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Friday, January 12

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    What might Elie Wiesel's goals have been in writing Night, and how well does he accomplish those goals?
    What do we as readers gain from reading a book like Night? How do we gain it? (How is that accomplished? How does Wiesel help us accomplish it?)
    Responses:
    One way to teach it: read along with audio, fill out double entry journals after each chapter.
    When finished,
    Quote the book twice in your one page answer to this question.
    Arrange this small essay by
    stating in a topic sentence what your claim is, then
    explaining how the book proves your assertion is true, quoting the book along the way.
    Before each quote, give the reader a sense of the context. Then, put the page number in a parenthetical citation after the quote:
    The train ride at the end of the death march was the worst one: “We had been a hundred or so in this wagon. Twelve of us left it” (103).
    When Wiesel’s father longs for death, Elie tells him, “They’re dead! They will never wake up! Never! Do you understand?” (105).

    Lessons
    Following the movie, a lesson on the numbers, on World War II's movement/development (use of maps)
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Thursday, December 14

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    When reporters explore a story in depth, they have to present it at an angle, which means they have to help the reader grasp what is important about it, why it matters. What do you think Koenig is presenting as the core of this story? What is she exploring about human nature? Why does any of this story matter?
    Many reporters organize their stories around questions. They pose a question the information brings up, answer it, and then explore another question. Koenig is organizing her material in this kind of way. What questions did she use to frame this episode? How well does this method work to keep you engaged?
    Episode 12 Questions
    Before listening, share how you think Sarah Koenig should end this story. If we've heard all the information there is to hear, how can Koenig wrap up the story in a way that is satisfying to her audience?
    Endings to stories and essays need to do more than simply rehash previously stated information. They need to address the point and show the reader how they should view the story. How does Koenig do more than restate details? How does she frame her judgment?
    What is your judgment? Who is lying? Should Adnan have been locked away? Why do you think the way you do?
    Final thoughts
    We listened to this because it both showed us a good example of investigative journalism and lent us a view inside the process (what goes into putting all this together). What have you learned about the process of investigative journalism? (Name three things.)
    We spent a lot of time listening to this. Was it worth it? Should I do it again for another class? Share your thoughts weighing whether you've learned something valuable enough through listening to justify so much time listening to it.

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Tuesday, December 12

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    Koenig introduces another character here, defense attorney Christina Gutierrez. How important is it that Koenig give us a full account of this supporting character for the story?
    What is your opinion about Gutierrez? How has knowing about Gutierrez altered your previous opinion about Adnan's conviction?
    Episode 11 Questions
    Rumors are a touchy aspect of reporting. Notice how Koenig did not tell us what the rumor was she couldn't substantiate. How does Koenig attempt to explore these rumors responsibly? Do you think she does this well?
    When reporters explore a story in depth, they have to present it at an angle, which means they have to help the reader grasp what is important about it, why it matters. What do you think Koenig is presenting as the core of this story? What is she exploring about human nature? Why does any of this story matter?
    Many reporters organize their stories around questions. They pose a question the information brings up, answer it, and then explore another question. Koenig is organizing her material in this kind of way. What questions did she use to frame this episode? How well does this method work to keep you engaged?

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Friday, December 8

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    Part of this episode introduces us to the strange world of courts. How does Koenig help make this confusing world of law procedures clear enough for the listener to follow? Are you able to follow it?
    Koenig introduces another character here, defense attorney Christina Gutierrez. How important is it that Koenig give us a full account of this supporting character for the story?
    What is your opinion about Gutierrez? How has knowing about Gutierrez altered your previous opinion about Adnan's conviction?
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    Good novelists give readers a sense of place, placing the story inside a real feeling place. In some ways, this episode gives you a sense of place, helping us see what the effects have been of Adnan's conviction. How does this perspective on Adnan's experience affect your sense of this story?
    Part of Koenig's (and any reporter's) challenge is balancing the various points of view involved. What are two conflicting points of view that Koenig presents in this episode? How well has she portrayed them?
    Episode 10 Questions
    Part of this episode introduces us to the strange world of courts. How does Koenig help make this confusing world of law procedures clear enough for the listener to follow? Are you able to follow it?
    Koenig introduces another character here, defense attorney Christina Gutierrez. How important is it that Koenig give us a full account of this supporting character for the story?

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Wednesday, December 6

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    Consider again the research Koenig puts into this story. Within the first ten minutes we learn she's contacted all the jurors (though not all wanted to speak to her), she's listened to the entire trial multiple times, and hired a consulting detective to help her interpret the information. Was all this effort necessary? What effect does all this research have on your opinion of Koenig's story?
    How is all the background information into Jay's life relevant? How does Koenig keep this information connected to her overall goal of finding the truth of this case?
    Episode 9 Questions
    This episode begins by confusing the details of the case, throwing us even more off kilter in our sense of what might have happened. What effect does opening the day's story like this have?
    Good novelists give readers a sense of place, placing the story inside a real feeling place. In some ways, this episode gives you a sense of place, helping us see what the effects have been of Adnan's conviction. How does this perspective on Adnan's experience affect your sense of this story?
    Part of Koenig's (and any reporter's) challenge is balancing the various points of view involved. What are two conflicting points of view that Koenig presents in this episode? How well has she portrayed them?

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Monday, December 4

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    What new questions does Diedra open up for us?
    In telling a story, a reporter (or any kind of writer) needs to maintain momentum, usually through continual or increasing complexity of conflict. How is Serial maintaining or increasing momentum?
    Episode 8 Questions
    Describe how your feelings toward Jay swing during this episode. Do you think Sarah Koenig is fair in her representation of Jay here?
    Consider again the research Koenig puts into this story. Within the first ten minutes we learn she's contacted all the jurors (though not all wanted to speak to her), she's listened to the entire trial multiple times, and hired a consulting detective to help her interpret the information. Was all this effort necessary? What effect does all this research have on your opinion of Koenig's story?
    How is all the background information into Jay's life relevant? How does Koenig keep this information connected to her overall goal of finding the truth of this case?

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Friday, December 1

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    The story behind ________________
    How _________________ works.
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    speech topics.
    You might also look at a list of "The 50 Greatest Breakthroughs Since the Wheel" (You have to scroll to near the bottom to see the list.)
    Research and preparation--steps in the process
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    Take notes from those sources
    Do NOT copy and paste directly from the sources! Summarize and paraphrase information you think it interesting and important
    For this speech, I'd like you to use the note card technique, putting your notes on note card sized paper that you can shuffle and reorder.
    Create an outline out of your note cards (see Mr. Sheehy for the handout on this).

    Create a works cited list with those sources - make a separate document with just your works cited.
    Create a visual aid to be used during the speech
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    It is an organizing cue for the audience, helping them to follow along with you.
    It helps to explain something that would be more difficult to understand without an image.
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    draw attention or emphasis to a
    Use an intentional attention grabber to open the speech.
    {attention grabber techniques.docx}
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Thursday, November 30

  1. page Dropbox links edited Click on these to get to the folders for your Dropbox submissions. Report 1 Report 2 Report 3
    Click on these to get to the folders for your Dropbox submissions.
    Report 1
    Report 2
    Report 3

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    Email list
    Serial Unit
    Design a Political Cartoon
    AP News Stories
    Breaking News Analysis
    Reading the Pine Needle Survey
    Dropbox links
    Story ideas and assignments
    Important Links:
    Submission Procedure
    Story ideas and assignments
    AP News Stories
    Washington Post online replica
    Strip Creator comic maker
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