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Challenge for Week of 20 May: making inferences

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Due date: Friday, 23 May, @ 3PM









This is an excerpt from Martin Luther King Jr.’s celebrated “I Have a Dream” speech (2:10 – 3:50 in the video below)

So, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow. I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today.

a. Describe King’s state of mind. Identify specific words and phrases from his speech to support your inferences.

b. What technique is used most often in this speech to engage his audience?

c. Synthesize: Dr. King was a great orator and is still considered one of the best public speakers. What do you learn from reading his speech and watching his delivery (see video below: 05:40 – end) that will help you to (i) write your “This I believe” speech and (ii) deliver your speech to a teenage audience?


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Overfishing and the destruction of marine ecosystems – how do they contribute to global hunger?

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Did you know that National Geographic Education has multiple resources that could relate to a number of AFC issues? 

If you are doing Climate Change or Global Poverty & Hunger, you may want to look at the website. Click on the image below.

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Have you completed your AFC Issue outline on Noodletools?

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Noodletool Outline

Check your Noodletool Notecards!

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Use the infographic below to check EACH of your Noodletools notecards. All the sections must be completed. 

Noodletools Notecard Infographic

Language of Advertising

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Advertising Wordle

Advertising Wordle

How to analyze a propaganda poster – a guide to applying analysis to your own poster

Friday, March 14th, 2014


Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Propaganda Quizlet – click on the image

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Propaganda Quizlet

The 12 Propaganda Techniques and the BEARS

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014


Does your Propaganda poster have one of the B-E-A-R-S that affect your target audience?



I have to write FAT questions for my e-discussion meeting, but I don’t know what a FAT question is!

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Easy answer: a FAT question is a Level 3 or Level 4 question; a SKINNY question is a Level 1 or Level 2 question. 

“Skinny” questions require lower level thinking and are the type to ask when you want simple recall of facts and information. These questions require simple one or two word answers.“FAT” questions require higher order thinking skills, and are reminiscent of Bloom’s Taxonomy type of questioning, and require more detailed answers 

You will know your question is SKINNY if
  • It can be answered with a yes or a no.
  • There is a sentence, paragraph, or even a page in the book where the answer can be found.
  • The group members all agree on the answer.

Here are some FAT QUESTION STARTERS to help you write your questions for the e-discussions: 

Give reasons why….?

Explain why…?

Why do you think….?

 In what ways are _____ and _____ alike/different?

Do you agree….? Why do you agree with…? Why would you disagree with….?

Predict what would happen if…?

What if….?

What is your opinion on . . .?

How did you react when . . .?

Why do you think . . .?

 How do you feel about . . .?

What reasons would you give for . . .?

How does _____ relate to your own experiences?

Why do you think (character’s name) did that?

What does _______ make you think about?

Here are examples of FAT Questions:

  • How does the conflict between Alex and Darrius help us understand their motives?
  • What is it about Alex’s character that causes him to become a good spy?
  • Would you agree that Kil Dong’s father is not completely ‘bad’ as a father?
  • What does the Chevy pickup represent [symbolize, mean, stand for] in this section?
  • When the narrator tells us that Kil Dong ascended into the skies, should we believe him? What does that tell us about the Korean culture?
  • Was the organization simply using Alex, or is there more to it than that?
  • What is the cause of the conflict between Kil Dong and society?