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Friday, Jan. 3

January 3, 2014
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Songwriting: “Weekdays With Mr. Poling.” Be thinking about how we can work “How To Save A Life” into the final verse. I’ll be checking with you about this early next week!

Critical Reading:

Public Speaking: We visited the Black Box to prepare for Monday’s presentations. Here’s the schedule again:

Monday, Dec. 6:
Bullock (walkaround; PowerPoint)
Bain
Nickel
Dean
Cavender
McCormick (walkaround; white board)
McClintock
Fox
Poluha

Wednesday, Dec. 8:
Kraus (walkaround; white board)
Patterson (walkaround; PowerPoint)
Peterson
Holness (PowerPoint)
Andrasko
Kozar (Walkaround; move podium; PowerPoint + audio)
Jones
Talbott
Turner
Popps

Friday, Dec. 10:
Cunningham (walkaround)
Minear
Askew
Hromika
Holley
Crotty (PowerPoint)
Freuden
Coe

We’ll reserve Monday the 13th for any make-ups…and that’ll do it.

Things to remember (besides the stuff from our twelve-point list and, of course, your speech):

1. Make sure your notecard is working the way you need it to work!
2. Adjust the mic — it doesn’t hurt and will probably help.
3. Practice!!!!!!!!!!
4. You’re going to be nervous. So don’t be nervous about being nervous. Everyone is nervous. Therefore it’s no big deal.

BatCat Press:

8th Grade: Today we talked about five things you should know about your government to be culturally literate:

1. What are the three branches of government, what does each do, and what is the highest example of each?

Executive/proposes and enforces laws/President
Legislative/makes laws/Congress
Judicial/interprets laws/U.S. Supreme Court

2. How many houses are there in Congress?

Two — the House of Representatives (chosen according to the state’s population) and the Senate (two senators per state)

3. Who are Pennsylvania’s US senators?

Bob Casey Jr. and Pat Toomey

4. Who is the member of the U.S. House of Representatives for our district? (That’s the 12th Congressional District, btw.)

Find out!

5. How many amendments make up the Bill of Rights, and can you name at least one?

There are ten (the first ten amendments). Here’s a summary.

Quiz next week!

Second half: The Worst (and Best) Christmas Presents Ever.

Survey: The debut of Funny or Die!

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