Tuesday, December 14, 2010












Justin M-

Justin- we need to rerecord this.











Jack D

Jon D

Riley D

Paul C

Chase B

Connor B

Jordan A

Friday, December 10, 2010

Scribe December 10, 2010

Today we all walked in and started reviewing our homework. Homework for 12/10/10 is TIB Essay Speech, Mrs. Smith’s Christmas gift and Vocab. Test. Justin Cady Skyped into class today. We had a few technical difficulties on Skype like not having a microphone or webcam. Next we did PLN Presentations. People that presented are Ben, Jake, Jack(then Jesse showed up late during Jack’s presentation),and Ryan. Then we split up in to 3 groups, TIB Essay, Working on PLN, and Vocab. Presentation.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Scribe Monday

Today we walked in and everything was normal, music playing in the backround. Today was a pretty normal day it started out like any other and we did what we have been doing for about a week now, reading “Inherit The Wind” By Robert E. Lee, so our homeworks wasto see smith if you want to redo your essay or you can go to writing lab and have them sign your essay, we also have our speech outline that’s due on Thursday, make sure you get that done so you can practice your speech on Thursday and Friday. In class today we finished “Inherit The Wind” and took our final quiz on it so if you where not here you will need to finish the book and see Smith to take the quiz on it.

December 9, 2010

Today we decided the presentation order, Nick Farmen typed that up.  Today is a writing lab day so students can take their TIB (This I Believe) essays to that to get help on making that essay better.    Today we also worked on our final speeches; we took our essays and put it in presentation form, and today, as a class, we went over the TIB rubric, which can be found on her webpage.  Then we went over the outline for the speech presentation next week on Monday or Tuesday, and Smith said we need to bring the rubric to the final.  Tomorrow is the end of these six weeks so it is the dead line for missing or redo assignments for the past six weeks.  The outline for the speech:
-Attention Getter: Explain how this connects to your topic
-Belief statement
-Story that created your belief
-How story connects to your belief
-Conclusion: put it all together         
We went through the time and the speech, and remember not to speak too fast because then you might not end up with a three minute speech.  Today is December 9, 2010.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


Today in Mrs. Smiths class we walked in to the average hello. We did the usual response with one person saying hello back. After this we pulled out our planners and wrote down our homework, like usual of course. Our homework is to come see Mrs. Smith or go to writing lab on Tuesdays and Thursdays to get your TIB essay edited and helped so you get a better grade on it. Also tomorrow, Thursday December 9, is our last day to get our visual turned in for our presentation on our essays. Then, we had to pull out all of our vocab cards from semester one and all these words are… Misogynist is a person who hates woman. Misanthrope is a person who hates all people. Miscreant is someone who does evil deeds. Bibliophile means a lover of books or collector of books. Philanthropist is a lover of people someone who loves to do good deeds. A philosopher lives by logic and lives off reason someone who thinks about the world. Malevolent is wishing bad things to happen to others just like a misogynist. Dismal is someone who is depressed and gloomy about life. Maleficent is someone who intends to hurt someone. Benevolent is someone who wishes well upon people. Benefactor is someone who supports others in any way they can. Benediction is a blessing. Study these words because we will have a test on Monday and part of Tuesday on finals. Study the definition, antonym, and the part of speech for the test on these cards. After we went over all of the words class was five minutes from getting out and then we put our computers away and class was dismissed.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Friday, December 3, 2010 by Farmen

Boom ba boom!  The music was really flowing from the speakers this morning, ever since the first bell rang.  We started this fine Friday by first turning in our TIB essays and then this week’s vocabulary card on the word “benediction.”  If you are home sick today I suggest emailing Mrs. Smith your essay, so you may receive feedback on this assignment.  If your TIB essay is turned in late, you will not receive feedback; this can really hurt you if you have to redo this assignment.  Once Mrs. Smith had everyone’s essays, we turned off the jams and got down to business.  Since today is Friday, we had people present PLN presentations.  First up to present was Jon F, who explained an article he read, called “Boys and Boredom.”  Jon talked about how boys have a short attention span, and how this affects the world, education, and himself.  The next to present, after Jon, was Connor M who read an article about a deadly car crash in Highlands Ranch.  Connor preached the importance of driving safe and always wearing a seatbelt while you are in the car.  Connor also mentioned the repercussions if you are not safe, and the affects that this can have upon you.  Once Connor wrapped up, Noah and Jesse both talked about a “Pot Ponzi Scheme” at Regis and Cherry Creek high schools.  This article talked about high school kids investing in a medical weed company and about the police arresting those involved.  After the interesting presentation by Noah and Jesse, we had Ryan L present a PLN.  Ryan talked about a car crash in Lakewood a little while ago.  Since a teenager was involved, Ryan was wondering if Drivers Ed courses were teaching driving skills well enough, and he asked the class just that.  After all the PLN’s, we continued to act out our play “Inherit the Wind.”  If you missed class today you should read from page 89 all the way through page 101, because lots of important things happened in the trial.  When Mrs. Smith saw that it was almost time for the next bell to ring, we put away our books and computers and period one ended.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Friday, November 19th, 2010 by Farmen

Today started with a bang!  We immediately took out our planners, to write down our homework for the Thanksgiving break.  The first bit of homework we talked about was PLN 21; which should be written on the video called “Changing Education Paradigms”.  You can find this video on her website that I have hyperlinked here.  Once you go to her site, scroll down and you will find the link.  Our next piece of homework was very important!  We were reminded of our “This I Believe” essay which should be written and edited a few times over break.  The reason for completing a solid rough draft over break is because it is due soon after we get back, and it would be good to have Mrs. Smith or someone from writing lab revise your essay on the Monday or Tuesday of our return.  After talking about homework, we had some great students present their PLN presentations.  We started with Nick F, then Brendan C.  Both of their presentations were about PLN 19, called “Lost in Electronica” by George Will.  The article they both wrote about talked about the thought processes of men, and their great ability to become easily bored and distracted.  After Nick and Brendan presented, we had Connor M present a PLN.  His PLN was a free choice PLN, in which he read an article called “One Proud Uncle” by Abmin.   In this article, he explained, Abmin talks about how we are focused on receiving a good grade, instead of focusing on learning.  This article said that school needs to be about kids’ learning, rather than kids’ scoring.  When PLN presentations were complete, Mrs. Smith devoted the day to working on our essays.  All of the students in class worked hard to get some work done on their essays.  Overall, if you missed class today you missed some great presentations, and need to complete PLN 21 along with your “This I Believe” essay.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


In the article What if? by Karl Fisch, Fisch discusses how the use of cell phones and iPods during class has been banned at Arapahoe High School and he disagrees with this rule because he feels these devises can be used as tools to better kids learning. The ideas and concepts in the article matter to me, education, and the world. The ideas in the article matter to me because as a student of Arapahoe I have these rules imposed upon me. I know that these devises can be used inappropriately during school, but I also believe that with the consent of the teacher in question students should be allowed to use their devises to schedule homework and use tools on their phone such as a calculator. The ideas in the article matter to education because schools need to accept that cell phones and other mechanical devises can be used in educational and positive ways and then make their rules accordingly. The concepts in the article matter to the world because mechanical devices such as cell phones are becoming more widely and more frequently used. Therefore businesses, schools, and people will have to adapt and incorporate new technologies. The ideas and concepts in the article What if? by Karl Fisch matter to me, education, and the world.

Monday, November 15, 2010

November 15, 2010 Scribe

On this November morning we walked into Smith’s class and retrieved our laptops. Then when the bell rang Smith walked in the door and enthusiastically said, “Hello everybody!” Smith then told us all of our homework for Monday, which was our vocabulary card for the word benefactor, “This I Believe Essay”, and the Scopes Monkey Trial presentation which is due on Thursday. The class period was focused on the Scopes Monkey Trial and we used the class period to work on our presentation for the Scopes monkey Trial. We will be in groups and will choose one of these categories to present on: Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925, H L Mencken, William Jennings Bryan, Clarence Darrow, Charles Darwin, John Scopes, evolution vs. creationism: what can be taught?  For the presentation power point is not allowed so prezi.com is a tool that is good for making your presentation interesting, also use Glogster.com or Tagxedo.com. Wordle.net is also a good resource to make your presentation interesting and good. The presentation needs to include all of the points below and for bonus points exceed the expectation.
1.       Provide sufficient background and detail.
2.       Everyone in your group needs to present.
3.       Good presentation strategies.
4.       Teach do not lecture, it needs to be interesting.
5.       Document resources. (Works Cited) Go to easybib.com
For easybib.com copy the url address go back to easy and choose what you are citing and then figure out when the article was published, then hit create citation. Then save as a word document and then you can post or print for your presentation. Then we got together in our groups and worked on the Scopes Monkey Trial presentation for the rest of the class.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Scribe November 9th 2010

H.W.: study for test: characters, study guide, map.
Practiced vocabulary word: Benevolent, root Bene, meaning good, part of speech: adjective, meaning: intended for benefits rather that profit, antonym: maleficent, picture: Robin Hood giving money to poor people.
Read the Odyssey pg.562- pg.566
Took quiz on books 21, 22, 23.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

PLN 17

What happens to us when we grow up? how does it connect to what we learn in school: math, english, history, etc...? In Mr. Fisch's "Can't We just Memorize A Formula To Plug Stuff Into?", Mr. Fisch used a quote talking about a child creating an amazing amount of things in ten minutes while his adult mother talks on the phone drinking coffee. I find that as we grow older some of the great ideas we had as kids get completed by other people first and we give up when we could keep going and improve on the original idea and complete our goal. Instead we give up and say, "It's already been done, what's left to add?" All we need to do is listen to what the inventor did wrong and we can do it right then we can be the person who didn't stop and completed our goal.Mr. Fisch goes on to talk about how yes we have to learn the equations that just require us to "plug in" what we need to and be done as well as the equations that take extra steps and extra work to complete. These different equations match lots of different world philosophies because it connects to how we do things and how we get things done as well as how we act and proceed through life.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Connor B Scribe 11/5/10

Hello, it is November 5, 2010 on this awesome Friday morning. It is awesome of course because it is almost the weekend but also today the ski resorts Keystone and Copper open! This is pretty sweet because it’s finally ski season. Today in class we start of my turning in our vocab cards for the word maleficent and also people turn in their other work that is due today because it is the end of 6 weeks. Things that are due are Pln’s up to 16, Google Earth Entries, essay redo’s (if you did them) and all the other missing work you have, if any. We also get back our group quizzes that we took in class yesterday for Book 10 in Homer’s The Odyssey. Today we worked in class on finishing up this work and doing the homework for this weekend. Homework for this weekend is to do Pln 17, and get reading finished for book 12 in The Odyssey and finish the study guide for book 12, if you didn’t finish in class.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Scribe 11/3/2010

The day started out like any other, music playing and going over our homework today which was to turn in the Google earth entries, by Friday everyone should be through PLN 16.  After that we reviewed our vocab word, Maleficent which means: to have a harmful or evil intent, make sure you have this for Friday. After that all we did was read from book 10 of the odyssey if you have your book it starts on page 513. We did finish book 10 so if you were gone you will need to read it and do the study guide that goes with it.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Connor B Scribe 11/1/10

It’s November 1, 2010, the day after Halloween and we shouldn’t have school today because it’s the day after Halloween, and people have probably stayed up late like I did, and other schools don’t have school today. On this rainy morning and we start off in Ms. Smith’s class by getting the new vocab word, maleficent. We then continue reading Homer’s epic, The Odyssey, out of the big brown book at page 490. After reading to the end of book nine we went over a little about what we read and some of the characters. We then got a sheet that we filled out with 12 of people’s names that will be partners for the partner quiz tomorrow over book nine of The Odyssey on page 486 in the big brown book. We then watched a video that was about what we just read. We didn’t finish the video before class ended so we had to stop it and leave for the rest of our day.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

PLN 15

In the article "School would be great if it wasn't for students" by Alfie Kohn, it states that instead of blaming teachers for students failing, we need to start blaming the students. I think this is important to me and to education, because it's not always the student’s fault that they are failing. Sometimes the teachers don't go over what the student needs to know enough or they somehow give a student false information, causing the student to fail. Or in every school a lot of students are failing, because not every student is getting the opportunity to choose what they want to be educated in. I think this matters to society, because if we educate these students in what articulate paths that they want to take, we could help out the world and the economy much more efficiently. If we start focusing on what the kids and students want to have as professions, I believe that it would be better for us.

Monday, October 18, 2010


(I posted this kind of late so sorry about that)Today in Smith's class we didn't do much. We started out going over what we will be doing, and I happened to get Monday. We got our vocab word, malevolent. This word is do Friday so make sure you get that done. After the vocab fun we did some very exciting class room reading with chapter fourteen I believe. If you missed this chapter I would try to get that done because we will be reading sixteen through eighteen pretty quick. We also were told to finish PLN12 and to try to have PLNs 8-12 done. Those Google Earth entries that you are all having so much fun with will be due on Monday of next week so remember to get those completed as well.

Monday, October 11, 2010


On October 11, 2010 (the day after my birthday) there was no music playing for the third day in a row. KJ, Jake and jack were all late again. Mrs. Smith told us to pull out our assignment notebook and write down our homework which was just do all your make up work like PLNs and use the vocab word philanthropist on PLN9 and Philosopher in PLN11. Get caught up on GE entries 1-7. Also smith wants all of us (except Connor because he got an A) to come in and see her to re-do our short story essay. She wants us to write a letter to our parents about parent teacher conferences and print it out and turn it in to her. The letter consists of look at participation, growth in writing, and comprehension. She wants us to tell where we want to be at the end of the semester, how we are going to get there and what can she do to help us achieve our goal. She gave us all about 15-20 minutes to complete the letter. After the letter we pulled out our copies of “Into The Wild” and we read part of chapter 11 and the homework was to read the rest of the chapter. Then all of a sudden the bell rang and we finally got out of our first class on a fall Monday morning.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

In the video "2020 Vision" by Karl Fisch he explains what he thinks will happen in 2020 what matters from this is if this is all correct then if one company owns everything bad things might come out of it because they might control everything in the world. In his video he thinks that companies will buy other companies until their all owned by one person. This matters to me because if this happens to me in the future then I will have no chance of getting more successful in life. This matters to education because all of the kids have their own laptops so they can be more efficient but it might over load the Internet at Arapahoe and there will be technical difficulties. This matters to the world because everything will all be controlled by Google and there will be no way for somebody else to gain control. To conclude 2020 will be a future that one company owns everything.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Scribe for 10-7-10

We come in on a fall morning, with Smith greeting us at the door.  Strangely, there was no music.  First Smith told everybody to take out there planner to write down our homework which is to catch up on all the GE entries (1-7), annotations, finish diagram for Into The Wild, PLN presentations for those who have them, and short essay redo.  Smith recommends going to writing lab on your nearest off hour to get it done and turn it in.  After we went over homework, we took out Into the Wild and read and annotated chapter 8.  Then we read “Higher Laws 2” by ourselves first and came up with some interesting points to make about what was said and what questions we had.  After that, we listened to the song “Long Nights”. Some connections to the characters that ventured out into the wild was that they were all trying to change to become different people, that they were all trying to become spiritually strong, and that McCandless specifically didn’t seem afraid of anything, and that was the feel that you got from this song.  We ended the class by Smith telling us to pack up and the bell rings.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Scribe 10/6/10

          Class started out caliginous today, with no music playing, the weather was cloudy with a chance of rain; many people were late to class which made Mrs. Smith very upset, and most of us were playing the flight simulator on Google Earth. After that we went over our homework our agenda, which was reviewing our vocab word philosopher. Today we learned it means someone that loves to ask questions, and that the antonym is realist. Then we rearranged our desks into a circle to read and discusse chapter 8 of Into the Wild. The main point we talked about today was if the characters we read about, all were idiots that just killed themselves in Alaska. Our homework for Thursday is PLN 9 and 10, vocab card which is Philosopher, Google Earth entries one through seven, and short story easy redo. I just hope that tomorrow will be a better day than the one today.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Scribe: October 4, 2010

On Monday we got our new vocab card and the word is philosopher. In class we read "Into The Wild" chapter 6. We will not be reading chapter 5. Homework is GE entry 6 and use the vocab word. To redo the short story essay you must go to Smith or to the writing lab.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Scribe: October 1, 2010

In class today Mrs. Smith started off with telling us to get out our agendas and told us about our homework over the weakened and most people grunted in dismay. Next, we kicked it off with going over how our Google earth posts are going to look like after we do them over the weakened. After that, we started watching classmates do PLN presentations. One of the presentations about columbine shooting and I got pretty emotional, great presentation that got my attention. Next, she put a passage up on the screen and we had to read it and tell connections we had with it.  Lastly, we listened to music and talked about it.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Scribe:Thursday September 30, 2010

First off we went up to the board and wrote down questions we had about the story that we had to read last night. After that, Mrs. Smith told us that we should get out Google earth posts done tonight or by this weakened. Then, we started annotating a story called “Into the Wild”. Mrs. Smith read for a while and then we took turns going around a huge circle, reading and annotating and when we hit a part that people don’t understand we talk about it. The most important thing that we talked about in the story was about characterization and how the people in the story react to things and figuring out who they are. At the end of class, she gave us a Google earth post number 4 to do for homework.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


I read "Dear Denver Post, Would You Be Okay With Us Cheating on the CSAP, Too?" by Karl Fisch, and it was partly about The Denver Post story which disappointed Karl "Summer is almost over, and the disappointment about returning to class . . .". Also, in the following week they talked about the New York Yankees player Derek Jeter cheated by saying he got hit by the pitch when he really didn't and Mr. Fisch is telling us that The Denver Post is a bad roll model for young kids because of the article on Derek Jeter is basically saying it is ok to cheat and he is asking the Denver Post if it is ok for schools to cheat on CSAP's. And this matters to me because it's sending me and other people the message that it is ok to cheat but I know it's wrong. For the other people who think they should cheat I think it will affect the world and other peoples education. My question to you is that if people cheated on tests or on sports would it affect the future?  


Came in said hello to Smith, turned in “to build a fire” annotations, looked at HW: write a paragraph on the affect of Chris’s choices on others GE4, PLN8, vocab word, read chapter one and two of into the wild annotate it. Smith told us how to make a good paragraph:
T.S. - title, author, restate question, answer question, why the answer is your answer.
Background info
Examples- clear and detailed
Explain examples to prove answer
Concluding sentence -restate ideas from topic sentence.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Scribe September 28, 2010

We walked in this morning music rocking and received a new seating chart and Smith passed back our short story essays. If you didn’t get at least an A go to writing lab and redo it! Then when class started we talked about our homework, which was to find a Walden quote and picture and post it in Google Earth, for the picture hyperlink it into your entry. Then post your entry anywhere on earth that fits the quote and picture. To cite the quote have quotations marks, then in parenthesis put Thoreau after the quote so it will look like this “quote” (Thoreau). Then there were two other pieces of homework that were to finish the vocab card by Friday, and do PLN 8, go to Google reader and pick an article of your choice and write about why it matters to you. After discussing all of the homework we read “Higher Laws”, and annotated it with connections and questions. Then after that story we listened to the songs “Setting Forth” and “No Ceiling” and related it back to “Higher Laws”. The last thing that we did was edit our papers for Google Entry 2. We only edited for about 30 seconds before the bell rang, and everyone packed up their computers and filed out of the classroom.

Friday, September 24, 2010

What Matters

What Matters

Out the many things that matter to me in my life what matters most of all are California, family and education.

First is my home state of California. California matters to me because of the multitude of childhood memories I have there. One of the most prominent memories is going to the Rose Bowl almost every weekend. I loved going there because I could do a lot of fun things such as riding my bike, walking along one of the many trails or listening to music in the park. Another memory from California was walking the three mile secluded trail surrounding Lake Hollywood overlooking Los Angeles. Although it was a long walk for a five year old to undergo it was a time where me, my mom and my dad could have some good family times. There were so many things to discover on those walks like the eucalyptus trees and the dam. The lake was under the Hollywood sign and we could see Madonna’s house that she painted in stripes. Sometimes we even saw a movie star jogging along the same trail. The last California memory I have held onto for all these years is the ocean. I remember this so much because it was the one time where I didn't have a single care in the world, and was having total and complete fun. Between wake boarding, surfing, and just plain swimming it was hard not to have fun.

My family matters to me. Even my memories of California are about being with family.  One reason I chose my family as what matters is because my family has always been there to support me no matter what. They have helped me rise to each challenge in my life with love and support but they have also been there to lift me up when I have fallen. They allow me to be involved in what happens to me and to make decisions affecting the direction of my own life. My family matters to me because when we get together there is no limit to the conversations we have. We talk about good times in the past and what we want for the future. We have lots of laughs. My family treats me with respect and values that I have an opinion and that my thoughts and concerns are valid and important. One of the things that matters most to me about my family is they have taught me to have personal integrity, to stand strong in the face of adversity and to never forget who I am.

Education matters to me. One of the reasons this is so important is that a good education will increase the chance that I will end up with a steady, good paying job. Secondly, this is important because I know that many people in the world go without education during their lives and they struggle in life because of it. The last reason education matters to me is that it will allow me to be a productive member of society. I can make better choices for myself and those in my life with the knowledge I gain.

Now you know why California, family and education are what matter to me.

Scribe 9-24-10

Today when we walked in Smith was playing her music and working on getting our topic sentence notecards from yesterday back to us. Today is also the last day to turn in late work so MOVE IT! At the beginning of class we turned in our vocab cards before the PLN presentations done by: Justin M.,Connor B., Jordan A, Miles G., and Nick F. After their presentations we went to our Google Earth What Matters Placemarker thing. We made folders for our placemarkers so that we can find our important places. Some of the homework over the weekend is to find and place a placemark along the Yukon Trail in Alaska and name it "To Build A Fire". In the description box we need to post a response about the short story. To copy our work into the description box copy the work from Word and find the placemark, RIGHT click and then go to the bottom and click on PROPERTIES, then paste it. Good bye.

what matters to Jon F

What matters to me-
There are many things that matter to me and that made me who I am. Without these happenings I wouldn’t be anything like who I am now. Some of these things are my parents and friends.
My parents are one of the biggest things in my life, especially my mom. She has helped me with everything that made me who I am. Every time I have a problem she is always someone I can count on to help me out.
My friends are problably the biggest thing in my life. I would have no one if my friends went here. They help me with my problems and any choices I need help with. They support me and always give me something to do. My friends are the biggest changing thing in my life and the biggest thing that matter to me.
These are the big things in my life and they matter to me more then all else.

Scribe 9/23/2010

It was a cold day today and we walked into class and got everything out just like normal, we have to have smith type in her password (I guess she doesn’t trust us) we also have to download it at our house. We have a PLN presentation tomorrow and make sure you work on your attention getter! Your homework is to play with Google earth, finish reading “to build a fire” and answer the question “how do the words and actions affect who others become?”, your vocab card and make sure you turn in all missing work before tomorrow or it’s a Zero!!! We opened up Google earth, right clicked on the my places thing picture on the middle of the left part of the screen and called it first name and last initial. We added a pinpoint at the top at the place that matters most to us, highlighted our what matters post, and pasted it in a what matters to us, take the what matters file and click and drag it into our folder. And that’s it, HAVE FUN!!!!

Thursday, September 23, 2010


In the movie "The Machine Us/sing us"by Michael Wesch, it gave a bunch of information of what the internet can do for people who know how to use computers.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Scribe September 22, Victor P

In Smiths class today September 22, she collected are comparison essays and she explained the importance of going to writing lab or go in to the English office one of the teachers will be able to help she passed around note cards which we are suppose to write a topic sentence for the short story in class “To build A Fire” By Jack Landon. Lastly for the rest of the class period we had read more of “To Build a Fire” and annotated the story. The homework is to turn in your essay if you already haven’t and turn in any make up work this being the last week to turn in.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Scribe 9-20-10

Today we walked in to the usual music and got back our note cards and our short story books. Also some of the Tests were given back if you hadn't received it yet as well as our new vocabulary word which is bibliophile. A bibliophile is a person (which makes it a noun) who loves and collects books. Also we edited our short story essays if we had them only 8-9 people had their essays ready for editing so please bring your essays tomorrow! If we didn't have our essay we were working on it very diligently. Tomorrow will be a work day IF we all have our essays, if we don't.... Then we will be moving on and we won't get to have Smith help us edit our essays.

Scribe 9-21-10

We started off the day with our normal "Good Morning Smith". Then we all got out our planners and wrote down the homework which is to bring our finished short-story essays to class tomorrow printed out and stapled. Please remember to double space it and put it in M.L.A. format. Since almost everyone didn't do their homework last night, we have lost our class editing time. All editing must be done in your own time now. Smith handed out another short story today. Smith read the first 2 paragraphs and then we discussed what we read. Smith then read 2 more paragraphs and we discussed the plot of the story. We were annotating the whole time she was reading. As class came to an end we all told Smith we would do our homework from now on. We packed up our laptops and class was dismissed.

Monday, September 20, 2010


"Dang, I Just Missed It" by David Warlick was quite interesting article. It talked about an email that went around about Mars being as large as the naked eye one night. He says that plenty of this kind of junk goes around. I think it is funny because scientifically it is completely impossible.
This matters to me because I don't want to be reading mindless junk when I am going through my emails. I want to be interested in the actual stuff that goes on. I don't want to be persuaded into something stupid and be dissappointed. This matters to the world because it just goes to show that the email he read is one of millions of spam emails sent around. If this is what is filling up the cyberspace, it's potential is being wasted on stupid mindless things that some internet trouble makers find funny to send around. This matters to education because if this is the kind of junk that is speaking to students today, the percentile of confused students has probably sky rocketed since these lame emails have started shooting around. I don't want to be learning all kinds of false information because someone out there decided it was funny to send out an email that will kill you if you don't forward it to 20 people in 10 minutes. I think they are so stupid. He explained the mindlessness and pointlessness of it all and I agree with everything he said.


I read the article "Giant-pumpkin growing brothers prepare for family-friendly festival and weigh-off" from the Denver Post subscription. It is about two brothers that are growing a 1000+ pound pumpkin for a contest. In order to get this big it has to grow at least 30 pounds a day. This idea might effect the world by if we can get that big of pumpkins then we could probably make other fruits and vegetables that big which will change prices and quantities of food, and a lot of food would go to waste.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Scribe for 9-17-10

Today we walked in the class with the music playing and the cheerleaders shouting in the hall and we talked about the essay we are suppose to type this weekend, and it is supposed to be double spaced and we have to print a copy and save a copy on our USB drive, and she told us her skype adress which is anneemmasmith. Then Eric, Jordan, Tom then Smith showed us her iPad, then Josh, and then Jon all did there PLN presntations, after those we started writing our essay on our short story essay for about 10 minutes.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Utterly Perfect Murder TS

In the short story "The Utterly Perfect Murder" by Ray Bradbury, Ralph's words and actions in the past influenced Doug the most.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

What Matters to Marco Z

What matters essay is in the comments section, blogger still won't let me copy and paste form Word.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

PLN #6

I read "A welcome and a Look back" by Mihai Parparita, this article matters because it disucss Blogline, maybay one of the first blogs ever, closes it's doors on October 1st. Blogline matters because it's not a new young blog it's got gray hair and is a old man, but it's very wise. The article also talks about how Google Reader is exapanding, it's increased dramaticaly over the last 5 years. This article matters to me beacuse we are losing a very important resource that I bit none of us have never heard of. It's like finding a fossil then returning the nest day that it was washed away in the rain. This article matters to me because it symbolizes that there are so many resources out there that we don't even know about. This article matters to education because education can't limit it's knowlege to sites that we know are secure and many people have visited. This article matters to the world because we need to exapaned to our limits not what other people say. What if we never find valuable resources like blogger or wikipedia?

Scride for September 14, 2010

Scride is in the comment section:
(Won't let me copy and paste for new post)

Scarlet Ibis Topic Sentence

In James Hurst's "The Scarlet Ibis", how do the words or actions affect who others become? IN a well constructed topic sentence, please answer the question.

Monday, September 13, 2010

SCRIBE 9-13-10

We walked in the classroom and there was music playing. We talked about a book called “In to the Wild” by John Krakauer. We will be reading this book in about two weeks. Then, we looked at topic sentences and decided what topic sentences were the best. We started reading the short story, “The scarlet Ibis”, by, James Hurst in our short story book.

Sunday, September 12, 2010


In Will Richardson's "Footprints of the Digital Age," the author tells us that teachers need to help students create, navigate, and grow the powerful, individualized networks of learning on the internet.  Students need to do this effectively, ethically, and safely.  Students are creating all sorts of content on the internet and some are not good examples. Students are  doing all sorts of things with online tools that are not being taught by teachers.  We are learning on our own how to network.   Students must be flexible, mobile learners who connect with people and resources and edit content on their desktops, or, their hand held devices.  Now students control more of their own learning and teachers have to help.  Amazing teachers, like Ms. Smith, are already helping their students with these tools.  If somebody looks you up on the internet you're going to want the personal information they see to be acceptable. If somebody is behaving as a misanthrope and putting threatening messages on the internet, they may be denied a job because of their published words. The idea is for student to share their ideas with the world and share their passions for learning so they can be  lifelong teachers, mentors, or friends.


In the article from 9 News titled "Aurora Coach Accused of Hazing Kids," I read that an Aurora High School football coach  got  in trouble for hazing a student. He called the student a "homosexual" and made him run laps holding hands with another student. I think the coach is truly insensitive to make a joke out of a kids insecurities. Not only the coach, but also the kids on the team may be disciplined and the Aurora Public School District is investigating the incident. Overall, I don't think a coach should be allowed to exploit a kid's insecurity just to get a point across. This kind of hazing is harmful and should not take place in schools or on football teams.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Scribe Sep. 10, 2010

This morning when we walked in there was no music playing. Justin M. Jack D. Tom M. Chase B. and Josh L. Presented their PLN’s today. Justin went over false internet information on an article named “Dang! I Just Missed It,” by David Warlick. Jack did his on PLN4 “The Four Mile Fire”. Tom did his on “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” Josh had an interesting story about a jeep falling one thousand feet and killing a woman. Chase had a great ending question about his article of “Is Google Making Us Stupid” which was “Is this much technology bad for the youth”. We all left comments on all of the PLN’s giving feedback of how they did presenting. After all that we got started on the short story “Utterly Perfect Murder” by Ray Bradbury, which starts on page 18 of our green Short Story Workbook.

Utterly Perfect Murder

In Ray Bradbury's "Utterly Perfect Murder", how do the words and actions effect who others become? Please state your answer in a well written topic sentence.

Thursday, September 9, 2010


Good morning smith! Mrs. Smith started class by telling us who has PLN presentation tomorrow. We went over the requirements of the presentation and they were to stand up straight, make eye contact with audience, talk about what you are reading, must be creative and interesting, try not to read notes or the screen, No fidgeting, and give a good presentation. Mrs. Smith read the names of who have to come in after school for writing conferences so if one of the names was you, come in after school. Mrs. Smith also asked us to get out our cell phones and text a number if we want to read a little or makeup a little work, and get caught up because I am failing further and further behind, and read a short story so I don’t have reading HW this weekend. Out of all the votes “get caught up- I am failing further and further behind” won! After that, everyone sat quietly doing missing assignments. If you’re missing work isn’t turned in by the 6th week of school, they will all be 0’s instead of 10’s. We finished class by finishing up are makeup work, and Mrs. Smith reminded us that our vocabulary card of Misanthrope was due tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


Walked into class, Smith was looking great, but no music was playing. We started class by going over what needs to be on our vocabulary cards again which is misanthrope. Smith told us that we are going to read "Fish Eyes", out of our short stories books and that we have to write a topic sentence on it on the class blog. Then she had us read three different topic sentences and had us choose which we though got full credit, this was to help us see what a perfect topic sentence is supposed to look like, you have to include author, title, and restate the prompt. We then rewrote our "Most Dangerous Game", topic sentences and posted them onto the class blog. Next we read "Fish Eye", and Smith had us write our topic sentences in our short story books and had us post them.

Fish Eyes Topic Sentence

How do the words and actions effect who others become in David Brennar's "Fish Eyes?" In a well constructed topic sentence, please state your answer.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


I read an article about a lady who was greeted by a cat on a wall while she was walking down the street, she started to pet the cat, then out of no where, she picks the cat up of the wall and carelessly tosses it into the trash can for no reason. It is the most bizzare video that can be accessed on youtube. It is very strange. The author is an MBC author.

What Matters to Jordan A.

What Matters to Jordan A.

            There are many things that matter to me: sports, family, friends, and even school.  Even though I struggle in school, I still work hard because it is important and it makes my parents happy. I personally struggle in school and no matter what; it feels like I can never get ahead. It does matters though, so I can get a good job and have a less stressful life.

Sports are important to me because I have always had a competitive personality and sports help me satisfy that need. Sports also help me get my mind off things. Whenever I feel stressed about something, all I need is exercise and I feel much better. Football is by far my favorite sport. I love the contact and quickness of the game.

            Family should be important to everyone. Without family people would be total losers. Family is there for you when no one else is. I live with my mom and dad, Joe and Colleen and I have a sister Kirstie who is in college at Colorado University in Boulder. Family helps me get through the toughest times and I would have trouble making it through those times without my family.

            Friends mean the most to me because they are cool. Sometimes I feel more comfortable talking to them than my own family. Friends listen no matter what I say. They also just plain keep me interested. I can hang out with them and never get bored.

            Vacations mean a lot to me. The Appler family goes on at least one vacation every year and it’s guaranteed fun. Our next vacation is planned for Christmas break on a cruz from Florida to the Caribean. We especially like tropical places like Mexico, Costa Rica, and one time we got to go to the Dominican Republic.

            Finally, there is a lot that matters to me. I don’t always show it but I appreciate it all. Whether its friends, or sports, I enjoy spending my time very socially and being a member of a team.
Today when we walked into class and music was softly playing in the back round. The note cards were on are desk, so we knew we would get are new vocab word. This is misanthrope. We have a new PLN and it is free choice from your Google reader. We imported the file with the blog addresses for the whole class so we can see each other’s blogs. We finished The Deadliest Catch and annotated it while we read. We also discussed the book in class. Two people tied to win the rope notes so they both got to pick a treat.

Most Dangerous Game

In Richard Connell's "Most Dangerous Game", how do the words and actions effect who others become? Please write a well constructed topic sentence that answers this question.

Friday, September 3, 2010


We started today with the normal “Good morning class… Good morning Smith.” With the music playing. Then we went over homework. Smith explained that you HAVE to do writing conference; they are an easy ten points, so get in. For homework we need to write a topic sentence for the short story, The Most Dangerous Game. If you got a low score on the topic sentence for Rope, you must re-do. If you need an example look at Nick and Chase’s topic sentences. Just a reminder if you re-do something, you need to remind Mrs. Smith about. You can contact her through email, or your sticky note. Also you can turn your rubric back into her. This weekend we also have the PLN3. The PLN3 you must post in our own blog. You have this weekend to post what matters to you in education, and in the world about google.And finally for homework you need to read your short story to the bottom of page 33, you also need to annotate. We talked about that you have 3 weeks to get all your make-up work in, so get going. Next, we collected the rope notes. Every three weeks we do a reality check, it is a letter from you personally directly to Mrs. Smith. Inside this paragraph you need to write an honest reflection about these last three weeks, and we have to use our vocab word, misogynist. Then in a new paragraph you need to write three goals. One goal specifically related to this class. One goal related to Arapahoe in general. And one goal outside of Arapahoe. Finally you need to say how you achieve these goals. Finally, we worked on The Most Dangerous Game, We circle names, highlight similes, metaphors, etc. Class ended.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Miles G. collage


When we walked into her class, there was no music playing, but after someone noticed they turned in on and loud. Smith talked about the homework. There is an opportunity to finish all our assignments up to 6 weeks after. We have to finish the note card with everything about the word misogynist. Then we finished the movie ROPE. She then talked to us about the topic sentence that we have to do on the class blog. We went over the topic sentences. An example that she helped us create was, “In Alfred Hitchcock’s The Rope, Brandon’s words and actions influence Phillip the most because he convinces him assist him in killing a close friend, David.”We then went over the short stories packet. We are starting to read THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME. We circle names, highlight similies, metaphors, etc. Then class ended.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

What matters to JoshL2014

Family matters to me...My family is unbelievable with 3 brothers and 2 sisters. I have been very lucky to have two wonderful households, (yes they are divorced) with loving family.

My mom’s house, who I love dearly, is married once again giving her the last name of Willis. Her husband,(my step-dad) who I look up to as a father, met my mom in the psychiatric hospital working together quit some time ago. My favorite thing about Al, is that he is the calmest guy u will ever meat. You would literally have to try to get him mad. I love my mom’s house; it’s relaxing and comfortable to be around. Being the youngest of my brothers and sister I am pretty tough, taking the occasional beating from time to time. But they are very caring of me.

My brothers, who always keep me occupied, have given me memories that I will never forget. From flipping my entire brothers room upside down, to watching my brothers arm snap in half at his football game, saying "I think it’s broken" while it was hanging down into a V. Being the youngest of my brothers and sisters I am pretty tough, taking the occasional beating from time to time. But they are very protective of me so I love them.

My other side of the family, who lives in Seattle, is interesting as well. From my uncle, who had 120 chickens that were getting eaten by foxes and what not, so he decided to mount a Gatling gun on his porch to solve the problem on his land. Along with my uncles kids, who now work together making playgrounds for kids in Seattle. Of course with their tough personalities, the first time we went down there we went skeet shooting and Ben my brother, shot a fish in the pond and my uncles son of course made the comment, "I wonder how deep he his underground".

Outdoors matter to me....Along with trying out for the Arapahoe

Baseball Team soon, I somewhat enjoy hiking, kayaking, and rock climbing.

I love baseball, because it’s exhilarating, entertaining, and I love teamwork. I enjoy the fact that I’m not working alone, I have a team all working together to accomplish my goals. This goes along with accomplishing goals in my life, like school work and friend issues. It’s exhilarating. because your team is counting on u at the second you have to ball in your hands. You need to know what move to make and when. It’s also entertaining watching your team lose and get better, or succeed which results in a wonderful barbecue or party. Teamwork is what I love most about baseball because it is what a lot of people live by and go with all through life with work, teams, and business.

I also love the outdoors because it gets the family out to be social with each other and just in general have a great time. It gets us to fireworks on 4rth of July and many other things in all aspects of life. The smell of plants, animals, and life all bundles up in the fresh air outside make the outdoors one of a kind. All in all, many things matter to me, and this list could go on for ages and decades of miscellaneous things that people probably do not want to read about, but i love everything in my life.

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September 1, 2010 scribe

Today is September 1, 2010 and it is a late start Wednesday, yahhhhh!  All redo work must be turned in at the end of six weeks to get a grade.  The homework for tonight is on the class blog.    Also all notes from the movie need to be ready to turn in by tomorrow.  On Friday there will be a test on the first vocabulary word Misogynist.  Today we were also assigned to make a vocabulary flash card for this week’s word we wrote the word in the middle its antonyms in the top left corner, a sentence with the word in it in the bottom left corner, a picture of the word in bottom right corner, and a definition in the top right corner.  For the rest of the class we took notes on the movie The Rope.

Rope Topic Sentence

Write a well constructed topic sentence that answers our guiding question for the semester focusing on our viewing of Alfred Hitchcock's The Rope

How do words and actions influence who others become?

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

What Matters to Jake

What matters? That can be a question about me personally, education, or the world. What matters to me personally are many things. One thing that matters to me personally are friends. Having good friends is important to me because i need people who have my back whenever (outside of family). Another thing that matters to me is that i have success at things i take pride in, like for example, baskeball. It helps me deal with other things in life knowing that i do great in what i take pride in.

What matters in education is a different story. I think there are plenty of things that matter about education. One thing that matters is that the teacher knows what they are doing and that they have expiereince in the subject they are teaching. Another thing that is important is that the students are being active learners, meaning that they are involved and contributing to what the class is doing. One more thing that matters in education is that there is a solid relationship between the students and the teacher and the students with other students.

There a very many things that matter about the world. Something that really matters in the world is peace. If there isnt peace then it is probably costing lives, which isnt good at all. The second thing that matters is that kids are getting educated. Education is very important because it is our future. The last thing that is important about the world is that no one should starve to death. I think that food for the hungry is very important.

What matters to Louis:

There are many things that matter to me in my life. The first thing that matters to me would have to be my family. My dad is the one that helps me with whatever sport I am involved in, whether it was hockey, baseball, or my current sport, running. My dad has always trained me and kept me in line when it comes to schoolwork. My mom is always very important to me, she is the one that helps me with school, drives me to school, and works on my homework with me. I could not accomplish most of things I do with out my mom and dad. My sis, Karly has been a big help with getting me used to Arapahoe.  She is a senior.  Also my grandparents are very important to me.  My grandma is always filling me up with food, and my grandpa is always golfing with me. My family is very important to me.

My religion also is very important to me. I am being raised as a Christian and keep my faith close to me. I am from a Christian school and try to keep the stuff they taught close to my heart. And I plan on keeping track with God my whole life.

Another thing that matters to me in my life is my friends. I have always been very close to my friends, by just having fun and hanging out with them. I am still friends with most of the people I met in kindergarten, and want to continue being friends with them even though most of us are going to different high schools. 

The final thing that matters to me is sports. I am now currently running on Arapahoe’s cross-country team, even though I hated running for most of my life. Before that I tried playing soccer, basketball, baseball, and hockey until I finally found my sport. All in all, many things matter to me, and in my life.