Thursday, December 29, 2011

Class Book "shelf"

Rate what you've been reading!
Stewie's Stellar Book Group

Join our class book group! Rate books you've read, and make suggestions of what we should read. I'm looking forward to your pics!

My Favorite Books

These are my favorite books, create your own bookshelf and embed the info with a widget on your kidblog.... Try rotates me of your favorite books this year first....

Class Book Group at Amazon

Class Bookshelf for Book Discussions at Amazon

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Teen Dystopian Books for the Holidays

Like Dystopia?? Well I tweeted some fellow teachers and this is a list of the books recommended for teens. I have only read the one with stars...
Hunger Games * (One of my favourites)
Life as we Knew It Trilogy *
Chaos Walking Trilogy... (Saw at Chapters, I think this one looked good...)
House of Scopians
The Black Hole Sun
The 11th Plague  (Also saw at Chapters, this one looked really good too.)
Incarceron *(Jake recommends... and it is good)
Adoration of Jenna Fox
Ender's Game * (pretty good)
The Limit
Frozen Trilogy
Maze Runner Triology*
Ship Breaker
City of Ember *
City of Sparks
Gone Series * (can get a little dark)
The Giver * (This one is okay... seems boring after reading Hunger Games)
Divergent * (LOVE)
Matched * (Love)

If you like Twilight you will like...
City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass...

Monday, December 19, 2011

French Comic Life Evaluation Criteria

Rubric will be based on the criteria. Refer to the criteria below when completing your comic.

1. Content - French only!

a) What's happening in each panel.Be specific and fairly descriptive.

b) Speech bubbles / thought bubbles must be included for characters thoughts and interactions.

c) Use phrases that you understand (refer to the booklet, use dictionnaries, use google translator sometimes...)

d) Comic must relate to a day in the life of a character.
2. Layout
a) Use Comic Life or Word (word might be more challenging) - You can download a free trial version for home (note that there are less "bells and whistles" than at school) try it before the holidays to make sure it works for you.
b) Use a variety boxes with text boxes that explain what's happening.
c) The title slide must introduce your comic and who it's by ("par" means by)
d) Grade 6's: 8 panels minimum, Grade 7's: 12 panels minimum
e) For colour copies print at home...with PARENT PERMISSION... Please note it may use lots of ink!!!    OR Print in black and white and colour in pencil crayon (feel free to add images or accents to words)

3. Mechanics
Watch spelling, punctuation and capitalization .... Be sure to REVISE AND EDIT!
Grade 6's - use the resources I gave your to help with conjugating. (It's all preconjugated).
Grade 7's are expected to demonstrate more ability in terms of grammar conjugation.... Use the resources I gave you, as most sentences are preconjugated.
Grade 8's are expected to demonstrate time (A 7h00...)  in their comic as well as more descriptive panels. Include adjectives and more narration panels or speech bubbles.... BASICALLY JUST "MORE"...


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Extention to Learning Assignment

Grade 7/8's - Over Christmas start researching apps you would like to try (that are educationally related) on a WINDOWS TABLET. Remember they can't be super expensive... but I need to know your thoughts by beginning of January for a "Technology Surprise" coming in January (for only one month...) Hint: Remember the grant application I told you about????

Wordle on Wordle

Advent Reflections

Using you need to make sure that you are blogging to the questions for the ADVENT RESPONSE POSTS. I have posted many questions that you must write a response to, find videos, images and links that connect to the Advent Week topic, then EXPLAIN how the images, videos etc connect to the theme or why you included it... Be sure to check your mechanics, grammar and revise to ensure that what you wrote makes sense!!
*Be sure to find videos etc... that are appropriate, but really make your audience think! Entertain, but make us care!

*In class today, we reviewed how to create a wordle (, take a screen shot of it and link it to your blog... Tricky but cool stuff... Be sure try it!!

Wordle Uploader Strategy for Kidblog

For this week and next week, I want you to try out a new on line program called, wordle, which creates "word clouds". Go to

Create a word cloud of your KIDBLOG Joy posting, (your reactions and responses to the questions that I gave you... don't bother copy/pasting video links etc.)

You will copy paste your kidblog reactions (from your blog or even from Word) into the "Wordle text box.

Then how do you embed this awesome word cloud into your blog??? Follow these steps below... They are tricky, but stay calm, and just try your best!!!

Follow these steps to upload a wordle using flash… May work better than “crunching” the information…

1. Be sure that you have: created your wordle on
 Open the wordle you created by going to the bottom of the screen and click on “Open in Window”, then maximize the window BEFORE YOU TAKE A SCREENSHOT.

2. Take a screen shot… Ctrl (Control button, bottom left hand side) and PrtSc (Print screen button, on the laptop it’s near the power button)

3. Paste the screen shot to Word or Powerpoint.

4. Crop your image (by double clicking on the image and using the “crop” button.

5. Save your image… My pictures, call it “Wordle…”
6. Then in kidblog… click on the “File” (Mark says this works!)
7. Go to the Browser uploader… NOT FLASH… select your picture for your Wordle
and click on “Insert into post” (This eliminates “crunching” because computers can’t do abs!)

8. Celebrate, because it will work…

So hilarious according to Mr. Csada...

At the request of my students and fellow colleagues... I agreed to post this... By the way, Mr. Mitchell doesn't blog!!! The characters look a tiny bit like us!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Old past math assignments

Practice Test p. 114-115

Level A:1-5, 7, 9, 11

Level B: 1-12

Level C: 4-15

Chapter Review p. 112-113 Due: Wednesday

Level A: 1-4, 6-8, 9, 10, 12, 14

Level B: all but omit 11, 17

Level C: all

Quiz on 3.3-3.5 Concepts on Tuesday, November 22nd

p. 109 - Applying Pyth Relationship

Level A: 1, 2, 3, 5, 7

Level B: 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11

Level C: 1, 2, 3, 8, 11-14

p. 103 3.4 Using Pyth Relationship due: Thurs. Nov. 17

Level A: 1-6, 9, 10

Level B: 1-6, 9-14

Level C: 1-6, 9-11, 13-16

Quiz - 3.3-3.5 Concepts - Tuesday, Nov. 22

Quiz - 3.1 and 3.2 concepts Monday, Nov. 7th

3.2 all due Thursday...

Level A 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12

Level B 1-8, 10, 12-17

Level C 1-8, 10, 14, 17, 18-21


Page 85-86 3.1 Squares and Square Roots All due: Wednesday, Oct. 26

Level A: #1-5, 7, 9, 11, 15, 17Level B: # 1-5, 7, 9, 11, 15, 17, 18, 23, 24Level C: # 1-4, 7, 9, 15, 21, 22, 24-27"Get Ready" Handout - for new Pythagorean Relationship Unit 3.1 Squares and Square Roots -

Read p. 80-85


Define and give an example of the following:

-Square Number

-Perfect Square

-Prime Number

-Prime Factors

-Prime Factorization

-Square Root and symbol

Copy Chart on p. 77 "Verbal Visual Chart"

*** All due for Thursday, Oct. 13

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Activist Project Glogster

Glogster link...

You were all given codes for your user id and your password is either your middle name or one we agreed upon.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Good People Are Everywhere!


See the ads?? Now check out the story which started in CANADA!!

On any given day, Canadians will see hundreds, if not thousands of ads trying to sell something. But two Canadian businessmen have an ad campaign that isn’t trying to sell you anything at all. Instead they are trying to inspire a movement. A movement they call “people for good”, promoting good deeds and trying to get people to commit random acts of kindness. The unique campaign advertises on billboards, in newspapers, and on the radio and TV across the country in hopes to inspire others and to restore faith in humanity. 

16x9 met up with Zak Mroueh and Mark Sherman to find out just how easy….or not… it is to get strangers to commit a random act of kindness. 

Read it on Global News: Global News | Good News 

Read more with the Globe and Mail and check out the commercials...

Check out the commercials...

This is a completely different ad from ebay... but I like the message...
See if you can name 10 "good things" that people did in the commercial...

Check out the website...

Someone who likes to blog with a great message...

1. Why did the creators of this movement come up with this idea? 
2. Why do you suppose that they wanted to help change the world with this concept? 
3. Everyone who helps out with the movement does it for free... Why is this so important to the message? Why would people be motivated to do so?
4. Why does it make a difference that 2 advertising executives are the ones to start and spread the word? 
5. Why do you think that the movement is catching on around the world? 
6. How is our Jerry Goebel, "Intentional Courtesy" program connected to this movement (Jerry Goebel came up with the idea YEARS ago... )? 

How can we spread intentional courtesy around our school (especially with the middle and senior grades)? How can we take the peopleforgood campaign ideas and use them at a school level... What can we do to help spread "goodness"?

Start looking up activists who have made our world a better place... they don't have to be Catholic (obviously... I'm just stating that because this will be a religion project). Who has inspired thousands? Millions? When did they live? What was their cause? What did they do to make life better for others? Who would you like to research?? Mother Teresa? Gandhi? Martin Luther King Jr. ? Craig Kielburger? Rosa Parks? Terry Fox? Who would you like to research and present a short powerpoint or PREZI presentation on?? Start thinking about it...

Check out this video which features a lecture by the Dalai Lama at the 3rd Annual Mother Teresa Lecture... This demonstrates it's not all about religion... but about good people working together to live a life of compassion.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Advent Reflection Blogging

As part of our new religion service project, MISSION TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE... We will be using blogs and wikis to spread the message that it's important to give of yourself to make not only our world, but our community a better place!

You all have accounts set up on and so it's time to get blogging. Our blogging  will focus on Advent for the next few weeks, as we prepare and reflect on the meaning of Advent... in CYBERSPACE!

More information on how to do the fancy things on the blog to follow in class... Check it out!!!

The page...

Some of you who have experience from blogging last year... this page is connected to, but different from last year's page...

Send me a tweet or an e-mail if you want your password...

Ms. Stewie

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Vow of Silence Day at Deshaye

I came to school and was greeted by silence ... A teacher's dream... Right?? Yes... but more importantly the reason they were silent is beyond just a teacher's dream. The students' silence was a statement about the millions of children around the world who don't have a voice... children who endure many hardships through child labour, lack of food, shelter... education... Well done Deshaye... you actually made me silent with your commitment to make a difference just by being quiet!!!

So what's this vow of silence all about??? Make sure you are not like an occupy protestor and know the facts!!! Enjoy the day... and think about whose silence you are demonstrating!

Take the Vow of Silence and Change the World


On November 20th, thousands will fight for the rights of the suffering people around the world who cannot stand up for their rights. And you’ll hear nothing.

Free the Children’s Vow of Silence is coming up soon – a fact that haunts me night and day, since I’m one of the people organizing it at my school. It was quite a success last year, and as we are hoping for bigger and better, it’s going to require some hard work…

Let me describe Vow of Silence as simply as I can: you don’t talk for 24 HOURS. What’s more, you don’t go on Facebook, MSN, Twitter, NOR DO YOU TEXT. Omigod! I know! How shall we ever survive?

All kidding aside, it IS an incredibly difficult challenge, and you might not last the whole day. Last year, I had a few people come up to me and say that they would participate if it was anything else rather than talking. Yeah, it’s really quite inconvenient, but in today’s busy, chaotic society, maybe the best thing to get people’s attention is – well, silence.

Socializing with our friends, going on facebook and texting are essential parts of a teenager’s life. Yeah, it will be hard, but what if we believed in something so much that we were willing to take on a challenge? What if we cared about the world so much that we decided to go without the things that matter to us? That’s our beliefs and thoughts in action. And that’s the kind of passion that will rock the world.

So think about the Vow. Most schools will be doing something similar, so maybe you could do it with friends at school. If not, all the resources like pledge forms and info cards are available on Free the Children’s website.

There are lots of ways you can do this: get some friends together and make it into a contest. If it’ll be too hard to not talk for a whole day, commit to staying silent for at least a few hours. Change your status on facebook and twitter. If you really need to talk, then maybe don’t text. And trust me, you won’t die.

Vow of Silence is just one of the many actions that students can access. But it’s actually pretty fun, really interesting, and it’s an awesome conversation-starter (when you can talk, that is). If we care, why shouldn’t we show it? So consider doing it seriously, and afterwards, post your experiences here. I’d love to hear about them.
Free the Children, Vow of Silence campaign

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Social - Society and Culture

We will be continuing to look at culture in Social Studies class. In class you received a handout. We will use the handout as part of your notes... so keep them in a SAFE PLACE in your binder!

Ponder and Respond to the following...
1.Canada is often called a mosaic, while the United States is often called a melting pot. What do each of these terms mean to you?

2. In 1995, U.S. President Bill Clinton said, "Canada has stood for all of us as a model of how people of different cultures can live and work together in peace, prosperity and understanding." Why would Clinton have said this?

3. What public celebrations and festivals take place in our community to celebrate culture? Why is it important that these events happen?

Everything you wanted to know about Canadians... Rick Mercier...

Are there any stereotypes in the video? For what reasons do you agree? For what reasons do you disagree?

Monday, November 28, 2011




Advent Week 1 - The first candle, HOPE

Advent Week 2 - The second candle, PEACE

Advent Week 3 - The third candle, JOY

Advent Week 4 - The fourth candle, LOVE





"He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth.” Luke 1:14

 The Daily Advent Reflection Challenges...
**** If you don't want to do the challenge that is given here(SEE BELOW), check out BUSTED HALO'S SURPRISE ADVENT CALENDAR at:

Powerpoint for Advent... Check out the site and click on the links...

Download Powerpoints for Advent and Lent at Catholic Youth Network!!

Grade 7/8's: You will read a reflection each day and write a RESPONSE to the CHALLENGE listed on ONE OF THE SITES ABOVE, or just look at the challenges that I have listed here.
Just read the Reflection or prayer, and then write a response to the challenge. Write your responses in your Learning Log, if you don't have have it at home, do it on loose leaf... or you can even write your response as a Word document (save in draft form and keep adding to it over Advent), then add to your Learning Log duotang.

** If you really want to get TECH SAVY... YOU COULD UPDATE YOUR WIKISPACE ON OUR CLASS SITE, "MISSION TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE" at wikispaces... Remember you need to give me your e-mail so you can be "INVITED" in order to do this...

Reflection: 1 - What are you going to do everyday over Advent that will improve the lives of others? What will you do? Why?

Reflection: 2 - Take a moment to sit and think. Shut out all distractions, and close your eyes if it helps. Think about anybody you are angry with and anybody you have bad feelings towards. The chances are that if you have any negativity towards somebody, there is something in your mind that you haven’t forgiven them for.

Try to think of some people. Bring their names and faces to mind. First of all, try to think of something good about each person. When you have done that, pray for the strength to forgive them and then pray for them – ask God to watch over them too this Advent and to remind them how strong his love for them is.

Reflection 3 - Do something that you know is good, but you wouldn't normally do. What are you going to do? Why did you choose this? Explain.

Reflection 4 - see blog challenge (passages from the bible). (Title: God Loves you... Really... A lot!)

Read the reflection, prayer and challenge - there are bible passages read them and choose the one that you "connect to the most". Explain how you will incorporate this message into your life. What is the key message of these passages... how can we incorporate this message into our lives in today's world?"

Reflection 5.... - has yet to be posted... when it is check the site... (see above link) read the reflection, prayer and respond to the challenge....

Reflection 6 - read the reflection. Main idea... enjoy the snow!! But remember those people who suffer because of the cold weather (homeless, shut-ins, elderly). Pray for these people.

Reflection 7 - Pray in a "different way" than what you usually do. (Free prayer, global issues prayer - poverty, war etc; traditional prayer (rosary); prayer with music; silence with a candle- meditate; go to mass or confession... State what you will do ...

Reflection 8 - How are you going to make the mass/liturgy more meaningful in your life? What will you do so that you can hear God's message more??

Reflection 9 - Think about a way in which you or someone elese you know needs healing. Maybe you or or someone you know is sick.
You can look at healing as part of relationships too. Maybe there is a relationship with somebody which you need to fix, or maybe there is something you should do that you have been putting off.

Write a prayer about healing. This prayer can be about someone who needs healing and about a relationship that you wish to see "healed".

Reflection 10 - Look after all those who are going through difficult times at the moment. Bring them peace, success and happiness. Your challenge today, when something gets a bit difficult or stressful, stop and say a quick prayer.

Reflection 11 - 12 - see the advent 2010 site... write a reflection on one of the challenges or go to the Busted Halo and check out today's microchallenge and reflect on it... Tell me what you chose to do...

Reflection 14 - Your challenge today is to stop and have a think. Think about the most important and intense memories in your life – the ones that make you happy and the ones that are a little bit more difficult. Spend a while with those memories and ask yourself if they say anything new to you now. What can you learn from your memories? Tell me...

Reflection 15 - Finally we light the pink candle! The third Sunday in Advent is always called Gaudete Sunday.  You will probably notice that the Advent candle for today isn’t purple, but pink – or rather rose coloured.  When you go to Mass you might also notice that the priests is wearing rose coloured vestments, rather than the normal purple. This is one of only two Sundays in the year when the priest will do this. The word Gaudete means Rejoice. Advent is normally a penitential season and the readings normally emphasise the need that we have to look at our lives and think about what we need to change.

Reflection 16 - Have you ever looked but not seen?  Have you every listened but not really heard?
These sound like strange questions but the point is that it is very easy to miss things in life. It is very easy to think that we appreciate something or somebody but to really miss the important points. Have you ever discovered something about a friend or a family member and then been amazed that you didn’t know before? Have you ever discovered something new and amazing about a place or an organisation you have known for a long time and thought you knew just about everything about?   Sometimes, we look but we don’t see.
Your challenge today is to learn some new things about people you know well! Write about what you learned...

Meditation for the Second Week of Advent Reference:

Advent is a season of renewal, when God invites us to let Jesus come into our hearts and make us more like him. In Sunday’s gospel, John the Baptist tells us to “make straight the way of the Lord” in our hearts and in our lives. But how do we do this? The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops offer some suggestions for families to consider.

Prayer-why not try to begin or improve your prayer as an individual and family. Make time to pray together at least once a day as a family perhaps before and after a meal shared together.

Eucharist-as well as taking part in the Sunday celebration, why not try to go to mass more often during Advent.

Penance celebrations - In preparation for Christmas, it is a good idea to celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation. Most parishes have special Advent Reconciliation Services.

By these simple Advent practices, we prepare ourselves well both for our Christmas celebration of Jesus coming as our saviour 2,000 years ago and for his coming as king and judge at the end of time.
Reference: Regina Catholic Schools Website


Four Ways to Pray the Wait
by Beth Davis

Advent: What does it mean to you? I’m not asking you to look at Latin roots, but to use your imagination! I see two parts: ad and vent.

Stay with me on this. Ad is short for advertising. Vent is a hole in the floor or ceiling that lets air flow into a room. The two combined form the word Advent.

If you follow my “logic” here, a reasonable assumption would be that Advent means advertising airflow. Really? Well, don’t use it on your SAT.

But think: If we “do” Advent well, then our very lives flow in a way that advertises Jesus! What a concept! So, just how do we do Advent well?

First, let’s examine the Advent wreath, a circle of evergreen with three purple candles and one pink one. Some wreaths also have three purple ribbons plus a pink one adorning them.

This past year, our church decided not to display a circular wreath, but stretched it out across the wall behind the sanctuary. Picture this: a long line of grapevine, tall votive candles sectioning it into four pieces.

Each week, as we came closer to Christmas, the bony, bare grapevine, section by section, came alive with boughs of evergreen and sparkling candles.

Each week, the bleakness of winter, represented by that dead grapevine, was replaced by the hope of things green. Darkness grew bright. The horizontal garland reminded us that Christmas was coming still closer.

Advent, the waiting period of Christmas, is such a gift. How we wait is key

MORE SITES to GUIDE you during ADVENT...
Catholic Youth Service Daily Reflections

Busted Halo Advent Calendar - Weird Name ... nice site...
How the digital Advent calendar works
Each day, that day’s link in the Advent calendar will start working, leading to a special Advent-themed Daily Jolt, with an opportunity for reflection, a microChallenge and a chance to win a prize. Some of the reflections come from unlikely sources, and the challenges help you to take an action, usually a small one, based on the reflection.

Catholic Youth Focused Powerpoints for Reflection

More Advent Info

Advent Facts


Lets's take the materialism out of Christmas!!!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Research to Avatars



Click on the video....

Check out the links below... the superhero link below was my favourite!
Very fun!!
Try all the avatar makers at this wiki...

Pixton for Schools... super cool comic creator site... I got a free 1 month trial for our class to get started on their "A DAY IN THE LIFE OF..." comic... I will set up a student account for all of you!

A wikispace for a classroom blogging assignment... "MISSION TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE" 
Basically I want to set up a wiki for the start of the new church year (Advent is the beginning) to mark our new mission for the STUDENTS FOR GOOD campaign... So I was thinking that perhaps a wiki would be a good place for us to record our acts to make a difference...
Here's the address, we will start exploring this on Monday. Students who are interested in becoming SENIOR EDITORS of the wiki can talk to me...
We'll chat more about this service project on Monday...

Have fun... think of all the applications we could use for the above sites in assignments and projects!!!

Ms. Stewie

Friday, November 25, 2011

Christmas is coming... but Advent is Here!

Very cute... I enjoyed all the digital applications shown in the video...

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


WE WILL LEAVE BY BUS AT 1:00 - the movie is at 1:30 and WE WILL RETURN BY 2:45 - 3:00.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Power of One

Short video to inspire and get you thinking about ways small acts can make a difference...

An inspiring video, although it has a little too much American-like imagery... I need a  version that feels more Canadian... yes you might be thinking... What do you mean? ...I don't know... 

A book that started it all for me... That is teaching about human rights and the importance of standing up and saying what you believe, then acting on what you believe...

One of my favourite books of all time is the Power of One, written by Bryce Courtenay. This amazing book went on to become a movie in 1992. It explores segregation and discrimination in South Africa.

Here are some quotes to prep you and get you thinking before watching clips from the movie, "Power of One"... You will notice that there is a huge variety of the categories of comments, from courage to winning... 

“First with the head, then with the heart.” 
 Bryce Courtenay, The Power of One

“Pride is holding your head up when everyone around you has theirs bowed. Courage is what makes you do it.”
Bryce Courtenay

“. . . besides love, independence of thought is the greatest gift an adult can give a child.” 
 Bryce Courtenay, The Power of One

“Winning is a state of mind that embraces everything you do.”
Bryce CourtenayThe Power of One

“The power of one is above all things the power to believe in yourself, ofen well beyond any latent ability you may have previously demonstrated. The mind is the athlete, the body is simply the means it uses to run faster or longer, jump higher, shoot straighter, kick better, swim harder, hit further, or box better.”
Bryce CourtenayThe Power of One

“Always in life an idea starts small, it is only a sapling idea, but the vines will come and they will try to choke your idea so it cannot grow and it will die and you will never know you had a big idea, an idea so big it could have grown thirty meters through the dark canopy of leaves and touched the face of the sky.' He looked at me and continued. 'The vines are people who are afraid of originality, of new thinking. Most people you encounter will be vines; when you are a young plant they are very dangerous.' His piercing blue eyes looked into mine.' Always listen to yourself, Peekay. It is better to be wrong than simply to follow convention. If you are wrong, no matter, you have learned something and you grow stronger. If you are right, you have taken another step toward a fulfilling life.”
Bryce CourtenayThe Power of One

Here is part 1 on Youtube...

Here is part 2 on Youtube....

Part 3...

Peace heroes - quotes and more...

Here's a link that you should check out, recommended by Emilio.... this might help you out in your Activists Religion Project...

Remember you need to have the "What do you already know about your activist?" part of the chart completed as well as 5 inquiry focused questions, "What do you want to learn about the activist?" Remember to phrase your wonderings in 5 questions... sort of like Jeopardy!!

A Different Perspective

Just got this video from a fellow teacher friend... really makes you think about the emotional changes a person goes through when they go to war...

Some of the images are pretty emotional... as are the lyrics...

Monday, November 21, 2011

New sites to try...

Grade 7/8... let's try new on-line software for our activists presentation...

maybe... ???

or... vuvox... ???

I think I need to work on my skills with these forms of media... and see if our computers can run it fast enough at school....

I Need to Wake Up - Melissa Ethridge

ELA - song, "I Need to Wake Up" by Melissa Etheridge...
 Check it out on Youtube. It was written for the documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth"

Our assignment involves analyzing the lyrics and the following questions.
Who created the media text? (songwriter)

Who benefits from the text?

Why was the song created? What is the purpose of the song?

What audience is the song intended for? What specific features appeal to the audience? State specific lines and explain.

How would you change the song to appeal to a different audience?

How does knowing the song was written increase your understanding or appreciation for this song?

Think about movies you've watched and their sound tracks. What do you think directors have to consider when choosing music to go with a movie?


Listen to some of the following songs. Be sure to pay attention to the lyrics and the message the musician/songwriter is trying to give.

1. We shall overcome (gospel)

2. Cats in the Cradle (Harry Chapmin)

3. Imagine (John Lennon)

4. Unwritten (Natasha Beddingfield)

5. For What It's Worth (Buffalo Springfield)

6. Paved Paradise (Joni Mitchell)

7. Daughters (John Mayer)

8. Don't Drink the Water (Dave Matthews)

9. We Are The World (Micheal Jackson)

10. Live Like You Were Dyin (Tim McGraw)

12. Unison (Black Eyed Peas)

13. Blowin in the Wind (Boy Dylan)

14. Get Up Stand Up (Bob Marley)
Listen to a few songs listed above. Think about the message.... Get ready to explain the connection to the social issue the song explores...

Extension: Other Social Justice songs...
*Be aware of appropriate lyrics!

A. You are challenged to find   a contemporary song that has an important message about "Stepping Up". In this assignment, include a copy of the lyrics and include the song with your RELIGION ASSIGNMENT RESEARCH AND GLOGSTER PRESENTATION... ACTIVISTS WHO HAVE FOLLOWED IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS.

B. When you present your religion assignment, be ready to  state how the message of the song  connects to our unit, "Stepping Up" and to your activist. Explain your reasons with specific details....

C. You can embed a video and/or play your song for the class via the SMART board, but ensure that the video is appropriate, or you will use an audio verson of the song only.