Tuesday, September 16, 2014

SWOT: Group Presentations-Newer WOK

Post on Padlet Wall by 7 am Thursday morning

Friday, September 12, 2014

Classwork for 9/12/14: Submit to Substitute Teacher by end of Class

Questions to Answer & Submit to Substitute Teacher by end of class

  • In the opening paragraphs, Neaz was offered 50 afghanis (approximately $1) to blow himself up. He was told that he would collect the money after he finished the job. What might you be able to imagine about the level of poverty that these children live in? About the level of education and exposure that these children have? How do terrorist groups take advantage of poverty and illiteracy?
  • In paragraph 9: “While in the camp, Dina got to know three Afghani teen boys who told her how vulnerable they felt due to their illiteracy. They suspected that they were being manipulated by the adults in power, but had no way to be sure. Dina was shocked. She knew they were right, but their suspicions also revealed the boys’ innate intelligence—even though they’d never had a day of schooling in their lives, they could sense deception by those meant to guide them.”
    How is literacy/illiteracy different than intelligence/unintelligence? What might be the consequences of giving an intelligent person inaccurate information? How easy might it be for insurgents to manipulate illiterate people?
  • In paragraph 20: “Bridges Academy helped the boys understand how the dark forces manipulating them capitalize on their isolation.”
    Afghanistan and America are quite isolated from one another. The Afghan teens get information about Americans from the people in their communities. Where do you get your information about Afghans from? Are your sources accurate? How can young people be manipulated through isolation? How can first-hand information empower young people?
  • In paragraph 25: “What’s so brilliantly ironic about Bridges Academy is that it upends the teaching of hatred and violence into an open-minded telling of universal truths.”
    Discuss the irony of this concept.

    Also, “The students have managed to crack the code of organized terrorism, one that the U.S. and other nations have been trying to crack for decades.”
    Explain how these teenagers cracked the code of organized terrorism. Now that you understand how to crack the code of terrorism, what can you do to make a difference?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Homework to be Completed by Next Class 7 am on Tuesday :)

Start Here:  Define Your Road
Road Trip Nation Reflection: Put in comments below this post
Reminder: first name only & anon (drop-down menu)

Reflection: Seminar-Invisible Man 
Google Form in email

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Rubric for Notes

TOK LMC 9/4/14

Learning Target:  Students will peer-evaluate student produced notes for main ideas, questions, and implications.

Language Target:  Students will peer-evaluate (reading & writing) notes for use of Theory of Knowledge vocabulary usage using the notes rubric

(AOK, WOK, belief, certainty, culture, evidence, experience, explanation, interpretation, intuition, justification, truth and values)


  • Complete running record of knowledge questions
  • Changes in TOK Procedures
  • Peer-Evaluate notes:  Rubric; Ask Questions; Leave Comments
  • Idea Generating & Brainstorming
  • Group Time for Monday's Presentations

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Procedural Stuff for the Year

1.  From now until the end of the semester, please us the style that is best for you with taking notes.


2.  From now until the end of the semester, please include how your topic of choice in your e-reflection journal relates to your personal passions:

This is completely open-ended and the use of new (to you) technology is highly encouraged:

Monday, September 1, 2014

Invisible Man Seminar Questions

We will move this to Wednesday of next week: 9/10/14
¨“Good literature  has the ability to make you feel whatever it is trying to portray to you. Your inner eye (as well as your other inner senses) becomes stimulated by words on a page and the experience of reading becomes much more than just staring at glyphs on a sheet of paper .”
Choose a passage from Invisible Man and explain your thinking as it pertains to the quote above.

¨“One recurrent pattern in literature that almost fuses plot and character development is the progress from a state of lesser knowledge to greater knowledge; the process of knowing and coming to understand is often called a movement from innocence to experience. Major characters come to understand themselves, other people, or surrounding situations more fully (though often not completely) perhaps as the result of an experience — sometimes disillusioning”

¨How has the narrator in Invisible Man moved from innocence to experience?  Has he become disillusioned? Explain your thinking.

Art is a lie that brings us nearer to the truth…~Picasso
How does this apply to Invisible Man?