Speeches Reflection – Blog of the Week Nov 14-18th

Please post by the beginning of class Friday.

You are to answer THREE questions. Do so in a PARAGRAPH each, and simply number each paragraph.

1. What did you learn about yourself by giving this speech?

2. What obstacles did you have to overcome along the way? Whether you struggled or succeeded in front of the group, what do you wish you could have done better?

3. What advice do you have for next year’s 8th grade students as they begin the Patriotic Speech process?

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Student Survey

Students: Please complete the following survey. This was an in-class activity for November 1, 2011.




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Censorship: What’s Your Opinion?

Censorship is defined as: the suppression of speech or other public communication which may be considered objectionable, harmful, sensitive, or inconvenient to the general body of people as determined by a government, media outlet, or other controlling body.

You see censorship most often in Internet Content, music, television, books, and art.

Our first amendment of the Constitution protects the freedom of speech, yet this doesn’t necessarily mean that people can say, print, and produce for the masses, anything they wish. Lines are drawn all the time with television programming (there’s a whole organization dedicated to regulating content on Radio and Television called the FCC, Federal Communications Commission), music, and other media. Below is a list of links for different topics of interest.

Your task is to research ONE area of interest in censorship from the list below and state your opinion based on RESEARCH from the links (and some of your own), and LOGIC in your argument.


1.  Television: Should current censorship regulations for television be strengthened, remain the same, or become less pervasive?

2. Music: Should stores be allowed to sell albums with explicit content to minors? Should stores be allowed to sell edited-only copies (like Wal-Mart does)? Should radio stations be allowed to air unedited versions of songs on the air?

3. Art: Should art in museums and for the public be censored or banned due to nudity or offensive content?

4. Books: Should school districts, and concerned parents be allowed to challenge or BAN a book from the school’s library and course curriculum?

 5. Internet Censorship: Should certain sites be blocked from your view while at home, school, a public place?

Here is a list of links that should help you get started on your research:


National Council Against Censorship


FCC Censorship Regulations



Television Censorship Timeline:


From Museum of Broadcast Television (Deeper reading)



Art on Trial



Material Harmful to Minors:




Music Artists Banned or Censored for Offensive Content:



 Brief Timeline of Censored Music from ACLU:



Banned Books



List of Banned Books A-I


List of Banned Books J-Z


Internet Censorship

William Hague warns against Internet Censorship



Egypt Leaves the Internet: http://www.renesys.com/blog/2011/01/egypt-leaves-the-internet.shtml

Paper on Diminishing Student Internet Freedoms: http://www.freedomforum.org/templates/document.asp?documentID=14592

State School Internet Filter Laws:



Also, consider this photo when discussing internet censorship:

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The Impact and Meaning of your Chosen Speech

In at least 7-10 Sentences

Tell me why you chose your speech. What lines from the speech made a particular impact on you, and discuss the historical significance of your speech (when it was given, who the speaker was, what was going on in America at the time, what this speech was intending to change or influence).

Post once and reply to someone else by the time you walk into class on Friday, October 28th.

My expectations for a strong post:

You need to consider that this is a THREE-PART question. I will be looking for all parts to give you a complete score.

First, you need to discuss your reasons for selecting this speech. This is a simple personal connection and an opportunity for you to share what you value.

Second, you need to provide DIRECT QUOTES from your speech to discuss ways in which the speech is particularly powerful. I am looking for students to provide strong connections to rhetoric, and figurative language (think of past poetry units in Language Arts class). If a paper does not include a direct quote, you will not receive a “3” for your score. Many of these speeches have Wikipedia articles about them, and some have a “style” section which provides some analysis of the words used. Feel free to access these as resources; just make sure to paraphrase what you access from these sites and correctly cite your sources in the text or at the end.

Third, you need to address the historical context. Notice what I have prompted you with in the parenthesis. These would be simple items to research – just remember that you need to cite outside sources if you use them. If you are struggling to find important information about your author or speech, I want you to consider its importance in today’s America. What is still relevant and meaning. Do the values and ideas presented in the speech or poem still hold true today, or have things changed?

My post appears below (although a few eager students beat me to the first post ;P). I have provided a “B” example and then an “A” example.

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Blog Week of October 17-21

Post once and reply once by Friday.

In the John Adams film, we find that there were some in the Continental Congress opposed to the idea of Independence, while Adams was a chief proponent of declaring independence. His chief rival in the congress was John Dickinson of Pennsylvania. What were Mr. Dickinson’s reasons for remaining loyal to Great Britain? How did John Adams reply? Finally, respond with any reactions you had to the production and performances in the show.
For those fuzzy on the details or who missed any of the film, this ought to jog your memory (so you can’t tell me you don’t know what to write about or that you haven’t seen it.)



By following these links, you are going to YouTube, where I have no control over the content that is published in the comments section. Also, it should be noted that these videos cannot be accessed from a school computer and must be viewed at home.

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Video for Chapter 4 Quiz Overview

By clicking on the link below, you will be taken to a video server to see an explanation video of the grading for the Chapter 4 Quiz. This is a test run and I promise that these videos will get more betterer… over time.

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How Has American Life Changed since Sept 11, 2001?

People often say that America changed forever after September 11, 2001. This could mean in terms of public and foreign policy, public safety, or even how Muslims are viewed in the United States.

Keeping in mind that you were quite young when the event occurred, talk with your parents, other family members, or another adult about ways in which this event changed their life. If you don’t remember the event, that is okay. Remember, this post is asking you to discuss how American life has changed, not to simply share your 9/11 story.

Also, consider the unique military population at EMS. How does a military family view the War on Terror in a unique or particularly powerful way?

The first post is mine:

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Tell me about your home state!

For this post, I want you to talk about the state where you were born. You need to tell me at least THREE great things or people which come from your native state. These can be tourist attractions, famous people, natural wonders, or cultural items.

If you don’t know a lot about your home state, you may need to do a little research. You should add links at the bottom of your post for any sites you used to gather information for your post.

The first post is mine, and I have included an “A,” “B,” and “C” post. You will notice that the “B” post does exactly what I ask you to do, but nothing more. The “C” post strays from the topic and needs to be revised. You will notice that the “A” post is well researched and includes very detailed information. You will also notice that the “A” paper never needs to directly address the prompt by saying “I was born in … and here are three great things about ….,” it just naturally takes the reader along using smooth transitions and vivid vocabulary.

Post by Friday when you walk into class. Don’t worry about replying to anyone else this week.

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Should the words “under God” be included in our Pledge of Allegiance?

The Pledge of Allegiance is part of your everyday school experience. Some argue that the words “under God” violate our personal and religious freedoms according to the First Amendment. Others support its inclusion as a “tip of the cap” to our nation’s religious heritage.

I’d like to know your thoughts. Please read the following post from ProCon.org in order to further formulate your opinion.

A good, strong post will include information accessed from the article. For example, “according to Michael Newdow, the inclusion of the words ‘under God’ in the pledge is a gross violation of our Constitutional mandates.”

Post once and reply once by the end of class.

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Blogging Norms

Some blogging norms, or rules of conduct are as follows:

1. Please, no last names, school names or addresses.

2. Do not link to your personal blog/journal from your school blog; you might reveal information on there that you don’t want to reveal on your school blog.

3. If you want to write your opinion on a topic, make sure you’re not going to be offensive to anyone as you write it.

4. Always make sure you check over your post for spelling errors, grammar errors, and your use of words.

5. Never disrespect someone else in your blog, whether it’s a person, an organization, or just a general idea. You don’t want someone making a stab at what you are passionate about; don’t do it to someone else.

6. Don’t write about other people without permission; if you can’t get their permission, use first names only. Never share someone else’s last name.

7. Watch your language! When you comment on this blog, from anywhere, you ARE at school. This includes relaxed and abbreviated language which you may use in a text message, or on your facebook/twitter accounts. Think of each post as an academic paper.

8. Make sure things you write about are factual. Don’t be posting about things that aren’t true.

9. Keep it education-oriented. That means that you probably shouldn’t discuss your plans for the weekend.


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