TEDxKids@SMU 2014 Auditions

Hi, kids!

You all know that one of the best days in G/T has been our day excursions to TEDxKids. I know that you all have super ideas and stories to share, so here’s an opportunity for a “pursuit”.

Ms. C

But first we are looking for a young person to delight us with a short talk or performance! We are holding our second annual Auditions for TEDxKids@SMU!
Boys and girls ages 10 to 18 are welcome to submit a video that is between 60 and 90 seconds. We want your best story, your latest invention, your funniest moment or your talented performance. Almost anything goes and the winner will be invited to perform during TEDxKids@SMU on October 31st!
Submissions will open July 21st and close on September 3rd. After submissions close, a panel of judges will review every video and select a group of finalists. Those videos will be posted on our website and open to the public to vote for their one favorite, one vote per email address. Voting will open September 8th and close September 12th and we will announce the winner on September 15th.For more information, guidelines and to submit your audition application click here:

If you have any questions please email us at tedxsmu@gmail.com or call 214-768-1558.

Best of Luck,

The TEDxSMU Team

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Tom Sawyer: Characterization/County Food Fair

Tom Sawyer: Characterization/County Food Fair

  1. Choose a character that interests you the most and that you’d like to analyze using STEAL.
  2. It can be a major character,  a minor character, a moral character, or an immoral character.
  3. The cardstock is for your FINAL, so work on scratch paper.
  5. As part of the brainstorming process, you will need to look for 5 interesting pieces of text evidence for each letter of the STEAL acronym. That means you will have 25 pieces of interesting and revealing text evidence that allows you to analyse your chosen character.
  6. These 25 pieces of text evidence should come from throughout the book, not just from one section. These must show or reveal who your character is as a person (STEAL).​
  7. Be sure to include the analysis and the 5 to 7 of the most revealing pieces of text evidence on your cardstock. This must be neatly and creatively done.
  8. The analysis can be done for each letter or written in paragraph form.
  9. You will need to illustrate your character. The illustration and the analysis should be all on the front of the cardstock.

“County Food Fair”: Match a Southern dish to your character. For example, if I analyse Huck Finn, I might choose Mississippi Mud Pie to represent him – (layered (multi-dimensional, hard crust (life’s struggles), chocolate (dark), and white (innocence), Mississippi (regional).

Writing Revisited: Blending Quotations

If you were absent on Tuesday, February 25th, then you need to watch the following video and take notes. Place these notes in the writing section of your binder. This is an extension of the notes on “Integrating Quotations” that were given on Monday.

Once you’ve completed this task, you will need to revisit your IW prompt about the theme of “To an Athlete Dying Young”.  Practice the different ways of blending quotations by rewriting the answer to the IW prompt. You will have a separately written answer for each of the methods.

Blending Quotations:

Literature Circle Novel Jigsaw & Presentation

You may use your notes, previous work examples, and SpringBoard activities as references for completing these assignments.

The Outsiders Literature Circle Novel Jigsaw
Team 1:
Create a new cover for your novel
Write a Book Review

Team 2:
Create an Anti-bullying Ad/Campaign
Write an expository piece that explains the purpose, goal, and requirements for joining the club
Tangerine Literature Circle Novel Jigsaw
Team 1:
Create a new cover for your novel
Write a Book Review
Team 2:
Create an ad for a Tangerine Book Club
Write an expository piece that explains the purpose, goal, and requirements for joining the book club

When each team has almost completed its assignments, then jigsaw the pieces into an engaging presentation. You will decide what, if anything, needs to be tweaked, so that your jigsaw pieces fit seamlessly. You will need to decide who will do and say what during the presentation. Every member must participate in the presentation. The presentation should not last more than 10-12 minutes and should definitely not be less than 6 minutes. 


Types of plagiarism

Submitting someone else’s work as your own.
1.   turning in a paper acquired online regardless of whether is
free or purchased.
2.    downloading an article or portion of an article and submitting it as your own.
3.    submitting another student’s work as your own.

Copy and paste.
This form of plagiarism is very popular because students seem to feel that if they use several different sources for their copying, they are less likely to be caught.

Not citing a source.
Any ideas or material you use from another source must be documented or cited. This includes summaries written in your own words. If the ideas are not yours, you must cite the source(s).

Neglecting required quotation marks.
Any time you use the exact wording from a source, you must include quotation marks around the phrase, sentence, or paragraph.  For longer quotations [called block quotes], special spacing is used in place of the quotation marks.

Borrowed or not?
Sometimes in the note taking process, a writer will forget to indicate what the origin of an idea is.  Perhaps this is because the idea from the source is close to the writer’s own ideas. You must give credit for ideas borrowed from your sources.

     Inaccurate paraphrasing of source material can be a major problem especially for inexperienced researchers.  Be certain that your paraphrase accurately reflects what the original source means.  Another error is the misapplication of quotations. This error may be caused by the researcher not understanding the material in the source, or by “forcing” a quotation in a paper where is does not fit.

Taking material out of context
     People in the political arena are particularly bad about using this “technique.”  When you take an idea, phrase, or quotation out of its original context [the surrounding words that give meaning to the idea] and place it into you work, you may change the meaning of the original.

Overuse of sources.
1.    Stringing together quotations and / or ideas from your sources produces very poor papers. In fact you will usually fail a paper put together this way because you really haven’t written much yourself.
2.    When you rely on too few sources or depend on a single source for the bulk of the information in your paper, you really haven’t done much in the way of research.

“Plunking”* source material.
Dropping source material [especially quotations] into your paper without comment or without preparing your reader produces choppy, sloppy writing.  It also increases the chances that you will plagiarize inadvertently.
* The term plunking comes from the following source:
VanderMey, Randall et. al. The College Writer. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company. 2004

Broad citations.
Citations should appear as near to the cited material as possible. In other words, don’t place a citation at the end of a paragraph [or string of sentences] unless the reference is only for that last sentence.

Culture Day

Hey, kids,

Culture Day is for anyone who wants to actively participate. You are not required to do so.

If you choose to participate, you will need to briefly describe on a notecard (or you can do this at home) what your cultural artifact is and what it says about your culture or how it represents your culture.

If you do not wish to participate, you will have other learning that you will be able to do during class.

Participation is your choice entirely.

Here’s to a fabulous Friday!