12.13.06

Core 1:

  1. What piece of sabotage do the  “night men” do to the Papa on his way back from Vicksburg.
  2. How does Uncle Hammer get the money for the mortgage?
  3. Why did Melvin and R.W. beat TJ?
  4. Discuss-On: What is the significance of Mr. Morrison’s song?
  5. How can you possibly get out of a heated argument that is based upon prejudice?

Core 2:

  1. Discuss-On: How can we maintain the moral high ground
  2. Read: “Let the dead bury their dead.”
    • Discuss apologizing for war and tragedy.

Core 3:

  1. Read the Lean and Hungry look and talk about more real world solutions.

Core 4:

  • Work toward paragraphing an idea.
  • Paragraph your three proofs and write out your examples.

12.12.06

Core 1:

  1. There is no comprehension question today. We will be discussing the conflicts in the story after tonight’s reading.
  2. You have three options today:
    • Blog wars
    • School 2.0
    • Reading chapter 10 and 11 and write down the conflicts that you are seeing “coming to a head.”

Core 2:

  1. What is School 2.0?
  2. Comment, Nominate, Write.

Core 3:

  1. Think-On: Some of the most ridiculous ideas lead to the best results: [googlevideo]7281108124087435381[/googlevideo]
  2. I hope that this has made you think about all of the different things in school that you would like to find solutions for. What I would encourage you to do, is use your practice in giving funny solutions to problems, and turn this on what you do every day: school.
  3. What is School 2.0? What does should it look like?
  4. Comment, Nominate, Write.

Core 4:

  1. Take a look at my essay.
    • What do you notice?
    • What is my thesis?

12.11.06

Cores 1-4:

  • Vote on the next Guest Blogging questions:
    • What’s more important: social or academic experiences?
    • Who was the teacher that had the greatest affect on you, either good or bad? (Or, other stories from classroom)
    • What do you see as the biggest factor in the generation gap?
    • Which is better: work or school?
  • Take a look at the Authenticity Awards

Core 1:

  1. Chapter 8 Comprehension Question: How did the school board members know to come in to Mrs. Logan’s classroom and look at the pasted-over front pages of the textbooks?
  2. Discuss-On: Who should decide what gets taught in schools?
  3. Discuss Chapter 8:
    • What is the worst type of coercion displayed so far?
    • Why does T.J. “turn” on the Logans?
  4. Read Chapter 9:
    • What are the major conflicts that are arising in the story?

Core 2

  1. Write-on: Are there such a thing as good guys and bad guys?
  2. Read “Entire City Put on War Footing.”
    • How can we maintain the moral high ground?
    • How is our current situation reminicent of this period?

Core 3:

  1. Write-on: how can laughing at a bad situation help to change it?
  2. Write our mini-satires.

Core 4:

  1. Analyze our discussion, looking for questions that are provable and thought-provoking.
  2. Choose a question to write an essay about either from the discussion or from my list. (and #2)

11.08.06

Core 1:

  1. Chapter 7 comprehension question: How does Mr. Granger plan on getting the land back from the Logans?
  2. What is a white ally? How can we be white allies.
  3. Read Chapter 8 and look for new forms of revenge.

Core 2:

  1. Take Maus Quiz.
  2. Answer the following comprehension questions on your own sheet of paper in order to earn your AR points (you must turn in your book before you attempt these):
    • What two diseases has Vladek had?
    • What are the names of Vladek’s two wives?
    • Name one concentration camp that Vladek went through.
    • List two of the jobs that Vladek had in the concentration camps.
    • List at least five different animal types that Art Spiegelman uses and what ethnic backgrounds these animal types represent.

Core 3:

  1. Write-On: What are the things about technology that make you mad.
  2. Read computer story and discuss how humor can be an organizing factor for a piece of writing.

Core 4:

  1. Go over the rules for online discussions.
  2. Model question asking from previous discussion.
  3. Go to the computer lab and discuss your multi-cultural novels.

12.07.06

Core 1:

  1. Chapter 6 comprehension question: How did Uncle Hammer react when Cassie told him about the “incident” with Lillian Jean in Strawberry?
  2. Discuss-On: What is the difference between respect and fear? (pg. 109)
  3. Read chapter 7 and discuss:
    • How change affects all parts of the racial hierarchy.

Core 2:

  1. Discuss-On: What was Art trying to get across with his depiction of the falling pictures and joined frames on page 115 and 116.
  2. Read the last chapter:
    • How do you put your life back together after such tragedy?
    • What are the lasting effects of war/genocide?
    • Is it a happy ending?
    • What is the significance of the last line?

Core 3:

  1. Analyze the threaded discussion for a pattern.
    • Question
    • Initial Answer
    • Question about Initial Answer
    • Example from text addressing Questions or Answers.
  2. See if you can reconstruct that pattern in your head and on paper when you read something new. (The Chase by Annie Dillard)

Core 4:

  1. Discuss-On: How do the characters in your book attempt to change an established hierarchy?
  2. Model tracing through a book for words, ideas, themes
    • Struggle
    • Hope
    • A Search for Truth
    • Acceptance
    • Growing Up
    • Hate
  3. Trace through your book for so that you will be answering in tomorrow’s online discussion session:
    • What is the one thing that this book made you think about that you had never thought about before? Why is this an important thing to think about?
    • What is the author trying to prove to you in writing the book?
    • What are the important issues which affect the cultural group represented in this book? In what ways are these issues common to all groups? In what ways are they specific to the single group?
    • How is the central issue/problem of the main character developed and resolved?
    • What qualities of the main character do you most admire? Why?
    • How does this book help you understand and appreciate cultural differences?
    • Which character/poem reflects your cultural outlook/view of the world? Why do believe that both you and this character are right? (or, if you can’t find any characters/poems that reflect your thoughts, find one that is the absolute opposite of your cultural outlook and discuss why you think this character is wrong).

12.06.06

Core 1:

  1. Write-On: Do you believe that each person has a place in life?
  2. Read Chapter 5 in class and discuss Cassie and Stacy’s “Place in life.”

Core 2:

  1. Discuss-On: How is war like a disease?
  2. Discuss chapter 3 and its use of trains as torture.
  3. Read chapter 4 and discuss the following:
    • Fragile Safety
    • Pictures as memory.

Core 3:

  1. Go over expectations for Online Discussion.
  2. Start discussing the short story using conversate.

Core 4:

  1. Discuss-On: Why is it important to look at literature and life in a hierarchical manner?
  2. Continue discussion of Cresthill hierarchy.
  3. How do we subconsciously advocate a certain hierarchy?
  4. How can we change an established hierarchy?
  5. How do the characters in your book attempt to change an established hierarchy?

12.04.06

Cores 1-4:

  1. Spelling Bee information and initial entrance test.

Core 1:

  1. Chapter 4 Comprehension Question: What is the real reason that Mrs. Logan didn’t want her kids to go to the Wallace store?
  2. How do you find out about a character that is silent, or nearly silent?
  3. What forms of resistance do (can) the Logans use to avoid servitude to the whites?

Core 2:

  1. Write/Discuss-On: How does Art’s drawings of the camps help to define the Nazi psychology?
  2. How do the flies interact with the modern characters? What is their true symbolic value at the end of the chapter?
  3. Read Chapter 3 and discuss trains, disease, and war.
  4. Homework: Read to the end of Chapter 3 and answer the following question:
    • How is war like a disease? (Use specific examples from chapter 3.)

Core 3:

  1. Write-On: Look for the best question that is on the other person’s short story. Write why you think it is a good question?
  2. Discuss the best question.

Core 4:

  1. What is the hierarchy of names at Cresthill?
  2. Why is it important to look at literature and life in a hierarchical manner?

12.01.06

Cores 1-4:

  1. Look at and discuss first guest blogs.
  2.  Congratulate the Authenticity Award Recipients for the past two weeks.

Core 1:

  1. Write-On: When is revenge the sweetest?
  2. Discuss Chapter 3:
    •  Explain the trail of headlights that haunts Cassie at the end of the chapter.
  3. Chapter 4 in partners.

Core 2:

  1. Discuss-On: How do relationships change when your biggest worry is survival?
  2. Finish time flies looking for the traits of survival and further significance to the flies.

Core 3:

  1. Discuss-On: What should you be thinking about when you finish reading a short story?
  2. Continue asking and answering questions about “After I was Thrown in the River and Before I drowned.”

Core 4:

  1. Should Paul Dawson be fired?
  2. Making the N-word History.
  3. What is the Heirarchy of names in your book?