Core 1:

  1. (We will be coming back to our discussion on Public Education tomorrow. Today will be the second of four 30-minute Expert blogging sessions.)
  2. Write-on: Create the following diagram on a piece of paper (or computer if your prefer… Notebook or Word would probably be quickest) to show your
    opinions of what should and should not be allowed of the following
    remixing or mashup situations:

Isn’t Illegal Is Illegal
Should be Illegal
Shouldn’t be Illegal

  1. Creating a collage using a famous piece of art and some of your own drawings.
  2. Hacking someone’s computer game and making it better then selling it.
  3. Taking someone’s direct quote from a book without citing it.
  4. Taking someone’s ideas from a book and listing them as one of your biggest influences in the bio.
  5. Using two pieces of different music to make a new one.
  6. Creating a replica of a building in Google Sketch-up.
  7. Creating a parody of the latest blockbuster film and putting it up on YouTube.
  8. Typing out a chapter of someone’s book and putting links to pictures of all of the places it mentions.
  9. Taking the beat or melody of a famous song and looping it to create
    something new to sing or rap over, without asking for permission to use
    the sample.
  10. Using a well known movie clip, and dubbing you and your friends
    making up funny, rude comments over top of it so that it looks like
    they are saying what you want them to.

Discuss each situation with your neighbors when you are finished.

  • Use the these definitions and real life situations and in order to complete your 30-minute-expert blogging session on the following debatable topic: Solved: Any idea or work that you create should be able to be remixed, modified, and repackaged for the purposes of another person.

Extension: Finish your 30-minute-Expert blogging session in the resources, facts, and opinions format.

Core 2:

  1. Write-on: When should you take action against injustice, and when is it okay just to let it be?
  2. Check out a finished Hierarchy Blog Post:
  3. If you haven’t finished your hierarchy piece, follow the instructions from last Friday:
    1. Choose two steps in one of your school hierarchy and display them visually (using http://www.morguefile.com or http://www.everystockphoto.com) in Smart Notebook. Then answer the question in my example: How can we change the hierarchies that exist at Cresthill.
    2. Post to your blog using your Academy of Discovery Docs.
      • If you don’t know how to do that, please follow this tutorial.
      • You can also ask Swordman for help.
  4. As your next blog post I would like you to start getting into the idea of taking action on an issue of race or sex. So, I would like you to become familiar with the Taking it Global webpage.
    • Create a building comment (write about the idea presented by someone else on your own blog and link to the original post) on a Taking it Global blog or article.
    • You can search for racism, sexism, or another type of injustice in the search box in the upper right corner of the site. (Or, follow these links: Racism and Sexism)
  5. Extensions: Finish your building comment.

Core 3:

  1. Write-on: If you were going to create a how-to guide for writing like Shakespeare or reading/understanding Shakespeare what would it include?
  2. If you are not finished with your metaphor blog post, please follow the instructions from last Friday:
    • Choose one of your metaphors for love (yours or Portia and Bassanio’s) and display it visually (using http://www.morguefile.com or http://www.everystockphoto.com) in Smart Notebook. State your metaphor in a poetic way and explain from the point of view of one of the participants (you or a character of the play).
    • Post to your blog using your Academy of Discovery Docs.
      • If you don’t know how to do that, please follow this tutorial.
  3. To prepare us for the end of the play and your final on MOV (which will consist of either writing one paragraph/stanza in the style of shakespeare or analyzing one paragraph/stanza of another Shakespearean play), you will be constructing a how-to blog post.
    • Option 1: Creating a how-to for reading shakespeare with all of your tips and tricks and all of the things you find online from resources like this.
    • Option 2: Creating a how-to for writing like shakespeare with all of the things that you would have to include to impersonate the bard from your own knowledge and online resources like this.
  4. Extension: Finish your how-to for Friday.

Core 4:

  1. Listen/Blog-On: Listen to the different types of music and write out what you believe it has the power to persuade you to do.
    • Sounds Familiar
    • Punk Rawk Show
    • Get me away from here, I’m dying
  2. Why do you believe that the Pied Piper is dressed as he is?
  3. Read from page twenty of the eText. Select one of the pictures that best helps to illustrate the following questions, put it into a blog post, and answer the question:
    • What assumptions did the Mayor make about the Piper?
    • What was the Piper’s point of view about how he was treated? Were his actions justified? Why or why not?
    • What is the lesson of the poem?
    • Why do you think the Piper chose music to charm the rats and the children?
    • What did the Piper mean by the words, “And folks who put me in a passion/ May find me pipe after another fashion”?
    • Why was no one able to stop the children?
    • How did the Piper persuade the Mayor to allow him to get rid of the
      rats? What evidence did the Piper use to support his argument?
    • How does this version of the story of the Pied Piper (or a portion of it) compare to the other versions found here, or to the songs found here.
  4. Which of these questions are debatable?
    • How do you frame a question so that it is more debatable.
  5. How is this more debatable: “Solved: The mayor should have paid the Piper.”
  6. Extension:
    • Write out how you believe a debate should be organized and run.

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