Monday, October 30, 2006

Fahrenheit Fishbowl 136-155 period 5

Fahrenheit Fishbowl 136-155 period 2

Friday, October 27, 2006

Fahrenheit 451 Fishbowl 113-136 period 5

Fahrenheit 451 Fishbowl 113-136 period 2

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Fahrenheit 451 Fishbowl 91-110 peroid 2

Fahrenheit 451 Fishbowl 91-110 peroid 5

Monday, October 23, 2006

Fahrenheit 451 Fishbowl 68-91 peroid 5

Fahrenheit 451 Fishbowl 68-91 period 2

Monday, October 16, 2006

Mr. Murphy's questions

Listening to the discussions, I also had some questions relating to Fahrenheit 451:
Are there circumstances where censorship should be used?

Do the ten major entertainment conglomerates (e.g. AOL/Time Warner, News Corporation, Sony, Walt Disney Co.) domination of the media exert a consistently corrosive effect on journalism and undermine debate, creating a de facto censorship?

Where did Montag’s progression really begin? What cause it to occur the most?

Were there any instances in which Captain Beatty hid an allegiance to freedom of expression?

Continue the conversation...

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Wonder Woman Gone Country

Every week in English Nine Honors, students are given a set of ten SAT preparatory vocabulary words. Last week’s words were astute, asylum, atone, atrocity, atrophy, attrition, augment, augur, authentic, austere. They are expected to know and use these words appropriately by the end of the week. One exciting part of getting a new set of words to learn, besides of course learning new words, is our Wednesday vocabulary activity. Students have created bumper stickers, pick up lines, written letters of complaint and recommendation. However, none are as clever as when they are asked to create a country western song about Wonder Woman (yes, the lady with the golden lasso and bracelets). In their groups of four to five, after completing their fantastic composition and practicing for a few moments, the next step was for the students to record their “original” work in Audacity. After saving their recording, students were to take it home and enhance their work. Students exported the files into an MP3 format and voila! We have Wonder Woman Gone Country!

While none of these may be destined to win a Grammy, take a listen and see if you can pick out the vocab words.

Note: Click and drag on the scroll bar in the player below to see all the podcasts. It only displays eight at a time, but there are more if you scroll. You can't click above or below the scroll bar to move it up or down, you must click and drag on the scroll bar itself.

One group (AASCCSAG) also created a background PowerPoint slide that displayed behind them as they sang.

Fahrenheit 451 Live Blogging 40-68 period 5

Fahrenheit 451 Live Blogging 40-68 period 2

Fahrenheit 451 Live Blogging 25-40 period 5

Fahrenheit 451 Live Blogging 25-40 period 2

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

451 Discussion 1-24 period 5

451 Discussion 1-24 period 2

Monday, October 09, 2006


You can respond to all or pick just one...

1. Is it okay to have books on making bombs in the school library?
2. Will banning books keep people from reading them?
3. Television shows are censored, so are song lyrics—what makes books different?

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Reaction to live blogging and aquarium discussion

So, what did you think about the live blogging as well as the aquarium style discussion? Remember to be specific as well as offer constructive criticism. Also, if you can think of solutions to issues please comment to those.

Live blogging period 5

Live Blogging per.2

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Macbeth Test Questions-Period 5

Reflecting back over our study of Macbeth, I want you to pose one really thought provoking and higher level thinking question. Challenge yourself to think outside the box. Becareful not to repeat others' questions.

Macbeth Test Questions-Period 2

Reflecting over our study of Macbeth, I want you to comment (post) one really thought provoking and higher level thinking question. Challenge your self here. Be careful to not repeat others' answers.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Dan Maas visit

I want you to continue the conversation for those who did not get a chance to express all of your ideas to Mr. Maas. Let him know your thoughts about laptops as well as the things we are doing in class. For those of you who did not even get the chance to talk to him, I want your voice heard as well. Please keep your comments appropriate, react and connect with others' ideas, and give constructive criticism as well.

Macbeth Act 5

Please comment on act five of Macbeth to continue the conversation as well as the connections between LOF and Macbeth.