Thursday, April 10, 2008

Lesson 38

Today, you will continue working on your news article.  You will use the notes you took from your two Web site sources to outline an article that you will put in your newspaper project.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Lesson 37 April 8, 2008

April 8, 2008

Look for BIAS in what you read!

Bias is when an author favors one view

more than another.

Ask: What idea is the writer leaning toward?

Ways a Reporter Can Influence (Bias) a Story

By running an incomplete story.

By excluding some facts.

By including an incorrect fact.

By including opinions with facts.

By not including enough facts and details.

By using emotional language

Look for BIAS in what you read:

They may present one-sided messages.

Ask: Do they present the opposing view as well?

Evaluating Bias Activity:

1. Open your Epals account

2. Open the mail in the incoming mail box

3. Read the email and look for bias using the worksheet.

4. Complete the bias worksheet.

5. Using your comments on the worksheet, write a reply to the author that details the bias you saw in the article.

6. Send your response to the author by replying to their email.

Evaluating Bias Worksheet

What does the author want me to do or think

Does the author present more than one side of the story?

Does the author exclude any facts?

Are the facts correct?

Are their opinions included with the facts?

Does the author use emotional language?

Responding to the Author: Reply to the author’s email using the following guidelines.

1. Use a greeting: Dear _______________

2. Tell them that you read their article and what you thought of their topic.

3. Tell them if you saw any bias and what words or sentences contained bias.

4. Say whether you agree or disagree with their position.

5. Thank the author for sharing their views with you

6. End your email with a friendly closing (your friend,) and your name.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Lesson 36 April 3rd, 2008

Writing an Advertisement

1. Go online to research a business in Curacao that you'd like to write an advertisement for.

2. Using the Lesson 35 handout, complete the sections for brainstorming, thinking of keywords, searching for a business, choosing a business, and taking notes on the business.

3. When the Lesson 35 handout is completed, use the Lesson 36 handout to write sentence for each of the following propaganda techniques:

a. Testimonial - a quote from an expert

b. Name Calling - an "us versus them" mentality

c. Bandwagon - everyone's doing it/going there - don't be left out!

4. Choose the your favorite of the above three sentences - the testimonial, the name calling, or the bandwagon and post it as a comment to this blog.

Include your name and your partner's name

State the name of the business and what kind of business it is (Ex. Sarah's Lane - a gift shop)

Post your favorite propaganda sentence

5. We'll read and discuss your posts at the end of class.

6. Be sure to remember any strategies you learned so that we can share them!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Lesson 35 - The Cay Project

Today, you will think of something you would like to do if you ever visited Curacao.  Think of a business that you would truly enjoy visiting.  For example, you might select a hotel or restaurant.  Maybe you're the more adventurous type and would prefer to go scuba diving.  Imagine that you have one chance to visit any business you want.

STEP 1: Use your guided notes page to brainstorm three types of businesses that you'd like to visit.

STEP 2: Write in keywords that you can use to find these businesses in a search engine.

STEP 3: Browse the Internet looking for sites on really good businesses that you might visit.  Select a business and write the URLs for sites that give you information about this business on your guided notes page.

STEP 4: Take notes from the Web pages. using your guided notes chart.

On Thursday, you will create an ad for this business using the propaganda strategies we've been studying in class.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Lesson 34 March 20, 2008

When you return from Spring Break, you'll begin reading a novel called The Cay.
In order to give you some background knowledge about the setting of the book, we're going to spend this last class together before the break to do a scavenger hunt.

Mrs. Gibbs will place you into groups or pairs.
You will each have a scavenger hunt handout.
Please put your names on the handout and decide how you want to divide up the task of finding the answers to the 20 questions listed there.

Remember to use your best strategies for searching and locating information, because you're working hard to try to get as many answered as possible before the class ends.

Be sure to find RELIABLE sites - the questions are a little tricky, but you can do this!

Good Luck!!

Lesson 33 March 18, 2008

Today, after reviewing what you've learned about propaganda,
your challenge is to create your own propaganda poster and upload
it onto your home drive. At the end of class, we'll put them up on the
screen and see what sorts of propaganda techniques you've learned to

Here are your instructions:

1. Brainstorm with your partner the topic you want for your poster.
Look at the handout for suggestions.

2. Brainstorm with your partner the words you will include on your
poster. You may want to come up with a title, a tagline, and/or instructions
as we discussed in the mini-lesson.

3. Brainstorm with your partner the images you want to include on
your poster. Think about fonts and colors, size and proportion as well!

4. Using PowerPoint or Publisher (you decide) design your poster.

5. Upload your finished poster to your home drive so that we can put
it up on the screen. Be sure your name and your partner's name is in
the file name.

6. Write any strategies you've found to be useful on the back of your
notes sheet. We'll share them later.

We'll be around to help if you need it...

Can't wait to see what you come up with!