Monday, October 3, 2016

What Does It Mean To Serve? Interview A Local Veteran (HERO) Project

Please think about the following project for this school year in preparation for Veteran's Day in November and Memorial Day in May:



While we celebrate our Veteran's in November, please bear in mind that Memorial Day is a solemn time.  The following excerpt from About.com explains the difference like this:  "Many people confuse Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. While those who died are also remembered on Veterans Day, Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor ALL those who served honorably in the military - in wartime or peacetime."

Use the following links to find out more about the history of Memorial Day, and why you should be thankful for the sacrifices made on your behalf.  We are not a perfect nation, but the blood of a few has been given so we can enjoy the freedoms we have.  

Reference Article Links:

http://usmilitary.about.com/od/theorderlyroom/a/memorialday.htm
 
http://www.usmemorialday.org/backgrnd.html




PART A:  GOOGLE CLASSROOM CONSTRUCTED RESPONSE
Today you will use class time to complete a Google Classroom Assignment and write a paragraph (4-5 Sentences)  about how you might be able to serve your community or country someday.  This service does not have to be in the armed forces.  I want you to really think about how you can repay the gifts of liberty and freedom that you have because you live in the United States.  Consider the sacrifice of others, both in uniform and out, while this country grew and up to the modern era.


PART B:  HERO PROJECT 2016
3rd Herd - Prior to Deployment (Fall 2007)
Please talk to a veteran that you know. (NOT MR. S!)  This assignment is due prior to the end of the Marking Period.  You must find a relative or friend that has served our country in the armed forces and interview them.
  
Find out when and where they served.  Create a Single-Slide Presentation to be added to our class project for the year, and SHARE it with Mr. S for credit.  Make sure to include how long the person served, why they joined, what was the hardest and easiest part of their service, and what they feel about others serving.  Try to include a picture of the person in uniform if possible.  Please email this interview to me so I can print them and post them.  End your summary with how you feel about service in the armed forces and why it is important to serve your country in any capacity.


THE KEY TO THIS ASSIGNMENT IS TO INTERVIEW SOMEONE AND COME AWAY WITH THE CONNECTION BETWEEN A WILLFULLY SELFLESS ACT AND THE IMPACT THAT ACT HAS ON OTHERS!  MAKE SURE YOU MAKE THAT CONNECTION WITH YOUR SLIDE PRESENTATION. 

IF YOU ABSOLUTELY CANNOT FIND SOMEONE YOU, OR YOUR FAMILY KNOWS, THAT HAS SERVED IN THE MILITARY, YOU MAY INTERVIEW SOMEONE WHO IS A LEADER IN YOUR COMMUNITY AND SERVES YOUR REGION, COUNTY, OR AREA IN SOME SUBSTANTIAL WAY.  YOU MUST GET PRIOR APPROVAL TO INTERVIEW A NON-VETERAN FROM MR. S!

Thanks for your input on this project.

- Mr. S
ACADEMIC/LEARNING OBJECTIVE
Today students will use a time in class to reflect on how they might be able to serve their country someday.  Students will be assigned a Journal Entry to write about what they think the meaning of military service is.  Students use the balance of class time to complete the WebQuest Project and anything else that is outstanding to date.  Students will create documents and upload files appropriately for credit.  Students are required to finish a homework interview outside of class before the end of the 1st Marking Period.
STUDENTS WILL ENTER THE CLASS QUIETLY AND BEGIN WORKING!
Students will review ALL of the directions below prior to starting the project!  Students will go to begin by writing in their Google Document Journals about the question below.  Students will then review the Homework Assignment in their Google Classroom files.  Finally, students will utilize class time to complete the WebQuest Project assigned last week.  All other outstanding work will be submitted for credit prior to the end of the 1st Marking Period.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION AND POSITIVE ATTITUDE TODAY!
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PA 3.7.7 & 11 Section C / ISTE 2011 / CSTA Tied With Common Core ELA/Math rev. 2014 

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Integrity (13 Characteristics)

13 Characteristics of People Who Have Integrity

1. They Value Other People's Time: They value their own time so they also value the time of other people. They know you have plenty of other places you need to be and won’t hold you up. If you spend time with them, it is likely they will thank you for that as well.

2. They Give Credit Where It Is Due: They do not take credit for things they did not do. They will always credit those who deserve it. If you help this person with a project he or she will likely mention your name so you can take credit for your work.

3. They Are Authentic: They are their truest forms. You won’t catch them in a lie or being fake.

4. They Are Always Honest: They are honest people that feel no need to lie as it is important for them to get to where they need to get in life honestly.

5. They Never Take Advantage Of Others: They are not the kind of people who will take advantage of someone else. They love to build people up and help them get where they need to be. Taking too much from someone else will never be an issue with someone who has a lot of integrity.

6. The Do Not Argue Over Disagreements: They will talk through things in a civil manner or not talk at all. You cannot and will not force this person into arguing over something completely ridiculous. I find this to be a very respectable trait.

7. They Give Most People The Benefit Of The Doubt: They try to see the good in everyone. I think this is because they feel like maybe there are more people in this world that also have integrity. That being said, if you take advantage of them too much they will get rid of you.

8. They Know When Something Is Bothering Someone: They have a great intuition that lets them know when something is going on. If someone is down in the dumps they will notice. Chances are they will actually do what they can to cheer you up.

9. They Believe In Others: They accept your word as truth until it is dis-proven. That being said, they do not take lying well. And once you lie to them, it is unlikely that they will ever take your word again.

10. They Apologize First: If they have done something wrong they will come to you and apologize. This is just how they are. They own up to their mistake and try to make things right.

11. They Are Humble: They do not quite know their own worth. While they are very important and do so much good they don’t quite see it. You should remind them of it.

12. They Do Good When They Can: They are always helping other people. They love to know that they have improved someone’s life. It gives their lives meaning.

13. They Are Always Kind To Those Who Need It: Giving kindness can go a long way. When someone looks like they need a little pick me up these people deliver. They can brighten up almost anyone’s day.

If you are someone who has true integrity, thank you for being who you are and thank you for all that you do. You really do actually make a difference in society, please keep up the good work. If you feel no one else is proud of you, know that I am.

Journal Entries 2012-2013

1. Introduction (9/10/12 - Weebly Journal)
2. 9/11 Reflection (9/11/12 - Email Instructor)
3. Internet Safety (9/19/12 - Weebly Journal)
4. Violence (9/20/12 - Weebly Journal)
5. Taylor Mali Conviction (9/25/12 Email Instructor)
6. 12x12x12 (10/1/12 - Weebly Journal)
7. Habit #1 Reflection (10-9-12 - Weebly Journal)
8. Habit #2 Reflection (10-24-12 - Weebly Journal)
9. Habit #3 Reflection (11-9-12 - Weebly Journal)
10. Interview a Veteran (11-12-12 - Email Instructor)
11. Digital Photography Reflection (11-19-12 Weebly)
12. Habit #4 Reflection (11-27-12 - Weebly Journal)
13. New Years Resolutions (01-03-12 - Weebly Journal)
14. Habit #5 Reflection (1-9-13 - Weebly Journal)
15. College Inquiry Project Reflection (1-14-13 - Weebly)
16. Habit #6 Reflection (2-6-13 - Weebly)
17. Habit #7 Reflection (2-11-13 - Weebly)
18. Indian Talking Stick (Covey) (2-20-13 Weebly)
19. Historical Figure Reflection (3-4-13 Weebly)
20. Investing vs Gambling Reflection (4-8-13 Weebly)
21. Poverty On My Block (4-15-13 Weebly)
22. Apartment Utility Cost Summary (5-13-13 Weebly)
23. Memorial Day Reflection (5-24-13 Weebly)

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