SEARCH – Final

Two parts:



Reviews: What others say about you

Best bits of you:

Compile the best examples of each of the required parts of your work:

  • Art
  • Essays
  • Annotations

Personal manifesto: complete a written reflection that ties all of the components together

  • In your written manifesto, be sure to address:
    • Where you were and where you are now in terms of personal search for meaning
    • What you still want to know/explore
    • What you are OK with not knowing right now
    • What you are hopeful for in the future for purpose and meaning in your life

All the way through: pictures and captions

Back cover

Part two:

Visual representation of ideas within your magazine to be shared/presented as part of final assessment (this can be a video, collage/poster board, self-created art, etc.)



SEARCH – fine

1st hour – last work day tomorrow

6th and 7th – writer’s workshop tomorrow

ALL – ted talks start on Friday, no exceptions. I will call randomly.

SEARCH – The Little Prince and The Alchemist

Journey. It is the over riding theme to this unrelenting life of ours. There are so many ways to encounter the journey. Frankl says embrace the suffering, for within we will emerge with meaning. Hesse says listen to each teacher, for that is how we will meet the teacher within. Saint-Exupery says take note of the unlikely teachers and protect that sense of wonder in every sunset. Lennon says life is what happens when you are busy making other plans. Coelho says the quest of life is accepting the fate of our awesomeness.

Journey is rarely linear. Journey is rarely expected. Journey is rarely about achieving. Often, it is about relearning and returning to known places with a new perspective.

This week is about seeing the journey for what it is today and reflecting on where it started in September and beyond.

Monday: finish the Little Prince by Wednesday

Due at end of the hour:

On a 1/2 sheet of paper, do the following:

  1. Respond to one quote in The Little Prince that makes you pause. For example, “It is a secret place, the land of tears” (31).
  2. Create 2 discussion questions that synthesizes an idea raised in TLP and another book/piece read in class.
  3. Draw a picture representing your Sood work from the weekend.

Tuesday: Pace and Purpose in sentence structure

Wednesday: TLP discussion (HW: The Alchemist pages 1-47 to the asterisk by Friday)

Thursday: Conference on case study

Friday: The Alchemist discussion

SEARCH – case study support

Brené Brown Ted talk on shame
Brené Brown Ted talk on vulnerability

Case study why: to understand one element of full, or what Brené Brown calls, whole hearted living.

1. Construct your hypothesis. What do you want to know more about what it takes to live whole heartedly?
2. Construct your interview questions: what do you want to know in order to understand and answer your hypothesis?
3. Conduct your interview and observation: ask others what they think about your subject
4. Study your subject’s answers and your observations and construct your answer
5. Write your thesis
6. Write your paper
7. Create a five minute presentation to share what you found with the class. (You will present to the whole class) Think about how speakers at Ted present their findings, this is what you are going to do. A practiced, researched, and engaging presentation in which you are expert in your subject.
Interview and observation due by December 8, 2014
Thesis conference with Brock due by December 12, 2014
Writer’s workshop December 17, 2014
Final due December 22, 2014
Presentations December 18-23
Standards evaluated:
1. Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.
2. Write arguments in a variety of forms (Arguments, narratives, and expository) to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
3. Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
4. Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the strengths and limitations of each source in terms of the task, purpose, and audience; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and overreliance on any one source and following a standard format for citation.

SEARCH – Case Study Introduction

Today we came up with a list of qualities that may indicate that a person “has it all together.”

Then we discussed how a Case Study has two portions to it, the Observation and the Interview. We watched Rosie King’s Ted Talk and discussed what qualities of “togetherness” she possessed through what we observed and what she said.

Tomorrow, we will watch Brene Brown, a sociologist who studies shame and vulnerability, and see how she has gathered her data.

Board of qualities

Board of qualities