September 19

Post 11 Opinions that may be controversial

To say the words “I agree” — whether it’s agreeing to join an organization, or submit to political authority, or subscribe to a religious faith — may be the basis of every community.

But to say, I disagree; I refuse; you’re wrong — these are the words that define our individuality, give us our freedom, enjoin our tolerance, enlarge our perspectives, seize our attention, energize our progress, make our democracies real, and give hope and courage to oppressed people everywhere.

Galileo and Darwin; Mandela, Havel, and Liu Xiaobo; Rosa Parks and Natan Sharansky — such are the ranks of those who disagree.

And the problem, as I see it, is that we’re failing at the task.

This is a puzzle. At least as far as far as the United States is concerned, Americans have rarely disagreed more in recent decades.

We disagree about racial issues, bathroom policies, health care laws, and, of course, the 45th President. We express our disagreements in radio and cable TV rants; street and campus protests that are increasingly violent; and personal conversations that are increasingly embittering.


To disagree well you must first understand well. You have to read deeply, listen carefully, watch closely.  And you need to allow for the possibility that you might yet be persuaded.

Your Assignment

You are going to create a Storyboard at entitled

Sometimes it is okay to disagree

You will  have six tiles total

Tile One  The title  Sometimes it is okay to disagree

Tile Two  Martin Luther King Jr

Tile Three  Rosa Parks

Tile Four  Nelson Mandela

Tile Five  Galileo,

Tile Six Malala Yousafzai  


For each tile, have the character with a textable bubble saying what it was they disagreed with that made them famous.

September 18

Post 10: Fake News vs Opinion Journalism

As you watch this video on Fake News, answer the questions on your blog.

Fake News

  1.  What dominated the 2016 election?

2.  What is the huge business in Velice, Macedonia?

3.  What is the Fake News next target?

4.  Describe the city.  Does it look rich or “paved in gold?”

5.  What does the mayor say is a way to make some quick money?

6.  What is “click bait”?  What does it mean to click and then share?

7.  When the reporter talks to a fake news creator, where does he say he gets his news?

8.  What do you think when he says, “I paraphrase”?

9.  How do website owners get money?  What happens when someone opens their “stories”?

10.  How are google and facebook responding to the fake news problem?

11.  How do they get around the facebook blocks?  How do they get facebook accounts?

12.  Miguel is a “pioneer of fake news” his words.  What is his primary goal right now?  What is he getting ready for?

13.  In one day, how much does he make?

14.  What does he think makes a story clickable?

15.  Why does he not care if it is true?

16.  Is he proud of his job?

17.  How is it a huge business?  How are lots of people involved even Americans?

18.  In the bar scene, it shows a digital gold rush.  How can you tell money is being made.

19.  What does the mayor say about the morality of fake news?

20.  Why would the CNN reporter ask if someone is influencing the fake news reporters to affect the 2020 election?

21.  How are Americans to blame for this?  What keeps these fake news sites in business?

22.  What do you think it means to think before you click and definitely think before you share!


Really???  Oh no!

September 17

Post 9: Fake News

Fake news is making news, and it’s a problem.

A picture of malformed daisies uploaded to Twitter from Japan went viral, causing many people to speculate that radiation from the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant, which was rocked by a 2011 tsunami is to blame for the oddity.

“Frightening. Fukushima daisies go viral as nuclear radiation is blamed for deformities,” one twitter user noted.

  1.  Would you have believed the photo was real if you saw it on social media?

A recent study by Stanford University found an overwhelming majority of students were not able to tell the difference between so-called fake news and real news.

2.  Do you know the difference between real and fake news?

“In many schools there are internet filters that direct students to previously vetted sites and reliable sources of information. But what happens when they leave school and they take out their phone and they look at their Twitter feed? How do they become prepared to make the choices about what to believe, what to forward, what to post to their friends when they are given no practice in doing those kinds of things in school?”

3.   Do you agree with Dr. Wineburg? Should schools block certain websites? Why or why not?

4.  Look these up at  Are these fact or fiction?

  • Coca ­cola used to contain cocaine.
  • Poppy seeds on bagels & muffins can result in positive drug tests.
  • The Great Wall of China is the only man ­made object visible from the moon.
  • Barack Obama was a black panther
  • Is Taco Bell closing?
  • Will Entering Your PIN in Reverse at an ATM Summon the Police?

5.  For fun, make up your own fake news headline.


September 15

Post 8: Opinion Writing (OP ED)

Let’s first look at our school magazine

If you look at the tabs, you will see an opinion tab.

Click that tab.

You are going to look at 3 articles of your choice.

Copy and paste what is below this.  Put this as your Post 8.

Article Title_______________________

Article author_______________________

3 facts from article




3 opinions from article





Article Title_______________________

Article author_______________________

3 facts from article




3 opinions from article





Article Title_______________________

Article author_______________________

3 facts from article




3 opinions from article





September 12

Post 7 Opinion vs Facts

In post 6, you chose your favorites.  That was using your OPINION

Let’s play this Kahoot

That was all about your opinion too!


  • A fact is considered something proven to be true.
  • An opinion is a personal belief that is not founded on proof or certainty.

Take this quiz

Can you tell the difference between facts and opinions?



Read this news story

  1. Find 3 facts from the story and write them in your blog post.
  2. Then use your opinion to answer these questions.

— Should teenagers legally be allowed to get tattoos and piercings?

— Who should decide whether you get a tattoo or piercing — you or your parents?

— If you decide to get a tattoo or piercing, what should you take into consideration before doing so?

— If you don’t have a tattoo or piercing and want one, what would you get, and why?

3.  Here is the deal.  I do not care what your opinion is but I want you to be able to explain why you have that opinion.

Let’s give it a go here by first, telling me your opinion and then why is it your opinion

4.  Choose one of the topics you wrote on.  What do others say?  Do they have the same opinion as you?

September 11

Post 6: My Favorites

First step:  Fill out your favorite for each category.

Step Two:  go to

  • Click on Collage
  • Click on Layout
  • Choose the layout with 25 boxes
  • Choose a color for background
  • Choose text and type “These are a few of my favorite things”
  • Feel free to use borders, effects, and stickers
meal of the day
kind of pie
pizza topping
ice cream flavor
flavor potato chip
Candy bar
condiment (ketchup, mustard, etc.)
nationality of food (chinese, italian, etc.)
Koolaid flavor
Thanksgiving food
way to eat a potato
time to get up
place to shop
time of day
day of week
brand of toothpaste
brand of shampoo
place to be
subject in school
article of clothing
item you own
type of weather
genre of music
radio station
party music
romantic music
music to listen to when you’re sad
music to listen to when you’re angry
TV channel
genre of movie
place to go to the movies
people to see a movie with
pair of shoes
thing that makes you smile
family member
room in your house
place to be alone
online friend
online game
IM/chat phrase
search engine
type of car
state in the US
place to vacation
childhood toy
childhood memory
childhood friend
food as a kid
way to annoy your parents
way to get what you wanted
September 10

Post 5: Kony Movement


An example of using social media for good.  

Compare the number of  facebook users to people on the planet 200 years ago


Who is Jacob?  Where is he?


What happened to Jacob’s brother?


What would young Uganda children  rather do than stay on earth?


What is the promise made to Jacob?


Who is the LRA?  Who is the leader?  Who is the bad guy?


Why is he bad?


How many children has he stolen so far?


Who is number one on the war crimes list?

99 percent of people on Earth do not know what?


Why did the U.S. not get involved?


Explain, “Where you live should not determine if you live.”


How does the movement make a difference?


Why do you think politicians began to speak up?


What does Barack Obama say in October 2011?


Why does Kony change tactics?


In order for people to care, what must be done?


What does make him famous mean?


What happened in April of 2012?


How can the facebook world help?


September 8

Post 4: Social Media’s affect on what we buy and how we are viewed

  • The Old Spice campaign has proven to be one of the most memorable creative marketing and advertising concepts ever executed.

The Old Spice Campaign Facts and Figures

Here are some of the numbers that were the result of the continuous marketing campaign.

  • The number one most viewed sponsored channel on YouTube
  • 236 million YouTube Views
  • 80,000 Twitter followers in 2 days
  • Facebook Interaction increased 800% with the personalized videos (Fans now total over 1.5 million)
  • Sales figures increased by 107 %


  1.  Would the campaign convince you to use OLD SPICE if you were a man?

2.  Are you affected at all by what you buy when you see what others post about it on social media? Explain.








3.  New Story  So did you want to try a Popeyes Chicken Sandwich after the twitter feud with Chick fil a?

4.  How do you market yourself?  If you are on social media, what would colleges or future employers think about you?

5. 68% of admissions officers say that viewing a prospective student’s social media pages is “fair game.” The profiles are public, after all, and reviewing social media can reveal just who that student is.   In fact, what students post on social media can greatly affect not only acceptance odds, but they can get acceptances revoked if unsuitable and offensive material is found.  Do you think this is fair?

6.  What do you find if you google Jennifer Frankling?

7.  Now google yourself.  Find anything?

Part 2:  Market yourself with the about me page

September 5

Post 3: How does Social Media affect life both on and off line?

Let’s play Kahoot.  Get your phones out or play online.

Assignment Part 1:  Answer all of these

  1. What do you like about social media?
    What don’t you like?
  2. How do things on social media impact your life offline?
  3. Do you ever witness or experience people fighting online or posting something to make
    other people mad?
  4. Posting, sharing, liking or commenting on pictures/statuses/videos/etc. that include
    guns, drugs, wads of cash, fights, threats, promoting violence, promoting a crew/gang ,
    etc can link youth to criminal activity and can create consequences such as
    getting arrested, suspended, expelled, fired, or rejected from a job, school, or
    scholarship.  What do you think about that?
  5. Some colleges and employers request your social media usernames and passwords to be considered
    for admissions or hiring– this provides them access to look through all of the applicant’s social media history, messages and posts.  Is this fair?
  6. When your friends are having an argument in-person, what do you do to calm them down?
    Do you think this approach would be different online? How is it different?
  7. Have you heard of cyber banging?
  8. Most teens say social media makes them feel better, not worse, about themselves.  What do you think?
  9. “Eighty-nine percent of teens have their own smartphones.  They grew up alongside Instagram and Snapchat. They do research papers on Google Classroom, find emotional support on teen forums, share poetry on Tumblr, and are more likely to text “I love you” before they’d ever say it to your face.”  Do you see yourself in any of these statements?  Explain.
  10. They can’t stop. They won’t stop.  Most teens think technology companies manipulate users to spend more time on their devices. Many of them also think that social media distracts them and their friends.  Do you agree with this statement?  Explain.
  11. Snapchat and Instagram are where it’s at. In 2012, Facebook dominated social networking use among teens. Today, only 15 percent say it’s their main site (when one 16-year-old girl was asked in a focus group whom she communicates with on Facebook, she replied, “My grandparents”).  True?
  12. Social media takes teens away from personal relationships and distracts them from paying attention to the people they’re with.  Agree?
  13. Exposure to hate speech is on the rise, while cyberbullying is less commonOnly 13 percent of teens report ever being cyberbullied. But nearly two-thirds say they often or sometimes come across racist, sexist, homophobic or religious-based hate content in social media.  Is this true?

Check this one out


Selfie pointers?


Assignment Part 2:  One Positive = the Selfie

Sometimes a good selfie can just be a self esteem boost.

Add it to this post.

September 4

Post 2: How has social media changed how we communicate?

Yesterday, we polled the class about their social media use.

Let’s put our data in a bar graph @



  1.  Could you live without your phone for an entire day or would you feel upset?
  2. Do you ever think your phone is a distraction?  Explain
  3. Where is your phone right this very minute?

4.  What do you use your phone for?  Is it a smartphone?

5.  How important are likes, views, and follows to you?

6.  What do your parents/guardians say about your “screen” time?

7.  Could you take a break from your phone or social media?

8.  Do you know all the people who are on your social media sites?

9.  Respond to this video.  What do you think?  Do you know people who show a fake reality all for the good of social media?  Explain ways you have witnessed this.