Ms. Bancroft - English 9

Quarter 3 Journals - Blogging the Holocaust and Human Rights

During quarter three, journals will be kept online via the "Leave a Blog Post" tab. Each time a blog topic is posted, the topic will be shared with students in class and appropriate responses will be discussed. From that date, students will have until the following class to post their comments. Grades will be based on the relevance and depth of the response.

Quality blog posts address the topic thoroughly and address all questions. Students are also encouraged to respond to other student posts in an engaging manner, with appropriate questions, counter theories, and the writer never insults the person to whom they are responding.

          Journaling - Quarter 2 Journals


Part of the requirement each quarter for the Writing standard is your responses to frequent prompts. The prompts that we have had so far are below. Journal entries will be written two to three times weekly until the end of the quarter. All journal entries will then be assembled and turned in for a Writing Standard grade. Extra credit is given for each journal entry shared with the class.

Quarter 2 - Journal Topics

Journal #1 - Netbook Application Presentation
What Netbook application have you chosen to present to the class?
Where is it located?
What is its function?
How can this application be helpful with with your academics?
In what other ways, in or out of school, might it be helpful?

Journal #2 - Prior Knowledge
What do you know about the gods, goddesses, heroes and monsters of Greek mythology? You may list names, summarize a myth with which you are familiar, or admit that you have little to no knowledge of this topic.

Journal #3 - Tech Tours
Following your tour of programs offered in our tech school, what program(s), if any, are you interested in and why?

Journal #4 - Thanksgiving Break
Describe the events of the last several days during our Thanksgiving hiatus. Comment on any and all of the following:
       - people with whom you spent time
       - places you traveled to
       - special events
       - highs and lows

Journal #5 - Hero
What is your definition of a hero? What qualities does a hero possess? Who is your hero and why?

Journal #6 - Life Without Me
What would the world be like if you were never born? Think about how life would be different for your family and friends. What events might never have occurred if you were never here to participate?  (short story "The Greatest Gift")

Journal #7 - Vacation
Write about the events of your 16 days of vacation. With whom did you spend time? Did you travel? If so, where and why? Did you celebrate with any Christmas or New Year's traditions? What was the best gift that you received? What was the best gift that you gave to someone else? What were the highlights of your vacation? Were there any bloopers - things that didn't go as planned? Did you make any New Year's resolutions?

Journal #8 - Hero Archetype
An archetype is an original pattern or model from which all things of the same kind are copied.
Define the hero archetype in mythology. What common characteristics do hero myths possess? What myths have we read that demonstrate the hero archetype?
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Quarter 1 Journals

Journal #1 - Gut Check


You've been a freshman at OHCHS for 8 days. How is it going? Write a journal entry describing the transition so far. Comment on:
classes
teachers
activities
friends
bloopers
other

Journal #2 - September 11th Attacks

September 11, 2009 marks the 8th anniversary of the September 11th attacks.  What do you recall about that day? Where were you? Who were you with? How did you and others react?
What impact do you think these attacks have had on our world today?

Journal #3 - Computer Expertise

Tell me about your experience using computers.
Do you have access to a computer at home? The Internet?
How long have you been using computers?
On a daily basis, what applications on a computer do you most commonly use?
     word processing
     games
     Internet searches
     other

(short story "Charles")
Tell me about a time that you did something that you knew was wrong. Did you get caught? If so, what were the consequences? If you didn't get caught, how did it make you feel? Did you learn anything from this situation?


Journal #5 - Bullying (short story "Priscilla and the Wimps")

In your opinion, is bullying a problem in this school?
     On the school bus?
     In the cafeteria?
     In the hallways?
     In the classrooms?
     Other?
Describe a bullying situation. Were you a victim or a participant? How did you react?


Journal # 6 - You've Won The Lottery!
(short story "The Lottery")

Congruatulations! You have just won $15,000,000 in the lottery.

     What will you do with your money?

     How will your life change?

     How will family and friends react to your windfall?

     Might there be any disadvantages to becoming a millionaire overnight?

Journal #7 - Essay Prewrite
Write about the best teacher you ever had. It does not have to be a school teacher, it may be a family member, coach, club advisor, counselor, hobby instructor, boss, mentor, friend, or any other person who has taught you something.

Journal #8 - You Are An Inventor! (short story "The Chaser")

Describe the perfect invention for today's society. How is it useful and who is it intended to be used by? Write and infomercial persuading the audience to buy your invention.

Journal #9 - Three Wishes (short story “The Monkey’s Paw”)

If you were given three wishes, with the only rule being that you can’t wish for more wishes, what would you wish for and why? Be sure to word your wishes carefully.

Journal #10 - Gut Check #2
You are now 1/16th the way through your high school career. How are things going academically and socially? Comment on the following:
     School
     Activities (in and out of school)
     Friends
     Highs and Lows
     Bloopers
     Other

Journals are to be assembled and turned in by Wednesday, October 28th - the last school day of the first quarter for students.





(short story "Charles")
Tell me about a time that you did something that you knew was wrong. Did you get caught? If so, what were the consequences? If you didn't get caught, how did it make you feel? Did you learn anything from this situation?


Journal #5 - Bullying (short story "Priscilla and the Wimps")

In your opinion, is bullying a problem in this school?
     On the school bus?
     In the cafeteria?
     In the hallways?
     In the classrooms?
     Other?
Describe a bullying situation. Were you a victim or a participant? How did you react?


Journal # 6 - You've Won The Lottery!
(short story "The Lottery")

Congruatulations! You have just won $15,000,000 in the lottery.

     What will you do with your money?

     How will your life change?

     How will family and friends react to your windfall?

     Might there be any disadvantages to becoming a millionaire overnight?

Journal #7 - Essay Prewrite
Write about the best teacher you ever had. It does not have to be a school teacher, it may be a family member, coach, club advisor, counselor, hobby instructor, boss, mentor, friend, or any other person who has taught you something.

Journal #8 - You Are An Inventor! (short story "The Chaser")

Describe the perfect invention for today's society. How is it useful and who is it intended to be used by? Write and infomercial persuading the audience to buy your invention.

Journal #9 - Three Wishes (short story “The Monkey’s Paw”)

If you were given three wishes, with the only rule being that you can’t wish for more wishes, what would you wish for and why? Be sure to word your wishes carefully.

Journal #10 - Gut Check #2
You are now 1/16th the way through your high school career. How are things going academically and socially? Comment on the following:
     School
     Activities (in and out of school)
     Friends
     Highs and Lows
     Bloopers
     Other

Journals are to be assembled and turned in by Wednesday, October 28th - the last school day of the first quarter for students.





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