September 12

  • homework due – has to be emailed to me now for the mark.
  • review the types of newspaper articles
  • discuss news values (How to Write the Lead – in Eddy Documents tab)
  • Discuss how to write the Lead (Six rules to write the lead AND Writing Great Newspaper articles – both document in Eddy Documents tab)

September 11

  • Review: journalism/democracy
  • What is Bias – discuss
  • Values – discuss
  • Journalists cannot operate in a completely bias-free environment – the pressure on Journalists is great
  • Fake News: some quotes to contemplate:
    • For every fact there is a counterfact and all those counterfacts and facts look identical online – Kevin Kelly, co-founder Wired magazine
    • People are quicker to assume they are being lied to but less quick to assume people they agree with are lying, which is a dangerous tendency – Will Moy, director of Full Fact
    • We shouldn’t think of social media as just peer-to-peer communication, it is also the most powerful advertising platform there has ever been – Will Moy, director of Full Fact
    • Judging which pages on the web best answer a query is a challenging problem and we don’t always get it right – Peter Barron, Google
    • This is perhaps the worst news of all for our democracy. As Cass Sunstein lamented in his book #Republic, “Members of a democratic public will not do well if they are unable to appreciate the views of their fellow citizens, if they believe ‘fake news,’ or if they see one another as enemies or adversaries in some kind of war.”
  • watch: How fake news does a lot of harm in our society
  • So how does this all relate to the eddy? You need to be a sophisticated news consumer, and as a producer of news at our small, humble publication, a sophisticated producer of news. You cannot use the first source you read; you need to know how to do proper research for information and use that information to create authentic articles.
  • Don’t fall for any CRAAP
  • Next news values….

September 8

September 7

September 6

  • Introductions:
  • play a game
  • the history of the Eddy
  • review of the overview and the evaluation sheet

Blackout Poetry

Kathy Shong’s poem ‘Love in the Wild’ is inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The poem was ‘found’ on page 12 of the novel The Hunger Games. It explores how love when it is controlled, or has restrictions or rules, is destroyed; it “sits with hunched shoulders”, defeated. Love, here, has been personified. Love’s full potential, however, can be realized if we don’t try to define it or measure it. Freedom to live and love as purely as possible is symbolized by “reaching” the “woods” and the “wild.” The woods, of course, being the place of love, magic and imagination in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Love in the Wild

by Kathy Shong


Tuesday, June 5


  • Instructions for Poetry Station and Rotations:
    1. Read your own poem – do a quick deconstruction on Padlet using the 4-square; see your link below.
    2. Post your thoughts for each category of the 4-square on the Padlet under the Title: Team A and your names (for example)
    3. Then spend 10 minutes or so on the ALL of the poems. You may read other’s analysis, but you have to add your own to each poem: create a post on the Padlet with your Team and the team names.
    4. Once you have gone through all the poems as a TEAM, your team will return to your own poem, read all the deconstruction notes from the other teams, use what is useful and clean up the padlet to make your poem presentation ready.
    5. Your team will add symbolic pictures or a video to support your analysis – ie “The Piano Man” by Billy Joel has a Youtube video.
    6. Your team will present your poem to the class starting on ____________
  • Groups for the Poetry deconstruction  and Presentation:
    1. Team A – Amel, Ricardo, Kris: Team A Poems
    link to Padlet: Team A
    2. Team B – Sarah, Shelby, Aaron : Team B Poem
    link to Padlet: Team B
    3. Team C – Tamia, Rees, Danica: Team C Poems
    link to Padlet: Team C
    4. Team D – Brandon H, Ryan: Team D Poems
    link to Padlet: Team D
    5. Team E – Zian, Carolina, Connor, Zaine : Team E poems
    Link to Padlet: Team E
    6. Team F – Colin, John, Kim, Brandon L: Team F Poems
    Link to Padlet: http: Team F
    7. Team G – Cam, Christina, Lucas: Team G Poem
    Link to Padlet: Team G
    8. Team H – Manroop, Jaya, Matthew  : Team H Poems
    Link to Padlet: Team H
  • Digital Rubric for the Presentation
  • Final Exam for the Poetry Unit: Multiple Choice on the Poetic Terminology, the poems from the package. Also a new poem with some short answer questions with it:


Monday, April 30


  • Block B – warm up for Spoken Word
  • Write the group poem: Hope is a ______
  • concrete abstract poem – practice with tone, imagery and synchronization
  • Block D – warm up and group tone poem
  • Group poem: Hope is a ______ (if time)
  • Class Performances will be on May 9 and 10
  • Fahrenheit 451 – questions to The Sieve and Sand are due Wednesday, May for a homework check and discussion