Friday, January 30th
Journals are due at the end of class on Monday! You may chose to refine or finish journals during non-seminar time on Monday.
List of required journals
Seminar Prep is due on Monday at the beginning of class!
Seminar Groups are HERE
Aristotle- Eudaimonia Reading
1. seminar prep work time
****If you finish early I strongly encourage you to check out these current events articles and consider your perspective on the issues discussed within each:
2. Last 20 minutes of class: A dash of the Energy and Place Project: "Honor the Earth: The Triple Crown of Pipeline Rides"
Driving Question: What is your initial reaction to this type of debate between protecting the land and ensuring resources to fuel our economy and standard of living?
Thursday, January 29th
Free write about a topic that has stood out the most to you across our "happiness and meaning" readings/films/Ted Talks (including existentialism)
1. Finish Student-led lessons
2. Class B: "Lesson of the Moth" poem discussion
3. Intro to seminar prep
4. Seminar prep work time
* YOU can do a more thorough job on seminar prep with well-developed TEA paragraphs and submit that to boost your seminar grade (I'll average the seminar prep with the seminar grade)
Wednesday, January 28th
Turn in lit circle reflection and make sure all roles are there (use this rubric to cross reference)
Extra Credit Opportunity: 20 process points!
Osprey Week meetings today during Advisory
Mid-project survey feedback
1. Student-Led Lesson Work Time
2. Begin Student-Led Lesson presentations
Tuesday, January 27th
* Book Club Honors Meeting TOMORROW
*Fahrenheit 451 project proposals due next Monday for Book Club Honors
*Backcountry ski club ski tour day this Saturday! Meeting after school on Friday for route-selection
*How did last week go? Do I need to follow up on the short stories you read?
1. Starter: Reflect on the gratitude/random acts of kindness journal.
2. Lit Circle Final Meeting
3. Lit Circle Final Self-Evaluation
4. Lit Circle Student-Led Lesson Explanation
5. Begin working on student-led lessons
Week of January 20th-23rd
This Week's Learning Goals:
Homework for the week:
Tuesday, January 20th
A. STARTER- Journal #10
Review this week's agenda. Write down the learning goals for this week AND your homework for the week.
B. Go over the required note-taking form for Happy
C. Watch Happy and take notes
HAPPY is an award-winning, feature-length documentary that takes us on a journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the slums of Kolkata in search of what really makes people happy. Combining real life stories of people from around the world and powerful interviews with the leading scientists in happiness research, HAPPY brings to life the science and application of the film’s themes.
D. Turn in your notes and if time, silently read your lit circle book.
Wednesday, January 21st
A. Starter: Mid-project survey (complete the survey at the bottom of this blog)
B. Discuss Happy
C. Journal #11: Legacy
In TWO solid paragraphs, answer the following questions
D. Time to read and annotate "The Catastrophe of Success" and "Ambitious Guest" and work on the Discussion Questions
Thursday, January 22nd
A. Journal #12: Watch this TED Talk called "The Surprising Science of Happiness" and then write a 2 paragraph reaction to it that includes a summary of the main ideas as well as your critical reaction to/personal reflection on those ideas.
B. Share your responses to the Ted Talk
C. Time to read “Catastrophe of Success” and “The Ambitious Guest” and complete the the Discussion Questions
D. Small group (or whole class) discussion on the readings
E. Time to read lit circle books and complete your assigned role OR honors work time (See homework above)
Friday, January 23rd
A. Journal #12_ Response to this Ted Talk: "The Paradox of Choice"
As you listen, jot down lines that stand out to you as significant or thought-provoking
B. Discuss the Ted Talk as a class
C. Independent research time on lit circle books:
INSTRUCTIONS: This activity needs to be included in your section of your lit circle binders by the end of class today. You may either type it and print OR hand write it. If you need more time, you can take the weekend and turn it in at the BEGINNING of class on Tuesday.
D. Time to read your lit circle books and prepare your role for Tuesday, 1/27 or work on the Gratitude/Random Acts of Kindness Journal OR honors work time (see homework above)
Friday, January 16th
1. Get out your journal 6 for on-time credit
2. JOURNAL #7: Listen to Alain de Bottom's Success Podcast: "What's a Kinder Way to Frame Success?"
Context to Alain de Bottom:
1. While listening, take notes on Alain's main points about mainstream definitions of success compared to how he suggests we should redefine success on our own terms.
2. Which of the podcasts most connected with you?
3. If you had to distill your own definition of success into a "question- title" for this podcast series (like these examples) what would it be? WHY? Explain your title.
For your reference- brief summaries of main points of each podcast:
3. JOURNAL #8 Notes on the POWERPOINT ON POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY
Link to "The Lesson of the Moth"
Today's Lesson Objective:
INSTRUCTIONS FOR ABSENT STUDENTS:
Journal #8 is happening today. If you miss class, you need to make it up. Journal #8 requires you take "Cornell notes" on my power point. Please go through all of the powerpoint, watch the video (we didn't get to the second video on Gratitude) linked in it, However, we did not get to the poem, "lesson of the moth" and will cover that tomorrow.
Resources for Journal #8
Thursday, January 15th
Watch a video clip from Mike Rowe's t.v. show "Dirty Jobs": "Are People with Dirty Jobs the most Successful?"
Mike Rowe is an American media personality, actor and amateur comedian best known as the host of the Discovery Channel series Dirty Jobs. He can also be heard as narrator on a variety of series and has appeared in recurring commercials for Ford Motor Company.
1. Last Lit Circle Meeting until Tuesday, Jan. 27th
2. SELF-EVALUATION (only one more after this, I promise): See the survey at the bottom of my blog.
3. Time to finish Journal #6 (yesterday's activity)
4. Discussion about the readings and driving question
5. Last 20 minutes= ZOE with LINK
1. Go over the requirements document
2. Ashley to explain the resources available on my DP (project tab)
3. Vote on The Great Gatsby v. Cat's Cradle for book #2
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers.
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.
The Great Gatsby is one of the great classics of twentieth-century literature.
Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
Cat’s Cradle is Kurt Vonnegut’s satirical commentary on modern man and his madness. An apocalyptic tale of this planet’s ultimate fate, it features a midget as the protagonist, a complete, original theology created by a calypso singer, and a vision of the future that is at once blackly fatalistic and hilariously funny. A book that left an indelible mark on an entire generation of readers, Cat’s Cradle is one of the twentieth century’s most important works—and Vonnegut at his very best.
Wednesday, January 14th
1st hour of class
1. Starter: Journal #5 Success Podcast #2 and 3 Can you Smile your Way + Angela Duckworth's "Grit"
2. Lit Circle Meeting #5
2nd Hour of Class
1. How many people can walk with their smartphones? 2 min. youtube video
2. Journal #6: Reading/Discussion on Generation Y/Millenials and the influence of social media and technology
Driving Question: How has technology and social media in particular affected the quality of lives and pursuit of happiness for Gen Y?
In approximately 300-500 words, answer this question by using evidence from all four articles:
How has technology and social media in particular affected the quality of lives and pursuit of happiness for Gen Y?
**You can disagree with any of the articles but you must use direct quotes from their articles to respond to (either in agreement or disagreement)
Monday, January 12th
2nd Semester Book Club Honors Meeting will be Wednesday at lunch
Ted Radio Hour on "Success" Episode #1: "How can Drive Make You a Success?"
1. Lit Circle Meeting
2. Follow-up to Krishnamurti's "The Function of Education"
3. Journal #5: Open-ended Mid-point Project Reflection
Humanities 11 Teacher at Animas High School