EDSITEment - Lesson Plan - To Build a Fire Activity 1. Introducing London and Picturing the Scene Introduce your students to Jack London's biography and place him in literary history, using the biographies and other information available in the "Preparing to Teach" section. To give visual life to each story, ask students to explore the following images (you might consider breaking students up in groups depending on the number of computers available). Images relevant to London: From Jack London Collection (a link from University of Virginia's Center for Liberal Arts): Jack London in the Klondike From Digital Classroom: Over Chilkoot Pass From Links to the Past (National Park Service) Activity 2. Assign students "To Build a Fire" to read and ask them to carefully describe the main character of the story—"the man"—in a brief character analysis assignment. How would you describe the man in London's story? Ask students to share their brief character assessments. First read the opening of "To Build a Fire": Activity 3. Activity 4.
The Roberts Court’s Free Speech Problem On January 21, in its first decision of this term, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court’s five-member conservative majority announced that the First Amendment bars Congress from imposing even mild constraints on the ways corporations can employ their vast financial resources to drown out the voices of ordinary people in federal election campaigns. On June 21, in one of its last decisions of the term, Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project, the same majority, this time joined by Justice John Paul Stevens, ruled that the First Amendment permits Congress to imprison human rights activists for up to fifteen years merely for advising militant organizations on ways to reject violence and pursue their disputes through lawful means. Ronald Dworkin has cogently identified the errors in the Court’s legal reasoning in Citizens United, a decision President Obama himself has criticized. The Court’s decision is all the more disturbing when contrasted with Citizens United.
Etowah Watershed -- 03150104 | Surf Your Watershed Watershed Profile Watershed Name: Etowah USGS Cataloging Unit: 03150104 GA 6th Congressional District GA 9th Congressional District GA 11th Congressional District Water quality monitoring data from this watershed (Provided by STORET) Environmental Websites Involving this Watershed Assessments of Watershed Health Information provided by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Places Involving this Watershed Visit the Envirofacts Warehouse to retrieve environmental information from EPA databases on Air, Community Water Sources, Water Dischargers, Toxic Releases, Hazardous Waste, and Superfund Sites Geographic searches include zip code, city, EPA Region, or county. 16 Teams Remain Alive; Who Has The Best High School Cheerleaders In Georgia? - High School News Story The videos from the four finalists have been sent to the Atlanta Hawks for them to pick the winner. We will announce the winner as soon as we hear back. We expect to hear back by the 21st at the latest, but hopefully sooner. Who has the best high cheerleaders in Georgia? The voting competition has determined the final four teams. Congratulations to the Rome High School cheerleaders, Wesleyan Cheerleaders, Pope High School Cheerleaders and the Centennial High School Cheerleaders for winning their brackets. #1 SW DeKalb vs. #16 Kennesaw Mtn. -------------------------- #1 SW DeKalb vs. #8 Lassiter#8 Lassiter vs. #9 Ola __________________ #1 SW DeKalb vs. #12 Brookwood#5 Stockbridge vs. #12 Brookwood -------------------------- #12 Brookwood vs. #4 Marist#4 Marist vs. #13 Washington _______________________________________#12 Brookwood vs. #11 Rome HARRY THE HAWK BRACKET #4 Wesleyan Wins The Bracket (Wesleyan had 1589 video votes, 411 text votes, Creekview had 1854 video votes, 11 text votes)
Curriculum Units - Current Units EDSITEment - Lesson Plan - Naturalism Activity 1. Introduction to Literary Naturalism Share with students, or have them visit and read, literary critic Donna Campbell's review of Naturalism in American Literature, via the EDSITEment reviewed Internet Public Library. In particular, review with students Charles Child Walcutt's common themes of naturalism as noted in his American Literary Naturalism: A Divided Stream (cited at Donna Campbell's Literary Movements website). As a summary, Walcutt notes the following themes in naturalism: The "brute within"—which is the notion that everyone has "strong and often warring emotions: passions, such as lust, greed, or the desire for dominance or pleasure," leading to behavior considered taboo by society. If you wish, use this interactive quiz to test their reading comprehension or understanding of these concepts. Finally, ask students to imagine how a character might look from a novel or short story written in the literary style of naturalism. Activity 2. Themes: Activity 3.
The Censorship Pages -- Information on Censorship of the Written Word Welcome to The Censorship Pages. Here you will find information about the freedom of speech and of the press in reference to the written word. These pages provide the resources needed to explore how, and why censorship happens not only in the United States, but all around the world. PLEASE NOTE: These pages were coded over six years ago as a resource for Bannd Books Week. Every year, books in the U.S. and around the world are challenged. As an example of a just banned book, David Guterson's acclaimed book Snow Falling on Cedars has been banned by the South Kitsap School District in Washington state as an inappropriate and obscene book. Right now, there is little ability to censor the internet. There is more than one side to any story. Banned Books Week, an annual anti-censorship campaign, is held every September. In the true spirit of freedom of speech and freedom of the press, here are some quotations on, you got it, freedom of speech and freedom of the press. Created by Books AtoZ.
“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” That should be the motto of Freecycle™ We all do our best to Refuse, Reuse, and Recycle, but I bet we could do a lot more if we just knew how. Take a look at the discards that you send to the curb on “trash day”. Do you think anyone could use any of it? Freecycle helps us do our part to reduce waste and the burden on landfills, by simply using list-serve technology to find someone who wants our discards. You offer the item on a post; someone (often several people) request it. Freecycle™ is a Yahoo site; access it at -- Written by Rick Krause of the Sierra Club's Georgia Chapter Greater Gwinnett Group Local Resources Click here for a guide to local recycling resources. For More Information Send an email to our Recyling Chair Sherri Workman.
Create Web 2.0 Flashcards in a Flash! 3/28/2009 By: By Jenn Farr I must admit I have a bit of an aversion to drill-type activities, but I realize there are times that students need to practice and memorize certain concepts in order to succeed. Certainly we all know that studying makes for more successful learners. Abraham Lincoln clearly knew the value of studying when he said, “I will study and get ready, and perhaps my chance will come.” I wish my daughter had access to StudyStack when she was studying for her Physician Assistant certification. A different repository of electronic flashcards can be found online at Flashcard DB. Another very large database of flashcards can be found at the Flashcard Exchange. Quizlet is another excellent little application that will help students study vocabulary words. Finally, let’s finish this little Web 2.0 Flashcard review with The Flash Card Machine. Jen Farr, blog:
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