October 11, 2007

  1. Finish and post/revise, edit, and proofread your profile. Remember, you login at, then go to [[|]]
  2. Once your profile is posted and you believe it is free of errors in grammar, usage, and mechanics, you may read profiles from students at Neveh Channah. You will notice a new link in the area labeled “Navigation” called “Israel Faces.” This is a link to their wiki. Click on it.
    1. First, you need to request permission to join their space just like you did with ours. Once that permission is given, which may take some time and might not happen today, you may post comments on the other students’ profiles by clicking on the tab at the top of their profile that says “Discussion.” These are just like comments on blogs, MySpace, and Facebook.
    2. Read the profiles to get a better picture of who they are and what they like.
    3. If you are not able to comment today, jot down the names of the people whose profiles you would like to comment on along with a few thoughts about what you want to say once you are approved so that you can leave your comments.

You need to be bringing in items we can ship to Israel that say “this is America,” or “this is Georgia,” or “this is Atlanta.” You also need to be thinking about the interview portion as I explained in your previous assignment.

Tomorrow, October 12, please report to room 303 instead of the lab. We will have a notebook check prior to working on our assignment with the wiki.

October 16, 2007

At this point, your profile should be free of grammar, usage, and mechanical errors and should be relatively finished. You may still add to your profile, and I encourage you to do so. One of the special things about wikis is that you can go back and change them. They do not have to be permanent.
Today, I want you to begin writing about your home here in America. What does your home mean to you? What do you like about living where you do? What do you not like about it? Your reflection should be a narrative essay, the equivalent of a standard-length essay. You have the entire double block today to create a draft, which should be turned in to me at the end of the period. On Thursday, we will peer edit these drafts and begin posting them to the wiki.

October 22, 2007

Peer edit your home essays. You have a handout stapled to your essay. Have four people read your essay. Once you have had four people read your essay, you may begin revising.

Check in at the wiki and see if your comments have responses and respond to the comments left on your pages.

October 23, 2007

Revise, edit, and proofread your Home essays. When they are finished, post them to the wiki. In order to do this, go to your profile page. At the end of your text, but before any pictures you have on the bottom, type My Home. Select that text and click the link button (the chain link). Create a new wiki page titled, for example, "Rachel's Home." (Use your own name, of course). Remember that on the web, you do not indent, and paragraphs are written in a block style (like these paragraphs). Paste your essay into your new page. Save it. I will be grading the work from the wiki. Remember, it should be as perfect as a final draft of an essay. Please print a copy of your final draft in MS Word, staple it to the top of your first draft, and turn it in before you leave class today. If you do not do so, you will have a zero for the assignment, which is a major grade.

After you have done this, you may read and reply to profile comments on your own pages and those of Neveh Channah students.

You should have decided which items to bring for our package. I need for you to bring those items in by this Friday, October 26.

October 25, 2007

Last time you turned in your Home essays. What I want you to do today is read and respond to comments on your wiki profile and on those of Neveh Channah students. If you have not posted your Home essay to the wiki, it must be posted today. I will be checking to see that this is done. Follow the instructions given for October 23 above. Before you leave today, check in with me and tell me what item you are brining for our package. These items are due Friday. Today you need to decide who you will interview about life in America. I strongly suggest an immigrant family member, such as a parent or grandparent. Our goal in the interview is to learn why our interviewees came to America, what America means to them, and how they would like to see America perceived by the rest of the world. Compose ten questions you plan to ask your interviewee and create a new wiki page with your name and interview in the title (eg. Josh Interview) and post the questions.

October 26, 2007

You were asked to compose interview questions and make sure your Home essays were posted via link to your wiki profile pages. I also asked you to bring in items for the package today. I have a box in which I will be collecting items, so please make sure I get them. Today I would like for you to read the poem posted at Israel Faces "I Dream in Spanish." Post a response to it in the discussion. Respond to comments and/or post comments to student pages at Israel Faces. I'll check to see your responses to the poem later today. If you are stuck about what to say, try discussing what the poem means to you, what you think the author's message is, what parts you liked, etc.

December 4, 2007

  1. Login to the wiki and read/respond to any comments directed at you both at the Weekly Question and on your or others’ profile pages.
  2. Read the instructions at
  3. Go to the Israel Faces wiki and look at the I-Faces Project page at Scroll down until you see “Student Projects.” Look at some of the student project pages by clicking the links (some of them have not posted yet).
  4. Read some of the Rationales. Students created a rationale for why they chose the person they did for their Faces of Israel project. Comment on the rationales of three students.
  5. Create a new wiki page titled Your Name + Interview if you do not already have such a page (eg. Alex Interview). You should already have this page because I asked you to create a page and post your interview questions on it.
  6. If you do have a page, or after you create this page, create a new page titled Your Name + Rationale (eg. Joseph Rationale).
  7. Write a one-paragraph rationale for why you chose the person you did for your interview (remember that interview is due to be posted on your wiki page no later than Friday, December 7 (that’s this Friday!!!).
  8. After you have written your own rationale, you may finish yesterday’s assignment on sentence style and turn it in. You must turn it in today to receive credit for it. If you are already finished, begin working on a plan for conducting your interview. Turn this plan in to me when you are finished. I want you to tell me who you are interviewing, when you will conduct the interview (keeping the deadline in mind), and what you plan to do to record their answers (take notes, use a recording device, etc.).