Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Extreme Sports Writing Task - Due May 2

This week you will be writing an argumentative position paper related to our study of extreme sports and other risk-taking behaviors.  In a 600-800 word essay, you will respond to the prompt located in your shared folder in Google Drive. This is where you will type your essay. Your completed essay is due May 2.

Today we will examine a mentor text.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Preparing yourself for the Socratic Seminar

Our Socratic seminar will be Tuesday April 25. You will need to be familiar with these guidelines prior to your participation. In fact, you may want to print out some of the sentence stems and bring them with you on Tuesday for extra help. When you walk in, you will be assigned to either the inner or outer circle, then we will switch halfway through.

Today you are continuing to prepare for our Socratic seminar by taking notes and creating open-ended questions.

The Socratic seminar will be worth 100 points. Most of those points will be earned for active, verbal participation. However, 40% of your score will be based on your notes. You will need to have note-taking sheets completed for the following:
1. Everest (film)
2. Your choice of article about Nepal (from the Newsela text set)
3. A NEW article you will read today: "Why Do Extreme Athletes Risk Their Lives?"
4. Your choice of articles from our unit packet.

Below are some potential questions that you may be  discussing. Consider each question and what TEXTUAL EVIDENCE you might use to support your position on each.

1.     Why do people choose to knowingly engage in life-threatening activities such as extreme sports?
2.     Do life-threatening situations help people learn and grow?
3.     What is worth dying for?
4.     How should we as humans evaluate risks vs. rewards when making decisions?
5.     What (if anything) is more important than survival?
6.     Is risk a necessary step to achieving “greatness”?
7.     What is “greatness” and how do we achieve it?
8.     Almost anything is potentially dangerous in life. How do we determine what constitutes an acceptable amount of risk?
9.     Should life-threatening activities such as extreme sports be regulated by society’s laws?
10.  Is there a spiritual/ritualistic aspect to life-threatening activities?

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Everest Imax

Today we will be viewing the Imax film Everest. As you view the film, you will be taking notes
about the risks and rewards of this extreme sport that you will bring to the Socratic Seminar on Monday. If you missed the film in class, it is available as a DVD rental on Netflix.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

While I'm away...

Hi guys, sorry to be away from you today. As I mentioned yesterday, you will continue to build your background knowledge about Nepal and Mt. Everest in preparation to view the film Everest Imax tomorrow.
1. Sign back into Newsela
2. Choose at least one more article from the text set you were assigned. Remember to go to "Binder" to access these articles.
3. Read the article and take the quiz.
4. Use this form to take notes on the article. You can recreate the form on notebook paper and hand write it, or type it up in a Google Doc (only if you will have access to a printer and can print it out later this week).


Many of you have been asking to borrow my copies of Thirteen Reasons Why...likely because Netflix just came out with a television version. If you are waiting for a copy to become available, here is a list of 13 books to read, whether you are a fan of the book, the show, or both!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Nepal articles

We will begin the period with another quick write.
  1. Open your English notebook or Google Doc to your other quick writes from this week.
  2. Choose one of the quotes below. Write it in your English notebook or the Google Doc you created for our last quote quick write.
  3. Explain what you think the quote means/is telling us. 
  4. Explain how the quote applies to any of the articles we've read this unit.
  5. Explain how the quote may apply to your own life. 

--“Who dares nothing, need hope for nothing.” Johann Friedrich Von Schiller

--“Plunge boldly into the thick of life, and seize it where you will, it is always interesting.” Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

--“I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.”  Jack London

Today and tomorrow we are going to read articles on Newsela about the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal in 2015, and the living conditions for the residents around Mount Everest. In order to access the articles, follow these steps:

1. Click here to join our classroom
2. Sign up using Google (use your school account).
3. Once signed in, click the "Binder" menu at the top right toolbar.
4. In your binder, scroll down until you can click on the article ""Everest Sherpas feel pain of avalanche loss..."
5. Once you have the article open, you can choose to adjust the lexile (reading difficulty). If you are a strong reader, choose a higher number from the blue box on the right. If you struggle with reading, choose a lower number.
6. Read the article!
7. Take the quiz when you are through.
8. Choose at least one more article from the assigned ones in your binder to read.

**Once you have read at least two articles, you will use them to complete Socratic Seminar preparations guides.  (Yes....there will be a Socratic Seminar coming up!)

Friday, April 14, 2017

Wingsuit Flyers

Today, we are going to begin by reading the final article in our text packet, "A Solemn Warning to Wingsuit Flyers."  Then, you and your table partner are going to continue thinking critically about this article by examining the rhetoric. Effective rhetoric draws the reader in by appealing to emotional (pathos) or logical (logos) points. Effective rhetoric also has credibility (ethos); you can trust what the author says because he/she relies on facts, studies, and expert testimony to argue the issue.  You and your table partner will respond to these questions to help you understand and analyze the strength of the author's claims.