February 29

Feb 29 ELA B10: Last class to prep for Speech and Presentation

Morning 10s,

Today will be the last class given for your preparation of the upcoming speech presentations. Please work your way down the following checklist to make sure you’ve completed these steps and considered each element:

  1. __ Speech is 100% written
  2. __ Read your speech aloud (or mouth it silently in class) and time it to find out how long it will be when presented. (You cannot just “read” it; reading length and “speaking” length will differ.)
  3. __ Finish gathering your 6-8 images and 1 audio/video selection that will be part of your presentation.
    • You can use YouTube for a video (music video/someone’s recorded vlog, etc) or try websites like CBC.ca for short video/audio clips. (On CBC, you can type things in the search bar “racism”, “affirmative action”, etc and find news articles that often have short video clips or sound recordings on them.)
    • Figure out how you can save/present your video/audio. YouTube can be embedded into your PPT presentation or the audio link you find can be hyperlinked in your PPT.
  4. __ Put your images/media into your PPT. Remember these images are to enhance your presentation in the background, not distract from your presentation. Also remember you are only using the PPT program to display the images; you will not be writing text for the listeners to read (distracted by).
  5. __ Remember you are evaluated on the design of the PPT, including the template you use, colours, transitions or actions, etc. Your topic is serious, so you’ll want to take care to include slow(er) transitions between slides; you can change the length of time for the slide switch – faster slide switch isn’t as effective in a serious presentation as a slower switch between slides.
  6. __ In your written speech, indicate on your paper/index cards if you’re using them when you want each slide to change. You can use an asterics * on your speech to indicate this. Your selected images should be purposefully in order and align to what’s mentioned in your speech as they’re displayed.
  7. __ Your speech is going to be evaluated by how prepared/memorized it is. Read, read, read and re-read your speech to become familiar with it. Practice speaking it out loud at home in a serious voice – project your voice to your audience – rather than come to just read the speech out loud.
  8. __ Suggestion: You can also record yourself giving your Speech to listen to how you use your voice and the pauses you include.

I may determine later this week that you’ll have one more practice opportunity before the actual speech presentations at the end of the week.

February 22

Feb 22 – Showcase Reading

In spending time setting goals for your Semester 2 courses, we would like to start a conversation with you about Multitasking while working and Distracted Learning. There’s an article link posted here. Please read the article and, once finished, join Socrative Room 252858 to respond to a few questions. Once finished, we will combine all the student responses to see if there are shared responses to the article. You will also get an individual PDF with your responses that may be shared along with the article link with your parents to encourage a continued discussion of this topic at home.





Try the link here. 

February 4

ELA B10: Listening Activity and Instructions

You’re going to be listening to a podcast related to “Race”, whether it actually exists or not.

While you listen, you’re asked to sketch what you’re visualizing, take notes of relevant details, and submit your Representation of the Podcast. It doesn’t have to be a work of art, but it has to show some risk-taking on your part to do more than just jot notes while you listen. You can also stop occasionally during the listening to polish up or fill in some details of your drawing.

Things to consider when making Sketch Notes:

  • You will want to have some method of making it clear the path of your notes. This might be with arrows or a linear ongoing path of notes and images. Play with it.
  • Make sure your sketching doesn’t distract you away from really listening to the message in the podcast. Don’t get carried away with “doodling” and zone out.
  • Remember that you have control of the pace of the Podcast, so you can stop, rewind, and continue at your own pace.
  • You can develop a common pattern, like using Square Boxes to identify headings of new categories or topics within the listening, or speech bubbles for phrases that are quotes of a speaker.
  • Your handout has some SketchNote Tips – patterns of images you can use.
  • Play with it. Show your Creativity, or find it. Make it meaningful to you!

An example of what Sketch Notes are like is provided below:

Before Listening / Sketchnoting, watch the following video.

 If you feel ready to give it a try, step outside of your comfort zone, start with the Podcast. 

The Podcast Link:

This is another podcast developed by Radiolab, which you may have listened to before.
If you want to follow along with the podcast notes to help you understand better, you can read them here.  A1 People -Race podcast notes-zl8cgh