SIDEBAR: Conversation Classes on Ted-ed

During this week we will use some conversation topics from ted-ed. Feel free to explore areas of interest on your own before hand. As always, bring questions to class!

Answers to questions nobody knows!


Linguistics Week 4: Definitions and Social Change

This week we will be viewing and reading the 2013 graduation speech made by Joss Whedon at Weselyan University. This speech deals with concepts such as change, indentity, connection, and death. Using unit 6 of the text we will create definitions for each of these concepts and summarize Whedon’s main points.

Joss Whedon Prezi

An overview of definitions

Linguistics Week 3: Motivation, Success, and Paragraph Structure

Writing good paragraphs In class writing assignment Paragraph structure

Making the seven habits work

8 Secrets of Success


Growth Mindset

Choosing a major that suits you

Example major International Business

Linguistics Week 2: Marshmallows, the importance of willpower, and logical order of text

This week we will be using unit 4 of the text along with the following prezi to develop and awareness of the basic elements of paragraph structure. I know you have done this before but it is important to do well. Think of each paragraph as a math problem that goes something like this 5=1+1+1+1 [YES 5! Because as Aristotle told us in writing the whole is greater than the sum of its parts]. The main idea and supporting details all come together in such a way that they generate a fairly complete idea. That idea will be added to the ideas of other paragraphs to generate another over-arching idea.

Please bring your book this week and check out the following prezi.

1. Main Ideas and Details

2. Topic and supporting sentences

In class writing

Developing willpower

The Marshmallow experiment:

Term 3 Week 1

Seven habits of highly effective teens

Learning to learn

Tim Ferris

Some questions to think about

Useful tools
prezi viewer application (find one for your phone\computer) talks and big ideas about topics that might interest you