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Wednesday, October 23, 2013: Kiva & Gapminder

Hello Senior Scholars :)

Today, there are two opportunities for you.

First, visit Kiva.org.  Familiarize yourself with Kiva by carefully reading the over the wealth of information on the website. Then choose one of the projects (people or groups) to invest your share ($25) of the class's collective profits.  You will be responsible for monitoring your investment over the course of the year, so be sure to jot down all relevant data so you can easily track your loan for future assignments.


Next, experiment using Gapminder by clicking here.  Create any two graphs using Hans Rosling's innovative software.  Then include a writeup for each graph you make, explaining what you used for the "X" and "Y" axis and why, what you expected to occur, and what surprises you discovered watching your graphs "grow."  Use the screenshot tool to take pictures of your graphs.  Save your work in Word, in PPT, or as a PDF.  Save your work to the "Economics Class Folder" using Dropbox.  Save your work by naming your file "Full Name, Gapminder Graph Writeup, October 23, 2013." (A Caveat: You must save your file with the correct name in Word, PPT, or PDF.  Do NOT attempt to rename your file by changing the link name in Dropbox or your information will not necessarily save correctly.")  You may work in partners (defined as two people) if you so wish, though as always, you will be entirely responsible for submitted work. This activity will be graded.  Please submit scholarly, proofread work.

Poetry Anthology!!

Poetry Anthology For Monday, February 25, you need to compile an anthology of both original (your own writing) and existing (already published by another poet) poetry. Please make sure to include original work only! (Plagiarism = 0 and is boring.) The week of February 25th, we'll have a "Poetry Jam," in which you'll have a chance to read two of your original poems, so be sure to do your best. . .and be motivating, inspirational, thought-provoking, and/or entertaining. Here's a checklist for your anthology: *A Neat, High Quality Presentation: Use clean, tidy, unwrinkled sheets of 8.5*11 inch ("regular" paper). You can use white or a variety of colors. Make sure your handwriting is legible. Take pride in your work. *Cover Page: Give a creative title to your anthology. Your title should reflect your theme which unites all of your poetry (i.e. dreams, family, nature). Include an original illustration or photo (that you've taken). Display the editor's name (yours!). *Table of Contents: Your second page should be the table of contents. List what's on each page (poem names in quotations and type of poem in parenthesis). Also list the page number for the “Introduction,” “Poetry "Poetry Devices Index" and the "Editor's Biography." *Original Poems: Include 10 original poems. Remember to give a title to each poem. Poems should be written in a variety of forms and styles. If you want to include shorter poems (such as Haikus, Limericks, Cinquians, etc.), be sure to include two poems counting as “one” of the ten. In other words, for each poem 5 lines or less counts as “1/2” a poem. You should include an array of styles and forms, meaning that you should include no more than 2 free verse, 2 rap, 2 sonnet, etc. One useful resource is Poet.org’s “Poetry Forms & Technique’s page. You can find a wide variety of poetry styles to choose and implement in your anthology. Visit the site at http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/197. Another useful resource is PBS’s News Hour Extra on poetry found by clicking here or visiting http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/features/jan-june00/poetryboxformexamples.html. Of course, you may search the web for other forms and examples (shape poems, alphabet poems, etc.) *Previously Published Poems: Include at least 5 of the thousands of poems by any of the five hundred poets listed on http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/58. Properly cite each poem including the title, poet’s name, and year. For each of the 5 poems you choose you should include a 1 paragraph commentary on the poem. The paragraph commentary for each poem should include the at least 4 of the following ideas: why you chose the poem, how the form, rhythm, and rhyme of the poem of the poem are relevant, how the literary devices used add to the meaning of the poem, the poet’s message and effectiveness in relating that message, how the poet’s life experiences relate to the poem, how your life experience relate to the poem, how the poem and artwork relate. Don’t forget to begin with an informative main idea sentence and finish with a satisfying conclusion. You will need to memorize one of your chosen poems (10 line minimum) to perform in class. *Illustrations: Include original artwork (sketches, collages, stick figures, elaborate drawings, watercolor, original (your) photographs, etc.) for each poem. Alternatively, you may visit art museum websites or http://bcs.bedfordstmartins.com/resdoc5e/RES5e_ch04_s1-002.html and include a copy of a famous painting, photograph, or other poem, but you must include a proper citation (title of work, artist’s name, and year). *Commentary: You should write a 750 word commentary explaining your original poetry. In your commentary, you should comment on both the messages you aim to convey through your poetry as well as how and why you used specific poetry devices to do so. You may also comment on your inspiration for writing particular poems and (briefly) on your chosen artwork. *“Poetry Device Index”: Include an index with a glossary of the following poetry terms in alphabetical order: A. Alliteration B. Allusion C. Assonance D. Apostrophe E. Consonance F. Diction G. Hyperbole H. Imagery I. Irony J. Metaphor K. Mood L. Line M. Onomatopoeia N. Personification O. Refrain P. Repetition Q. Rhyme Scheme R. Rhythm S. Simile T. Speaker U. Stanza V. Symbol W. Syntax X. Tone Y. Verse Z. Voice Include at least one example from an original poem and at least one example from a published poem for each term. List the title of the poem using quotation marks, the page number, the line number(s), and the relevant “word(s).” *Autobiography: Include a 2-3 paragraph real or imagined autobiography of you, the poet, and editor. Please be sure to turn in work on time on Friday (meaning the beginning of 6th hour, the start of class). Work will be accepted a maximum of one day late (the following Monday), but will receive a grade, base 80%. Late work will not be accepted after Monday.

Rapid Micro Loan Business Plan Project :)

For Friday, October 10, please upload your slides to the following shared presentation using GoogleDocs:

Class of 2013 Rapid Micro Loan Business Plan Project, Fall of 2012

Create your presentation using PowerPoint.  Include the following:

*Slide 1: Group Member Names & Creative Project Title
*Slide 2: Project Objectives & Goal
*Slide 3: Project "Plan"  (or how you set out to achieve your objectives & goal)
*Slide 4: Project Materials & Cost
*Slide 5: Receipts for Materials  (these may be scanned; you may use several slides if necessary)
*Slide 6: Re-investment (if you spent more than $25, explain and show when & how you re-invested)
*Slide 7: Total Revenue, Cost, & Net Profit
*Slide 8: Evaluation (using bullet points, outline what went well, what needed to be improved, and ideas for innovation next time)