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Liberal Studies
 

COURSE BASICS:

  • Syllabus/ Syllabus Sign-Off Sheet - Due August 26th
  • Course Materials: 1) pen/pencil; 2) Composition Notebook; 3) two-pocket folder for handouts
  • Homework Policy: All middle school teachers do not accept make up homework that is more than two weeks late.

August 16th:

  • Classwork: Welcome & Course Introduction
  • HW: Syllabus Sign-off

August 19th-23rd:

Monday

  • Classwork:
  • HW:
    • None

Wednesday

Friday

  • Classwork:
    • Skeptical About Sources - Detecting Neutral and Biased Language activity
  • HW:
    • None

August 26th & 28th:

Monday

  • Classwork:
    • Determining Credibility with the RAVEN Method - RAVEN Notes
  • HW:
    • None

Wednesday

September 4th & 6th

Wednesday

Friday

  • Classwork:
    • Start murder mystery RAVEN activity - Notes
  • HW:
    • None

September 9th & 11th

Monday

  • Classwork:
    • Continue murder mystery RAVEN activity
  • HW:
    • None

Wednesday

  • Classwork:
    • Key Concepts to Analyze Media for: Subtext, Target, and Appeals
    • Prezi notes
  • HW:
    • None

September 16th-20th

Monday

  • Classwork:
    • Finish Key Concepts to Analyze Media for: Subtext, Target, and Appeals
    • Prezi notes
  • HW:
    • None

Wednesday

Friday

September 23rd & 25th

Monday

  • Classwork:
    • Create a print ad Due end of class Wednesday
  • HW:
    • If you missed class this semester, please make sure that you have all the notes for the semester in your journal for Wednesday

Wednesday

  • Classwork:
    • Intro to Media Exam
  • HW:
    • None

September 30th-October 23rd - Share Program Schedule

October 28th - November 1st

Monday

Wednesday

Friday

  • Classwork:
    • How marketers use emotion to sell products and brands
  • HW:
    • None

November 4th & 6th

Monday

Wednesday

November 13th & 15th

Wednesday

Friday

  • Classwork:
    • Logos: Denotation and Connotation
      • What is the difference? What is positive and negative connotation?
  • HW:
    • None

November 18th & 20th

Monday

Wednesday

  • Classwork:
    • Complete Activity I and Activity II prior to creating your sports team. Make sure to write the denotation and connotation for each sports team in Activity I
  • HW:
    • None

November 25th

Monday

  • Classwork:
    • Complete Activity III by creating your own sports team with a unique team name with an appropriate connotation and a supportive logo
  • HW:
    • None

December 2nd-6th

Monday

  • Classwork:
    • Presentations of sports teams in class
    • Logo and brand identity
      • Begin Project/ Rubric
      • Brand Identity Questions
  • HW:
    • None

Wednesday

  • Classwork:
    • Continue brand Identity project: complete print ad rough draft
  • HW:
    • None

Friday

  • Classwork:
    • Continue brand identity project: complete final draft of print ad
  • HW:
    • None

December 9th & 11th

Monday

  • Classwork:
    • Continue brand identity project: create packaging with corresponding logo and slogan for brand identity
  • HW:
    • None

Wednesday

  • Classwork:
    • Finish project and begin presentations
  • HW:
    • None

December 16th-20th

Monday

  • Classwork:
    • Finish project presentations
    • Review media analysis process
  • HW:
    • None

Wednesday

Friday

  • Classwork:
    • Mystery and credibility activity with Mr. Krueger's Liberal Studies

January 6th-10th

Monday

Wednesday

  • Classwork:
    • Watch "Consuming Kids" & complete video guide
  • HW:
    • None

Friday

  • Classwork:
    • Write script
    • Assign prop roles
  • HW:
    • None

January 13th & 15th

Monday

  • Classwork:
    • Create all needed props, etc.
    • Review scripts
  • HW:
    • None

Wednesday

  • Classwork:
    • Film commercials
  • HW:
    • None

January 22nd & 24th

Wednesday

  • Classwork:
    • Edit commercials
  • HW:
    • Begin readings for timed-essay reponse & create a rough draft of a thesis

Friday

January 27th & 29th

Monday

  • Classwork:
    • Timed-essay
  • HW
    • None

Wednesday

  • Classwork:
    • Liberal Studies Exam
  • HW:
    • None

February 3rd - 7th

Monday

  • Classwork:
    • Class overview/ syllabus - Attitudes and behaviors survey
  • HW:
    • None

Wednesday

  • Classwork:
    • What is the purpose of media? - types of media activity
    • One way vs Two way communication activity
  • HW:
    • None

Friday

  • Classwork:
    • Skeptical About Sources - Dectecting Facts and Opinions
  • HW:
    • None

February 10th & 12th

Monday

Wednesday

  • Classwork:
    • Realistic vs. Unrealistic activity
    • From fiction to non-fiction
  • HW:
    • None

February 19th

Wednesday

  • Classwork:
    • Credible or Incredible? Learning to verify website credibility.
  • HW:
    • None, unless you did not finish the handout in class. This is due Monday

February 24th - 28th

Monday

  • Classwork:
    • Detecting Bias Activity
      • NY Times article on reporting the Iraq War
  • HW:
    • None

Wednesday

  • Classwork:
    • Bellwork: 2 sentence summary
    • Complete inference handout and guided questions for NY Times article
  • HW:
    • None

Friday

  • Classwork:
    • Bellwork 2 sentence summary
    • Corroboration activity
  • HW:
    • None

March 3 - 7

Monday

  • Classwork:
    • Bellwork 2 sentence summary
    • Corroboration activity
  • HW:
    • None

Wednesday

Friday

  • Classwork:
    • Watch “Generation Like” by Frontline and respond to questions

March 10th & 12th

Monday

  • Classwork:
    • Finish RAVEN method notes in journal. Complete warm-up activity.
  • HW:
    • None

Wednesday - Student Led Conferences are this evening!

March 24th-28th

Monday

Wednesday

  • Classwork:
  • HW:
    • None

Friday

  • Classwork:
  • HW:
    • None

March 31st & April 2nd

Monday

  • Classwork:
    • Murder Mystery/ RAVEN re-enactment
    • Observations, Subtext, & Targer Audience Notes
  • HW:
    • None

Wednesday

  • Classwork:
    • Begin Observations, Subtext, & Target Audience Activity
  • HW:
    • None

April 7th-11th

Monday

  • Classwork:
    • Complete Observations, Subtext, & Target Audience Activity
  • HW:
    • None

Wednesday

  • Classwork:
    • Create an ad wit teenage girls as the target audience, face cleaner as the product, and "Your skin will be perfect" as the subtext
  • HW:
    • None

Friday

  • Classwork:
    • Review social media as advertising tool
  • HW:
    • None

April 14th & 16th

Monday

Wednesday

  • Classwork:
    • Liberal Studies Unit I Exam
  • HW:
    • None

April 21st & 23rd

Monday

  • Classwork:
    • Discussion - Why do we buy what we don't need?
    • Advertising Terms & Techniques - Notes
  • HW:
    • None

Wednesday