Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Interesting Fact: The Taliban blew up a 4th century Buddha statue because they didn't want the world to see it as an idol. As (non-Taliban) excavators cleared the rubble, they discovered hundreds of pieces of artwork, and another Buddha statue, in a network of underground caves that had been sealed with the previous statue.

Welcome to our last day of reading H2G2 :( . Today we'll finish the book up and then work on our own hitchhikers guides.

Agenda

  • Chapters 30-35
  • H2GC Work Time

Learning Target

I can enjoy and find inspiration from a text.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Interesting Fact: Johnny Appleseed illegally distilled and distributed alcohol. His apple trees were not so people could eat apples; in fact the apples were disgusting and nearly inedible; they were expressly for the creation of alcohol.

Welcome to Tuesday, and (sadly) our final week of H2G2. We're going to close this unit off with a fun project that will forever be immortalized on the internet.

Agenda

  • Read 28-30 (182-194)
  • Introduce H2GC
  • H2GC Work Time

Announcements

Mr. Webber will be gone Thursday and Friday. Thursday, you will be working on H2GC. Friday is 20% day – YOUR FINAL DAY TO WORK ON PITCHES, WHICH ARE NEXT WEEK. Please be kind and respectful to the sub – I will not hesitate to write referrals for anyone whose name comes back in the sub notes. Remember: sub referrals carry 2x the penalty as regular referrals.

Learning Target

  • I can enjoy and find inspiration from a text.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Interesting fact: A janitor invented Flamin' Hot Cheetos and he is now an Executive Vice President at Frito-Lay.

Welcome to Friday – And our second 20% day. Today we'll talk about your pitches, and then you'll get time to continue work on your project and work on your proposals.

Agenda

  • 20% Time – You should be preparing your pitches for 3/3 (Friday after next)
  • Proposals DUE TODAY – NO MATTER WHAT

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Interesting Fact: Gangnam Style was so viral and gathered views so quickly, YouTube had to change the view count system to prevent a stack overflow as the original 32-bit integer system tops out at ~2.14 billion.

Today we will be using our worlds to write about an important discovery!

Agenda

Learning Target

  • I can enjoy and find inspiration from a text.

The Discovery

You are going to write a short story using the world you created, including the false belief of creation and the truth of creation within your fictional world. It should be in.

  • MLA Format
  • ~2 Pages
  • Focuses on a single protagonist.

If you aren't sure what to write, try following this outline:

  • Introduce your world and protagonist
  • Introduce the false creation story, and make sure readers understand the protagonist know & believes it.
  • Construct an event in which the protagonist’s eyes have been opened.
  • Portray the protagonist’s reaction to that event.
  • Have the protagonist make plans for what he/she is going to do, now that this new information has been revealed. (And if the protagonist tries to educate others, how to those others react?)

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Interesting Fact: 12 people have walked on the moon but only 3 people have been to the bottom of the Mariana Trench. Why? Getting to the Moon is expensive, but not nearly as dangerous as getting to the bottom of the Mariana Trench. In space, you just need to keep the air in your vessel (a pressure difference of 1 atmosphere). In the trench, you need to keep the water out (a pressure difference of over 1000 atmospheres – or the weight of about 400 elephants standing on you).

Welcome back. Today, you will have the entire period to write your academic paragraphs. Due tonight at 11:59.

The document to submit and the organizer are available in your Google Classroom.

Agenda

  • Paragraph Work Time
  • Paragraph DUE TODAY

Prompts

  • Is Marvin, the robot, alive? OR What is the difference between a human and a robot that is indistinguishable from a human?
  • What is the Ultimate Question?
  • Does the fact that Earth was manufactured by a corporation make life any more or less important?

Learning Target

  • I can formulate an opinion about a text and support it in an academic paragraph.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Interesting Fact: Queen Elizabeth I had a vast spy network and one of her spies signed his reports with "007." This was later used by Ian Fleming, writer of James Bond.

Welcome back. Today we will be writing our first (and only) academic paragraph of the unit. It's going to be a tough paragraph (maybe some of the toughest prompts we've had so far). Just follow the technique I taught you, and it should work out fine. Feel free to ask for help.

YOU WILL NEED A BOOK TODAY.

Agenda

  • Read Chapters 22-27
  • Begin Writing Academic Paragraph (Due Tomorrow)

Prompts

  • Is Marvin, the robot, alive? OR What is the difference between a human and a robot that is indistinguishable from a human?
  • What is the Ultimate Question?
  • Does the fact that Earth was manufactured by a corporation make life any more or less important?

Learning Target

  • I can formulate an opinion about a text and support it in an academic paragraph.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Interesting Fact: Even though Japan has one of the world's highest population densities (number of people per square mile), 75% of the country is covered in protected/forested land, the most of any developed country. Their forest protection program started 400 years ago.

Today we return to Magrathea for a bit, and then you will have the oppertunity to continue work on your world creation.

You WILL need a book today.

Agenda

  • Read Chapters 19-21 – Starting on Pg. 136 –  (about 20 minutes)
  • Continue/finish up World Creations

Learning Target

  • I can enjoy and find inspiration from a text.

Friday, 10 February 2017

Interesting Fact: The national flag of France is not divided into equal parts, but instead into a ratio of 30:33:37, to compensate for the flapping of the flag making the furthest segment appear smaller

Welcome to Friday – And our first 20% day. Today we'll talk about your pitches, and then you'll get time to continue work on your project and work on your proposals.

Agenda

  • Pitch Info
  • 20% Time
  • Proposals DUE TODAY – But, I will take them as late as the 17th.

Thursday, 9 February

Interesting Fact: In 1996 a Canadian mining company announced a massive gold find, going from a penny stock to $280 and raising $6 billion in investment. It was found the land was worthless and the lead geologist had been shaving gold off his wedding ring and adding it to drill core samples.

Welcome to Thursday, Magratheans. Today you have an option to do one of two things.

Agenda

  • 20 Minutes of Reading
  • World-Building

OR

  • World-Building All Day

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Interesting Fact: The most successful pirate of all time was a Chinese woman called Ching Shih. She commanded over 1,800 ships and up to 200,000 pirates. She was one of the few pirates to actually retire (alive).

Welcome to Wednesday, the middle of the week! Today we'll find out what this Magrathea is all about, and then we'll be turning the classroom into our own little Magrathea!

You WILL need a book today.

Agenda

  • Read Chapters 16-18 (Page 117-135)
  • Read Discworld Prologue
  • Begin World Building Assignment