Survival in Film

View at least two movies that focus on World War II. List three specific events that deal with survival in a war setting. What survival strategies do these movie characters use? Are there any lessons to be learned from these movies.

Alternatively, view the movie Jaws. How does this movie deal with survival. What other movies have you enjoyed that also deal with the theme of survival?

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DIY Radio

Create a radio diary.

Anyone can make a radio diary. Try your hand at making radio. Whether you’re interviewing a neighbor, or a grandparent, or someone you’ve never met, a microphone is a passport into their lives. If you or someone in your community has a story to tell, get a microphone, a recorder, a pair of headphones, and get started.

The Teen Reporter Handbook has been used in schools across the United States, as well as in Russia, Israel, South Africa, and even in a journalism training program in Southern Afghanistan.

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Williams, Creely, Ginsberg, Bowering

Read some poetry written by William Carlos Williams, Robert Creely, Allen Ginsberg, or George Bowering. Then write an illustrative essay in which you discuss what you believe makes the author’s poetry effective. Be sure to support your ideas with specific details and examples.

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What Does Your Future Hold In Store?

What does your future hold in store? Explore your thoughts on this topic in your blog. What personal goals do you have? What changes do you foresee in your daily routines and you career choices as a result of technological developments and changing social structures? How will your life differ from that of your parents or grandparents?

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Contentious Issue

Pick a contentious issue about which you care deeply – it could be the same-sex marriage debate, or just a disagreement you’re having with a friend. Write a post defending the opposite position, and then reflect on what it was like to do that.

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Man in Motion

It seems that people are often fascinated by individuals who do extraordinary things to better the lives of others. Research Rick Hansen and write a report about him. Be sure to include a character description in which you suggest how Rick Hansen’s character might have influenced his life. Share your report with your classmates.

Include links to 3-5 sources of information. Check your information for relevance, bias, and accuracy.

Embed one or two images or media clips.

Adjectives to describe character traits.

“Pillars of Character”

Consider writing a report on another Canadian hero: fact or fiction.

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Observe death carefully, sympathetically

Write a narration about your experience with a person or an animal whose actions you have observed carefully, using a first-person point of view to present not only your own observations of your subject but also the details of that subject’s experiences as you have sympathetically understood and interpreted them.

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We Are Happy From …

Grab your smart phone and make your own “We Are Happy From…” video.

Team up with a group of friends, classmates, teammates … and work on your “lip dub.”

 

(name it Pharrell Williams – Happy – We Are from [name of the city])

 

Read about Pharrell Williams at wikipedia.

Read about youth who cannot create and share such a video.

 

Watch, but not all of it at once, a 24 hour version of Happy, http://24hoursofhappy.com

 

Put your town on the map: http://wearehappyfrom.com/map

 

Tools:

Google Drive

WeVideo and WeVideo Help

iPhone WeVideo App

 

Yellow: #ffd202

 

How to get your video to the YouTube without paying the premium?

Publish your project, once published the project can be exported. Export it to your Google Drive (notice the YouTube icon is grey and requires an upgrade premium to click).

Wait a bit of time.

Look for your exported “happy.mp4” inside your “My Drive”. Download this file to your desktop, then upload it to your youtube.

Worked for me.

Be careful how many times you “Export” there is a “bumper” on the free account that only allows a few MBs or minutes to be exported. Be certain you are ready for export and export only the once.

 

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