Friday Questions will be posted her most Friday mornings. You have until the following Monday @ Midnight to post your answers on the main page of our class blog. Do not post them here or they will be deleted.
#1 . Friday January 31st: Poe’s short story “The Balloon Hoax” looked like it was a real story and so, many thought it was a true story. How do you think that happened? Read the story and discuss the reasons why so many thought it was a true story. Give specific evidence (details from the text) to persuade the reader.
#2. Friday February 7th: Respond to the following argument made by many readers: In his short story “The Land Ironclads,” H.G. Wells was able to predict the invention of the first military tank and at the same time, he predicted the ethical problems that went along with such an invention. Where is the evidence to support this claim? Why is it important? (500 word minimum)
#3. Friday February 14th: What are the ethical problems to consider in the story “Directed Energy”? (500 word minimum)
Friday February 21st: No Friday Question this week. Work on improving your final draft of essay #1.
#4. Friday February 28th: What are some of the important reasons why the narrator should have turned Joe the Logic “off” in the short story “A Logic Named Joe”? (500 word minimum)
#5. Friday March 7th: Watch this TED Talk: School’s Kill Creativity by Sir Ken Robinson First summarize his key points. Secondly, agree or disagree with his argument. (500 word minimum)
#6. Friday March 14th: This will be our first creative Friday Question. Check out this website: http://doodle-bomb.tumblr.com/ Now, create your own Doodle Bomb. Post a before and after of the advertisement that you doodle bombed. Make sure you choose wisely. Please don’t try to offend anyone.
#7. Friday March 21st: Read “Misprint” by Vonda N. McIntyre. In the story, What are the unintended consequences of having the option of upgrades? What does this say about human nature? (500 word minimum).
#8. Friday March 28th: Invent a machine that solves a problem. Make a drawing of that machine and post it here, with a short description. Tell the reader the problem it solves and how it solves it. (Please choose wisely. Be careful not to defend anyone.)
#9. Friday April 4th: Read the “Skystalk” by Charles Sheffield. What does the plot tell you about human nature. List five different short answers. (250 word minimum)
Friday April 11th: No Friday Question. Work on your essays!
#11. Friday April 25th: Use the SCAMPER technique in chapter nine of Thinkertoys to solve an important problem. Post your answers. Think hard! Be creative!
#12 Friday May 2nd: How could we replace traditional grades? (A, A-, etc.,) Be specific.
#13 Friday May 9th: Watch the rest of the movie, “Summerhill”: http://vimeo.com/channels/194093. Check out the website for the real school, too. How is this school different from the schools you have attended? Be specific. Topics to discuss: How do the students/characters behave? How do the students/characters develop? How do the teachers teach in a different way? How do students/characters succeed in this movie? Etc.
(250 word limit)
#14 Friday May 16th: Create a story by using symbols. After everyone has posted their story, go to one of your classmates and interpret the story for them by leaving a comment. (Storytellers and comment-makers: be careful not to offend anyone.)
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