• New York Times Learning Network
    Unpublished Black History - Due Friday 2/5
     Follow the link: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/projects/cp/national/unpublished-black-history/dr-martin-luther-king-jr-portrait-1963 and read the introduction.  Then answer the following questions not on your blog, but a blank sheet of paper.  
    1. Summarize why these photographs were never published in the NY Times.  Tell about the history of the portrait of MLK. 
    2. Choose Two more photos from  the ones listed below the introduction.
    3. Who and/or what event is he subject of the photograph?  Why is it important to history?  Why was the story never told (this may be your opinion)?
    2015 in Pictures - Due 1/14/16
    The New York Times has many award winning photographers.  Use this link to choose a photograph from 2015 to write about: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/12/27/sunday-review/2015-year-in-pictures.html 
    1. Write the date, location and copy brief summary of the picture.
    2. In 5-7 sentences describe what you see in the picture in detail.
    3. What might the people in the photograph be thinking?  What makes you think this?
    4. What is the importance of what's happening in the picture?  How might it affect others including you?
    5. What makes the photograph's message powerful?
    6. Final thoughts/conclusions.  
    7. Draw a simple sketch of the photograph.
    Year in Interactive Story Telling  - Due 1/8/16
    Choose a story from: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/us/year-in-interactive-storytelling.html, then complete the following write-up.  Your write-up will be 1-2 pages and should include the following:
    1. Title of the article and date
    2. Genre (Category): Visual Features, Longform Stories, Data-Driven Articles, Maps, Motion Graphics  & Video Stories, or Data Visualization.
    3. Summarize the story in your own words
    4. Describe the graphics/visuals - How do the graphics/visuals add to the story?  Explain.
    5. How does this story affect you personally?  Have you read or heard about related stories?
    6. What are your thoughts and opinion of the story?
    7. Who would you recommend read this story and why?
    8. Final thoughts and conclusions.
    Refugee Crisis - Due Friday 12/4 
    1. Use the website:  http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/11/24/what-responsibility-do-we-have-to-take-in-refugees-from-global-humanitarian-crises/
    2. Read the entire article on Syrian Refugees in Michigan.  
    3. Answer the questions at the bottom of the article in a complete and thoughtful manner.  Answer the questions on a blank sheet of paper or typed to be turned in separately.  Don't answer in your blog.
     The Displaced - Due Friday 11/20
    1. Use the website: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/08/magazine/the-displaced-introduction.html
    2. Read the intro with Mr. Schertle and watch the VR film using the Google Cardboard VR viewer.  
    3. Choose Hana, Oleg or Chuol's story to read.  On a blank sheet of paper, summarize their story.  What factors pushed them away from their home?  What is life like for them as a refugee?  How does their future look?  Imagine what it would be like to be in their situation.  How would you deal with life?  How can you help them?  Your responses should be about one page in length.  
    Thinking Critically: Reading and Writing Culture Reviews - Due Friday 11/6
    1. Use the following website: http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/10/22/thinking-critically-reading-and-writing-culture-reviews/
    2. Choose two reviews from the list in the article and complete BOTH sides of the worksheet.
    Film Club - San Quentin's Giants' - Due Thursday 10/22
    1. Watch the video at: http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/09/25/film-club-san-quentins-giants/
    2.  In your Class Press blog, choose 5 of the Option Discussion Questions to answer.  Answer using ACE - Use the question in your answer, find and example and then an explanation.  
    3. Comment on at least three of your classmates blogs.  List the classmates at the bottom of your blog entry that you read and comments on.
    News Q's - Due Friday 10/16 
    1. Watch the Video then Read the Entire Article:  http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/10/08/news-qs-lights-gestures-action-how-to-stage-a-broadway-musical-with-deaf-actors/
    2. In your Class Press blog, choose five answer the questions at the bottom of the Learning Network page.
    3. Comment on at least three of your classmates blogs entries on this topic. 
    News Q's - Due Friday 10/9 
    1. Read the Entire Article: http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/10/05/news-qs-state-of-emergency-issued-due-to-flooding-in-south-carolina/
    2. In your Class Press blog, answer the questions at the bottom of the Learning Network page.
    3. Comment on at least three of your classmates blogs entries on this topic.
    Student Opinion - Due for Friday 10/2
    1. Read this article:  http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/09/17/does-facebook-need-a-dislike-button/   Click on the link inside this link to read the ENTIRE article.  
    2. In your Class Press blog, answer the questions at the bottom of the Learning Network page.
    3. Comment on at least three of your classmates blogs entries on this topic.  
    What's Going on in This Picture?
    1. Analyze the picture at:  http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/09/21/whats-going-on-in-this-picture-sept-21-2015/
    2. In your Class Press student blog, answer the three questions listed below the picture.  Your blog entry should be about 7-10 sentences.  Title your blog : What's Going on in This Picture? 9-21-15.
    3. Finally, comment on at least three of your classmates blog entries on this topic.
    We'll be looking at pictures, political cartoons, short documentaries, vocabulary and opinion pieces each week from the pages of the New York Times.