Monday, March 9, 2015

Lord of the Flies Chapter 5 and 6 Silent Socratic

Today, we are going to do a silent discussion over Chapters 5 and 6.  Everyone must answer the following questions I have asked and once you are done, you must respond to at least 3-4 (or more) other people. When you are done making comments, you must always end with a question-interpretive or critical. I expect textual support (specific quotes from text) to back up your claims.  You will need to read people's questions and comments, but I would like to see depth with discussion threads and for you to be original in your thought and not just restate what someone else already mentioned.

Please do this part first, on your own, as you will get an individual grade for how you answer these questions: You can answer all these questions within one Comment box, but label each response with the corresponding number.

1. What two quotes (1 from each chapter) do you believe were most poignant in revealing an overall theme (a main message)?  Please give the quote from the chapter and then write your analysis.

2.  How is fear playing a role in these chapters?   You must give one quote, from one of the chapters, to support your claim.

3.  How is power and control shifting within these chapters and what is it creating?  Use a quote to support your response.

4.  Please write one interpretive and one critical question

Now that you are done with this, please begin to read other people's questions and comments and respond.  Make sure you are using as much textual evidence as possible.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Inherit Silent Socratic Extension

We are going to have a silent discussion today.  Please follow ALL directions.  For the first part of class, we will be discussing Act 3 in itself, then we will transfer to real world questions.

1.  Respond to 3 of my questions first-please use textual support where need be.  Your choice!
2.  When you are done responding to my questions I want you to ask a critical real world question (in a different text box)  You must respond to one another (at least 3-4 others) and continue to ask more critical questions as you move through.  I want analysis, depth of thought and thoughtful insight.  

1.  Why did the jury find Cates guilty even after there was so much support for Drummond at the end of the trial?  Why did Cates "win"according to Drummond?  What is the personal significance to Cates of the outcome of the trial?

2.  What did you think of Hornbeck at the end of the play?  What impression did you leave with concerning his characterization?

3.  What is the significance of Drummond's final gesture at the end of the play?  (see stage direction)

4.  What did you think of Drummond's advice to Bert with regard to the story he told about Golden Dancer?

5.  What important first in history does the trial introduce?  Why was this so groundbreaking?

6.  How does Rachel change at the end of the play?  What does she ultimately understand?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Please answer all of the following questions: (Make sure you proofread and use complete sentences)These should be elaborate thoughts, not one sentence repsonses!

1) After viewing Mr. Fisch's world-renown "Did you Know" powerpoint, what ideas strike you about the facts presented?
How does this make you think about the world and your place in it? How could this impact you?

2) Also, what did Danny Macaskill's, "Inspired Bikes" make you think about perseverance, hard work, potential, etc...? How can you apply what you saw from his adventures, doing bike tricks, to your own life?

3) What is the value of learning? What is your role as a learner?

Summer Reading

Over the summer, you were asked to read at least two novels of your choice.

1) Briefly tell me what you read, including the titles and authors.
2) I want to know what you liked about the books, what you learned and, more importantly, what matters to you about the book's content? How does it resonate with you?
Please do not give me a summary; I care more about what you took away from the book.

*Make sure to adhere to proper conventions and proofread your response. If, for some reason, you did not read two novels, tell me about two novels you have read and enjoyed and answer the above.