01.17.06

Cores 1-4:

  1. Reminder to Del.icio.us post.

Cores 1:

  1. Dive back into vocab with vocabulary improv:
    • Write down the most interesting character you can think of on a small sheet of paper.
    • Write down the most interesting setting you can think of on a small sheet of paper.
    • Put them in the baskets and then we will draw them out and try to work our vocabulary words into each improvised situation.

Core 2:

  1. Write-On: Explain why this is false.
    • All rocket scientists are human.
    • I am a human.
    • Therefore, I am a rocket scientist.
  2. Dive back into the Nerd Herd Word Book:
    • Take a look at the most useful Idea from the idea page.
    • Tackle the translation together.

Core 3:

  1. Dive back into the Vocab book with wrong way sentences, daffynitions, and contextual conundrums.

Core 4:

  1. Explore the concept of Utopia through definition, brainstorms, and writing:
    1. Brainstorm ideas about utopias and write down ALL responses:
      • What words come to mind when you think about utopia?
      • What changes may have taken place as humans redefine the term utopia?
      • What things or places might be considered utopian?
    2. Categorize the ideas that were written down.
      • How could you categorize these ideas into groups?
      • What could you call each group? Why?
      • What are some commonalities of utopias?
    3. Brainstorm a list of things that man throughout the ages would consider utopian?
      • What can you say about these things?
      • What do you call each of these groups? Why?
      • Are the following characteristics of utopias: paradise, heaven, new worlds, perfection of some sort? Why or why not?
    4. Make generalizations about utopias and human’s changing ideas regarding them.
      • What can you say about utopias that is usally true? How are our examples alike?
    • Humans have been searching for or trying to create a utopian world in some way since time began.
    • Humans corrupt their utopia after finding it or creating it.
    • Each human strives to create his/her own personal and societal utopia.
    • Dreams memories, nature, emotions, and time help shape our ideas regarding utopia.
    • Individuality can be lost in our quest for utopia.

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