Monday, March 17, 2014

CHALLENGE 3-

"What's in a Picture?"
3/17-3/30 


Directions:  Challenge 3 will be a 2-week challenge.  
1.  Choose one of the pictures below as your image and copy/paste the image to your post as the header of your story. 

2.  Next, choose one of the "Story Sparkers," which you think could spark a story based on this image.  

3.  Write a short story about your chosen image using your "Story Sparker" line as the opening sentence in your short story.   You decide which picture and which story starter you want to match together- BE CREATIVE!!!!

4.  There is no length requirement.

5.  Be creative!  Make sure your story has a beginning, middle, and end.  

6.  Finally, ask your readers to get involved in your story.   Examples:  Maybe you could ask for alternate endings from readers; maybe you include a quiz;  you might include a poll; perhaps you could ask readers to write the beginning of a sequel?.........  Use your imagination.  Get your readers involved in your story!!!!


** CHOOSE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING "STORY SPARKER" LINES TO BEGIN YOUR STORY.

1.  We heard a noise and ran to the tree.  There we saw.............
2.  I tried to keep it a secret, but.....
3.  When Mom sent me out to the garden, I never expected............
4.  We watched the man approach and we wondered.........
5.  The children sat patiently on the porch, waiting for..........
6.  In only a split second.........
7.  "I sure was lucky," said...............
8.  As I whirled around, I felt........
9.  My chance had finally come to...........
10.  When I opened my eyes, I ..............
11.  I knew I could win if........
12.  Just as everything was going well...........
13.  How did I ever get myself into this.........
14.  I didn't actually feel scared until I saw.........
15.  Even though the sign said "Slippery Road," I........

** CHOOSE ONE OF THE IMAGES AS THE BASIS OF YOUR STORY.  MAKE SURE TO COPY/PASTE THE PICTURE ON YOUR POST AS THE HEADER OF YOUR STORY.














** All images are Creative Commons images uploaded from Morguefile.com

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Challenge 2- Read Across America

 Challenge 2- "Read Across America"

This will be a 2 week challenge

3/3- 3/16

Directions:  Read President Obama's Proclamation below before moving forward with Challenge 2.

 *  After reading the proclamation below, choose one of the following activities for this 2-week challenge.  (Due to testing windows in various states, this challenge will extend for two weeks.)  This week's activities all relate to the topic of reading.

1.  Title your new post- "Challenge 2- Read Across America".

2.  Choose and identify which activity you'll be doing within your post.

3.  When tweeting out information about your new post- be sure to use the #teach2blog hashtag.

3.  Refer to the links below for this week's activities.

a.  2014 Notable Books 

b.  50 Multicultural Books Every Student Should Read

c.  Celebrity Book Pics

d.  50 State Book List 

 

ACTIVITY 1:  Audio Podcast

In celebration of "Read Across America," create an audio podcast reviewing your favorite book and why.  Use a combination of your own images as well as creative commons images in your production if needed.  ** WRITE  a brief intro to your podcast for your readers.

Make sure to include:  title, author, genre, most influential character and why, overview of plot, and why you would recommend the book to others.  Feel free to add any additional information you would like to include in your post.

2.0 tool possibilities include:

*  Create an I-Movie trailer or movie

*  Create a Voki 

*  Create a video using Vimeo

*  Create a podcast through Quick Time, Garage Band, Screenr, or Screencast O Matic

*  Create a Powtoon

*  Create an animated production- GoAnimate 

 

ACTIVITY 2:  Visual Interpretation

In celebration of "Read Across America," create a visual interpretation reviewing your favorite book and why.  Use a combination of your own images as well as creative commons images in your production if needed.  ** WRITE  a brief intro to your visual interpretation for your readers.

Make sure to include:  title, author, genre, most influential character and why, overview of plot, and why you would recommend the book to others. Feel free to add any additional information you would like to include in your post.

2.0 tool possibilities include:

*  Create a Prezi

* Create a ThingLink

*  Create a Piktochart

*  Create a Haikudeck

*  Create a Smore 

*  Create a Google Presentation

 

Presidential Proclamation: Read Across America Day, 2014


THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release                                                February 28, 2014

READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY, 2014

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION



Literacy is the foundation of every child's education. It opens doorways to opportunity, transports us across time and space, and binds family and friends closer together. When parents, educators, librarians, and mentors read with children, they give a gift that will nourish souls for a lifetime. Today, Americans young and old will take time to get lost in a story and do their part to cultivate the next generation of talent and intellect. 


This day is also a time to honor the legacy of Theodor Seuss Geisel, known to us as Dr. Seuss. Countless Americans can recall his books as their first step into the lands of letters and wordplay. With creatures, contraptions, and vibrant characters, they have led generations of happy travelers through voyages of the imagination. Yet his tales also challenge dictators and discrimination. They call us to open our minds, to take responsibility for ourselves and our planet. And they remind us that the value of our possessions pales in comparison to that of the ties we share with family, friends, and community. 


From children's stories to classic works of literature, the written word allows us to see the world from new perspectives. It helps us understand what it means to be human and what it means to be American. During Read Across America Day, let us celebrate, rediscover, and engage our children in this wonderful pastime. 


NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim March 3, 2014, as Read Across America Day. I call upon children, families, educators, librarians, public officials, and all the people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities. 


IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this

twenty-eighth day of February, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.


BARACK OBAMA

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