May 24

DUE: None.


  1. Part IV Quiz
    1. Jot notes on discussion topics
  2. Discussion
    1. Notes on your own ideas and ideas of others
  3. Read Thresholds of Violence – Gladwell
    1. Notes on Gladwell’s main point
    2. Notes on your thoughts
  4. Introduce Solutions Project


  1. Read Part V by June 1
  2. Decide whether you will work in a group or not for the Solutions Project.  You might begin working on the first three steps.  Work time for this project next class.

Semester 2 Extra Credit

EC Documentary Film Assignment — Due June 7

The King of Kong (PG-13)

Murder on a Sunday Morning ®

The Thin Blue Line (Not Rated, but more like an R rating)

Bowling for Columbine ®

Exit Through the Gift Shop ®

Here’s your chance at earning this semester’s 10 extra credit points.  Watch one of the above documentaries.  Enjoy the film, but also pay attention to the text as a work of non-fiction (much like we’ve done with Columbine).  After watching the film, answer the following questions:

  1. Film:                                                                                        Director:
  2. What overarching idea or message does the filmmaker want you to take away from his or her exploration of this topic?  Explain your answer with supporting details from the film.  (150+ words)
  3. Try as we may to be objective, all documentaries are at least somewhat subjective.  What choices does the documentarian make that reveal his or her bias? (150+ words)
  4. Showing a bias does not automatically mean that the work is unfair.  Perhaps the filmmaker’s viewpoint is justified by the facts.  Do you think the documentary is fair to its subjects? (150+ words)

May 18

DUE: Cause and Effect Essay (


  1. Work day
  2. Part III Quiz


  1. Read Part IV by Thursday

May 16

DUE: None


  1. Grad talk with Mr. Martin
  2. Notes for today:
    1. 10 minute journal of a detailed memory from your childhood.
    2. Discuss the reliability of memory
    3. Notes on Elizabeth Loftus TED Talk about false memories
    4. How does her research apply to us?  To Columbine?


  1. Finish reading Part III of Columbine*
  2. Post your Cause & Effect essay to*

* By the end of class on Friday.  You have most of the period to work on laptops or read.  We will take the quiz at the end of class.


May 14

DUE: None.


  1. Part II Quiz
  2. Open discussion
  3. Discuss media response to Sandy Hook
  4. Read three articles related to Columbine
    1. Add a response to each article to your notes for today
  5. Read beginning of Part III (time permitting)


  1. Read Part III by Friday
  2. Submit your Cause & Effect Essay to before class on Friday

May 10

DUE: Rough draft


  1. Discuss chapters 20-26 in groups
  2. Read Ch. 27 and part of 28
    1. Take notes on How and Why the media got the story wrong
  3. Watch ABC News Footage from the day of the shooting
  4. Peer review rough drafts


  1. Finish reading Part II — we will have a test covering all of Part II on Monday
  2. Final draft due next week (Friday at the latest)