We are moving quickly on the Head Swap assignment. Here's what to keep in mind.
Once you've opened them both, toggle back and forth between them by clicking on the tabs. You shouldn't have the head you're stealing and the body it's going on to on the same screen.
In my case, I will click on Baby Face to steal Yoda's head, then click Pete Onstage to paste it onto his head.
Our next unit is going to be FUN. Pick a celebrity, or a historical figure, or someone you know, and create three bogus Instagram photos for their profile. Put their head on the body of someone doing something crazy that doesn't fit them or their personality.
How do we do it? Start here.
We're adding music and headphones to today's menu. This might take a while, so take the notes and double check all of the place where your volume might be muted. Where should you look? Check your paper. The answers should be right in front of you.
If your Garbage Storyboard is finished, please grade it with the rubric on the back wall. Write a comment in any of the four sections in the blank space, and initial it.
Like you don't know that.
I've been teaching pretty aggressively, so let's take an extra day to finish our storyboards. They're due at the end of the class on Friday instead of Thursday. You and your partners will grade it first, then I'll have you pick people from two other teams to do the same.
Grade aggressively. This is your chance to fix all of your mistakes before I check your paper. If four people grade the assignment, but I'm the only one who can find your errors, you lose points for each one.
You're looking for the Garbage Storyboard Rubric. It's on the rack next to the studio door.
With Peer Evaluation, many of us speed through this step and give ourselves an A, thinking that we're deciding our own grade.
We're correcting our problems before our grade is assigned.
Make sure you know the difference. Here's the rubric we'll use.
Hey, everyone. My daughter is sick today, so we're headed to the doctor. Take the notes for these two handouts. If your script for Shut Up and Eat Your Garbage isn't complete, finish that up as well.
Double check yesterday's video and make sure you have Safari set up properly. I'll be back with you on Monday.
PS - There's a word bank at the bottom of the Storyboard Format sheet. Don't be afraid to use it, along with a little process of elimination.
Sometimes, you'll walk into the Media Lab and your computer will be updating...
or it's not powered up...
or the Apple screen will be there and you won't be able to log in...
and it will give you a message like this.
No need to feel sad!
Take the quiz with another group instead of asking the teacher to fix it. You may even know more than they do.
If there's another computer that's up and running, take the quiz there instead. Yes, you can change seats.
When we're taking the quiz, I'm giving instructions and getting the class started, so if you can't log in at your computer:
1. Make sure it's plugged in and turned on.
2. If not, do that.
3. If you still can't log on, take the quiz with another group.
4. If there's an empty computer, use that one.
5. Yes, you can change seats to do either of these things.
This will help me manage the class, and you can get the grade. Way to be independent, Patriots. I'm proud of you.
Here's how to set up your internet browser. The websites you'll need this semester are:
Drag and drop these bookmarks to the top of your web browser. When I ask you to visit each site, just click on the bookmark so you don't have to type in the name.
UPDATE - Apple has changed their web browser since I made this video. Instead of looking for the green plus, grab the bookmark from our website, then move the arrow of cursor to your bookmarks bar and let go, like this.
Seriously. Here's how.
Let's start the semester by adding meaning to a script that is vague. On purpose.
An Open Scene is any short film where the words could mean anything you wanted, depending on what we see the actors do while they speak. Here are the two scenes we will use in Media. Each team should pick one script, and no two teams can write the same story. Here are your choices.
A: Get out of here.
B: I think I’ll stay.
A: You are not supposed to be here.
B: And you are?
A: Are you out of your mind?
B: Are you?
A: Just leave already.
B: You first.
A: Can you believe that?
A: What are we going to do?
A: This could be awful.
B: Nah, we can manage it.
A: Got any ideas?
B: Yeah, but don't tell anyone.
A: Check it out.
B: No way.
A: This is unbelievable.
A: Not if you paid me a million dollars.
B: I'm telling.
A: No way.
B: Here I go.
B: Not if you paid me a million dollars.
A: I didn’t expect to see you here.
B: I could say the same for you.
A: What’s new?
B: Not much. You?
A. Same. It’s supposed to rain today.
B: Oh, really?
B: Well, see you later.
A: Yeah, I’ll see you around.
So where do you start? You could make it simple by taking the words and conveying a general feeling between the characters.
If you want to go deeper, dream up a situation that fits their conversation, and act it out as the scene progresses. Here's my scene:
A: I’m going to do it.
B: Me too.
A: It can’t be as tough as they say.
B: What do they say?
A: That it’s scary and risky and there’s a slight chance of...
B: Slight chance of what?
A: Yeah. Would I lie to you?
B: No, I don't think you would.
Take three minutes and come up with a scenario to match these lines. If you get one, type it into the Socrative Quiz. If not, no worries. We'll see what you come up with in three minutes.
Click Share at the top of your Office 365, then copy and paste email@example.com as my Email address.
I will leave your grading feedback as a comment on your paper. Look for the word bubble and click on it. My comments will pop up on your screen.
Don't be in a hurry to turn in your paper. Peer Evaluate it first, and be aggressive as you look for mistakes. Find and correct them all.
If you're finished with your work, but your neighbors aren't, don't talk to them. They still have stuff to do.
If you don't write the number of sentences needed, I'll grade it mathematically. We need five paragraphs with 8 to 10 sentences each, so I'll need a minimum of 40 sentences since 8 x 5 = 40. If you only turn in 20 sentences, you'll start with a 50%, and lose points for any errors I find.
Be diligent. Many students have already checked out and are barely working, so I spend more time managing behaviors to keep things cool and relaxed in the room.
Remember the format
Rewatch the videos at the website to review as you go.
PS - No clip art or photos in your papers, please. Thx.
Most of us repeat the keyword in our paper several dozen times over five paragraphs. It makes our writing sound like elementary school instead of middle school.
Here's how to fix that.
If I were writing my concluding paragraph on the movie Epic, here's how I would write it:
A quote by Arthur C. Clarke sums up the movie Epic: Magic is just science that we don't understand yet. Professor Bomba spends the entire film trying to prove there is a race of tiny people that inhabit the forest where he lives. In the end, his daughter proves this to be true. Sure, Epic is a great movie, but does it fit the traditional description of a fairy tale? My answer is yes. It's a giant battle between good and evil, and magic is a major force for both sides to use. There's a nice love story between MK and Nod, and most importantly, the good guys win before the end credits roll. Its moral and its use of the supernatural combine to make Epic a modern take on the stories we all loved as kids, plus it's good to see an original plotline instead of another remake. There are a few stereotypes I could do without, but overall, it's a good film that is worthy of our your time.
What would the outline for this paper look like?
MY MAIN IDEA - Yes, Epic is not only a modern day fairy tale, it's a good one.
BODY ONE - Several elements from traditional fairy tales are in Epic: fairies, magic, true love, and a fight to the death between good and evil.
BODY TWO - What does it say that classic fairy tales don't? The girl saves the day instead of being rescued. The child can know more about something than the parent. Describe how MK clues in her dad to the mysteries of the fairy world, and show how she was a crucial part of defeating the Boggans.
BODY THREE - What didn't I like about it? I'm tired of the nerdy, clueless scientist with glasses stereotype. It would have been better if Professor Bomba was more of a real person and less of a caricature.
The only thing I want to do differently from this video is for you to write online in Office 365 so you can share your document with me when it's done. Please don't share until I tell you. I want your final draft, not every draft of every paragraph as you work.
By the end of class on Wednesday, your outline and your first paragraph should be done. Work diligently, friends.
Happy Monday. My daughter is sick today, so we're at the doctor. Here's what needs to be done.
If you're writing the five paragraph essay, your outline for what all three paragraphs will say should be complete when I see you tomorrow. Remember not to use my examples as your paper - you have to come up with your own story and your own outline.
BODY ONE - I will tell the original story of Puss in Boots.
BODY TWO - I will show how the movie shows him to be smart, just like the original story.
BODY THREE - I will show that the movie version of Puss in Boots is not only smart, but a caring cat with a good heart. This makes him a true hero.
Once your outline is done, write your first body paragraph of 8-10 sentences. Do your writing in Office 365 so you can share it with me when it's finished. I'll check every two days to see if you've finished another paragraph. We have only ten days left, so this works out perfectly. Make sure you're working instead of talking. If not, you'll lose points as we go. We need to work diligently on this every day instead of waiting until the last minute to do it all.
See you tomorrow.
It can be a five paragraph essay comparing a movie to its book or story version.
It can be a five paragraph essay comparing two movies that tell the same story.
It can be a prequel or a sequel scene from a book, movie or TV show of your choice.
If you write the essay, we need three body paragraphs and an introduction and conclusion.
If you write the story, it should explain itself and make sense to a fan of your series.
First, plan what you're going to write, then write it.
Writing exercise! Click here when I tell you. Not until, though.
It's (with an apostrophe) is a contraction for IT IS or IT WAS
Its (with no apostrophe) talks about something that belongs to IT, whatever IT is.
If you're writing a final paper instead of a story, here's another example of how to paraphrase. Please follow in instead of changing every fifth word from an internet article.
What's due by the end of the hour today?
The outline of what your three body paragraphs will say
When that's finished, start your writing.
You'll need a new 8 to 10 sentence paragraph every two days until break.
When your paper is done, we'll peer evaluate.
Pay attention to detail. If you finish early, I'll have you write another paper to keep you busy. If I give you feedback, pay attention to it and respond to it to get the best grade you can.
Here's today's lesson.
No handout today, but write these things down on a sheet of paper and study for Monday's quiz.
No more than four words in a row from the original source.
Use an introductory phrase to condense two sentences into one.
Switch the order of the sentence so the first comes last and the last comes first.
Don't use the same words over and over again. Find different ways to say things.
Tell us what the sentence means to you. Give yourself time to figure that out.
We'll close the semester with our Fairy Tale Unit. Unsure of what we need to do? Scroll down to the December 2nd post and read the bullet points.
Here's my first body paragraph that tells the story of the original Puss in Boots story. I took a HUGE paragraph and summarized it in eight short sentences. Boo yah.
To make sure we're moving forward, our grades on this will be participation. Every two days, I'll check with each team to see that another paragraph is done. Eight to ten sentences is what we need.
Here are what I want to say in my three body paragraphs:
BODY ONE - Tell the original story of Puss in Boots.
BODY TWO - Show how the movie shows him to be smart, just like the original story.
BODY THREE - Show how he's not only smart, but a caring cat with a good heart that wants the best for everyone. This shows us that he is a true hero.
What will I say in my introduction and conclusion? I don't know yet, but this is a good plan for my three body paragraphs I came up with in just a few minutes.
The only stories you can't outline are the ones I show you as examples. Let's get to work.