Day #55, Thursday

Population quiz on MONDAY!
It will be open book.

Another Passion Project celebration!
Check out what Caity D has been crushing all week.
WOW!
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BELL WORK:
Let’s take a minute to discuss some of the following in regards to Ft. McMurray.
Breaking Updates; click HERE
Let’s Google Earth Fort McMurray…

Let’s go over some similarities and differences between Lloyd and Fort Mc.
How many people live in Fort McMurray?

Let’s check out the TWITTER feed for the most up to date events on the #ymmfire?
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How did we get up to date news prior to social media?
Where did we go for updates?
Who brought us the news?
What role is social media playing in this event?
Who is reporting the news now?
Do you like or dislike the changes that social media brings societies?

Checking in:
Man in the Casket song selection?
Secondhand Lions questions?
Have you gone through your Google Classroom lately?

Period 4: English 20
Can you guys please go and check out FIX ME from Mrs. Smith.
We will begin reading this on Monday. It is a QUICK read.
Make sure you are also independently reading on your own time.
*Welcome to English class and all the reading! YIKES. You got this.

Man in the Casket Wrap Up
STILL DUE: Jess, Landon, Leah, Gracie, Coltan (Please hand in guys! Thank you.)

This was an excellent selection.
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FIND and LISTEN to this song HERE.
STUDENT RESPONSE:
To me, this song is about a girl who feels like she will never be good enough because of how someone in her life (in this story’s case, the grandfather) has treated her. Slowly throughout the song she realizes that she can’t feel sorry for herself and let what people think of her define what she thinks about herself. This all related to the story because it reminds me of the time when the grandfather compared the girl to her cousin, saying she will never be as good as said cousin. She never felt loved by the grandfather, and she never felt like he even cared or that she mattered to him.
WHAT ELSE COULD BE ADDED?

Then we will cover another SHORT STORY.
Half Husky (Another one of my personal FAVES!)
Let’s discuss:

QUESTION 1
How does the paradigm of nature vs. nurture fit a theme in Half Husky?
How are Harvey and Nanuk similar?
Explore:
Explain with 3 examples and 3 direct quotations from the book.

QUESTION 2
Vanessa grows up in a “strong brick house” raised by her grandfather and mother, while Harvey grows up in the “North End… in a small square frame house raised by an Aunt. What does where these two characters grew up have to do with who they are as characters? Why does Laurence do this?
Explain with two quotations from the book?
You will then complete a quick MINI quiz.
Half Husky Mini Exam by Margaret Laurence

Period 5: MEDIA STUDIES
Open up a Google Doc and transfer in the following notes into your organizational structure. We will go through each and come up with an example for each. It is imperative that you remember these!

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Eight Key Concepts for Media Literacy
The media are construction experts
The media do not present simple reflections of external reality. Rather, they present carefully crafted constructions that reflect many decisions and result from many determining factors. Media Literacy works towards deconstructing these constructions, taking them apart to show how they are made.

The media constructs reality
The media are responsible for the majority of the observations and experiences from which we build up our personal understandings of the world and how it works. Much of our view of reality is based on media messages that have been pre-constructed and have attitudes, interpretations and conclusions already built in. The media, to a great extent, give us our sense of reality.
(MANN NOTE: How accurate is this? Reality TV has taken the world by storm. How real is it?)Audiences negotiate meaning in the media
The media provide us with much of the material upon which we build our picture of reality, and we all “negotiate” meaning according to individual factors: personal needs and anxieties, the pleasures or troubles of the day, racial and sexual attitudes, family and cultural background, and so forth.
(MANN NOTE: How much do we learn from our parents? How much do we learn from the media? What does Top 20 music teach our youth these days? Why does society race to purchase- purchase- purchase?

Media have commercial implications
Media Literacy aims to encourage an awareness of how the media are influenced by commercial considerations, and how these affect content, technique and distribution. Most media production is a business, and must therefore make a profit. Questions of ownership and control are central: a relatively small number of individuals control what we watch, read and hear in the media.

(MANN NOTE: If only 14% of people trust advertising… Advertising campaigns have to be bigger and better than ever- not to mention more convincing. What do you buy? Why do you buy it? What role does advertising play? Think of No Name brands… How many of you will purchase No Name above a name brand?)

Media contain ideological and value messages
All media products are advertising, in some sense, in that they proclaim values and ways of life. Explicitly or implicitly, the mainstream media convey ideological messages about such issues as the nature of the good life, the virtue of consumerism, the role of women, the acceptance of authority, and unquestioning patriotism.
(MANN NOTE:  What do you value? Why? What is important?)

Media have social and political implications
The media have great influence on politics and on forming social change. Television can greatly influence the election of a national leader on the basis of image. The media involve us in concerns such as civil rights issues, famines in Africa, and the AIDS epidemic. They give us an intimate sense of national issues and global concerns, so that we become citizens of Marshall McLuhan’s “Global Village.”
(MANN NOTE: How can the media and social networking help political campaigns? How can it hinder? Discuss)

Form and content are closely related in the media
As Marshall McLuhan noted, each medium has its own grammar and codifies reality in its own particular way. Different media will report the same event, but create different impressions and messages.
(MANN NOTE: If a HUGE event happens in the world- many media outlets will cover the story. Are all the same? NO! Why? What does this mean? How is it good? How is it bad?)

Each medium has a unique aesthetic form
Just as we notice the pleasing rhythms of certain pieces of poetry or prose, so we ought to be able to enjoy the pleasing forms and effects of the different media.
(MANN NOTE: What does the media offer us in terms of entertainment? How much entertainment should one receive from the media? How much is healthy?)

Period 6: WORK PERIOD

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