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Attention Beta Club Members »

Attention Beta Club members: The White River Carnival Committee is searching for volunteers to help with the White River Carnival Saturday, August 2. If you’re interested in donating a bit of community service and earning Beta service hours, be at the park pavilion, the big concert area by the river, at 11 a.m. to sign in, get an armband and area work assignment. E-mail Mrs. Gillmore ([email protected]) by Friday evening if you plan to work. Thanks in advance for being a willing, service-minded citizen.

False Alarm: Deadline Not Tomorrow! »

Oops–Sorry to have stressed you all. The deadline for the first task is NOT tomorrow. My bad! It’s NEXT Friday, so you have a whole week left to finish.

I’ll try to look a bit harder at the calendar next time before I send out a reminder.:)

First Summer Assignment Due Date Tomorrow! »

I’m sure all of you have been plugging away, working to finish the first assignment: writing an essay that evaluates three blogs. The deadline is tomorrow. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to e-mail me or leave a comment here.

When you have posted your response on your blog, please comment here to tell me you’re ready for me to grade it.



Help with Crafting Blog Evaluations »

Here’s the rubric  I’ll use to evaluate your evaluation of the three blogs you’ve selected. Be sure to read it before submitting your post. I think you’ll find it a helpful writer’s checklist.

For those of you struggling with this first assignment, trying to wrap your brain around how to get started, I’ve created a tutorial in the slideshow below. I hope it helps!


Don’t forget: you must post your evaluation (one post) of the three blogs by next Friday: June 20. If you need further help, leave a comment here or send me an e-mail.



Book Recommendations? »

Help me compile a book list by completing the Google Docs Form below. Simply type in your title choices in the three boxes; then, scroll down, and click ”Submit.” 

Pink Discussion: Prompt 3 »

Commenting on standardized tests such as the PSAT and SAT (and we can assume the ACT), Pink, in chapter two, states:

         These tests have become important gatekeepers for entry
          into meritocratic, middle-class society. They’ve created an
          SAT-ocracy–a regime in which access to the good life
          depends on the ability to reason logically, sequentially, and

If Pink’s argument–that future success will require both L-Directed and R-Directed thinking–is correct, the main vehicle, the SAT and ACT tests, to pay for students’ college tuition tests only one type of thinking and may not necessarily be a true indicator of future success.

Is this fair? Should tax dollars primarily reward students who are good test-takers, who are good L-Directed thinkers?

Source: Pink, Daniel H. A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future. New York: Riverhead Books, 2006. 

Pink Discussion: Prompt 2 »

Pink defines “six senses”–the “six essential abilities” he thinks individuals will need to be successful in the 21st Century (4).  In Part Two of his book, at the end of each chapter, he offers “a collection of tools, exercises, and further reading…that can help you surface and sharpen that sense” (4).

Choose one suggested tool or exercise, and follow his suggestion. Leave a comment, summarizing what you did. Do you think it was a worthwhile undertaking? Explain.

If you’re feeling adventurous–you might even snap a photo recording your experiment, write a blog post explaining what you did, and embed the photo in your post. You can include a link to your post in your comment.

Source: Pink, Daniel H. A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future. New York: Riverhead Books, 2006. 

Pink Discussion: Prompt 1 »

In chapter three, Pink writes: 

     To survive in this age, individuals and organizations must examine what
     they’re doing to earn a living and ask themselves three questions:

       1. Can someone overseas do it cheaper?
       2. Can a computer do it faster?
       3. Is what I’m offering in demand in an age of abundance?

In the Afterword, Pink claims “these three questions will mark the fault line between who gets ahead and who gets left behind” (246).

Do you agree or disagree? Explain.

Respond by leaving a comment below. Be sure to use your first name and last initial in the comment box so that I can credit you with your comment.

When responding to others, direct your comments to a specific person (like this: @Susie:) so that we can easily follow the conversation.

Source:    Pink, Daniel H. A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future. New York: Riverhead Books, 2006.

Writing a Resume »

Below are a few sites that give tips, tricks, formats for writing your resume.  One of the elements that can set your resume apart from others is POWER VERBS. Be sure to educate yourself (via the info. in links below) about using power verbs.

Check out these links:

Summer Assignment ’08: Task 3 »

Your final summer task is to read A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future by Daniel Pink. You’ll need to purchase your own copy of the book. It’s currently $10.50 at Amazon. If purchasing the book is a problem, please contact me, and I can secure you a copy.

Purchasing your own copy allows you to mark up the text, and this text is full of rhetorical devices you’ve been learning in pre-AP.  As you read, notice the author’s style–his choice of words, his syntax, his devices, his organizational structure.

Also, note the arguments he makes. How does he support his claim(s)? With what types of information? From what sources? Does he build logical, compelling arguments? Do you agree with him? How would you respond to his arguments?

As you read, I encourage you to mark up the text (if it’s your copy). Highlight interesting passages. Write questions, connections, comments in the margins. Note rhetorical devices. 

Reading Response Journal

Also, keep a reading journal as you read. The journal may be hand-written or typed (whichever you prefer) and must include the following:

  1. A list of books Pink recommends that you might like to read in the future.
  2. At least ten two-column entries: in the left-hand column, select a bit of text, and in the right-hand column, comment on the text. The commentary should be thoughtful, and well-developed: 
  • Pose questions.
  • Agree or disagree with Pink’s position.
  • Comment on particular rhetorical or stylistic devices and why–for what purpose or effect–you think he uses them.
  • Make connections to other works you’ve read, current issues/events,  or personal experiences.

Check out the sample reading response journal and the journal rubric.  Be sure to e-mail (if typed) your journal to me no later than August 8. If you’ve hand-written it, you may turn it in at the BHS main office.

Online Discussion

As you read and journal, I also want you to connect with your classmates, and discuss the text online. For the discussion to be successful, you must enter into conversation–not merely post a response to the prompts. The idea is to talk–back and forth–with each other about the book, to challenge one another’s thinking. So, you’ll need to post your responses, and read and comment on what others have written. If everyone waits until the deadline date, we obviously can’t have a quality discussion. Ideally, you will begin discussing early on, and continue until school starts. You don’t have to have finished reading the entire book or have completed your journal to begin talking about the text!

Post a response to the three discussion starters, and, for each, respond to at least one of your classmates.   The discussion rubric  will help you understand the expectations of an online discussion and will hopefully improve the quality of the discussion. Please read it before entering the conversation.

Prompt 1          Prompt 2            Prompt 3

Be sure to bring your copy of the book with you to class the first day of school.