Monday, November 30, 2009

My Brothers' Keepers #1

Let's discuss the Civil War this week. Even though this war took place almost 150 years ago, it is still a hot topic. Many of the issues that led to the war continue to effect our political life: states' rights, human rights, racism, etc. Describe one of these issues. Tell what it means to you and how it relates to the Civil War.

As always, be sure to proofread! Make sure your ideas are clearly expressed, including correct punctuation and capitalization.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope all of you have a wonderful holiday with your families!


The year has turned its circle,
The seasons come and go.'

The harvest all is gathered in

And chilly north winds blow.

Orchards have shared their treasures,

The fields, their yellow grain,

So open wide the doorway~

Thanksgiving comes again!
—UnknownSurLaLune Fairytales: Let's Give Thanks!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Really the last ones (I think)

Rutger's video:

Matt's video:


This week I would like each of you to discuss the following in a 3 to 5 sentence paragraph.

Thanksgiving is a family time, yet families celebrate in different ways just as families are different. Describe your family's traditions whether that means eating out or having a family gathering or traveling. Some families always watch a parade or a football game; some decorate for Christmas (not me!). Some attend a prayer service. How do you spend the day? How do you show your thankfulness?

Sunday, November 8, 2009

The Last Ones!

Michael's video:

Sarah's video:

Phoebe's video:

Cory's video:

Levi's video:

Will's Video:

Mitchell's video:

Among the Hidden #3

Some of you still need to be more careful about punctuation and capitalization. Also, be complete with your answers to the questions. In most cases, these questions require a short paragraph to give a complete answer!

1. Explain why the government made pets illegal. Also, tell why this could have made pets extinct if not for the Barons.

2. Describe how you feel about the Population Law. How is it a good idea? What are the problems with it? Would you be effected by the law if it were in effect in the United States? How?

Here we go again..

Aaron's video:

Tucker's video:

Sela's Video:

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Videos, cont.

Morgan's video:

Garrett's video:

Timmy's video:

Barr's video:

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Kentucky Down Under

In October, we spent the day at Kentucky Down Under in Horse Cave, Kentucky. This is my homeroom enjoying each other and nature.

We enjoyed the aviary; although, for the first time ever, I had a bird gnawing on my wrist!

These photos are courtesy of Jessica's mom. We had a great day!

Just a few more to go

Lauren's video:

Stuart's video:

Pearson's video:

Gatlin's video:

Fisher's video:

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

More, more, more!

Delina's video:

Judson's video:

Emily 16's video:

Nathan 13's video:

Patrick's video:

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Monday, November 2, 2009

Still more interviews

Anna Kate's video:

Catelyn's video:

Olivia 5's video:

Karolyne's video:

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Among the Hidden #2

Answer the following questions by commenting. Use complete sentences with good punctuation and capitalization.

1. Describe the Sports Family's house from Luke's perspective.

2. In Ch. 15, what did Luke mean by saying that "he broke many taboos today"?

3. Did Jen have more or less freedom than Luke?

Enjoy these next!

Harrison did his video at Disney!

Ashton is next:

Her is Emily 15

Saturday, October 31, 2009

More interviews

Here is Molly's video:

Next, we have Alex's video:

Here is Jaylan's video:

And, finally for today, Maggie's:


Friday, October 23, 2009

Another interview

Rowan's video:

Among the Hidden #1

On Monday, we begin reading the novel Among the Hidden. Each week, I will post a question or two for you to respond to by that Friday. This weeks questions are due on Oct. 30th.
  1. The author doesn't specify the setting for Among the Hidden. Where do you think it takes place? When do you think it takes place?
  2. Luke's family is terrified of the government. Why? What are some of the tactics the government employs to make ordinary families like his feel powerless?

Sunday, October 18, 2009

The Videos Are Coming

Several students have already done their video interviews. As they are completed, I'll be adding them here.

To my students: when you do your interview ask about a person who influenced his or her life, did they know the person, when did they live, how did they influence, etc.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Welcome to Our Blog!

We are going to use this blog to share our thoughts and projects this year. For instance, during October, we will post our video interviews here. You will be able to show your video and your classmates' videos to your family and friends by visiting this blog.

This week, I want each of you to post a comment sharing 7 Random Facts about yourself.
I'll start!

1. I'm the oldest child in my family.
2. I used to drive a Volkswagen Thing.
3. I love to listen to podcasts about knitting.
4. I enjoy teaching toddlers in Sunday School.
5. My favorite things to cook is bread!
6. I sewed many of the costumes for the plays when I was in school.
7. I've visited 26 of the 50 states.

Be sure to post your comment by next Tuesday, Oct. 20th.

Happy Fall!
Mrs. Burris