Thursday, November 5, 2015

The Stock Market Game

7th grade GOAL students:

Create a Google Doc for your Stock Market Game team.  Share it with each member and with Mrs. Edlin.  Make a list of stocks of interest.  Look for companies and parent companies of products you already know, use, buy, value, and respect.  Compare their prices and their histories.  Explore all the outside links on The Stock Market Game site, and use the other resources below.  We'll start trading next week!

More Resource Links for The Stock Market Game:

Monday, October 26, 2015

Stock Market Introductions

Give yourself some background knowledge in the Stock Market.  Watch the following videos, and jot down any questions they lead you to have.
This Warren Buffett video is a long one... you won't have time to see it all, but it's great stuff to think about if you want to watch the rest on your own sometime...

Friday, October 16, 2015

Deep Thinking Friday

When you get done with your posttest AND with looking at everyone else's comics projects AND commenting on at least 5 of them from all grade levels, choose one of the following videos to watch.  Leave any thoughts or impressions in the comments.  Be sure to specify which video you watched!

The Great Math Mystery
How We Can Make the World a Better Place by 2030
Everyone Around You Has a Story the World Needs to Hear

Thursday, October 15, 2015

After your Comics Project Posting & Posttest...

Watch the following video... these kids are little, but their information about commenting is SPOT ON!

Now it's your turn.  Look at all the comics projects from all the other classes in all the other grades, and leave productive, positive comments.  Follow all the guidelines in the video.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Comics, Cartoons, & Graphic Novels Final Project

Go to the following link: Comics Projects

  • Find your pictures and download them to your desktop.
  • In "Preview," rotate pictures as needed and save.
  • Upload them to a new blog post called "Comics, Cartoons, & Graphic Novels Final Project."
  • Give any necessary background information to viewers of your project.

For the second part of your assignment, you will complete your Elaborated Communication Posttest.  Remember what is expected in a proficient example of Elaborated Communication.  Skip a couple of lines and then answer the following question:

Thoroughly explain how your project shows what you learned in the unit on comics, cartoons, and graphic novels.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Sports and Games Around the World

5th grade GOAL Students

Go to the following link:

The link will take you to a Google Doc.  Check out the sites on that Google Doc and read about sports and games around the world that Americans don't know much about.  By the end of class, choose one that you will research and teach the class.  Once you have a topic, start your own Google Doc with facts about your sport or game.  Don't forget to document your sources so you can make a bibliography as part of the project.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Comics, Cartoons, & Graphic Novels Project

Here are the directions and choices for your project for this unit.  This project will show what you have learned during the GOAL unit on Comics, Cartoons, and Graphic Novels.

  • Choose one of the following Options.
  • Write with images.
  • Fill enough paper with your assignment to equal 2 sheets (front sides only) of 8 1/2" x 11" printer paper.
  • Use at least 2 of the following: color, pencil, and/or ink (felt tip will probably be easiest).
  • Have fun.  Be creative.  If you can think of an original or more interesting way to complete the assignment, GO FOR IT!

Option 1: The Characters
  • Divide your 2 papers into 16 sections each, for a total of 32 panels.
  • Write the names/titles/characteristics of each character at the top of the frame.
  • Create your characters.
  • Use the Lynda Barry examples for inspiration, if needed, but do not copy.

Option 2:  The Questions
  • Organize your paper any way you'd like, but use images to answer the questions shown from Lynda Barry's Syllabus.

Option 3:  The Compilation
  • Using the graphic novel examples provided in class, find examples of the following Comics Terms, as shown in Jessica Abel's and Matt Madden's book Drawing Words and Writing Pictures.  Include: motion lines, inset panels, tiers, narrative boxes/captions, speech balloons/bubbles, gutters, medium shots, long shots, close-ups, panels/frames, thought balloons/bubbles, emanata, borders, and anything else you notice that you'd like to show.
  • Use any combination of your own drawing, copying images, clip art, printed images, and/or photos. 
  • Label your images with the title & author of any comic or graphic novel that you used for inspiration.

Option 4:  The Comic
  • Create your own comic.  Use what you've learned.

Projects Due: Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Works Cited
Abel, Jessica, and Matt Madden. Drawing Words & Writing Pictures: Making Comics : Manga, Graphic Novels, and beyond. New York: First Second, 2008. Print.
Barry, Lynda. Syllabus. Montreal: Drawn & Quarterly, 2014. Print.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

9/28-10/2, 2015

It's Homecoming Week!  Things are going to be a little crazy as we Demolish the Warriors, so here's how it will all shake down in Mrs. E's class this week:

5th GOAL:  5th graders are learning the basics of cricket this week through articles and videos.

6th-8th GOAL:  6th-8th graders are starting their read aloud books (Okay For Now for 6th, The Cardturner for 7th, and To Kill a Mockingbird for 8th).  They will also be continuing their unit on Comics, Cartoons, and Graphic Novels.  We'll assess their reflections from last week's field trip using the expectations for elaborated communication, we'll finish up our eyebrow & texture pages, and we'll start exploring all kinds of graphic novels from both our library and the AEA.

Mrs. E's homeroom will have teambuilding and door decorating for homecoming on Wednesday afternoon, and on Friday afternoon, everyone will have our big Homecoming pep assembly!

Friday, September 25, 2015

New School Year: My Hopes for You

In my search for a topic for this week's Deep Thinking Friday, I came across this TED talk by John Green.  I found myself in tears for most of the talk.  I'm not kidding.  I had so many thoughts in my brain that I started writing on post-it notes as I watched.

My brain was full of these thoughts:

  • Why are you here?  
  • Are you bored?  Do something about it!  
  • Be an advocate for yourself, and take charge of your learning.  
  • Find your community of learners.
  • Where might the map of your life lead?
My brain was full of thoughts, and my eyes were full of tears, because this TED talk encompasses my hopes for you, my students, for this school year.  I hope that GOAL becomes your community of learners.  I hope GOAL inspires you to seek out your own communities of learners beyond our school walls.  I hope you love learning, in whatever form you seek out for yourselves.  I hope you grow your brain this year, and I hope you share with us how you did it.  I hope.  I hope.  I hope.

Watch this, and let's have a great school year.