Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Week of March 8, Reflections on Trip and First Person American

Hi everyone,

This week we are going to reflect on our trip to St Luke's and then continue working on our welcoming stories.


In google docs, please answer the questions below:
  1. What was the best part of our day? Why?
  2. What will you remember 10 years from now about the visit?
  3. What do you wish we had more time for?
  4. What part of the day should have been changed and why?
Then post your answers to our blog as a comment.

Now open your welcoming story in Google Docs. Please revise it in the following ways and make sure you finish it and bring a printed copy to our session with First Person American tomorrow!

Based on our first sesion's discussion of Welcoming Stories, continue to think about the person who welcomed you.

Watch David, Illona, Mona and Leila's Welcoming Story. Notice the specific details that make their story rich and memorable. Think about how to apply the story arc and hook to each story. What makes their story a good story?


Refine and continue working on your "Your Name's Welcoming Story" document in Google Docs.

Refer to your notes from the workshop's discussion of the story arc, hook and characteristics of a good story. Identify each part of your story arc and the hook. Label it on your story directly.

For tomorrow, bring a printout of your revised Welcoming Story. Be ready to discuss and illustrate how the story arc and hook applies to your story. Be specific! The good stuff is all in the details!

51 comments:

  1. What was the best part of our day? Why?
    I really like everything but the best part of the day was when we were telling the first grade students about our country and cultures. Because I saw they were so interested knowing about different place and about its culture and also some of them asked the same question like “ why did you come here”. So it was the best part talking with them about my country.
    What will you remember 10 years from now about the visit?
    I will remember 10 years from now about the visit is almost everything I believe. Because this is the first time I have got this kind of experience. Before that I never have had something like this visit. This visit is so special for me. Thank you Ms Mann for taking all of us there.
    What do you wish we had more time for?
    I wish we had more time for the performance about reading the poem because while we went to perform before we didn’t practice and we got confuse in the stage. Like there were 5 stanza in the poem and my buddy supposed to read first stanza and then me the second one like this but mistakenly my buddy read almost the whole and then only last stanza left and she remembered I have to read. So we got confuse with that. So I wish we had more time so we could practice.
    What part of the day should have been changed and why?
    I think everything was good , nothing should have been changed. Everything were wonderful the way it was.

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    1. I'm so glad the day was so special for you. It's nice to be acknowledged. It would have been good to have more time for poetry. Maybe we can do that in class.

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  2. 1- for me the whole day was great i enjoined it a lot. visiting a friend from a different school is awesome and and it gets better when we have fun doing activities, like music, or readying the quote, etc.

    2- I would remember the gift that i got from my buddy which is a book about Rafael Nadal the best Tennis player.

    3- i wished if we could stay until 3 instead of 2 at least to have more fun and do more activities.

    4- nothing, the day was cool and I had a lot of fun.

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    1. What a great gift! I know, more time, more time!

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  3. 1.best part of the day was when we were all together trying to play the game.
    2.MY buddy and his friends..
    3.i wish we had more time for everything
    4.the time we had to leave.

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    1. It would have been nice to stay longer...

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  4. 1. The best part of the day was when we were teaching the second graders about our country. It was a nice moment because they were so interested and excited about everything we were saying.

    2. I’ll always remember how much I felt a connection with the school and the people in there, as if I could see my life and my former elementary school as I walked around the school and interacted to the students there.

    3. I wish I had more time to talk to my buddy and get to know her better.

    4. I Think the day was good overall, but I think we should have less activities that involved performances.

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    1. It's great that you could be in a place that reminds you of home. Good to know about having less performance based activities. Thank you for the critique.

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  5. What was the best part of our day? Why?
    The best part was to get at st Luke's school and meet all the buddies because they receive us with a big smile and the trip around the school. but for me the most special was to see my buddy before to go.
    What will you remember 10 years from now about the visit?
    I will remember all the buddies smiling and acting. Also how the little kids love our traditional food. how lucky i am to have a great buddy and an awesome experience.
    What do you wish we had more time for?
    I wish I had more time with my buddy because she wasn't there and I miss her so I thought to spend more time with her and see her performance.
    What part of the day should have been changed and why?
    I think everything was perfect, was incredible and magic. All the buddies did great in all the activities and for share their thoughts.

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    1. I'm so glad you were able to have a great day, although your buddy wasn't there. It's so good to be able to make the most of things!

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  6. Dino Koljenovic

    1. My day was great from the beginning to the end. The best part of it was when my buddy started singing “My Heart’s A Stereo”. Her voice touched my heart and words can’t even describe how amazing that feeling was. In letter she sent me before our meeting she didn’t say a word about her singing and that’s what made it even better.

    2. Not just 10 years from now, I think there are some things that I’m going to remember forever. One of these things is singing of my buddy as I said before, second thing is gift that I got from my buddy and the performance which I did with my friend Megan.

    3. I wish I had more time to help my buddy with her project as well as more time to play more basketball with my friends and their buddies.

    4. From my point of view I don’t think there was anything that I would like to change. The visit was great and this was one of my best trips I’ve ever had since I came to the U.S.

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    1. I hope your buddy reads your comment! How wonderful. And I loved hearing you and Megan perform too!

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    2. oo my god ..so touchable bro.. and sensitive ..

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  8. What was the best part of our day? Why?
    The performance is the best part of our day.Right before the performance ,i was starving to death. Suddenly, we got food and performance .

    What will you remember 10 years from now about the visit?
    I will remember my buddy gave me a bible as a gift.

    What do you wish we had more time for?
    The performance and communicate between two school.

    What part of the day should have been changed and why?

    I think we should have some free time to walk around in their school just like what we did last time they visited us .

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    1. I'm so glad you didn't starve and that the food/entertainment came on time! Free time is good too...

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  9. What was the best part of our day? Why?

    The best part of the day was to teach the 1st and 2nd graders about our country and culture because when we talked with them they were very interested to listening us and they ask different questions about our family and country.
    What will you remember 10 years from now about the visit?

    10 years from now I will remember about the visit that I spend a very wonderful time with my buddy, 1st and 2nd graders who we worked with that day.
    What do you wish we had more time for?

    If we had more time I wish we could do more fun like may be more performance or other fun activities get to know each other.
    What part of the day should have been changed and why?

    I think everything was great may be instead of doing the activities with pairs we could do with groups some other activities which could give a lot more fun ^_^

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed teaching. You did a great job! Group activities sound good too.

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  10. What was the best part of our day? Why?

    The best part of our day is play volleyballl with St.Luke students and teacher. because we could get a lot of fun in this activity.
    What will you remember 10 years from now about the visit?

    I think I will remember all things that I enjoy in this visit.
    What do you wish we had more time for?

    I wish we had more time for performance because I want to hear more and more great music.
    What part of the day should have been changed and why?

    I think the part of the day should have been changed is add more time for performance because it’s cool and fun, I want to hear more music that make by our students.

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    1. You seemed to really like the gym/entertainment time. I agree it was fun!

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  11. The best part of our day was in the gym, we played basketball together. There is lof of fun over there. especially when I played with mu buddy and taught some skills.
    10 years from now , I will remember that my buddy gave me a gift of a book about Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. I wish I could have more time with my buddy to discuss our common interest, Basketball. Seems like we have unlimited things to say about that.
    Nothing should have been changed because I have a great day in my memory.

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    1. It was fun to play and I'm glad you got such a great gift. How thoughtful.

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  12. What was the best part of our day? Why?


    The best part of our day is the performance of the human rights quote, which required us to work together and think about quote. Also, I was enjoying in teaching my culture to 1st grader.
    What will you remember 10 years from now about the visit?


    I will remember the students liked my fired rice.
    What do you wish we had more time for?


    I wish I had time to go to school tour. I was teaching 1st grader in the class. So I did not have chance to go around their school.
    What part of the day should have been changed and why?


    The time. I think we should spend more time on their school. I wish we have chance to go to class with our body in their daily schedule. And I did not visit their school at all.

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    1. There never seems to be enough time. Thank you for making that delicious rice! I'm so glad you came to teach the 1st graders.

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  13. What was the best part of our day? Why?

    For me the best part of our day was when we went to the kinder gardens classroom because, we enjoyed teaching them , and looking their reactions.
    What will you remember 10 years from now about the visit?

    I wont never forget the human not game, it was fun, difficult and weird.
    What do you wish we had more time for?

    For the performances. All the students did a great job.
    What part of the day should have been changed and why?

    The last minute, when we had to say goodbye!

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    1. I'm so glad you were able to work with the first graders. That was great!

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  14. 1. What was the best part of our day? Why?
    I think the best part of our day is the performance about the human rights quote. Everyone’s performance was great and interesting.
    2. What will you remember 10 years from now about the visit?
    I will remember the visit that I have to get up 2 hours earlier for the trip.
    3. What do you wish we had more time for?
    I wish we can have more time for create some posters and creative performance.
    4. What part of the day should have been changed and why?
    I think the performance’s part should be changed because I hope everyone can watch our performance in St.Luke’s.

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    1. I agree, the human rights quotes were great. I loved seeing that. We can do things like that too.

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  15. I think the best part of our day is watching the performances, because at that time, I had nice talk with my buddy freely, but not only limited in Human Rights.

    I will remember the time when my buddy lead me go around the school, especially the library.

    More time for performances.

    I think all the activities are great, so we don’t need to change anything.

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    1. Sounds like you enjoyed the free time the most...

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  16. To me , I think the best part of our day was during the performance . Everybody did a great job showing their talents . I was specially really happy when I saw my buddy Sharon dancing .Their dance was very entertaining . Just being a part of this experience through out the year was a very interesting experience because I have never done anything like this before in my life . This visit will be a part of my high school memory that I won’t forget . I wished we could have more time touring in the St Luke’s school because they put and hung very nice drawings and projects in their hallways which were made by the students themselves and they were very nice and adorable . And I also wish everybody could have gone to see the first and second graders because I heard from the students who went there, that the kids were very nice they listened very well to everything they told them and they asked questions but other than that everything went well.

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    1. I think the performances were great and fun too. It was a really nice day and I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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  17. What was the best part of our day? Why?
    For me the best part of the day was when we were on the gym playing basketball and volleyball, we had a lot of fun and we talked more comfortable.
    What will you remember 10 years from now about the visit?
    One thing that I’m sure I will never forget is the dancing of the three little girls. It was awesome and they did a great job. I would like to see it again.
    What do you wish we had more time for?
    We needed more time for the activities, the first activity we couldn’t even finish, and I’m sure that our buddies had many other activities that we couldn’t play.
    What part of the day should have been changed and why?
    Everything was perfect for me, I wouldn’t change anything because it was great, but been honest we really needed more time, that was the only problem.

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  18. What was the best part of our day? Why?

    I enjoyed a lot everything we did, the games, the activities in general, but the best part was when my buddy and me had to work together and I also enjoyed the music and the dance.
    What will you remember 10 years from now about the visit?

    I will remember the gift that my buddy gave which is a little pretty bag made by herself and i will remember the whole day that we spent together.
    What do you wish we had more time for?

    I wish we had more time for music and more activities, I really enjoyed a lot.
    What part of the day should have been changed and why?

    Nothing, I enjoyed everything.

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    1. I am so glad you loved it all, and how lucky that you got a home made bag!!

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  19. 1.What was the best part of our day? Why?
    the best part of our day was hen we had to perform the poems and also being in the gym.

    2.What will you remember 10 years from now about the visit?10 years from now i will remember the nice time i had with students and teachers from newcomers .

    3.What do you wish we had more time for?
    i wish we had more time for performing our poems and spend time with our buddy’s .
    4.What part of the day should have been changed and why?
    I cant think of any part.

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    3. I'm glad you had such a nice day. Me too!

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  20. What was the best part of our day? Why?
    the best part of the trip was when we had to make a nut and then we have to untied it. I think it was nice because we were all messed up and we had to try to untied it as soon as possible cause the other teams were also doing it.
    What will you remember 10 years from now about the visit?
    10 years from now i will remember my first agenda, my buddy gave me, because that is something i wasn’t expecting and it took me by surprise.
    What do you wish we had more time for?
    i wish to have more time for playing games, i think that was fun.
    What part of the day should have been changed and why?
    I think everything was perfect, was incredible and magic. All the buddies did great in all the activities and for share their thought

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  21. 1.What was the best part of our day? Why?
    The best part of the day was when I go to GYM and I play basketball with my buddy in a team after we went to the trip in the school. Where is his homeroom. Also in the GYM was everyone play with they buddy.
    2.What will you remember 10 years from now about the visit?
    I will remember 10 years from now about the visit how fun we was in the day. And the time we expend with our buddy like when we play and make the quote and present as a group.
    3.What do you wish we had more time for?
    I wish we have more time for make more games. And more time to read the poem because it so fantastic and teach a lot about immigrants that came to this country.
    4.What part of the day should have been changed and why?
    I think everything was excellent. I nothing have been changed,

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    1. I'm glad you have such great memories from the day.

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  22. In my opinion the best part of our day was when we were playing games with our buddies, I think that we really enjoy that.

    I will remember my buddy and our letters that we were writing to each other.

    I wish we will have much more time to meet our buddies.

    I think that day was good enough, we should just have more time.

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    1. i agree with u maciej :P

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    2. It was fun. And you usually don't like games, so that is great.

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  23. 1.What was the best part of our day? Why?
    I loved everything about our trip. But my two best parts were when we went to the first and second grade classes, those kids were just lovely.
    2.What will you remember 10 years from now about the visit?
    Something I wouldn’t forget is all the fun we had. The activities we did and of course I will always remember my performance with my Bro Dino =)
    3.What do you wish we had more time for?
    I really wish we had more time to talk to our buddies because with all the activities we didn’t have enough time to talk..
    4.What part of the day should have been changed and why?
    Maybe, If we could have more time at St. lukes

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    1. I loved your performance too! We need more of that!

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  24. What did you enjoy about class this marking period? Why? Please refer to specific activities, projects, workshops, etc
    I enjoyed when we create videos for our human rights class. Because i have never been making a video before and this is such a exciting activity for me.
    What didn't you enjoy and why? Please be specific.
    Nothing.
    Do you feel you have changed in any way as a result of your participation in this class? If yes, how?
    Of,course.This class changed me a lot. I feel more powerful and I become more helpful.
    Were there any activities/projects/topics that I didn't cover that you want us to cover? Which ones?
    NO.

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  25. Im so sad because i could not go :(

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