Scribe: Sara Lee

During our June 18th, 2011 class meeting, Ruie first took care of housekeeping matters:
Sign-up for kitchens: ‘pig,’ ‘wine,’ ‘cherry,’ or ‘coffee’
She suggested us read Donna Morrow’s ‘Where I Am’ poem about earthquakes. Finally, she reminded everyone to post on the moodle their responses to the articles.

Next was the proposed syllabus to help plan for free days:
Wednesday, July 27th: small group trips
Thursday, July 28th: small group trips
Sunday, July 31st: free day
Monday, August 1st: free day
Thursday: August 3rd: Wey River cruise (tentative), then free day
Saturday, August 7th: free day; finale party (tentative)

“Dear self” Letter Activity:
Writing for ten minutes about our thoughts for the day.  We addressed these letters to ourselves for Ruie to mail in September after the conclusion of the course (Note: Ruie said she was having déjà vu menopause at this time).

Alliterative Adjectives Activity
In order to get more acquainted with our peers, we each had to create an alliterative adjective for our first name, then we had to repeat each name in a round-robin.
Ridiculous Ruie (Pritchard)
Reasonable Rosemary (Joyce)
Spiky Susan (Szep)
Silly Cindy (Francis)
Multitasking Michelle (Goldman)
Karma Kevin (Oliver)
Awesome Ann (Barksdale
Marvelous Megan (Poole)
Sassy Sarah (Cannon)
Amazing Alex (Kaulfuss)
Kooky Keshetta (Henderson)
Tantalizing Tanya (Watson)
Joyful Julie (Wesner)
Kissable Kevin (Barham)
Mellow Mike (Cook)
Sincere Sara (Lee)
Jubilant Jane (Shipman)
Tenacious Taylor (Blanton)
Magnanimous Mark (Spring)
Astonishing AnnMarie (Anthony)
Amusing Anna (Gay)
Adventurous Ashley (Ward)
Talkative Tiffany (Richardson)
Absentees who need to create one:
_______________ Teresa (Bunner)
_______________ Leigh Ann (Alford) Ruie suggested ‘Lovely’
_______________ Donna (Morrow) Ruie suggested ‘Down-Under’
_______________ Therese (Cargo)
_______________ Kim (Crutcher)

Apprehensive Writing:

Ruie addressed studies of apprehensive writers and how educators make generalities about what type of students these were and what behaviors they demonstrate. John Daly created an evaluative instrument that has been validated by many groups and adapted in elementary school settings. Interventions began after these instruments could apply statistics and numbers, so workshops began with “fuzzy stuff” ideas that reinforce trust in audience. Studies prove that the level of writing is not related to level of anxiety.

Activity: Writing Apprehension Quiz

Guest Presenter: Dr. Elliot Engel           
Recognized Dr. Pritchard as ‘the best’ (and reminded us that he was not paid to speak today. He gave a ‘brief’ (45 minute) overview of the English language. The following are notes from his performance.
According to linguists language began 250,000 years ago (specifically, on June 18th)
Primitive people imitated sounds from nature
There were two premeditated sounds:
      Blowing air out of their mouth (‘w’ sound)
      Put vocal chords together (‘m’ sound)
Speakers need 20-28 different sounds for effective language
Hawaii has the least with 12 sounds
Primitive people were lazy; they found a short cut
      (e.g. hum + s = z; hum + t = d;  hum + p = b;  hum + k = g)
There are three distinct vowel sounds: ‘o,’ ‘u,’ and four ‘eeee’s’
A combination of these vowel sounds and a ‘grunt’ creates our modern vowel sounds
Alphabetically, in 9 of 10 civilizations, our sounds are completely random except for but the first position ‘a’ in English, ‘alpha’ in Greek, and ‘allah’ in Hebrew
Why? In 1964, sound of ‘aah’ is honored first place because of 2 physical instincts: hunger and sex; when you satisfy these human instincts, the sound that comes out is ‘aah’
Romans conquered Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, and Romania, and forced them to stop speaking their native tongue and made them speak Latin.
Julius Caesar conquered England in 55 b.c., and even though he never spoke a word of English, he did not make the English speak Latin.
How did we escape Latin language?
Caesar thought the little worthless island was not going anywhere in world history, so it is was not worth the Latin language
Therefore, English is 0% Latin (aqueduct is only Latin word in English language so maybe it is 0.00000000001% ?)
Three tribes conquered England in 500 a.d., the Angles, Saxons, and Jutes because they were looking for a better climate (chuckle)
Anglo-Saxon-German is:
      One: 0% Latin
      Two: 100% Germanic
      Except for the word Anglo-Saxon, which is ironically a Latin-based word
In 1066 a.d. English was ‘accidently’ invented when William the Conqueror conquered England, and by October the 28th, France owned England. William said the same thing that Caesar did 1000 years earlier
French soldiers are responsible for English; while they were fighting, they let lust take over, killed the peasant women’s husbands, received permission from William the Conqueror’s Court to marry and move, but they were not allowed to teach the beautiful French language to these vulgar peasants
      However, William said for both parties to keep speaking their own languages, which in turn, streamlined the languages
      Like the French soldiers and peasant English women, William’s Court married Anglo-Saxon (simplistic) + French-Latin (sophisticated)
      ‘Ask’ = easy, lazy             verses                ‘Interrogate’ = the science of questioning
      Angry, mad/Discombobulated
One, all-Anglo-Saxon word:
      Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious or Supercalofradgolisticexpialodoscious (another chuckle)
Russians have 150,000 words
French have 180,000 words
Chinese have 238,000 words
English have 622,517 words
      We have that many more (195 different words to say I’m feeling great and 236 ways to say this is a lousy day)
Even if we don’t know what to say, if we get close, something will bubble out
The French say, “to speak properly, you must select the exact word that matches what you want to say”
Reading of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales prologue in perfect English accent according to Professor Black, who heard Chaucer’s last reading because she is so old
      Dr. Engel recited the lines, but I (scribe) am not transcribing to the Old English. You can hear the recitation at the bottom of this posting.
Even eleven-year-olds can translate all lines except for “sotte”
New English: accent the first syllable then grunt the rest
Linguist say, if you were born after 1990, that generation has written a brand new chapter that is worse than any English before today
      Son: “Did you eat?” = “Jeet”
      You: “Did you” = “Jew?”
Linguists predict that by 2100 a.d. there will be no true English spoken on Earth, and the name of language will be called “Slurvian.”
Dr. Engel announced that the Dickens Fellowship is sponsoring a national high school contest, which will be a 4 to 6 minute oral interpretation of any scene from a Dickens’ novel.
For more information see (Denise is the contest coordinator)
Two winners will receive an all expense-paid trip for two (student + teacher) to London from December 26th, 2012 to January 2nd, 2013 and a $1,500 cash prize
Runners-up will receive a reduced-price trip and can present their recitation as well

Guest Presenter: Alex Martin
Cultural Correspondence is a monthly video chat (like Skype), with the ability to share documents of various formats and user’s screenshot.
Alex Martin’s presentation featured cultural differences between Spain and the United States. During his study abroad experience, he broadcasted to U.S. children using CC that built vocabulary, but it predominantly pertained to culture.  One important take away from Alex’s presentation is people have siesta from 2pm to 5pm, so if you move there, get a job at a bank. Students attend school from 9am until 2pm and 5pm until 8pm.
“Imagination Session” with eyes closed:
-Sitting in a café and it’s 40° Celsius (90° Fahrenheit) outside
-Seven people at table speaking during a language exchange
-You are drinking a tall glass of hot mint tea, and someone else is drinking a powerful smelling coffee
-Listen to audio clip of ambience noise and discussions in a café
-What Alex learned: Spanish history; fundamentals of Islam; new WWII history (Warsaw Uprising); sheep’s brains taste “brainy.”

Ruie pointed out that we need to change our “tourist” point of view to a perspective of information gatherer for new teaching opportunities. Alex suggested several points of interest and things to take photographs of as well as recordings for video and audio (use examples from his presentation to get ideas). Donna will post Alex’s presentation on the Moodle.
Contact Alex at:

Tanya read her scribe notes from the May 21st meeting, which were not only informative and reflective, but entertaining as well.

Writing Assignment:
Ruie elaborated on the expository essay options (some created by Magnanimous Mark); one of which is due July 5th to exchange with your peer partner and share on July 9th with a four-member group.
Constructing a chronological response (see How Do I Respond to Someone Else’s Writing?)
Jane answered the first question, so far, I think you have said… saying, “I hope the writers will talk about beautiful women, handsome men, and torrid love.”
Responding to the next question, Reasonable Rosemary said, “by this point I’m feeling you’re twelve year’s old.” Finally, Spiky Susan said the essay was coming across as a parody or satire; then, she questioned what is the meaning of one of the essay’s statements.

Weebly Introductions:
Megan Poole presented the weebly. It is an electronic portfolio with individual class member pages. This will be viewed by the grant contributors. There are separate links to elementary, middle, high school, and university educators to reach your individual page. You can only view the weebly on the main page for the site. To edit your individual page, or create a post on the blog, you must go directly to and log in. If you have not accepted the email invitation, do so then log in by creating your own password.

Next, Megan transitioned to discussion of the articles with images from Wordle. Julie commented on the use of Hicks’ examples to make meaning in a third grade level. The rubric allows for other elements outside of writing, and helps teachers guide students through feedback, which Megan said was critical. In ­­­­­­­­Kajder’s article, Jane questioned the feasibility of approving hundreds of posts among students. Silly Cindy and Spiky Susan discussed the abilities of administrator or moderator capabilities to approve and disapprove.

Delicious is a social network bookmarking website where you can tag other people’s bookmarks. Join at Search for a user, such as within this class, so that you can tag others’ bookmarks.

Click on the play button below to hear Dr. Engel's prologue recitation.

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