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Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

posted May 11, 2016, 9:30 AM by Unknown user

What would you do if this were to happen to you?
What is justice for this?
Did she act the right way?

YouTube Video

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Things to do:
Read Chapter 8
1. What is one thing that you are holding against someone? 
2. What will you most likely do about it?
3. What would you like to do to that person who wronged you? 
4. What would happen if you did that? 
5. What would happen if you forgave them?
6. Is there anything that you have done to yourself that you need to forgive yourself for?

Monday, May 9th, 2016

posted May 9, 2016, 9:36 AM by Unknown user

Journal Entry

What makes you happy? 
Is it possible to be happy by being angry?
How do you personally control your own happiness?
Is Happiness more important than being successful?
Is it more important to do what makes you happy than it is to do what makes you money?

Things to do:
Read Chapter 7
Your job is to find a quote from the chapter that you like and explain why.

Friday, May 13th, 2016

posted May 6, 2016, 8:53 AM by Unknown user   [ updated May 13, 2016, 8:56 AM ]

Your Presentation will be two weeks from today on the 20th!

  • What was your project?
  • Why did you do this project?
  • Who was your mentor in this project and how did they help?
  • What were the successes of your project?
  • Were there any hurdles you had to overcome?
  • How did you go outside of the school walls for your project (what did you do beyond the classroom)?
  • Describe a point where you had to stop and readjust the project.
  • What were the weaknesses of your project?
  • What was the most important thing you learned throughout your project?
  • If you were assigned this project again, what topic/goal would you choose?
  • Give a quote that might be represent something about your project.
This presentation needs to be the best five minutes of your life and will make up 20% of your standards grade. This could help or hurt your final grade drastically...and, unlike some of your other assignments, this one can't be made up.


Wednesday and Thursday, May 4th-5th, 2016

posted May 4, 2016, 9:33 AM by Unknown user   [ updated May 5, 2016, 9:07 AM ]

Things to do:

YouTube Video

Journal Entry

How important is what people think of you? 
How do you respond to criticism? 
Are complaints productive, why or why not?

Lyrics to Troll by Shane Koyczan:
Once upon a time,
You and all your kind lived underneath bridges,
Had ridges for ribs that dropped off into empty chests as if your Hearts were all stolen treasures,
As if an excavation crew were hired to dig up and remove the part Of you that let you feel.
And while the world above you invented the wheel, you stayed put,
Knowing it would one day need to roll over top of you to get to Where it's going.

You had an endlessly flowing supply line of food.
You began to brood over humanity and made meals of our hope
As if crushing our spirits would make your mirrors cast better Reflections than the ones they gave,
As if the only way you could save yourselves was to make the world Ugly so no one would notice you hiding in it.
You learned to knit pain into a kind of camouflage,
Treated hope like a mirage that you could use to lure in your next meal.
You lived off of our fears, as if you could taste what we feel.
And every night, as the moon read bedtime stories to sunlight.
You took darkness as an invite to head out into the world,

You curled your hands into wrecking balls, your breath became Squalls, you made rocks rumble, you made land shiver
You made boys and girls pray that someone would deliver them From you
We told them you aren't real.
Then one day, the world changed, but you all stayed the same.

Just migrated from living underneath bridges to living underneath Information super-highways.
Days and nights became meaningless, each already deepened Chest became an abyss that no one would ever find the bottom of.
Concepts like love fell into your gravity, we turned ourselves into Live preservers, hoping to save as many as we could,
But the fathers who stood guarding closet doors and the mothers Who secured the floors underneath beds,
All shook their heads not knowing how to deal with you.
You, who crept into our lives with tongues like knives stabbing your Words into our skin.
You began to begin uploading yourselves into our homes you had Computer screens for eyes, and software for bones.
You turned your hate into stones and hurled them at beauty,
As if you couldn't bear to see anything other than ugly, anything Different.
You had fingernails like flint, and scraped them along decency hoping we would be the ones to all catch fire.

You all had smiles like one-way barbed wire not meant to keep us Out,
Meant to keep us in

Voice like a firing pin, you spoke in explosions
It isn't cute. It isn't funny.
You've talked strangers into death, and laughed.
And as each family learns to graft skin over the wounds you gave them, you hem yourselves into the scar.

You have coaxed the sober back into bars,
Handed out cigars at memorials,
Offered nooses, cliffs, and pills to those who unfortunately found You before they found help
You have praised suffering,
Waltzed in between tragedies,
Gracefully dipping misery as if we would somehow be impressed With the dexterity of your animosity.
You have cheered on rape, dashed through police tape as if it were The finish line in a race of who can be awful first.
Even now,
You somehow see this as an invitation to turn your keyboards into Catapults,
Wondering which of you can be the first to hate this best.
Your loathing, already dressed in riot gear,
Ready to incite rage,
As if each message board is a stage,
Where you recite hostility,
Turning freedom of speech into freedom of cruelty.
We are stuck with you, the same way you are stuck with you.
Your mind is glue, and it keeps malice fastened there like cheap Wallpaper.
We were once upon a time told that none of you exist, we Dismissed you as make believe or myth.
Now armed only with resolve, we can no longer afford to tell Ourselves that you aren't real.
We will not let you make your dinners out of the things we feel.

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

posted May 2, 2016, 9:33 AM by Unknown user   [ updated May 3, 2016, 9:22 AM ]

What would you do today if you knew that you had a year to live? List 10 things.
What is something that you want to do from that list?
What can you do right now, today to get that done?

YouTube Video

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Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

posted Apr 27, 2016, 9:10 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Apr 27, 2016, 9:28 AM ]

(10 minutes for Journal)

Journal Entry:
Make a list of your 3 best friends. What are the characteristics that you admire? What do they do that help you as a friend.
Be completely honest with yourself here. Is there anyone that you hang out with or are friends with that may be dragging you down? This may be a friend, a significant other, a family member even a teammate. How might they be dragging you down? Is there a way to make a clean break from this relationship?

YouTube Video

Read Chapter 4

Discussion and Focus Questions:

1.David's visitor says, "We as humans are always in the process of change. Therefore we might as well guide the direction in which we change." What direction do you plan to guide your change?
2. Look at your friends on the list previously. Are they truly helping this change? Are there things that they do that won't change for the better that will drag you down as an individual.
3. What about your environment do you need to change to be able to get to where you want to be? Do you need to eliminate certain people? Do you need to move (maybe not now but eventually)? Do you need to get rid of certain things in your house or room? Do you need to eliminate certain habits?
4. Who do you want to be like? Pick one person. How did they become this way? How could you meet them (there are ways)? Make a tentative plan to meet with this person.

Monday, April 25th, 2016

posted Apr 25, 2016, 9:18 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Apr 25, 2016, 9:34 AM ]

Journal Entry
1. Describe something you are absolutely dreading doing but you have to get done. What is stopping you from completing this task? 
2. Describe something you really want to do, but feel as though the steps to get there are too hard? What about the steps frustrate you?
3. Describe something that is happening in your life that you feel is completely out of your control. What about it can't you control? Be honest with yourself. Are there things you can control or do to help the situation? What are they?

Responsibility 2.mp4

Chapter 3 Questions to be done on your Google Doc and be ready to discuss:

1. Where is David when he wakes up? Describe the setting in great detail.

2. Whom does David meet? Is David dreaming? Explain your answer. 

3. On page 25, it says, “The ultimate outcome of anyone’s life is a matter of personal choice.” Do you agree with this? Why or why not?

4. In this chapter, we learn that the first decision for success is, “The buck stops here.” Explain what this means in your own words. Can you apply this to your life today? How?

5. So often in life, people try to blame others for their own misfortune and/or mistakes. Have you ever said, “It’s not my fault”? Why do we say this? Why do we try to put the blame on others?

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

posted Apr 22, 2016, 9:00 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Apr 22, 2016, 9:02 AM ]

2nd to last 20 Time day.

Make it count.

Questions to Be Addressed by Students in Presentation

  • What were the successes of your project?
  • Were there any hurdles you had to overcome?
  • Was there a point where you had to stop and readjust the project on a grand scale?
  • What were the weaknesses of your project?
  • What was the most important thing you learned throughout your project?
  • If you were assigned this project again, what topic/goal would you choose?

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

posted Apr 20, 2016, 9:30 AM by Unknown user

Journal Entry #2

In your document you made on Monday, answer the following writing prompt:

1. What is your plan A in life?
2. What does the above quote mean to you?
3. What would be an event that could occur that could derail your plan A?
4. What would you do when confronted with this obstacle? Would you move to a Plan B or continue with your plan? Why?
5. What's more important: Pursuing your dream or basing your goals in reality? Why?

Chapter 2 read:

Discussion questions:
1.Again, David mentions not having a purpose. He has a wife and a child. Why do you think he feels as if he has no purpose?
2. Do you think David wrecked his car on purpose? Why or why not?

3.After reading these first two chapters, what conclusions can you draw about Jenny and David? What kind of people are they? Write a description of the two main characters, David and Jenny.
This can be done in a compare and Contrast T-Chart, Venn Diagram or narrative.

4. What do you think will happen next?

Monday, April 18th, 2016

posted Apr 18, 2016, 9:15 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Apr 18, 2016, 10:11 AM ]

Vote for which book we will read.

With the book you will present your "Personal Legend":

You will need to present to the class:
1. What is your plan.
2. How do you plan on achieving this plan.
3. Examples of other people who have achieved a similar plan.
4. How you will if something catastrophic happens.
5. Where will you be in 15 year.

Things to do:
1. Open a google doc. Title this document "Your Name - The Traveler's Gift Journal"
Share this document with me (blair.einfeldt@seviersd.org)

1. What do your parents want you to become when you get older? List as many things as possible including job, location, marriage preference, children, religious affiliation.
How do these line up with your own desires?

If you could meet with any historical figure, who would it be?
 • Why did you select this person?
 • What questions will you ask this person?
 • List three guidelines for successful living or “rules to live by” that they think this person would tell you?
Include a picture. 

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