Looking Backward: Voices of the 1930's

Criteria for Blog Posts for Documenting the World by millieroe
January 5, 2014, 9:25 pm
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Please review the rubric below. Meeting these expectations will ensure that our discussions online can be as lively as our discussions in class.

You will be graded on the quality of your responses–not quantity. Be thoughtful rather than verbose.  Limit your posts to 300 words. You will be graded on an individual basis (max score is 10)

8 pts and above (see below) 7 pts or lower (see below)
Critical Thinking: 


  • Your ability to synthesize different aspects of the posted question, particularly with reference to the literature we are reading
  • The more detailed your explanation of specific points from the texts, the better the quality of your response
  • Few references if any, to the literature, vague explanations, and rehashing of other postings
Listening to Others: 


  • your response reflects that you have been paying attention to those who have interesting and provocative things to say


  • your response makes little to no meaningful connection to classmates’ postings


  • all required posting is done early in the discussion and throughout the discussion




  • last minute postings that do not allow time for others to respond (posting after 9pm the night before the post is due would fit into this category!)


  • Few grammatical or stylistic errors


  • Obvious grammatical or stylistic errors.
  • Errors interfere with the content

Due Sunday evening, 10pm, Dec. 8th by millieroe
December 7, 2013, 7:24 pm
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Dear RW,

Please go this website and read through this fact sheet for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

URL: http://kidshealth.org/parent/positive/talk/ptsd.html

After reading through this four page fact sheet, please respond to the following questions:

  • How are feelings of being in control/out of control related to PTSD? How can we connect this to Ishmael Beah’s experience both during and after the civil war in Sierra Leone?
  • Which of the PTSD symptoms (reliving the event, avoiding situations, feeling numb, and feeling keyed-up) do we see Ishmael Beah experiencing in the book so far?
  • Please use evidence from Beah’s memoir and/or the PTSD fact sheet to support your response to these questions.

Due Sunday evening, Nov. 24th, 10pm by millieroe
November 24, 2013, 2:30 pm
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Dear RW,

Choose one of the two questions below and respond:

1. What “truths” do you find in the first 8 chapters of A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier? Share at least two or three and why you believe them to be true.

2. Ishmael Beah decided to write a memoir, a way to document his experiences during the civil wars in Sierra Leone.  In chapter two of A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, Beah writes the following: “I was afraid to fall asleep, but staying awake brought back painful memories. Memories I sometimes wish I could wash away, even though I am aware that they are an important part of what my life is; who I am now.”

Select two or three memories that he shares in the first eight chapters and why you think he chose to document these particular moments.

Please also respond to a classmate’s post.

Due Wednesday, Oct. 9th, by 10pm by millieroe
October 8, 2013, 10:27 am
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Please read the first half of Derek McGee’s blog posts. Then write a question that is on your mind as a result of the reading. Post your question and then respond to a classmate’s post.

Derek will be visiting with us next Thursday, Oct. 17th. 

Due Sunday 4/21 at 10pm by millieroe
April 20, 2013, 3:32 pm
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Dear D of W,

Please read all or at the very least , a good chunk of the text for your Independent Project. Please review the hand-out I gave you yesterday (I also sent it to you) that provides a template for your essential questions. Please write a post that includes reflections on what you have read thus far and your evolving essential questions. The hope is that these early reflections will be helpful for you and for your classmates as you begin to put together your first draft, which is due on Friday, May 3rd. 

Please also bring your book to class on Monday. We will spend some time talking about what you are reading and learning. I look forward to reading your posts.


Ms. Fogarty

Due Tuesday, Feb. 12th by 10pm by millieroe
February 12, 2013, 2:29 pm
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Now that we are 50 minutes into Visioning Tibet, please share some questions you have, a visual that struck you, interactions between people in the film, how music impacts what you are watching or other details you noticed.

Early in the film, the Tibetan eye surgeon, says that she was “meant” to do this work. This about this question for yourself. What do you think you are meant to do? 

Due Tuesday evening, February 5th, by 10pm by millieroe
February 5, 2013, 8:02 pm
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Please respond to the following questions:

1. Where do you come from? And/or where do you think you come from?

2. What does your name say about you? How do you feel about your name?

3. List at least three questions you might ask Brando Skyhorse tomorrow, when he visits with us?