At 2pm, please meet in our regular classroom. No Aspen Challenge field trip, as planned, during class time. We're back at CPCW.
That's because by 2:30, the student teams will be meeting in their own groups for meditation and team-specific work off-site.
If, however, any of you can make it downtown to Ballroom at the Ben, 834 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia 19107, for what I'm told is the most exciting, inspiring part (also the part that is public and reportable), from 8am through lunch, well, you are registered. I will be there to watch and report. I'll be happy if any of you wants to join me. Your writing about this will count toward your portfolio requirement.
I will send you an email about this. Do let me know by email whether you are able to come.
3. We will hold our own ABCS challenge. Acting as an ad hoc consulting group for SafeKidsStories.com, I will ask you to work with ideas I will present to help design the Community Service portion of your contribution to your portfolio.
4. Do have your character work started. We will discuss briefly the fictional characters who are beginning to emerge from your imagination. Or wherever they are coming from.
1. Create three characters, one for an elementary, middle-school, and YA story.
Sketch the characters. Please make columns and answer the following questions in lists or bullet points or graphs. But not paragraphs.
Play with your lists this week. Then, in the following week, spin out a few stories that these characters will fall into. If they are real enough, they will not be able to help themselves, as Macbeth was unable to help himself murder, as Thing 1 and
Thing 2 were unable to do anything but make mischief.
2. Please finish reading Haddon.
3. Here is a link to the Teen Author series. Please check your calendar and arrange to attend one of these events and write a blog about your experience. These experience blogs can be little memoir bits, or you can report them as journalism: who, what, why, when, where?
4. Here is a link to The Aspen Challenge. Here's how one of its cheerleaders describes it:
The Aspen Challenge is a highly successful program of the Aspen Institute (funded by the Bezos family) that I am devoted to...and have worked for several years to bring to Phila. Well, my dream has come true!! They are coming to Phila next month - after having been in LA, Denver, DC and Chicago in past years. So mark your calendar for Feb 1st which is the day when student teams of 8, from each of 20 city schools, will meet for a day- long session that will leave you breathless and totally inspired. (You can check it out online-- theaspenchallenge.org-- to see just how wonderful it is !!)
I hope you will plan to be there to watch this miracle in action-- a miracle of teen leadership and empowerment, esteem building, collaborative action, and so much more. See the invitation below! Come even for an hour, preferably in the morning when the excitement and inspiration will be at its peak!!
We will RSVP in class for next Wednesday. Please mark your calendar to come, at 2:20 pm to:
Ballroom at the Ben, 834 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia 19107