Thursday, April 9, 2015

6th & 7th Grade GOAL: Be Inspired and Inspire Others!


  1. Go to the TED site or the TED Ed site.
  2. Browse all the different TED talks available.
  3. Watch a TED talk of your choice.
  4. Write a blog post about the TED talk including the following information: what it was called, what it was about, who you would recommend it to and why, and how you would rate it on a scale of 1-5 stars and why.
  5. Include the link or embed the talk into your blog post.
  6. If you have time, repeat steps 1-6.

8th Grade GOAL: Intro to Documentary Films

Today in class, you are going to be investigating different aspects of documentary filmmaking.  Watch and read as much as you can this period.  If you're already in a documentary film group, divide and conquer so all the links get covered by someone in your group.  You're not required to take notes, but feel free to write down anything you'd like to remember for the process.


About Documentaries
Ken Burns on Story
How to Create a Digital Story
The Seven Elements of Digital Storytelling
What is Digital Storytelling?
Documentary Filmmaking Resources
Digital Storytelling Resources
What is a Documentary Film?


Filmmaking Tips
Shoot Like a Pro: Interview Basics
How to Film and Interview
Composition + Framing: Storytelling with Cinematography
How to Write a Documentary Script
Rock Your World: Producing Documentaries
Documentary Storytelling Techniques


Documentary Examples
Ken Burns: Frank Lloyd Wright
Mad Hot Ballroom
Spellbound
Ken Burns: Baseball
Supersize Me
Ken Burns: Jazz
The Awful Truth


Monday, April 6, 2015

Project Reflections!

Third quarter was full of projects... Independent Projects, History Day Projects, Images of Greatness Projects... LOTS of projects.  On your blogs, complete the following reflection in paragraph form.  If there is a way to include a picture or to embed your project, please include it in your blog post.

1.  Briefly describe your project, both your topic and the format in which you presented.

2.  What do/did you like most about your project?  Explain.

3.  What are two of the most interesting things you learned about your topic during your research?  Why did they interest you?

4.  What was the hardest part of this project, and why?

5.  How did you improve as a learner or as a student during the process of this project?  Explain.

6.  If you could do the whole thing over again, what would you change and/or improve?  Why?

7.  What are you most proud of when it comes to the whole experience of this project?  Explain.

8.  If you have any genuine suggestions about how to improve this project or how to make this project more meaningful to future students, please include them at the end.

When you finish your blog post, you may go to any site on Idleness Prevention Society.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Deep Thinking Friday

Two videos to blow your mind...



Why There Are 360 Degrees In A Circle by 9pops




You Can't Touch Anything by VSauce



Thursday, February 5, 2015

Monday, January 26, 2015

Fiddler Costumes

Here are some pictures to help you envision the costume suggestions handed out in rehearsal for Fiddler on the Roof, Jr.  Ask Mrs. Edlin if you have any questions!  Costumes need to be at school on Friday, February 20.













Thursday, January 22, 2015

Quarter 2 Self-Evaluation

Please send Mrs. Edlin an e-mail with answers to the following questions (answer in complete sentences, self-editing to submit your best work):

1.  How many books did you read this quarter (November 1-January 22)?  Did you make your goal?  Explain why or why not.

2.  List the books you read this quarter.

3.  Is your Goodreads account updated?  Make sure you've labeled every book with the 2015 school year and with the book's genre.

4.  What went well with your reading contract this quarter?

5.  How can you improve your reading contract next quarter?

6.  Do you have any questions or concerns about other GOAL assignments?  Explain.

7.  Is there anything Mrs. Edlin can do to help you be more successful in GOAL?  Explain.


We're halfway done with the school year, folks!  Let's make the last half GREAT!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

8th GOAL: To Kill a Mockingbird




You've heard the book, and now you've finished the movie.  It's time to reflect.

Write a blog post about the following:

* What does this story mean to you?  What are your thoughts and impressions and questions after finishing it?

* Who is(are) your favorite character(s)?  Why?

* Compare the movie to the book.  Talk about similarities and differences, which you liked better, and why.

* Discuss the lessons of the book.  Why are these lessons still important, over 50 years after the book was published?