Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Dystopian Lit : Wednesday updates

Paper deadline: rolling admissions but due by Friday
      - put together the entire process (idea development, thesis development, outline, note if rough draft is on google docs)
      - final paper submitted via Google Docs or hard copy

On the back burner:
Here is the document outlining the projects for Term 2 - comments welcome. Please help me make it as clear as possible.

Dystopias I like / Want to Read:
Choose a book that will help you create your dystopian world
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow - non-fiction dystopia about current Internet laws in Britain
- Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut
- We (in the same vein of 1984
- The Hunger Games (only if you haven't read it before - perhaps pair w/critical discourse on film)
- The Giver by Lois Lowry 
- Fahrenheit 451 by Kurt Vonnegut 
- Divergent 
- Animal Farm by George Orwell 
- Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (a little more sci fi than dystopian, but it works)
- Matched 
- Uglies 
- V for Vendetta (too risque with anarchy?)
Unwind (need to approve for discussion on abortion - this is a SUPER powerful book)
- When She Woke (combination of The Scarlet Letter and The Handmaid's Tale - instead of going to jail, criminals get their skin 'chromed' the color of their crime) 
- The Maze Runner (also a bit too set up for the sequel, but it happens)
- I am Legend
- Battle Royale (maybe? I hear it's a more violent Lord of the Flies?)
- A Canticle for Lebowitz (post-apocalyptic attempt to preserve texts) 
- Neuromancer (renegades within the digital 'matrix)  
- Ready Player One (might be good connection for those who like video games)
- The Running Man (like that movie Gamer, where someone enters a video game world to stay alive)

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Variations on the Writing Process: Explaining Outlines via Screencast

Instructions for today's activities: 

1) Next person in line in the alphabet: _______________________
   Ask nicely for their email: _________________________________________

*sign out an iPad*

2) Watch Ms. Kennett’s youtube video about today’s activity (below)

3) Create a screencast of your quotations using Explain Everything. Focus on specific analysis and on how the quotation links to your greater point. Speak for about one minute per slide, but beware of going over - the file will get too large. If you make a mistake, click the left-pointing arrow and re-record over the slide.

4) Export your screencast via email.
___ yourself
___ your classmate

5) Listen to your classmate’s screencast and fill out the feedback form.

6) Check off the completed feedback form with Ms. Kennett! Celebrate!

Homework: fill out the form at the bottom of this post

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Welcome to Open House!

Ms. Katrina Kennett -
- Curriculum & Essential Questions 
- Please sign in on the contact sheet!

A & F Period - World Literature Honors
- Universal Human Experience & Blogging 
- Macbeth, Lord of the Flies, Night
- checking in 

C Period - World Literature CP2
- Universal Human Experience & Blogging 
- Macbeth, Lord of the Flies, Night
- checking in

E Period - Dystopian Literature
- Term 1: foundation texts, Brave New World, 1984, The Handmaid's Tale
- Term 2: particular texts, creating their own dystopia 

G Period - Science Fiction
- Term 1: foundation themes, core texts
- Term 2: particular texts, creating their own science fiction