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AIM Lessons/Projects: The Objectives and Process - The WALT & WILF
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8 - Do you make good choices?

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Hamlet III,i Shakespeare

For Webpages: Create a link on your main.html/index.html page to choice.html.

For Bloggers create a new post called Choices.


Begin your essay with these guiding points:
We make choices all the time. We hope we make good choices. What choices have you made? What is the process you go through when you make choices? Are you happy with your choices?

We will look at some literature that shows us choices. You will be assessing those choices. What choices have been made?

Begin with this poem: "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost.

  1. Do the work found on this site: "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost.
  2. Listen to the poem.
  3. Answer all questions as you listen to the poem.
  4. Use the poem to further your discussion about choice.

Before you read the short story, read the Hispanic Legend of La Llorona which is the influence for the short story. Then you will read the short story, "Dead End" by Rudolfo Anaya. In your Choice essay: We all have choices to make, Maria is no exception. What are her choices? What is your reaction to her final choice? Do you agree or disagree? Have you had to make a choice like this? Explain your choices.

Incorporate these questions in your essay.

  1. Explain how the Legend influenced the short story.
  2. How is the setting of the story important?
  3. Who are the main characters and how are they important in the choices Maria makes?
  4. What are the conflicts that influence choices?
  5. How is the word "lonely" important in the choice making process?
  6. What are the promises? Are promises important in making choices?
  7. How are "empathy" and "envy" important in making choices?
  8. What is the symbol in the story andwhat is its connection to choice?

Next you will read an essay The Tyranny of Choice [USE: http://www.swarthmore.edu/SocSci/bschwar1/Sci.Amer.pdf] by Barry Schwartz. Consider these questions as you read and add to your essay on choice.

  1. Is there a connection between choice and our happiness?
  2. Are we happy with having choice? Are we happy with the choices we make?
  3. Are you a "maximizer" or a "satisficer"? Explain.
  4. What can "regret" do to our choices?
  5. What does "adapting" to our choice mean?
  6. Do we have high expectations before we make a choice?
  7. What is the effect of our high expectations?

Select a cartoon to illustrate your essay. Be sure to explain the meaning of the cartoon as it relates to choice.

Provide a good conclusion about choice that connects what you have read and your own choices.

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7 - What is satire?
For Webpages: Create a link on your main.html/index.html page to satire.html.

For Bloggers create a new post called Satire.


You will be exploring satire for the next few weeks. Your project will be to create a webpage/blog post that demonstrates your learning and knowledge about satire. You will research the definition of the word satire, begin your essay with your definition of satire, and then read some documents and discuss how they use satire.

Begin by defining satire and then use these
GUIDELINES for all the readings below.

  • What is being satirized?
  • How is it being satirized?
  • What kind of change is expected?
  • Provide at least two examples of satire from each reading.
  • What is your reaction?
  • Link to each reading.
  • Bring personal experiences to this essay.

    1. What is being satirized in Taylor Mali's "The the impotence of proofreading"? Correct the first paragraph of his essay, rewrite it with correct spelling.
        Has this ever happened to you? You work very horde on a paper for English clash And then get a very glow raid (like a D or even a D=) and all because you are the wordıs liverwurst spoiler. Proofreading your peppers is a matter of the the utmost impotence.
    2. Let's continue by reading Onion. Choose any article on front page or in Newswire. Be sure to make the link to the article quickly.
    3. Our third reading will be "Advice to Youth" written in 1882 by Mark Twain. Use this worksheet to guide your reading, thinking, and writing about this satirical speech.
    4. Read ONE short story and find the satire in EITHER:
      Saki's The Storyteller
      Kurt Vonnegut, Jr's Harrison Bergeron
    5. Read the articles in NewsHoggers then select one to discuss how it is satirical.
    6. Add a cartoon or do a Google search for "satire cartoon" to your essay and explain the satire in the cartoon.
    7. Provide a good conclusion to this essay. Define satire again and summarize how the readings you did contribute to define satire.
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    6 - What is Irony?

    For Webpages: On your main.html/index.html webpage, add a link to a new file called irony.html. Use the Assignment Page code to paste into the new file irony.html.

    For Bloggers create a new post called Irony.

    THIS PROJECT IS DUE WEDNESDAY, NOV 30, 2011 (this is not a joke)

    You will be writing a hypertext essay on the topic of irony. First, you will define Irony. Discuss how Irony has existed in your life and where you have observed it on the subway, in ads, in any media you use.

    Second, you will read Richard Cory by Edwin Arlington Robinson and discuss it as an example of irony. Be sure to provide specific examples from the poem to defend your comments. Use this Poetry Fact Sheet to keep notes on the poem.

    Third, you will read a short story and discuss how irony is important in it. Be sure to provide specific examples from the short story to support your comments. Use this Fiction Fact Sheet to keep notes on the short story. Select one of these short stories. Maybe the one you want to read can be read to you on Librivox.

    1. Lamb to the Slaughter BY ROALD DAHL
    2. The Monkey's Paw BY W. W. JACOBS
    3. The Most Dangerous Game BY RICHARD CONNELL
    4. The Gift of the Magi BY O. HENRY
    5. The Necklace BY GUY de MAUPASSANT

    Fourth, discuss the irony in "The House that Slaves Built" by Gardiner Harris.

    Fifth, Read and write a detailed comment on the article Is it ironic that so many don't understand irony? Do you agree with his assessment of his co-worker? See what others have written and comment on their comments, too. In addition follow this LINK, view all the examples of irony, vote, and explain your votes.

    Sixth, select a cartoon or from here and include it on the irony.html page. Be sure to include the reason the cartoon is ironic.

    Seventh, discuss the lyrics of Alanis Morissette's "Ironic." Are they ironic? Explain the irony of some of the lyrics. Watch a Video.

    Eighth, discuss the irony in this short video.

    Conclude with a good discussion of irony. Review the definition of irony, include a brief reference to the irony of the work you read for this essay, and when irony has been part of your life.

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    5 - What is a metaphor?

    Other Literary Terms

    Add a link on main.html/index.html to metaphor.html called "Metaphor"


    READ THIS: This is an example of the kind of essay you will write.

    In the metaphor.html file create a hypertext, multimedia essay/presentation that demonstrates your understanding of the metaphor.

  • First define the metaphor, give an example, and explain the example. Be sure to include: Simile, personification, anthropomorphism, hyperbole, parable, fable, and analogy.
  • This Metaphor page will help you get started.
  • Use two (2) poems from these metaphor examples.
  • Use the elephant to explain the simile.
  • Use one (1) poem from these personificationful poems
  • Use this Fable Page to discuss the metaphor in one (1) fable.
  • Then find metaphors in TWO (2) of Emily Dickinson's poems
  • Use the following poem to further demonstrate your understanding of the metaphor.



      e e cummings

    Explain how the above poem is a metaphor.

    Conclude with a discussion about the metaphor, of how metaphors work in your life, and what metaphor would apply to you.

    PS, be sure to make links to all work used and to decorate your page.

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    4 - What is 'linear text'? Add link on main.html/index.html and create new file linear.html, USE Assignment Page Template.
    Use the questions below to guide you in your writing.


    1. Please watch this short video, MORE THAN ONCE!

    What is this video all about?
    Collect details and application names.
    What is the content of the video?
    Examine the presentation format. What do you recognize in the video?
    What is Form? What is Content?
    What does it mean when it speaks about Form and Content?
    How are we in control and not the machine?
    What do the words after "Rethink" mean? Look them up.
    How is writing evolving?

    Use the pause button to take notes, move the moving button back to review what you just saw, watch it more than once.

    2. Read this article about Rethinking School. What information in this article can be used in your essay?

    3. Interview someone over 50 and ask that person questions about how he/she has had to "RETHINK" the way he/she does things. For example consider, but don't limit yourself to these ideas: banking, government, business, communication, cars, personal things this person has had to RETHINK and relearn.

    4. New Thinking How does this video address idea of rethinking?

    Your essay (linear.html) should discuss how the digital world is changing writing, thinking, reading, learning, rethinking schools, and your life as you discovered from the video, the article, and the interview. Include a discussion of what we need to "rethink," and how form and content are more connected in the digital world of writing and reading. What are some examples of how we have RETHOUGHT our lives as reflected in current events?

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    3 - How is grammar key to good writing? Use Safari on Mac/IE on Dell and login into NOVANET.
    Choose English IIIA
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    2 - VETY: How good is your vocabulary acquisition? VETY is a program that introduces you to the common Latin and Greek root words, so you can break down those big words we encounter for better comprehension and success.

    We will continue with words in VETY15.

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    1 - Do you have a web presence? Create your Web account.
    1. Go to FreeWebSpace.com OR ZeroCatch
    2. Sign up following Ted's instructions.
    3. Use the sheet from Ted to make your webpage.
    4. Decorate page (color, images, etc) using the HTML link on your page.
    5. Make corrections as per Ted's directions for your pages.
    6. Set up new page: journal.html
    7. Peer review
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    AIM Lessons/Projects: The Objectives and Process - The WALT & WILF
    Assignment Template
    Assignments: [1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 - 11 - 12 ]
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