Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Something Useful--August 24

Type something useful.

Then later, type something useful to a classmate, about what she/he typed.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Get Low

Write 400+ words about the film Get Low.

You have options.

Research a review of the movie.

Summarize the plot.

Write about the value of land. Or any topic related to the film. Revenge. Guilt. Forgiveness. Generosity. Storytelling. Nature. Funerals (should they happen before death?). Solitude. Happiness. 

You decide what to write on. Use Google Drive to keep your 400+ words safe.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

"The Pedestrian" and Other Works

1.) Summarize "The Pedestrian" in 100+ words.

2.) Connect "The Pedestrian" to your life in 100+ words.

3.) Read another short writing in the back of the book. Summarize it in 100+ words.

4.) Connect that selected short writing to your life in 100+ words.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The Giver = Pleasantville


Type 300+ words about the novel and the film. What/how you type is entirely up to you.

Math-like equations? Like Jonas + Gabriel = Hope.

Help the rest of us be as smart as you are.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Chapter 2 Blog Task

1.) This is one extremely smart author. Type one excellent sentence (word for word, with exact punctuation) here. Write about Lowry's sentences--how they flow, how they communicate, how they help the reader imagine. Lowry has won many awards for this novel.

2.) Write about one fear you have about graduation. Write about one thrill you have about graduation.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Unforgiven Ending

Write about the (wo)manhood shown in Unforgiven.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Thursday Unforgiven Blog Task

This task must be 20 minutes long. Which means, write for 20 minutes. Due today. Earn credit for writing the whole time and trying.

1. Summarize the film. What has happened so far. Make a list.

2. Write about gender roles. Will women ever become fully equal with men? Will we have a woman president soon? What powers, rights have women gained over the years? Why have gender inequalities existed? What gender roles do you see in the film?

3. Write about authority. What authority exists in our lives? Why do we listen to authority? Why do we sometimes ignore authority? What authority exists in the film?

4. Write about your new predictions (not the same as Tuesday) for the rest of the plot.

5. Write about why people seek revenge. Why are we not good at forgiving?

6. Write about how people make decisions. Why do we decide what we decide?

Tuesday Unforgiven Blog Task

This task must be 20 minutes long. Which means, write for 20 minutes. Due today. Earn credit for writing the whole time and trying.

1. Summarize the film. What has happened so far. Make a list.

2. Write about your favorite character. Open a link to make sure you know their names.

3. Write about your least favorite character.

4. Write about your predictions for the rest of the plot.

5. Write about how events become tall tales or "fish stories" (the fish grows in size over time). How do our versions of what happened become exaggerated? Why?

6. Write about how people can change, for the better and the worse.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Mean Girls Blog Task

1. Research the careers of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Understand what they usually do with/through their art (especially Mean Girls). They're really trying to educate us all while entertaining us.

2. Read two smart reviews online (similar to this link, but not using this exact link) of Mean Girls. Write 300+ words summary and response to these two reviews. Give credit to the writers of these two reviews, as well.

Google search "Mean Girls" with the words "analysis" or "critical review" or "feminism" or "theory" to find smart reviews.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Due Monday, March 30

How are you carrying the fire? For yourself? For others? 

How will you carry the fire in your future?

Type 300+ words.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Due Friday, March 27

Select another student's post on any of the Mad Max blog tasks. Compliment your classmate's ideas in 200+ words.

Due Thursday, March 26

Type 300+ words about the Mad Max trilogy, discussing whatever topic you wish. You may--but you don't have to--select from these options:

1. How did the film-making evolve from one movie to the next?

2. Rank the films from most to least educational/intelligent.

3. Rank the films from most to least entertaining/amusing.

4. Rank the films from most to least realistic.

5. Rank the films from most to least ___________________.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Due Wednesday, March 25

In what ways is Max like a savior figure? Refer to the whole trilogy. In this picture, Max stands in a pose similar to crucifixion. Mention any religion you wish, but you do not have to. Write 300+ words.

Wednesday, March 18

To what extent does apocalyptic fiction make us live better, with more integrity--and with more concern for the well-being of humanity and the Earth? Write 300+ words.

Tuesday, March 17

Type 300+ words.

What are the differences within that lead some people to do selfish deeds of savagery while others do unselfish deeds of integrity? 

What savagery do we see in the Mad Max film trilogy? 

What integrity do we see in this trilogy?

Monday, March 16

Type 200+ words about the parallels of Mad Max 3: Beyond Thunderdome to our current world.

Do we have power struggles in politics?

Do we neglect our youth?

Are destined to destroy?

How are these questions related to the film?

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

March 10

Write about one term as it relates to the apocalyptic novel and films we are studying. Each table has a different term.

Northwest: Trust
Midwest: Decency
Southwest: Love

Northeast: Fear
Mideast: Hope
Southeast: Community

Write 200+ words about your single term, then showtime.

Tom Hardy as Max in Fury Road, out on May 15!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

February 26

Expand on your February 24 blog task, not just repeating words and information, but elaborating with detail and additional insight. Also, predict what Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior and Mad Max 3: Beyond Thunderdome will be like/about. If you have seen these two movies, discuss your opinion of them--and compare them with the novel The Road. Work on The Road study guide on Google Drive when done with this blog task. Type 300+ words for today's blog task.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

February 24

In what five ways is Max Rockatansky highly similar to the dad in The Road?

In what five ways is Max Rockatansky different from the dad in The Road?

Monday, February 23, 2015

February 23

Type no more than the length of a tweet (140 characters, not 140 words) about Cormac McCarthy's The Road. Make sure each character, each word counts. No useless, empty words. Generate full power with each character you type.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

February 19

Actor Robert Duvall as Ely in the movie.
Write 300+ words to react to the Ely section of the novel (pages 161-175).

1.) What's the wisest thing Ely says? Why is it wise?

2.) What's the weirdest thing Ely says? Why is it weird?

3.) What does McCarthy accomplish by including Ely in his plot?

Monday, February 9, 2015

February 9

Please write about the movie (we'll watch the very end again) as it relates to the novel, comparing and contrasting in 300+ words. Earn credit by trying, caring, investing effort to improve your critical thinking skills. Thank you for your effort.

Monday, February 2, 2015

February 3

Click on a link about The Road at the right side of this blog page. Read it, summarize it in 45-50 words, then write 300+ words in response to what you read. (Pictured is Oprah Winfrey, a famous woman who helped make this novel extremely famous.)

February 2

What other apocalyptic stories (books, short narratives, films...) do you know? How are they similar to/different from The Road? Is the author/director trying to teach us the same lessons--or different lessons? You could use The Giver, WALL-E, and/or any other stories you know. This is a picture from the movie Book of Eli, which we will watch if a student acquires it (it's in our library). Write 300+ words today to compare and contrast. 

Monday, January 26, 2015

January 27

1.) Type five awesome sentences from The Road (with page numbers). Why have you selected these five?

2.) Type five other sentences, this time of the puzzling/confusing nature (with page numbers). Why have you selected these five sentences as "puzzling"?

TYPE THE SENTENCES LIKE THIS: "He looked like someone trying to feed a vulture broken in the road" (163).

Thursday, January 22, 2015

January 22 to prepare for February 20

Click on this link to view what you'll do February 20 to prepare for life beyond BVHS. Listen to Mrs. Hartz with great focus.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Tuesday, January 20

Add 300+ words to what you wrote Friday. We'll then discuss.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Friday, January 16

What are your three favorite statements from the prezi or the viewing notes? Why?

What are your three least favorite statements from the prezi or the viewing notes? Why?

Are there hyenas and lions in this school? Explain. 300+ words, just like all blog tasks.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Tuesday, January 13

Type about two claims/observations about The Lion King (involving literary criticism and theoretical approaches and lenses) I've expressed to you, one you agree with and another you disagree with. Find these claims/observations on the prezi, viewing notes, or from what I've said in class.

Type 300+ words.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Tuesday, January 6

1) What was the best part of first semester?

2) What was the worst part of first semester?

3) Have you seen The Lion King? What do you remember about it?

4) Type one sentence from The Road and explain why it is a cool sentence.

5) What is best part about Lego technical writing?

6) What is the worst part about Lego technical writing?

Type 300+ total words to fulfill these tasks.