Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Definitions

Think about the words survive, survivor, and survival. Define them in your own words.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Today's News

Take a few minutes to search news sites, find an interesting article and read it. Then, copy and paste the link, summarize the article, and reflect on what you read.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

You as a Reader

Most everyone can remember a book that has had an impact on his or her life. Often this book is connected to an experience. It could have been the first book you learned to read. It could have been a book that troubled you. An important book doesn't have to be well loved, but it has to have an impact. Think about your history as a reader. Recall a book that sticks out in your mind and complete the following:

Give two reasons why the book is important to you:

Past reading experiences influence our current reading and writing. List five positive or negative reading and/or writing events that affect the way you read and write today.
*As always proofread before submitting.
This activity is from Cris Tovani's book I Read It, But I Don't Get It.

Monday, January 7, 2013

The Black Death

While viewing the documentary and clip, I, personally, had quite a few questions and curiosities about how people dealt with such a devastating amount of sickness and death. I wondered what it would be like to live day to day wondering whether or not I would be next, fearing who I might lose among my family and friends, and what that fear would do to my sense of self? My faith? My will to go on? What caused some people to stay and help and others to flee? What would happen if this occurred today? These questions then led me to a slew of philosophical questions.

So what I wonder is...what questions arose as you viewed the videos? What did you wonder? What intrigued you? What filled you with fear? What did you think in general?

Take a few moments to thoughtfully reflect and respond below. (*As a reminder, please remember to proofread and edit before you submit.)

Thursday, January 3, 2013

What does it take to survive?

To prepare for the next unit, I would like you to explore some survival stories. As you read these stories, I want you to continually ask, "What did it take for these people to survive?" What trends do you see? What characteristics/traits do these people have that gave them the strength to hang on? Then I also want you to ask yourself, "Would I have survived? Do I have what it takes to survive a harrowing situation?"

Please respond thoroughly and thoughtfully--as though you were having a conversation with me about the observations you made about others AND what you think about how you would respond in these scenarios (which we hope will never occur!).

Here are some links, but feel free to explore on your own:
Reader's Digest Survival Stories
MSNBC List of Top Survival Stories
NPR Hurricane Katrina Survival Stories
Outdoor Survival Stories
Wilderness Survival Stories
National Geographic Survival Stories
Urban Survival Stories