About Andrea

Born almost 55 years ago! Mother: Gunilla. Father: Roy. Sister: Jessica. Son: Malcolm. Grown in Brooklyn Heights, NY and traveled the world due to mormor's free airline tickets. I didn't know I had fair skin.

WHO WOULD YOU VOTE FOR TO BE MAYOR?

marty

John Connolly                  Marty Walsh

We need the next Mayor of Boston to make racial justice central to their administration. As registered voters we are petitioning for the adoption of Racial Equity Impact Assessments (REIAs) as a tool to reduce, eliminate, and prevent racial inequities in Boston.

(More about REIAs: http://www.bostonpublicschools.org/files/racial_equity_toolkit.pdf)

WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO USE THIS WEBSITE FOR TODAY?

………..internet research practice……

Primary Goal: Visit and look-over as many websites as you can about the Boston Campaign to Elect the 1st new Mayor of Boston in 20 years.

FINAL PRODUCT (to get credit):  On white-lined paper with a full heading, write at least one paragraph where you…

  1. Make a CLAIM stating YOUR choice of candidate (John? or Marty?).
  2. Include at least 3 direct quotations (enclosed within quotation marks, and clearly labeling which candidate it comes from) that give EVIDENCE for why you choose him.
  3. Write an explanation for each of the quotations as to the REASONS why those quotes show your candidate is the BEST choice.

Please end your paragraph with a SLOGAN!  You will transfer this slogan, using markers, to a plain white 8 1/2″ X 11″ paper. What is a slogan?  It is like all the ads we see all the time. It is only 4 – 8 words. Can you get other people to want to vote for your candidate in
4 – 8 words? How can you summarize and “sell” what is best in such a few words?

MA History Standards:
9.11    Describe the purpose and functions of government.
9.19    Explain the rights and the responsibilities of citizenship and describe how a democracy provides opportunities for citizens to participate in the political process through elections, political parties, and interest groups.

TODAY:   DOWN BELOW, there are a whole bunch of BLUE underlined “links.” Whenever you click on a link, it takes you to a whole other website with new information. That is where you will find the information for the quotations that you will put on your note-taking sheet you were given as a handout.

Later, you will be making a CLAIM for which of the two candidates you would choose to vote for. On white lined paper, in a separate paragraph you will write, “If I were entering the VOTING BOOTH to CAST MY BALLOT for Mayor tomorrow (the actual election will be on Tuesday, Nov. 5th ), I would VOTE for  _____________________________________  .”   (Who?! Pick just one).

NOTE-TAKING SHEET….Find your EVIDENCE from reading the weblinks.
1) Write down one piece of information that that you like about the candidate’s life story .
2) Write down one piece of information that you admire about their qualifications .
3) Write down at least one of the ideas or proposals that you agree with (or, as many as you want) that the candidates present in the section on IDEAS and ISSUES. Is it something that you believe will really help, or can make a difference?

Close with describing your REASONING.
What is it about the textual EVIDENCE that you copied down on your notesheet that you believe shows that your candidate would be the best Mayor for Boston? How does that information, argument, or idea prove that you are making the correct choice?

LAST PART  – After you’ve done all of that, end your statement with a catchy
SLOGAN:  4 – 8 words that describes and sells your candidate! Can you convince others to vote for your choice?

DRAW IT WITH MARKER –  BIG!! – ON WHITE PAPER.

We will post your slogans in the hallway just to raise awareness and build excitement that this election is actually happening.

EXTRA CREDIT: Register as a member of WordPress and Send Ms. D. a comment in the Leave a Reply box.

marty

John Connolly                  Marty Walsh

FIND EVIDENCE FOR YOUR CHOICE BY READING WHAT THEY SAY……..
Go to all the links for each candidate before you take your final notes.

Click on these links to learn more about John:

Click on these links to learn more about Marty:

NOW that you have looked, at least quickly, at all these links, use your notetaking sheet to identify “quotes” you can USE for your CER paragraph…

Write your EVIDENCE from reading the weblinks.
1. Write down one piece of info that that you like about the candidate’s life story .
2. Write down one piece of info that you admire about their qualifications .
3. Write down at least one of the ideas or proposals that you agree with (or, as many as you want) that the candidates present in the section on ISSUES. Is it something that you believe will really help, or can make a difference?

Looking at the directions in the box at the bottom of the page, THIS is what you need to do to complete the assignment, using white-lined paper with a full heading: Your name, class, teacher, date.

Make a CLAIM for which of the two candidates you would choose to vote for.
Write: “If I were entering the VOTING BOOTH to CAST MY BALLOT for Mayor tomorrow (the actual election will be on Nov. 5th – 2 weeks from today), I would VOTE for  _____________________________________  ”   (Who? Pick just one)

Your paragraph needs to include at least 3 direct quotations from the text (EVIDENCE). In order to PASS this assignment, you must have at least 3 direct quotes from the website that you will use to explain your reasoning for why you choose one candidate to vote for.

Close with describing your REASONING.
What is it about the textual EVIDENCE that you copied down on your notesheet that you believe shows that your candidate would be the best Mayor for Boston? How does that information, argument, or idea prove that you are making the correct choice?

After you’ve done all of that, end your statement with a catchy SLOGAN: 4 – 8 words that describes and sells your candidate! Can you convince others to vote for your choice?

DRAW IT WITH MARKER –  BIG – ON WHITE PAPER.

EXTRA CREDIT: Register as a member of WordPress and Send Ms. D. a comment in the Leave a Reply box.

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In order to make this a city that works for everyone, the elected leadership must recognize the impact of the history of structural racism and systems of white privilege. A REIA is a systematic examination of how different racial and ethnic groups will likely be affected by proposed policies, institutional practices, programs, plans and budgetary decisions. The persistence of deep racial disparities and divisions across society is evidence of institutional racism – the routine, often invisible and unintentional production of inequitable social opportunities and outcomes. If we don’t have a champion for racial justice leading our city, then the routine will continue.

To learn more about racial inequity in Boston, click here:
http://www.commonwealthmagazine.org/News-and-Features/Features/2013/Fall/003-No-seat-at-the-table.aspx

 

US II March 4th

Go to this link and EXPLORE…..
Wait for the writing assignment

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/worldwarone/

 

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/worldwarone/hq/games.shtml

Complete the Trench Warfare Game.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/worldwarone/hq/trenchwarfare.shtml

You can only advance to Missions 2, 3, and 4 if you successfully choose the correct equipment. THINK about which kinds of new technology would work best for succes in each of the assigned MISSIONS:

Timeline Game
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/worldwarone/hq/worldwarwhen.shtml
How well can you do? This is great for studying.

US I March 4th

Watch this video.

http://millercenter.org/debates/big-government/video

Watch it again and complete the T chart:

Complaints Against BIG Govt Reasons we Need BIG Govt

Period 3 Teen Pregnancy GC class

Original Questions
Survey Questions
– Do you know if there is a sex education program at our school?
– Do the teenagers know the consequence of different diseases when having sex?
– Are they ready to take care of their babies?
– Do they know the development of their health and body?
– Why cannot they wait until the possibility of getting or having a baby?
– What are some responsibilities they can take in order to prevent having sex without condoms?
Interview Questions
– How can we get pregnant? (biology teacher)
– What are the symptoms that a girl can recognize when she gets pregnant? (biology teacher)
– What are resources about teen pregnancy at CASH? (headmaster)
– How can we include a sexual education class in the school? (headmaster)
– Does the school provide condoms to the students? (school nurse)
– Do you talk about sex with your child? (parents)
– In what way can you contribute to teen pregnancy in the school? (teachers)
– Is birth control the best way to prevent pregnancy? (school nurse)
Modifications
Interview Questions
– What sexual education/teen pregnancy resources are currently available at CASH?
– How are they made available?
– If you had your “best wishes,” (lots of money, time and staff) what kinds of resources would you like to see?
– Does the school currently have a sexual education curriculum?
o If so:
 Where can we find more information about it?
 How long has it been in place and when is the last time it was updated?
o If not:
 Why not?
 Can you help us create a list of possible obstacles?
o Have there been programs in place in the past (here or elsewhere) that you thought were successful? What about them do you think was effective?
– Who makes decisions regarding any sort of sexual education curriculum?
Survey Questions – anonymous

This is to be developed distributed to students in a “statistically meaningful” manner that you decide is best. Note: We can also look online to see if there are other surveys, to get ideas.
To What Extent (Strongly Agree/Agree/Neutral/Disagree/Strongly Disagree)
[POSSIBLE QUESTIONS: We will create this today in a format that you think makes sense.]
“Demographic information” – What is this? Does it matter? How do we gather it?
“gender” “age” “nationality” “grade” ….

I know someone who is sexually active
I know someone who is sexually active and may not always use birth control.
I believe students are familiar with birth control methods and know how to use them.
I believe there are some – many (circle one) students who are NOT familiar with birth control methods and do NOT know how to use them.
– I think that teen pregnancy is an issue affecting our school.
– I am happy with the current sexual education program at CASH.
– I am well-informed about the sexual education program at CASH.
– I am well-informed about ways I can safely have sex.
– I am well-informed about the consequences of having sex, even if I am safe.
– I am well-informed about the development of my health and body.

Some – most – all (Circle one) students at CASH know how pregnancy happens.
Some – most – all (Circle one) students at CASH are not having sex.
Some – most – all (Circle one) young men at CASH are not having sex.
Some – most – all (Circle one) young women at CASH are not having sex.
Some – most – all (Circle one) at CASH are having sex.

TRUE OR FALSE?
I will wait to have sex till I believe I am “in love.”
I will wait to have sex till I believe I am married.
I think sex is interesting and will experiment whenever I feel “ready.”

weblinks for US I

Please complete these in the order they are listed.

http://www.icivics.org/web-quests/three-branches

http://www.icivics.org/web-quests/courts?cck_pager_group_pages=1

http://www.icivics.org/web-quests/courts-nutshell

http://www.icivics.org/games/cast-your-vote

http://www.icivics.org/games/immigration-nation

http://www.icivics.org/games/activate

Weblinks for US 2 – 2nd and 3rd period

Watch the video, then click on the links. What do you find?

http://amhistory.si.edu/militaryhistory/

Complete each of these in order. Take notes.

http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/w1frm.htm

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education/greatwar/

http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/rotogravures/rotogal.html
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/rotogravures/rototime1.html

http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/historyonline/us32.cfm

George Saunders on Sunday

“If I’d kept living my life the same way, I’d have died earlier, I’d have died angrier.”

The “Tenth of December” is a recently published collection of short stories by former tech writer, George Saunders. On Sunday, he quoted Terry Eagleton, an English literary theorist and critic, “Capitalism plunders the sensuality of the body.”

This was in response to a statement that was attributed to him, “The absence of wealth creates an erosion of grace.”

And later, he added, “If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

From the interview with George Stephanopoulos [http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/02/sunday-spotlight-george-saunders-on-tenth-of-december/]