Saturday, December 10, 2011

Occupy Book

Final Occupy Project- Due Wednesday, December 14th- 500 Points
The purpose of this project is to have each student explain the reasons behind why the Occupy movement is happening. We would like you to review your notes from the presentations and class work to determine your answers. We want you to understand what is happening in our country and to determine what you think is the important information.
The format for this project is a simple book. We want you to create a book that would explain to someone who knows very little about the current economic crisis, why the Occupy movement is happening. You do not have to argue whether you agree or not with their tactics, but why there is a crisis.
1) Create a title that addresses the question-Why is Occupy happening?
2) Determine what history and elements of the economic crisis you feel are necessary to answer the question.
3) Focus on the use of diagrams, charts, and other illustrations to explain your points.
4) Keep your analysis to a minimum-be very direct. For example, " The end of the Glass Steagall Act lead the way to creating" Too Big to Fail" banking institutions which resulted in huge bank bailouts."
5) You may type your text or neatly print in pen.
6) Be creative-use color-strong adjectives-thoughtful diagrams to explain your points.
7) You may use computer generated graphics, but originals are really fun! Simple stick figures can work!
8) You need a title page-think of your illustration and title.
9) Each book should have at least 6 pages of information.
10) Works cited page-that does not need to be annotated :) :)
11) Use class time wisely. You will have part of Thursday and all of Monday and Tuesday in class.

• Book clearly outlines important elements of the financial crisis.
• History of the crisis is addressed
• Effective and intelligent visuals
• Grammatically correct sentences clearly make strong statements that connect to the overarching question.
• Title clearly answers the question and is engaging
• Accurate information
• Excellent use of color
• Title page, six pages of text, a works cited page and a back page.
• Neat and thoughtful presentation.
• All text neatly printed in pen or typed.


December 13th-8 am

Carefully read the checklist. Remember that you must attach your Oct. 27th draft, introduction and second point of view. You must have 11 pages and includes lots of references from your two interviews. Reread your transcripts!!!!!!!!!!
Take time to carefully revise.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Mentor Meetings- Week of December 5th

Bring typed to do list to mentor meeting. Discuss list and have mentor sign it.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

10 year plan

Please make sure you send me your 10 year plan bio. It is due by the end of the day on Wed. Carefully proofread your piece. Title the file with your last name. Put it in Ms. Hughes' inbox- find the folder entitled 10 year plan and than find the folder for your class.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Practice Presentations

Please come to class ready to present your portfolio reflection, whether it is written or oral.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Portfolio Due Date- March 25th

Proof of six cover sheets, postgrad plan and resume is due on Friday. The half sheet that is signed by your advisor is due to your government teacher by Friday.

Outlines and Mentor Meetings Proof

Please make sure that you turn in the mentor meetings proof sheet and the outline.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Practice! Practice! Practice!

Between now and Friday, you should put aside much time for practicing your speeches. Find a friend or get together as a group to practice your entire speech as many times as you can!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Senior Exhibition Day Reminders

1) Dress up- but no high heels-you need to walk
2) You must have guest passes for friends and alums who want to attend.
3) You must be in your presentation room by 5 minutes before your presentation
4) Seniors can only be in the library, cafeteria, hospitality room or presentations. NO WANDERING IN THE HALLS.
5) Keep your good clothes on when you go to the hospitality room. Only bring guardians into hospitality room-not enough food for all your friends and family
6) Do not forget to thank the parents in the hospitality room.
7) Copy power point slides
8) Video clips should be on flash drives
9) Use transition slides.
10) Use notecards-not pieces of paper
11) Do not use the podiums
12) Clearly answer your eq at the end with clear evidence-this is synthesis just like in your paper’s conclusion.
13) During Q and A refer to evidence in your answers. You may ask the person to rephrase or repeat the question, if you did not understand it.
14) Clearly know what you want your audience to understand at the end of your presentation. What is your goal? Convince them that your answer is logical and reasonable.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Outline Assignment: Please Read Carefully! Due Friday, March 11th

Oral Presentation Outline Assignment
500 Points
Due Friday, March 11th

This detailed outline assignment is to help you properly prepare for your oral presentation.

1) Outline must be typed and at least two pages (single-spaced).
2) Focus on your transitions and analysis, since that was missing from most of the fifteen minute presentations.
3) Remember this is a persuasive speech!!! You analysis needs to connect to your eq and your answer.
4) Please follow the format. I am only providing you with the beginning of the outline.

I. Introduction- story about a woman who smoked marijuana when she was going through chemotherapy.
a. Transition- explain how marijuana helped relieve her nausea and enabled her to continue to eat. Add statistic about how many people use it to relieve nausea
b. Explain my personal questions about why the government would want to prevent people from receiving help.
II. State essential question "Should marijuana be legalized for medicinal purposes?
III. State that I am going to first provide information about how marijuana relieves certain health symptoms
A. Explain what is in the plant that relieves symptoms - add visual to help explain this point.
B. State statistics on the various types of symptoms that are relieved.
C. State statistics on how many people suffer from these diseases
D. Add commentary on how important it is for people to not suffer. Discuss how important nutrition is to cancer patients or how people with arthritis can lead full lives if they are not in pain.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Work for Wed. March 9th

Bring clean copy of senior exhibition paper to class.
Those who did not present their visuals, bring copies to class. We will share them in your peer coaching groups.
Work on your outline-it is due on Friday.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Two Visuals- Due Monday, March 7th-250 pts

Come prepared with two visuals to share with your class. They should be in finished visuals-remember to read the handout on visuals.

Program Description Due Friday, March 4th

Make sure you carefully write your description for the senior exhibition program. It must be in my T drive inbox by the end of the day on Friday. 500 Points.

Follow the two examples:

The Positive and Negative Influences of Music

Music has the power to cause emotions, which are gripping and often irresistible; and these feelings affect our moods, affect our perceptions and in turn trigger behavioral responses. The presentation will be about the positives and negatives of the emotional and physical influences that music has on people.

Nicole Velazco has been at Oceana for three years, having spent her junior year in the Philippines. She hopes to be attending Brooks Institute of Photography in the fall of 2010.

The Lost Art of Fatherhood

Fatherhood in America is withering away and the art of teaching a boy how to be a man is forgotten. A boy’s mental development is affected by the absence of his male counter-part. The presenter will argue that the effect is neither positive nor negative alone, but a combination of the two.

Imani Mayfield is a student who has attended Oceana for all four years. He has come a long way and he isn’t perfect, but he is getting there. He plans to attend San Francisco State University in the fall, and pursue a career in Interior Design.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

March 3rd- 8 am deadline

This is it folks!!! Bring your final draft of your paper with the new checklist and rubric to room 308 by 8 am. You must also include the January draft and its graded rubric.

Good Luck!!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

15 Minute presentation-February 18th

Bring your outline to class.
Be prepared to make a 15 minute presentation!

Wed. February 16th

Bring your senior exhibition and 4 notecards to class. Keep working on your presentation.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Friday, February 11, 2011

February 14th Homework

1) write a thoughtful evaluation of your 8 minute presentation
2) start working on your fifteen minute presentation- You will be giving this on Friday and Ms. Wilkinson and I will be grading these. The fifteen minute presentation will be worth 500 points.

Thank you Notes Amnesty

In the interest of raising grades, any student who has not turned in a thank you note, may bring one to me on Monday. The envelope must be properly addressed- in pen and it must be stamped to get the 200 points. This could make a big difference in your grade.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

8 minute presentations-February 10

Come prepared to give an 8 minute presentation to your peer editing group. You must come with an engaging opening and the beginning information for your oral presentation. Read the rubric. Remember the oral presentation is a persuasive piece- you are arguing your answer to the essential question. You may not use note for the presentation. Bring a video camera if you have one.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Tuesday's Homework-Oral Presentation Videos

Go to the following link :

Watch both of the videos and grade each person's presentation based on the oral presentation rubric. Give a 2 sentence explanation for each category. Come prepared to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the presentations.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Homework due Friday, Feb. 4th

Read the rapport handout and answer the following questions. For Ms. Hughes' 2nd period class also complete the Know your audience questionnaire.

Homework: Due Friday, February 4 (50 points)
1. What is rapport? Define rapport in your own words.
2. In trying to build rapport, on whom must the speaker focus? Why?
3. Why is it necessary to know your audience to build rapport?
4. How do you determine the appropriate language to use with your audience?
5. Describe two different speaking occasions and explain a speaker would need to build rapport with the two different audiences? BE VERY SPECIFIC: CLEARLY EXPLAIN THE TWO DIFFERENT SITUATIONS.
6. Describe the two most important things a speaker should do to create rapport. Explain reasons.
7. Put the bullet pointed information in numerical order (the first being the most important), and explain choices.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Al Sharpton's Speech- Due Wed. Feb. 2nd

Please remember to take time to do this assignment. Many of you have low grades because you did not write the thank you card or other smaller assignments. It is extremely important that you take time and thoughtfully answer these questions. The answers must be in grammatically correct sentences and written in pen or typed. If typed, it must be double-spaced.

1) Watch Al Sharpton's speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. You can find it on youtube at

2) While watching the speech be aware that you will need to answer the following:

1) Grade the speech using the oral presentation rubric. Skip the category on visuals. You will need to be flexible when grading the speech, since it is clearly not a senior exhibition presentation. On a piece of binder paper, write each category on the rubric and explain in a sentence or two why you gave each particular score.

2) Explain the purpose of Sharpton's speech. What is he trying to accomplish?

3) Does he repeat certain words or ideas? What are they? Why do you think he repeats them?

4) What are his pieces of evidence? What does he say to prove his point? Write about the strongest pieces of evidence.

5) What is the best part of the speech? Why?

6) What is the weakest part of the speech? Why?

7) Why do you think that many people consider this a great speech?

Friday, January 21, 2011

January 27th 8 AM DEADLINE

Required components of this 8 am deadline:
Checklist (blue), rubric, last draft of paper highlighted, at least 15 pages, evidence incorporated into paper from three interviews, 10 annotated sources, December draft with mentor's comments, and graded conclusion.

January 25th-Lab day

make sure you come with an electronic file of your senior exhibiiton paper, plus all your earlier drafts. This is the last day to work in the lab before the 8 am deadline

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Friday- January 21st

Come with one or two pages of your paper that you would like your peer editing group to read. Time will be given for peer feedback before going to the lab. Come prepared to work on your paper in the lab. Come with questions for your teachers. Remember the goal is a passing paper by January 27th!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

conclusion-January 19th

Revise your conclusion. We will be grading this draft more severely than other drafts. Work on your evidence, reflect on the source of your evidence and write intelligent and reasonable predictions. Carefully read the rubric. This draft must be typed with the previous draft and peer edit form attached.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Friday's Homework-January 14th

Thank you card- addressed and stamped
First draft of conclusion-typed at least two pages-review notes from class. Do this correctly. Focus on your evidence!!!!!!!!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Thank you card-Wed. Jan. 12th

Bring thank you card to interviewee-addressed and STAMPED to class.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Mentor Meetings-To Do list- Wed. January 12

Please remember to bring your DETAILED to do list to your mentor meeting on Monday or Tuesday. You must bring the signed list to class on Wed.

Link for sources connected to Mental Health

This is a great resource for anyone who is doing their senior exhibition on anything connected to mental health.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Digital Recorders-Return NOW!!!

Anyone who has one of the school's digital recorders must return it immediately!! We do not have enough recorders for every senior. Be responsible and return the recorder a day after the interview.

Third Interview- January 10th

A three page transcription, proof of interview and a correct annotation of the interview is due on January 10th. It is extremely important that you complete this on time!!!