Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Marley: A Dog Like No Other

Extra Credit Opportunity:
Watch the video linked below. In the video, you will see a brief interview with the author of Marley: A Dog like No Other, by John Grogan. Briefly discuss any new information you learned about John, his family or Marley from the interview. Post your comment in the comment section for five points.

The Ninties ROCKED!

Newsweek Story:
Photo gallery- Top Grunge Bands:

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

March 16-20

World Studies:
Cambodia Resources:
Additional Resources:
Frontline: "Cambodia: Pol Pot's Shadow"
Map Activity: Where is Southeast Asia? Where is Cambodia? Where is Vietnam?
Discussion Questions:
1. Who were the Khmer Rouge?
2. What did they believe?
3. What was the ultimate result of the rule of the Khmer Rouge?
4. What has happened to the Khmer Rouge?
5. When and how did the U.S. support Pol Pot?
6. Relate this story to other stories of genocide we've discussed in class.
Old posts relating to this topic:
Podcast with Arn Chorn Pond:
U.S. History:
Continue, "All the President's Men"
Daily: review of key terms, individuals, dates
Video Guide
Video guide:http://hansengeorge.blogspot.com/2007/12/watergate.html
Nixon's "Enemies List"
Washington Post's coverage:
"Key Players" in the story:
Note on extra credit: Many of the answers can be found on the blog. Search "Watergate" on the blog for past posts on the subject.
Old posts relating to this topic:
Continue, Marley: A Dog Like No Other
Vocabulary and Storyboards
Note: Look for your name on the whiteboard. Look to see what I have for each of you. If I'm missing something, show me your work so I can give you credit.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


Tuesday English

Type a list of words into Microsoft Word. Do a spell check. Copy and paste into wordle. Print. Due at the end of the period.

0 points- wasted time in class
5 points - worked most of the period but didn't print word cloud
10 points- worked most of the period and printed and turned in word cloud

Extra credit: Go to http://www.picnik.com/. Download a picture. Go to "create" and play! If you have time, print your picture. (The picture inserted into this blog post is an example of what you can do on Picnik. I have other examples on the blog too!)

Sunday, March 1, 2009

March 2-6

World Studies:
Western Asia and Middle East Maps
Find, Label and Color countries listed on the white board.
Introduce: The Kite Runner
We will use part of this resource (Read, highlight vocabulary and discuss in class):
Monday: Map activity, read in class (reading can be found in the link above).
The Kite Runner Project (Choose one of the following choices listed below. As we read sections from the novel and watch the movie, take notes, brainstorm ideas, etc. that will help you prepare for your final project. You will be given time at the end of each period to work on your project.)
14. Make a roadmap. If a book's characters take a trip, draw a roadmap of the trip. Cut out photos from magazines; you can even back them with cardboard, stand them up to make a 3-dimensional map.
15. Play "I'm thinking of..."On a car trip, or any time, play 20 questions, and take turns guessing which book someone is thinking of.
16. Make a storyboard. Film makers use storyboards to outline a movie plot. Storyboards are a series of squares on a poster representing action sequences. Do the same with one of your favorite books.
Wednesday: Begin the movie. Distribute handout and discuss before beginning the movie.
Other resources to be used with The Kite Runner (many for advanced high school and college-level):
Google Lit Trip:

U.S. History
This Week: Bill of Rights
Monday: First Amendment: Rights contained in the First Amendment
Values served by protecting the First Amendment
Absolutist, Balancing and Categorical Approaches to protecting the First Amendment
Speech: What is it? Pure, Speech Plus and Symbolic
In notes, draw a continuum and label least to most protected speech.
What is protected and what isn't protected? Brainstorm.
Monday and Tuesday discuss "Time, Place, Manner" restrictions, libel and slander, "fighting words", "clear and present danger", obscenity and threats to security.
Tuesday -Thursday
Landmark Cases
Schenck v. United States
In notebooks: Draw a big question mark. Divide into six parts. Label each: Who? What? When? Why? Where? How? As I lecture, complete the question mark.
Tinker v. Des Moines
Activity: Classifying Arguments
Past blog post on First Amendment:
Wednesday: Quiz (Create a concept map. I'll give you the terms you must include in your map)
Read: Marley: A Dog Like No Other
Vocabulary Worksheet: What do you think this word means, what does it mean and sketch the meaning of the word
Vocabulary: temperament, mongrel, timid, flail, cog, hurl, plod, hapless, alpha, perverse, mockery, insufferable, dense, lunge, trot, splayed, incorrigible, lozenges, radiated, contraband
Story Board Assignment: Due two days after we finish the book.