Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Outsiders Theme Exchange Final Activity

Ladies and gentlemen,
Both Mrs. D and I are impressed with your dedication, thoughts, and enthusiasm for this collaborative project. Kudos to you all!

You have read all seven themes and the comments associated with each. Which theme does your group feel is most relevant to students your age in today's society? Discuss this question in your groups and rank the list of themes from most relevant to least relevant.

Today while we Skype, in your groups you will complete a Visual Ranking activity.
  1. Login to the following site: https://educate.intel.com/workspace/student/loginpage.aspx. The Teacher ID is tchiasson, and the Team ID and Password will be given to you by your teacher. Type the information in and click Sign In.
  2. Click on the The Outsiders Theme Exchange link found under Project Name.
  3. You will see a list with the 7 themes listed. Click and drag the list in the order your group chooses, from most relevant/important to least relevant/important.
  4. Be prepared to verbally justify your rankings. What criteria are you using to rank? Why is this item ranked higher/lower than that one? I have entered a sample comment of a justification for why I ranked the list the way I did.
  5. Click the disk or Save button in the top left part of the ranking area.
  6. Click on the third button from the left. This is the Compare button. Use the drop down list to compare your rankings with the Class Average and the other groups. How do your rankings compare? differ?
  7. The Show Report button allows you to print your rankings. We will not use this feature. Ask your teacher before using this feature or printing after our meeting.
  8. Once we are finished, click on Back to Your Projects at the top right corner. Then click Log Out. Close the Intel window.

This ranking activity will lead us into a round table discussion/critique of the products and processes of the past week.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Outsiders Theme 7 Group

Assignment:
First, you will exchange concrete details found in The Outsiders to support your theme through blog posts and comments. Two different concrete details must be sumbitted (one from each group). Secondly, you will exchange personal or general real-world examples illustrating the theme in today's society. Again the ideas must differ. Finally, you will exchange support for and disagreement with Hinton's message.
Theme:
A hero is not measured by image but deeds.
Participants:
David, Lauren M, Marcelle + Jeff H., Ian, Caroline

To reply, click on the # Comments link at the end of blog entry, type your response in the Leave A Comment box, and under Choose Your Identity choose the Name/URL option, and type only your first name in the space provided. Responses are moderated, so expect a delay in the posting of your response.

Outsiders Theme 6 Group

Assignment:
First, you will exchange concrete details found in The Outsiders to support your theme through blog posts and comments. Two different concrete details must be sumbitted (one from each group). Secondly, you will exchange personal or general real-world examples illustrating the theme in today's society. Again the ideas must differ. Finally, you will exchange support for and disagreement with Hinton's message.
Theme:
Maturing means becoming sensitive to others as individuals.
Participants:
Spencer, LiAnne, Drew + Adell, Dane, Lance

To reply, click on the # Comments link at the end of blog entry, type your response in the Leave A Comment box, and under Choose Your Identity choose the Name/URL option, and type only your first name in the space provided. Responses are moderated, so expect a delay in the posting of your response.

Outsiders Theme 5 Group

Assignment:
First, you will exchange concrete details found in The Outsiders to support your theme through blog posts and comments. Two different concrete details must be sumbitted (one from each group). Secondly, you will exchange personal or general real-world examples illustrating the theme in today's society. Again the ideas must differ. Finally, you will exchange support for and disagreement with Hinton's message.
Theme:
The deepest love is often hidden.
Participants:
Cameron, Lauren F, Jacques + Will, Claudia, Kennedy

To reply, click on the # Comments link at the end of blog entry, type your response in the Leave A Comment box, and under Choose Your Identity choose the Name/URL option, and type only your first name in the space provided. Responses are moderated, so expect a delay in the posting of your response.

Outsiders Theme 4 Group

Assignment:
First, you will exchange concrete details found in The Outsiders to support your theme through blog posts and comments. Two different concrete details must be sumbitted (one from each group). Secondly, you will exchange personal or general real-world examples illustrating the theme in today's society. Again the ideas must differ. Finally, you will exchange support for and disagreement with Hinton's message.
Theme:
Often life isn't fair.
Participants:
Mary, Steve, Lance, Brooke + Chelsey, Remi, Grant

To reply, click on the # Comments link at the end of blog entry, type your response in the Leave A Comment box, and under Choose Your Identity choose the Name/URL option, and type only your first name in the space provided. Responses are moderated, so expect a delay in the posting of your response.

Outsiders Theme 3 Group

Assignment:
First, you will exchange concrete details found in The Outsiders to support your theme through blog posts and comments. Two different concrete details must be sumbitted (one from each group). Secondly, you will exchange personal or general real-world examples illustrating the theme in today's society. Again the ideas must differ. Finally, you will exchange support for and disagreement with Hinton's message.
Theme:
Appearances can be an important reflection of social status.
Participants:
Tyler, Andrew, Victoria + Ben M. Hannah, Ben L.

To reply, click on the # Comments link at the end of blog entry, type your response in the Leave A Comment box, and under Choose Your Identity choose the Name/URL option, and type only your first name in the space provided. Responses are moderated, so expect a delay in the posting of your response.

Outsiders Theme 2 Group

Assignment:
First, you will exchange concrete details found in The Outsiders to support your theme through blog posts and comments. Two different concrete details must be sumbitted (one from each group). Secondly, you will exchange personal or general real-world examples illustrating the theme in today's society. Again the ideas must differ. Finally, you will exchange support for and disagreement with Hinton's message.
Theme:
Adapting to life may mean sacrificing your humanity and getting tough.
Participants:
Kellie, Justin, Zack, Alex + Dylan, Christopher, Jourdan, Peyton

To reply, click on the # Comments link at the end of blog entry, type your response in the Leave A Comment box, and under Choose Your Identity choose the Name/URL option, and type only your first name in the space provided. Responses are moderated, so expect a delay in the posting of your response.

Outsiders Theme 1 Group

Assignment:
First, you will exchange concrete details found in The Outsiders to support your theme through blog posts and comments. Two different concrete details must be sumbitted (one from each group). Secondly, you will exchange personal or general real-world examples illustrating the theme in today's society. Again the ideas must differ. Finally, you will exchange support for and disagreement with Hinton's message.
Theme:
Idealism is a valuable gift.
Participants:
Abby, Blaze, Samantha, Josh + Alicia, Elizabeth, Jeff L.

To reply, click on the # Comments link at the end of blog entry, type your response in the Leave A Comment box, and under Choose Your Identity choose the Name/URL option, and type only your first name in the space provided. Responses are moderated, so expect a delay in the posting of your response.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Outsiders Theme Exchange

The Outsiders Theme Exchange
Authors use theme to convey important conclusions or messages about life. S.E. Hinton develops multiple themes in The Outsiders. Through a blog exchange, you will exchange concrete details, real world examples of the theme, and agreement or disagreement with the theme with a group at another school. These exchanges are public and will be moderated before being visible. School-appropriate language and rules should be followed. This is not a space to have personal conversations; this is a professional exchange of ideas and product development. All exchanges should end with your first name, unless directed differently by your teacher.
Assignment:
First, you will exchange concrete details found in The Outsiders to support your theme through blog posts and comments. Two different concrete details must be submitted (one from each group). Secondly, you will exchange personal or general real-world examples illustrating the theme in today's society. Again the ideas must differ. Finally, you will exchange support for and disagreement with Hinton's message.

Sample Theme:
Trying to conform to the customs and rules of a group can create problems for an individual.
Participants: Mrs. C and Mrs. D

To reply, click on the # Comments link at the end of blog entry, type your response in the Leave A Comment box, and under Choose Your Identity choose the Name/URL option, and type only your first name in the space provided.