There are several new classes on the schedule which may require a little explanation:
- Computer Coding [Block 2—T. Jeff]: We live in an increasingly digital world, and our devices use programs to work correctly. “Computer science is the art of blending human ideas and digital tools to increase our power. Computer scientists work in so many different areas: writing apps for phones, curing diseases, creating animated movies, working on social media, building robots that explore other planets and so much more." [ http://csedweek.org/about ] This introductory programming class is “the first step on a journey to learn more about how technology works and how to create software applications.” Anyone can learn to code, so take this class, and you could end up building an app for your smart phone or even “building” a digital game! [Counts towards the four credits in Arts/Music/Technology which you must earn in order to graduate.]
- Latin American Studies [block 2—T. Mary]: Teacher Mary will take students on a cultural and historical journey through Latin America. This is NOT a foreign language class, but you could end up learning a few new words or phrases while learning about our neighbors to the south! [Counts as a General Elective and credits needed toward graduation.]
- Rhythm and Motion [bock 4—T. Charisse]: In this class, you will explore the cross-sections of rhythm in our environment, including movement, instrumentation [drums/percussion], words, and media. You will have an opportunity to do an independent project exploring an area of interest to you under this umbrella topic. [Counts towards the four credits in Arts/Music/Technology which you must earn in order to graduate.]
- Broadcast Production [block 7—T. Jeff]: This class is designed for the SERIOUS student who wants to do more with audio/visual production and is willing to work on film and audio productions covering a wide variety of purposes and audiences, hopefully to include a weekly broadcast for the school community. [Counts towards the four credits in Arts/Music/Technology which you must earn in order to graduate.]
- Forensics: Performance [block 7—T. Megan]: For those of you who can't get enough of the “spoken word,” this performance based class will give you an additional opportunity to work with Forensics [NOT the CSI-type, this is the study or art of formal debate or argumentation!] and stand-up. [Counts towards the four credits in Arts/Music/Technology which you must earn in order to graduate.]
Class of 2015: We need one or two people to volunteer to take out the trash and the recycles for the month of January... Remember, there are enough of us now that each person is tasked with trash/recycles for one month, and then you are “done” for the year except for cleaning your cubbies! Speaking of which.... SOME of you need to do some cleaning up, and that includes stuff you are “storing” on TOP of the cubbies!
Advanced Composition: Your final Reading Journals will be collected on Monday.... This week is the week you have been anticipating or dreading, depending upon whether you have been working on your I-Search project over the last four months or you put it off until this past weekend.... On Monday you will turn in your Business Letter to me with your needs for your project presentation listed [if any] and an explanation of any changes you needed to make in the resources [if any], and a final note about what you thought of this project. Additionally, you will have time to put any finishing touches on your I-Search Project and/or presentation as you must present your project to the class on Wednesday. The presentation should consist of a SHORT introduction to your project which touches upon the following:
- WHAT you wanted to find out,
- A DESCRIPTION of your search process [successes and failures, if any], and
- WHAT you learned.
Art History I: We finish Art History I with a last look at the 18th Century through two final chapters on Tuesday:
- Gainsborough: Mary, Countess Howe
- Landscape: View-Painting and the Grand Tour
- Walker: Giovanni Bellini--The Saint Zaccaria Altarpiece
- Kaleigh: Giorgione--The Tempest
- Paddy: Dürer—The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
- Sarah O: Bruegel--August, or The Corn Harvest
- Alexa: Tintoretto--The Scuola di San Rocco Crucifixion
- Cori: Caravaggio—The Conversion of Saint Paul
- Zoie: Annibale Carracci--The Farnese Gallery
- Lane: Bernini--The Cornaro Chapel
- Maddie: Poussin--The Holy Family on the Steps
- Villette: Velazquez—Las Meninas
- Sarah P: Hals--A Banquet of the saint George Civic Guard
- Sky: Ruisdael--The Jewish Cemetery
- Thomas: Vermeer—The Artist's Studio
- A background [mini biography] of your artist
- A title—include the name of the artist;
- At least THREE visuals;
- At least TWO text boxes;
- At least TWO live links to relevant websites;
- ONE audio or video clip/file which enhances your Glog/presentation; and,
- CITATIONS [or links] for your sources.
Fundamentals of Composition: This week we will finish Strategies for Successful Writing with a discussion of Chapter 18: The Essay Examination. I will pick up your final reading journals on Tuesday, January 14th. On Thursday, you will be presenting your Literature Project to the class before turning these in. As noted on your assignment sheet for this project:
- In lieu of a final exam for this course, you will create a project focusing on any element of a novel of your choice —setting, plot, theme, character development, symbolism, irony--or a combination of several elements. You will be presenting a quick review of your project to the class, but regardless of the focus you choose, your project presentation should last, at a minimum, 4-6 minutes; your presentation for the class MAY NOT exceed 8 minutes. Your project may take almost any media form: a PowerPoint or film presentation with accompanying written notes, a discussion booklet for a literature circle with assignments and assessment tools, a board/computer game using specific information from the novel, artwork/maps, a mobile, or other artistic creations demonstrating your understanding of this work and its theme(s).
- A review of the work’s structure and a summary of the plot;
- The discussion of rhetorical and literary devices used by the author/director to create a specific style and tone;
- The selection of at least one major element of fiction (setting, character development, plot, etc.) as a focus of your project;
- A coherent presentation that engages the class and enhances our understanding and appreciation of this work; and,
- Clear, concise, complete, and correct written work.
Science Fiction/Fantasy: We finish up our exploration of speculative fiction and its goals with I, Robot this week. Your second response paper is due on Wednesday, January 15th. Don’t forget to respond to our final blog post by Saturday, the 18th, at midnight!
The Word: Art, History, Literature, and Music in the Old Testament: On Tuesday, we will have time to work on your final assignment for the Old Testament: “An Afternoon with Biblical Figures from Genesis through the Prophets.” As a reminder, your Old Testament Character Presentations are due on Thursday, January 16th! We will be presenting in order of your character's/characters' appearance in the Old Testament.... The requirements for the project are listed on your assignment sheet and are as follows:
- Prepare a written handout highlighting the major events/themes of your figure’s/s’ story/stories and including a picture of the figure/figures [the pictures may be taken from the Internet, but cite your source SPECIFICALLY! NOTE: NOT “Google Images” [you will need 18 copies];
- Include a map showing where in Asia [current, ancient, or both] “your” story is believed to have taken place. You may create the map yourself or use an existing source, but please give proper credit to the source of the map;
- Incorporate elements of music, art, acting, dance, food, or another creative sensory medium to tell “your” story [commercial film is NOT allowed as we have already watched several films!];
- Be sure to correctly CITE all of your sources in MLA; and,
- Be prepared to answer questions about “yourself” based on our readings and connections to art, history, literature, and music.
- Adam and Eve: Rikki
- Cain and Abel: Zoie
- Noah: Sarah O.
- Abraham and Sarah: Sarah P.
- Isaac: Seth
- Joseph, the Dreamer: Alex
- Moses: Kaleigh
- Samson and Delilah: Brielle
- Samuel: Sam
- Saul: Barbara
- David: Paddy
- Solomon: Thomas
- Ezekiel: Walker
- Jonah: Lydia
This is a B week!
Teacher Barb :)