Thursday, April 24, 2014

Extreme sports articles: first read and SOAPSTone

Today we will do a first read of the three extreme sports articles you previewed yesterday: "Camp for Kids with Autism Offers Extreme Therapy," "Extreme Sports Not About Risk-Taking: Study," and "A Solemn Warning to Wingsuit Flyers."

Then, you will complete SOAPSTone for each article on page 42 of your interactive notebook. Be prepared to enter your SOAPSTone responses into a Google Form tomorrow (that means finish whatever you don't get to in class for homework).

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

"The World's Most Dangerous Sports"

To continue growing our background information on extreme sports, today you will be reading "The World's Most Dangerous Sports" by Claire Davidson. You will read the first page (paragraphs 1-9) independently. Then, we will do a "jigsaw" activity where you and your table mates will become an expert on one of the sports described. After reading about your assigned sport, your table will need to be prepared to describe the sport, it's potential hazards, and the venues participants use. See below for an example using BASE jumping.

BASE Jumping: Jumping from a tall building or cliff with nothing but a parachute.
      Hazards-Parachute might not open, wind could blow you into a building, it's sometimes illegal
      Venues-several organized US events, highest jump was from Malaysia's twin towers

Lastly, each group will share out their findings, while the rest of the class takes notes on page 40-41 in their interactive notebooks.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Continuing to explore extreme sports

Today we will be viewing some images, both videos and photographs, of people engaged in different kinds of extreme sports. Using your knowledge about the brain (that you learned reading our articles of the week on Friday), you and your partner will discuss why you think people engage in these particular kinds of activities.

To begin, open the Google Form linked here. Both you and your partner may open the form, however, only one of you needs to submit it.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Article of the Week -- extreme sports edition!

Today you will have some options for your article of the week. You will be reading about extreme sports and risk taking, and the effects these activities have on the brain. Begin by first previewing the articles linked below. Then, choose at least two articles to read completely.

"Thrill-Seeking: What parts of your brain are involved?"
"Desperately Seeking Sensation: Fear, Reward, and the Human Need for Novelty"
"Why Do People Crave the Experience?"
"Why Do Some Brains Enjoy Fear?"
"The Extreme Sports Brain" (includes a video--you'll need headphones for this)

Once you have read both articles, respond by completing this Google Form.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

"Kid City": SOAPSTone and precis

Today we you will compose a rhetorical precis for our "Kid City" text. Begin by completing SOAPSTone for the text. Then, use your SOAPSTone to help you compose a rhetorical precis. Click here for a refresher on the proper precis format.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Ethos, Pathos, Logos

Today we will discuss Ethos, Pathos, and Logos as we prepare to analyze and evaluate arguments. To introduce these rhetorical devices, we'll watch Ari try and convince his mom to order pizza. You should take notes on page 38 (right) in your interactive notebook.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Book review due next Friday

Your second book review of this semester is due Friday April 18.

Remember, I will only accept a review of a book that you have been reading in class this 6 weeks. Additionally, you will be deducted 3 points for each day you were either unprepared with your book and/or not reading in class.

Don't forget the resources available to help you, located in our shared English folder in Google Drive.