Tuesday, September 20, 2016

English 400- Today's "bell-ringer"

I'd like you to take the following online "screener" answering the questions as if you were Todd Anderson or Neil Perry.

When you are finished, email me your results.


Monday, September 19, 2016

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month- Events and Lesson Plans

This year, RVHS Pathways Program and Service Learning students are working together to plan a number of projects as part of our commitment to educational outreach and support for women and children victimized by domestic violence in our communities.

In addition to a week-long unit, student-created bulletin boards and a "Wall of Ribbons," students are planning a week-long personal care item drive for Passages, a local shelter serving women and children in several surrounding communities.

Working along with our Varsity Volleyball team this year, the girls will host a "Diggin for Hope" event, Thursday, October 6th during Homecoming. The players will be dressed in purple to honor a former teammate we lost this past summer. T-shirts can be ordered online or the week prior to the game. In addition, Pathways students and Service Learning students will be selling BBQs and baked goods the night of the game to raise money for Hope House, a shelter serving women and children in Sauk County.

Order t-shirts here:
More info on Diggin for Hope:

This summer I spent several hours writing new lessons and updating my Domestic Violence PowerPoint for my Service Learning, Life Skills, and Social Studies students. The week-long unit and two guest speakers we have planned for the week will most certainly be a powerful learning experience for students.

I have numerous resources on the topic of domestic violence on my blog. I encourage educators to search my blog for resources and lessons I've posted over the years. I will include a link to my updated Domestic Violence lessons posted on my TpT site and a link to my Domestic Violence Pinterest Page below.




Domestic Violence PSA Assignment
Find 3 PSAs on the topic of domestic violence on YouTube. Watch. Rate each PSA.
Rating (1-10)
1=Poor, 10=Excellent 

What did you like about your highest rated PSA? Write your answer here

Work alone, with a partner, or in a small group and create a PSA on the topic of domestic violence. How long do you want your PSA to be? Circle.
30 seconds
45 seconds
60 seconds
When will your PSA run? Holidays/Special Events? Time of Day?

Who is your target audience?

What media format?
Television, newspaper/magazine, online, radio
What is the title of your PSA?

What is your message?

“Hook” (How are you going to grab your audience’s attention?) Statistic(s)? Fact(s)? Appeal to emotion?

Where did you find your info/facts/statistics? Write links here:

What is your call to action? (What do you want your audience to do?)

Story Board your PSA

Group member initials and points (Circle: 1=Poor, 10=Excellent)

Domestic Violence PSAs