January 4

What happened in 2017?


What Happened in 2017?

Directions: Complete one Article Summary questionnaire for each article read. (CP two articles. General one article.) Choose a popular news story from 2017 that doesn’t contain any gossip, is not an announcement, and is not exclusively sports related.  (For example: Russian election tampering controversy, hurricanes, total solar eclipse, missile testing etc. would be appropriate. Blac Chyna and Rob Kardashian’s feud is not appropriate.)You may search the internet for the most influential events of 2017.  Read the article. Then answer the following information on your blog. You may copy and paste the questions onto your post. Then plug in your answers in full sentence form. You have Thursday and Friday to work on this in class. It is due Sunday evening.

Bibliographic Information

  • Author(s) of article:
  • Title of article:
  • Name of magazine, newspaper, website, etc. containing the article:
  • Date article was published:
  • Web address:

Summary Information

  • Discuss the effectiveness of the headline in summarizing the story and getting the reader’s attention.
  • Briefly describe the factual content of the story related to the lead: 5 W’s and the H.
  • Who:
  • What:
  • When:
  • Where:
  • Why:
  • How:
  • Were all the 5 “W’s” and “H” answered?
  • Of all the 5 “W’s” and “H”, star the one you think is the most important. Tell why.
  • Magnitude of the event in story
  • Is it international, national, or local?
  • What is its impact? How many people were affected by it?
  • Briefly state the main idea or thesis presented in this article:
  • Facts in a news story are supposed to be arranged from most to least important.
  • Do you believe he author did this effectively? Why?

Reliability of Sources

  • Did the article come from a wire service
  • Who are the sources in the article itself? (Examples: lawyer, doctor, neighbor, police officer, forensics expert)
  • List one quote that made the article sound more reliable.


Personal Reaction

  • What was the most surprising/interesting thing you found out by reading this article?
  • What question(s) do you have after reading this article?
  • What would you like to learn more about?
November 27

11/27/17 Smartphones

Are you addicted to  your smartphone? Before you answer that question watch the following Ted-Ed documentary by Charlene deGuzman then answer two of the following questions

  1. How do you communicate with friends and family? How is this different from the avenue of communication 15 years ago?
  2. How much time, by percentage, do you think individuals spend on their on cellphones? How do you think this compares to populations in other countries?
  3. What are some positive outcomes of smartphones?
  4. Are you addicted to your cell phone?

Challenge: You can choose to complete the following challenge and write one prompt instead of two.

  • Give up your phone for one day; leave it at home, turn it off, give it to your parents. Just don’t use it at all. Then record any differences you saw in your day. Were you more active? Did you talk to more people face-to-face? Did you find yourself reaching for the phone? Did you find other activities to occupy your time? How was your day phone-free?


October 30

10/30/17 Would you rather……

The following are a series of ” Would you rather….” questions. General answer at least two of the following questions, CP answer at least three of the following. Make sure you provide a clear and thorough explanation for your choice in your answer.

  1. Would you rather be famous when you are alive and forgotten when you die or unknown when you are alive but famous after you die?

  2. Would you rather go to jail for 4 years for something you didn’t do or get away with something horrible you did but always live in fear of being caught?

  3. Would you rather the general public think you are a horrible person but your family be very proud of you or your family think you are a horrible person but the general public be very proud of you.

  4. Would you rather never use social media sites / apps again or never watch another movie or TV show?

  5.  Would you rather be poor but help people or become incredibly rich by hurting people?

  6. Would you rather have a clown only you can see that follows you everywhere and just stands silently in a corner watching you without doing or saying anything or have a real life stalker who dresses like the Easter bunny that everyone can see?

  7. Would you rather have a criminal justice system that actually works and is fair or an administrative government that is free of corruption?

  8. Would you rather be married to a 10 with a bad personality or a 6 with an amazing personality?

October 16


Choose two of the following prompts (listed in each picture) to complete. Make sure you answer the questions in full sentences, and pay attention to punctuation and capitalization. Each prompt should be a separate POST. Go to blogging help and guidelines if you have any questions about length requirements.

October 9

10/9/17 Human Rights


Last week we reviewed a mnemonic device to help you organize short answer responses. (OREO) Therefore, I expect your blog entries to reflect the minimum number of sentences and organization this format requires. Please watch the video above on human rights, then answer the following question in a well organized short answer response

CP – Answer both questions

Gen – Pick one question

  1. Explain in a nutshell the concept of human rights—provide your own definition and offer a few examples of basic human rights.
  2. Can human rights for a single person be violated for a larger group’s safety?
September 18

Week of 9/18/17

The first thing I want you to do is go to the “blogging guidelines” page and read the requirements for your section. After you are done answer the following questions as a blog POST. (I would suggest re-watching the “Post vs. Pages” video to clarify the distinction.)

CP answer both General answer one of the two options.

  1. Who was your first crush? Think back to the first time you remember having a crush on someone. Was it Preschool, kindergarten, 8th grade? Did you let that person know? Why did you like them? Try to remember and describe as many details as possible.
  2. What would be on the mix tape of your life?: Embarrassing boy band confessions? One Hit Wonders? Show Tunes? Bring it! Mine would be anything Bon Jovi (we shared the same hair-do in the 80’s)  or Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. Why did you love them? Was it the music, the image, their videos? How does the band or the music define your life?