Friday, May 10, 2013

May 10 Scribe!!
Hey everyone school is just about done for the year. We need to finish strong.
  • Today in class we watch a TED talk to help us with our speeches.
  • here are some things to remember to help you with your speaches
    • Make sure that you have either shared your presentation with Ms. Smith or you have a jump drive.
    •   Dress professionally.
    • Make sure you have your strategy all planned out.
    • Eye contact
    • Posture
    • Address: Childhood, AHS, Manifesto 
    • Bring Rubric
    • Be Relaxed
  • The Presentation is going in to the Lit Project part of our grade witch makes it 12.5%.
We only have 3 classes left and 4 for Junior's lets finish strong!!!!! 

Scribe, Friday May 10th

Friday, May 10th

  • The order for the first day of presentations are Savannah A, Matt D, Zach L, Sam C, Brendan R, Zach B, Morgan, Elle, Caro, Jenny.
  • We watched another Ted Talk in order to get amped for our speeches
  • Our final presentation will go into the reading comprehension category
  • Things to have before the presentation
    • presentation is shared to smith
    • dressed professionally
    • organizational strategy
    • eye contact
    • posture
    • address your childhood, AHS, manifesto
    • bring rubric
  • The last 25 min we had work time
-Matt Donohoe

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Wednesday May 8

Today in class we watched a short video on body language to keep in mind for your Last Lecture Presentation.

5 points to keep in mind:
1. Do a power pose before you present.
2. Make yourself big while you talk so people take you more serious.
3. Make small tweaks to make big changes.
4. Make eye contact!
5. Fake it until you become it.

Before Monday you need to share, drop box, or make sure you jump drive works, your LL presentation.

Reminder of who goes when:

13th: Savannah A, Matt D, Zach L, Sam C, Brendan R, Zach B, Morgan, Elle, Caro, Jenny.

15th: Jon, Kristen, Jessica, Justin, Yanni, Savannah R, Trevor, Patrick, Jason, Eli

17th: Colton, Trisitan, Jeff, Allie, Michelle, Jackie, Brooke, Luc.

20th: Ava, Jenna, Kimberly, John, & Adi (Juniors)

Today we also took a quiz, you got to choose between 1-9 or 10-18 see smith if you missed. We also handed In our manifestos so make sure to get that to Smith ASAP and drop box it!

For Friday: continue to work on LL presentation

Monday, May 6, 2013

BNW 13-18 Fishbowl

Friday, May 3, 2013

Scribe 3/3/13

Good morning everyone, it is hard to believe that there are only two weeks left for seniors!

Class started with Mrs. Smith talking about the upcoming homework.
-S/R 13-18 (due Monday)
-Manifesto (due Wednesday)
-Last Lecture Presentation

We also went over the LL presentation:

Attention grabber                                 about 30 seconds
Growing up                                          about 1:20
AHS Legacy                                         about 1:20
Manifesto                                               about 1:20
Conclusion                                             about 30 seconds

                                                               Total = 5 minutes
The rest of class was a work day! The journalism room was available to work on the manifesto.

-Zach Lodge

May 3 Scribe

Today we had a full work day on the Manifesto. We also went over how to create the last lecture presentation (see below). Enjoy your weekend!!!!!!

  • The summary Response over chapters 13-18 Due Monday
  • Manifesto is due Wednesday
  • The Last Lecture is very close at hand
Presentation should look like this

           Attention getter


           Growing up
This should be about 5 Minute.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

May 1st Scribe

May 1st, 2013

Happy Snowy May and PLC Day!
Today we did the fishbowl over chapters 7-12 and turned in our summary response.
If you were absent turn your SR as soon as you can to Ms. Smith and make up the fishbowl.

  • Read chapters 15-16
  • work on manifesto- it's due in one week!
    • We might have another work day on friday so be ready to work on it
  • Last Lecture

BNW 7-12

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Scribe 4/24

-Today class began with Mrs. Smith informing us about all important assignments & due dates for the rest of the semester. Each one is below:

4/26: BNW 1-9 Quiz
4/29: Manifesto Work Day
5/1: BNW 7-12 S/R due & 7-12 Fish bowl
5/3: Manifesto Work Day
5/6: BNW 13-end S/R due & 13-end Fish Bowl.
5/8: Manifesto DUE & 10-18 Quiz
5/13: LL Presentations
5/15: LL Presentations
5/17: LL Presentations
5/20: All junior's LL presentations

-Next we assigned who will be doing their LL presentations on the 13th, 15th, & 17th.

13th: Savannah A, Matt D, Zach L, Sam C, Brendan R, Zach B, Morgan, Elle, Ca, Jenny.

15th: Jon, Kristen, Jessica, Justin, Yanni, Savannah R, Trevor, Patrick, Jason, Eli.

17th: Colton, Tristan, Jeff, Allie, Michelle, Jackie, Brooke, Luc.

20th: Ava, Jenna, Kimberly, John & Adi (Juniors).

-After this, every group presented their montage projects. Once everyone finished their presentations we worked on upcoming assignments for the last few minutes of class.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Fishbowl question 1-6

This society is so based on scientific progress but have they really achieved any real progress?

Scribe 4/22

Jessica Sotwick

Started out class by turning in Summary Response 1-6.
Then Fishbowl for chapters 1-6!
Some main points:

  • "Community, identity, stability"
    • social stability
  • Purpose of the director tours
    • for the reader to learn about the process of the society
    • shows that it's not a weird thing
  • Why do they all wear white?
    • clean color, perfectly pure society
  • Significance of the class system?
    • No one can work up to a higher class, you're born into your class
    • They are all happy with where they are
      • due to conditioning
  • Reaction to the process to the alcohol process?
    • no reaction really, just part of the process
  • How do you connect the plot to creator vs. creation?
    • Ford is controlling
    • creator never stops; creation conditioned at birth
    • Bernard is the hero; breaks away from typical thought
      • flawed in "perfect" system
  • Conditioning?
    • they don't know anything else
  • Will the world ever come to this?
    • no, too far fetched
  • Parallels between our society today
    • all our wants
        • deal with consequences later
  • Why is sex so prevalent?
    • it's a want
    • it's what they're raised with
  • (we then went on a tangent about teen pregnancy and media involved in sex)
  • More civilized to be with multiple people; never the same one for a long period of time
    • everyone wants everyone
  • Take away all morals: no jealously, love, anger, etc
  • What's their purpose? They aren't striving for anything
    • live for pleasure
    • connect to Dorian Gray
  • Connections to religion and Government:
    • no religion or government
    • they just worship Ford
    • government plays God
  • What are they held accountable to do?
    • to do what they're told
  • Huxley focuses on the downsides of our society and makes them the highlight of Brave New World
  • No consequences for things such as sex, drugs, etc
  • Even without all morals and feelings, they still have the way to judge 
  • Are these people capable of thinking for themselves?
    • yes, they just don't know how to handle emotion
  • There's a pill to fix everything now
    • soma fixes everything
  • Who is responsible? Creator or Creation
    • depends on class rank
  • Will there be a revolt?
    • compared to Fahrenheit 451

Homework: Read 7-9, LL Conference, LL3, Montage due Wednesday

Friday, April 19, 2013

Scribe 4-19

Happy Friday!

Today in class we worked on our montages and were able to have the whole class to work.


We will be having a Socratic on Monday!  SENIORS DO NOT DITCH ON MONDAY!!!
Summary Response of chapters 1-6 is due as well as we will be having a fishbowl.

This is a link to the montage assignment:

Happy Friday 4/19!

Today in class we were given a work day to finish our montage assignments. Make sure your groups sign up in the computer labs to record before Wednesday and save as a MP 3!

A couple of reminders: be here on Monday! We have a summary response due, and a fishbowl and if you are not here you will receive a zero on the assignments.

Homework: Manifesto, LL conference (make sure you come when you signed up!), montage assignment is due on Wednesday and make sure you print out a copy of the script, a summary response is due over Brave New World chapters 1-6. Reminder that is is 1/3 summary and 2/3 response-- make sure you include title, author and main idea in summary! Also keep reading Brave New World.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

SCRIBE APRIL 16, 2013:

Today we finished up our group projects for chapter 1-2 and turned one green sheet per group about it.

We started our next group project which is the creative montage! It includes wiring a script and recording it, the script should satirize something about Brave New World's society. This project is due next Wednesday. It is very important to be through at least chapter 4 in order to work on this project Friday!

Summary response due Monday! The summary response is about chapter 1-6 of BNW and should be ready for the fishbowl which is also Monday.
Don't forget to include:
Summary-- main idea
Title, author, Mano idea (big picture)
Examples with explanations 2-3
Topic sentence

Read chapter 5-6
Continue to write down sayings for your manifesto
Meet with Mrs Smith about LL if you haven't already

Friday, April 12, 2013

Scribe April 12

Happy Friday!
Today Mrs. Smith wasn't here, yet we continued what was planned for today

-All work in class today was presenting Satire Projects to the class (we had seen all group's projects except for one, which will be presented on Monday). The projects seen today were all Horatian videos varying differently from television shows to songs and even a viral video poking fun at how boys ask girls to prom.

-A sign-up list was created today for Fishbowls for Brave New World. Sign up for one presenter position and one discussor. There will be a total of three Fishbowls over:
Chapters 1-6
Chapters 7-12
Chapters 13-18

Keep in mind for homework:
-Check out or buy (strongly recommended to buy) a copy of Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and begin reading the Forward as well as Chapters 1-2

-There will be another group project due on Wednesday of next week, which we will discuss on Monday

Have a great weekend!

Scribe 4-12

Happy Friday!

There was a sub today.
We did our presentations on the Satires.

Signed up for fishbowl’s on “Brave New World”.



Read Chapters 1 and 2 as well as the Forward in "Brave New World" for Monday.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Scribe 4/8

Today in class we got new seats and then turned in our Stranger Than Fiction summary/responses.  TWe then were given three handouts and learned about satire.  We then read articles from The Onion newspaper and identified aspects of satire in them.  Our homework is to find an example of satire to present on Friday, and our Last Lectures.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Scribe 04/05/13

Today we watched the rest of Stranger than Fiction.  Our summary response is due on Monday and it should be a page to a page and a half double spaced. The questions that were posed in class today were...
How much responsibility does the creator have over the creation? At what point does the creation take responsibility for itself?

Consider them when writing your summary response. Have a great weekend! :)

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Scribe 4/3/13

Today we watched Stranger than Fiction to prepare for our summary response that is due Monday. We took notes in class comparing the difference between a creator and a creation.

Creator Examples:
·         Causes what is going to happen
·         Has complete control over whether he lives or dies
·         Controls his love interest with Anna Pascal
·         She has a responsibility to say what will happen
·         The creator is just as lost as the creation
·         He is almost OCD regarding his job as shown through his wristwatch which is a symbol of his job

Creation examples:
·         She does not narrate everything
·         He has free will but he his set on a path
·         Stops actions when Eiffel narrates
·         Seeks out help
-          English professor
-          Psychiatrist
·         Doesn’t what to do what the creator says and constantly tells her to “shut up”
·         He tries to determine whether his life is a comedy or a tragedy
·         Coming to the conclusion the that he doesn’t control his fate
·         Poses the question on how to live if death was upon him 

Remember our last lecture part two is due on Monday! 

Friday, March 22, 2013

Scribe March 22

If you are reading this: IT IS PROBABLY SPRING BREAK! yes.

Today was March 22, 2013 and it was a long, and painful day, but we all made it through it! Mrs. Smith understood our pre-break pain, and so she gave us a pretty easy day.

Here was our agenda for the day:

  • Quiz on The Picture of Dorian Gray, chapters 16-20
  • Check in The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Check out Brave New World
  • Work time on the Last Picture: Part II

Here is your homework:

  • If you missed today:
    • Find Mrs. Smith after break to take your 16-20 quiz
    • If you want to get ahead, find a copy of Brave New World and start reading

  • Everyone else:
    • Start reading Brave New World
    • WORK ON LAST LECTURE - Due April 5th (the Friday we get back from break)
    • Have a great break!
If you’re trying to figure out what copy we are using, here’s what it looks like:

If you want to see anything that has gone on this week, or what we will do when we come back, check on this link: Weekly Agenda

If you need some inspiration for how to write your last lecture, you can read Mrs. Smith’s one because it may help. Here is the link: Smith Last Lecture part 2

Last, if you are still struggling with your Last Lecture, or you want to talk to Mrs. Smith about what you missed, I bet she would be willing to talk if you email her at

Have an amazing break and try not to think about school too much. I know I won’t!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

17-20 blog question

Today in class we stumbled across the arguement of nature vs. nurture. where one side depicts that where you were born or the people you grew up around is the type of person you will become, whereas the other side says it where you come from or who you grew up around doesnt mean thats who you will be; you can become whoever you want and do whatever you want. which side do you believe in? Which side dis Dorian fall into?

Scribe 3/20

SCRIBE 3/20/13

We had a great start to a nice Wednesday morning as the weather keeps improving. It is exciting to say goodbye to school for a week and welcome spring break and the relaxation that comes with it.

  • Started with a Fishbowl over chapters 17-20
    • Discussed:
      • Are we always the same person, or do we change who we are depending on the circumstances?
      • Nature vs Nurture
      • Did Lord Henry create the bad side of Dorian?
      • Did Dorian want to change?
      • What influences who we become? Parents? Circumstances? Spirituality? Mentors?
      • How would you change if you could see every one of your sins manifest physically on your being?
  • Homework- Blog Question, Last Lecture Part 2, Be ready for quiz over 16-20


Scribe 3-20

Happy Wednesday!

We did a fishbowl today so make sure you look on the blog and answer the question due Friday.

Study for the quiz this Friday.

Work on Last Lecture Part 2.

We Facetimed her son so if you missed it then sorry.

Dorian Gray 17-20 Fishbowl

Monday, March 18, 2013

Scribe 3-18

It was an early start to this windy Monday morning, but we battled through our impending drowsiness.

  • We read, dissected and annotated the poem 'Harlot House'. Please see Mrs. Smith for the questions that we answered in class with our groups. 
  • We then discussed the 'Harlot House.' Here is an in-depth analysis of the poem. 
    • In class we mentioned that we thought when the girl mentioned in the poem, entered the house she was giving up her soul. From the outside it looked like a grand party but from the inside it was far from her expectations. We also drew conclusions to Dorian Gray by how he sold his soul for the pleasure of his beauty while the girl in the poem sold her soul for the pleasure of the party.
  • Homework: Finish Dorian Grey and prepare for the fishbowl on Wednesday if you are a discusser or a presenter. 
Have a great Monday everyone!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Friday, March 15, 2013

Well fellow classmates it was sad to say good bye to Tcap week. Nothing better than sleeping in and staying home while underclassmen have to take tests! however we had a wonderful welcome back...

  • Quiz over chapters 12-15
    • You should definatley read for this one, spark notes will not help you!!!!
  • Then a fantastic fish bowl over chapters 13-16
  • Topics discussed were
    • Who should be held responsible for Dorians actions
    • Who had the graeter influence over Dorian? Lord Henry or Basil?
    • Is Dorians way of life corrupting not only himself but those around him?
  • Blog question over fish bowl
  • Last Lecture 2
  • Read 17-18
Have a safe and fun weekend,



In this part of the story we see the implementations of Dorian having no soul. How does this affect how he feels mentally about his actions? Will he ever be able to repent for what he has done?

Scribe 3-15


Unfortunately TCAPS are over and real school has to start again.
We started off this great-ish Friday with...

  • A quiz over chapters 12-15.
    • Watch out it's a tough one.
  • Then a informing fishbowl was led over chapters 13-16.
    • Many great questions and topics were brought up and there was a lot discussed during the fishbowl.
    • If you have any questions about what happened in the fishbowl ask MATT DONOHOE.
  • Blog question over the fishbowl.
  • Last Lecture 2
  • Read 17-18
Have a Great Weekend,


Dorian Gray 13-16 Fishbowl

Monday, March 11, 2013

March 11, 2013

Happy CSAP week!! Or should I say TCAP. Oh Whatever.

Today was March 11, 2013 and we had a pretty easy class period, however we also gave a certain poem a lot of thought. We walked in today and after the usual “Hello Smith”, she handed out the poem Helas and we split into groups to analyze it.

Here is a link to the poem: Helas

We also answered questions that helped us to break down the poem, and also to relate it to our current book The Picture of Dorian Gray:

1. Which lines show evidence of the hedonistic, aesthetic philosophy Lord Henry advocates?
2. Which lines reveal a “Faustean Pact”?
3. Which is the most important question the speaker of the poem asks?
4. Excluding the title, pick out one word from the poem which is the most revealing about the author’s emotions.
5. After considering the entire poem’s message, what do you think the title, “Helas”, means?
6. What, if anything, surprises you about this poem?

Since this is TCAP week Mrs. Smith has not given us that much homework, but we do have a few things to do.

  • Read Chapters 15-16 in The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Prepare for the fishbowl on chapters 13-16 on Friday
  • Continue working on the second part of your last lecture; due at the end of the second six weeks

Lastly, if there is any other questions you have about this week or what you have missed, go to this link and check the class powerpoint: Smith English Literature. Have a good week!