? Why is this important given what the world in which they live is like? Give examples to provide support in the form of direct quotations from the book, Anthem by Ayn Rand as well as from the song Only the Good Die Young by Billy Joel.
This assignment should be a POST on your website, OR you could post your thorough response as a comment in this discussion.
Source of lyrics - http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/billyjoel/onlythegooddieyoung.html

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Dec 23 2014


Don’t be just another seagull.

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Dec 17 2014


Vocabulary Expansion In Five Easy Steps

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Dec 04 2014


A Brief Introduction to Dystopian Literature

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Here is what we took in for a bit today. We will continue our gradual saturation on this topic as we head toward our next novel, Anthem by Ayn Rand. She was brilliant and quite possibly the architect of much of the way the world is built today.

Watch this to get a heads up into the future.

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Dec 04 2014


Talk it up

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Here is the video I mentioned I found on my facebook feed this morning. I mentioned it to a couple of classes today. I invite you to comment on the message in this well spoken message.

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Dec 01 2014


Fiction Essay Test

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In one sense, for those of you who have not even begun to realize that you are to be held responsible for your learning, I rolled out a daunting essay test – THE Culminating Essay Test. On the other hand, for those who have taken each opportunity to focus, learn and grow, the test will be a walk in  the park – THE Culminating Essay Test.

It should take you this amount of time to (1) braninstorm, (2) plan and (3) rough draft an answer to each item as follows:

  1. Creating & Building Suspense – 30 minutes
  2. Personal World View – 30 minutes – 60 minutes
  3. Establishing Moods – 30 minutes – 90 minutes
  4. Justice & Fairness – 30 minutes – 120 minutes
  5. Literary Techniques – 45 minutes – 165 minutes = 2 hours 45 minutes TOTAL

You should be able to complete this test in 2 hours and 45 minutes.

Here is the time breakdown devoted to your effort on this exam.

  • In class – 50 minutes/3 days = 150 minutes = 2 hours 30 minutes
  • At home – 20 minutes/3 days = 1 hour
  • TOTAL TIME ALLOWED – 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Additionally, you can work on the test before 1st period begins and during dismissals.

You will be allowed 3 hours and 30 minutes to complete this test.

Here is the test . . . again – THE Culminating Essay Test.

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Nov 25 2014


For Wesley & Buttercup

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Nov 21 2014


Your Philosophy of Life

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What is important to you? Why is that important to you? What values do you hold dear? Why are those values held so dearly? Take a look at who you are and how you came to be that way. Are you being true to yourself?

Jonathan Livingston Seagull found out that inner truth is essential to happiness.

At this point, you have to come up with your own Philosophy of Life. Here is the page you need to refer to in order to get this done - Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach. Scroll past the guided reading questions to    THIRD – Pull it all together  – My Philosophy of Life: ANSWER questions 1-6 on YOUR websites (POSTS) by Sunday before you go to sleep. I should be able to publish them all Sunday night.

You must insert media (your venn diagram or thinking map for #1) and type your answers to #s2-6 beneath the diagram.

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Nov 17 2014


Post your thoughts on this…

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Your post must include a personal connection to what is said here. Look inside; you need go no further.

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Nov 15 2014


Wanna play?

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Nov 14 2014


2014-2015 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Art and Writing Contest

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Here are all the entry documents for this year’s 2014-2015 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Art and Writing Contest.

Follow this link - http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=1530224&backurl=/shelf/my .

Every student must enter. As with any writing contest, this must be taken through the entire creative process with your Writing Workshop classmates.

Entries are due to me by December 1st.

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Nov 12 2014


Alternative Article of the Week … Historical Lessons

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Kristallnacht’s lessons for today

http://www.jta.org/2014/11/07/news-opinion/world/op-ed-kristallnachts-lessons-for-today

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Nov 10 2014


Vocabulary List #4 – Vote, Share, Study, Test

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The class has chosen. Here’s the list. I prepared the first 3 terms. You have to get the others ready if you want your credit. Look closely at the terms I prepared. You will have to provide MLA style cited sentences (as I have provided) and MLA style Works Cited Page citations (as I have provided) to the books those terms/sentences appear in. Use easybib.com to get it right.

Period 1

  1. Impervious (Jaelah)
    1. (adj) - unable to be affected by
    2. “The stone he leaned against remained cold, impervious to his body warmth” (Donaldson, 305).
    3. Donaldson, Stephen R. The Illearth War: The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant Book Two: Del Rey, n.d. 305. Print.
  2. Incapacity (Tyler)
    1. (n) - physical or mental inability to do something or to manage one’s affairs
    2. Hebrandished his ring, hoping she had no way of recognizing his incapacity” (Donaldson, 183).
    3. Donaldson, Stephen R. The Wounded Land: The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant Book One: Del Rey, n.d. 183. Print.
  3. summoning (Andrea)
    1. (v) bring to the surface (a particular quality or reaction) from within oneself
    2. Summoning more strength than I had, Will pulled himself away” (Holbrook, 44).
    3. Holbrook, Jessa. While You’re Away. N.p.: n.p., n.d. 44. Print.
  4. Ambiguity (Deysi)
    1. (n) –
    2. Sentence Needed
    3. MLA Style Citation Required - page 59 - Joan Bauer- Almost Home

Period 4

  1. glean (Mandy)
    1. (v)
    2. Sentence Needed
    3. MLA Style Citation Required - page 21 – Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  2. endearing (Carson)
    1. (adj) –
    2. Sentence Needed
    3. MLA Citation Required – page 153 – The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

Period 5

  1. morality (Quintyn)
    1. (n) –
    2. We need the sentence.
    3. MLA Style Citation – Smith, Patricia. “To Kill or Not To Kill.” Up Front 17 Nov. 2014: 10. Print.
  2. shrill (Nazir)
    1. (adj)
    2. Sentence Needed
    3. MLA Citation Needed – page 215 – ??? – gordan korman

Period 6

  1. prosaic (Esperanza, Karen)
    1. (adj)
    2. Sentence Needed
    3. MLA Style Citation Needed – page 685 – the monkeys paw by W.W. Jacobs (The Language of Literature)
  2. vivid (Sarah)
    1. (adj)
    2. Sentence Needed
    3. MLA Style Citation Needed – page # – a walk to remember – by ???

Vocabulary List # 4 Vote, Share, Prepare, Study, Test

Read everything!

Which of the words would you like to be tested on?

Remember, if your word is selected to be one of the TEN terms on the test, then your group needs to do two things.

(1) SHARE all of the pertinent information with your group members so that THEY can share it with everyone.

- POSTER - One of your group members must create a poster for that word that includes: word, part of speech, and definition; two or three other forms of the word; the sentence from the text; graphic(s)/image(s) that convey the meaning of the word as used in the sentence. Your poster could include any personal clues as well.

AND

- POST - One of your group members must post a reply to this discussion. Your post must include word, part of speech, two or three other forms of the word, definition, sentence from the text, and source information.

PLEASE place a check next to TEN of the words below.

Be sure to click DONE when you are done. Thanks for being a part of this important classroom decision.

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