Video Book Review [Bonus]

For this bonus assignment, students from English I, II, III, and High School Reading can create a video book review, which will be uploaded to Youtube to share with current and future students. The bonus is worth 10 points and is due the last day of the first quarter.

To receive full credit for the video book review,  you MUST:

  • Choose a book from the list that you read for the book journal
  • Prepare a video that is 3-5 minutes long
  • In the video, you should:
    • Tell the title, the author’s name, and the date of publication
    • Discuss the setting, characters, and basic premise of the book WITHOUT spoiling the ending or other major plot points.
    • Read a sample passage directly from the book
    • Feature an image or video of the book’s cover
    • Clearly explain why you would or would not recommend the book to your classmates
    • List publication information for the book and any other non-original work, such as music included in the video.
  • Bring the video on a flash drive or upload it online in a format that can be uploaded to my Youtube channel.

Note: The above example does a pretty good job, but doesn’t include the year of publication nor a sample passage from the book. It’s also a bit under the required three minutes, but including a short excerpt from the book should help you take up that extra time.

Bad Grammar Can Effect “Hoo” You Date

Comedian Aziz Anzari’s book “Modern Romance” is equal parts scientific research, anecdotal evidence, and stand up comedy. This book isn’t recommended for teens as it deals with mature themes and uses mature language. It reads like an R-rated Freakonomics all about dating in the modern age.

I found the book interesting because it dealt extensively with how people communicate effectively…and not-so-effectively in their romantic relationships. You might be surprised to learn that sloppy communication skills reflected poorly on potential suitors, and for many folks it was a deal breaker.  Anzari relates:

“In any interviews we did, whenever bad grammar or spelling popped up, it was an immediate and major turnoff. Women seemed to view it as a clear indicator that a dude was a bozo. Let’s say you are a handsome, charming stud who really made a great first impression. If your first text is ‘Hey we shud hang out sumtimez,’ you may just destroy any goodwill you have built up.

“On our subreddit we were told a story about a man who was dating a spectacular woman but eventually broke up with her. He said it went downhill once he texted her asking if she had heard about a party at a mutual friend’s house. Her response was ‘Hoo?’ Not ‘Who,’ but ‘Hoo.’ He kept trying to force the word ‘who’ into conversation to make sure this beautiful woman could spell a simple three-letter word. Every time, she spelled it ‘hoo.’ He said it ruined everything. (NOTE: We did confirm that this was a woman and not an owl.)”

Passive & Active Voice in The Office

In an episode of NBC’s hit show The Office, inept manager Michael Scott makes an important announcement to his staff:

Ladies and gentlemen, I have some bad news. Meredith was hit by a car. …It happened this morning in the parking lot. I took her to the hospital and the doctors tried to save her life. They did the best they could and she is going to be okay.”

His staff is upset with him for making it sound like Meredith had died, but he’s using passive voice to conceal the worse of it. Only after someone has the idea of going to the security tapes to identify the car, does he finally admit his role in the accident (using active voice):

“I ran down Meredith in my car.”

 

Compare the differences in these constructions:

PASSIVE (hides the actor)

“Meredith was hit by a car.” & “It happened this morning in the parking lot.”

ACTIVE (actor performs verb)

“I ran down Meredith in my car.”

Missing Oxford Comma Costs Company $10 Million

Delivery drivers for Oakhurst Dairy won their suit against the Portland milk and cream company, after a U.S. court of appeals found that the wording of Maine’s overtime rules were written ambiguously. Per state law, the following activities are not eligible for overtime pay:

The canning, processing, preserving,
freezing, drying, marketing, storing,
packing for shipment or distribution of:

(1) Agricultural produce;
(2) Meat and fish products; and
(3) Perishable foods.

Oakhurst argued that “distribution of” was separate from “packing for shipment,” which would allow the company to claim exemption from paying its delivery drivers over time. In trying to prove lawmakers’ intent, Oakhurst even pointed to Maine’s legislative style guide, which advises against using the Oxford comma.

“For want of a comma, we have this case,” U.S. appeals judge David J. Barron wrote.

The appeals court ruled in favor of the five delivery drivers Monday, citing the “remedial purpose” of the state’s overtime laws as reason to interpret them liberally. So rejoice, grammar nerds, and know that the law is on your side.

via BostonMagazine.com

FOLLOW UP: The Boston Globe reports that the settlement will cost the company $10 million.

Literary Magazine Call for Submissions [Bonus]

Earn up to 30 bonus points in any of my high school courses (excluding Dual Enrollment and Mass Media) if your submissions are published in our upcoming issue of the school literary magazine. (Short stories = 20 points Essay = 20 points Poetry = 10 points  Other Work [drawings, comics, artistic photography, etc.] = 5 points.) Please note that submission does not guarantee inclusion. See details below:

Chadwick School Literary Magazine: Call for Submissions

The editorial staff of the Chadwick School literary magazine is looking for original creative works by Chadwick students to publish in our next issue.

Short stories, poetry, essays, songs, comics, drawings, photography, and other creative works will all be considered. You may submit work from class assignments or that you completed at home, but it must be entirely original. More

Davis Leads Team to Win over Ozark

The Chadwick Academic Team competed in the Reeds Spring Invitational Tournament on Thursday, March 2, 2017.

The tournament featured some of the area’s biggest schools, including teams from Kickapoo, Branson, Nixa, Ozark, Willard, Republic, Logan-Rogersville, Springfield Catholic,  Bolivar, and Buffalo. Of the twenty-two varsity teams in attendance, Chadwick was by far the smallest school represented. Nonetheless, Chadwick defeated Ozark in head-to-head competition and out-performed not only Ozark, but other big schools such as Logan-Rogersville, Reeds Spring, and Republic.

Chadwick junior Evan Davis was among the top 12 overall individual scorers with a total of 180 points. Fellow junior Tyler Gardner added 90 points; freshman Courtney Hill added 50 points; and senior Haley Farris added 30 points. Freshman Koltin Walker and junior Tori Garrison contributed in the bonus rounds.

Academic Team Coach Tyler Walker said, “When we signed up for the tournament, we had no idea we would be facing all the biggest schools around. When we got the list of teams a few weeks later, I was nervous about how we would do. We really did very well considering the quality of the competition. We didn’t bring home any trophies, but we didn’t get skunked either.”

The Academic Team will compete in the district quiz bowl tournament on Saturday, April 8, 2017, in Bakersfield.

 

via Chadwick School

Quiz Bowl Jargon

blitz
to spew multiple answers to a toss up; legal when it is a creator and his/her work, usually not
appreciated, but you have the small chance of arguing for moderators taking the first answer you said
if you say the right one and then blitz the wrong answer
buzzer block
when you neg a question that one of your teammates would have been able to answer
difficulty drop off
(aka difficulty cliff)
when two parts of a bonus are either easy or hard, and the third part is the exact opposite
mem or membowl
short for memorized; when you’ve heard a similar tossup and get it solely because you remember what the answer was
neg
to buzz in first and get a question incorrect, resulting in point loss and/or locking out your teammates
observer effect
the perception that you know more tossups than in the rounds you aren’t playing,
power
to buzz in early enough in a tossup to receive extra points (not available in all formats)
ppg
points per game, from the tossups answered by a player
prompt
what a moderator says when you have given an answer that is too general or maybe
sometimes too specific
real knowledge
when you’ve actually read/studied the subject in question, usually helpful on
bonuses that ask for a component of one of the other parts
stock
clues that come up often for a particular tossup answer that players reflex buzz based solely
on the connection
thirty
to get full points on a bonus; ex. “We thirtied that bonus on European art.”
vulching
short for vulturing; buzzing in on a tossup before the end, after the other team has negged
on it; excusable when there’s a chance the question could still be in power, inexcusable when you do it
solely to beat another member of your team, or when you get it wrong
(this is known as “the cardinal sin”)
swiping
a form of vulching where  another member of your team has claimed the tossup by holding up his/her buzzer and you buzz in and take it instead