Spaceship Earth: An Exploration of Sky and Self

Description              Mike Strong/Brian Delgado

This experience is about discovery and the reasons why humanity explores. Thoreau went into the woods to live deeply and Columbus seems like a jerk. John Muir was a champion of nature and my grandfather sailed in an iron battleship during World War II. We are a species inseparable from endeavor and often brought to our senses by dilemma and detour. This project will lead students through an exploration of rocketry, philosophy and trying to answer our essential question:

What is our role as astronauts on Spaceship Earth?

Deliverables

Introduction

Writing

  • Personal Introduction-printed on paper or transparency and adhered inside front cover. <200
  • I Sit and Look Out (homage)-modeled after Walt Whitman’s famous poem. Printed on paper or transparency and adhered opposite personal introduction.

Art

  • (Pg 1)Personal Logo-designed in Adobe Illustrator cut out with Silhouette Cameo vinyl cutter and adhered opposite Personal Introduction.

Chapter 1

Writing

  • Why should we explore?-prose response printed on paper or transparency and added to portfolio. <350
  • Haiku Series #1-3-5 haiku poems printed and added to portfolio.

Art

  • Photos-focus on aesthetics and the 10 rules of photography.

Chapter 2

Writing

  • What do we learn from The Allegory of the Cave?-prose response printed on paper and added to portfolio. <300
  • Haiku Series #2-3-5 haiku poems printed and added to portfolio.

Art

  • Sketches of Kit Rockets
  • Begin filming for 2 min films

Chapter 3

Writing

  • Draft of essential question.
  • Begin storyboard for film
  • Haiku Series #3-3-5 haiku poems printed and added to portfolio.

Art

  • Combining visual portfolio
  • Filming for 2 min films

Chapter 4

Writing

  • (Pg 9) Narrative of rocket building-prose response printed on paper and added to portfolio. <350
  • Draft of essential question response

Art

  • Using the vinyl cutter

Chapter 5

Writing

  • Drafting work toward final films
  • Recording in recording studio

Art

  • Book covers/symbolism
  • Editing in Adobe Premier Pro

Inspiration

Several books, art pieces and experiences have encouraged this work.

Eklund does an incredible job mixing genres and his writing functions as an accessible and “doable” model for many of the assignments in our writing portfolios. He is especially great at taking a prose experience and using haiku to simplify a moment or thought into clear and concise poetry.

Collins is an adventurer. In Drawn he takes readers on a journey through struggles and triumphs while revealing himself through beautiful mixed media. The writing needs the drawing and vice versa. His use of space and treatment of pages as canvases will drive our book fabrication.

Jeremy Collins Performance Art

Jeremy Collins TEDx Talk

Schedule

Week 1

 Aug 29-2

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Week 2

Sep 5-9

Where do we come from?

 Welcome to High Tech High

  • Writing
  • Personal Introductions <200 words
  • How well do the stars shine where you live?
  • Describe the night sky from where you live?
  • I Sit and Look Out (Homage)
  • Art
  • Creating a simple logo with Adobe Illustrator
  • Reading
  • Life in Hell by Matt Groening (Text for Socratic Seminar)
  • I Sit and Look Out by Walt Whitman (Text for homage)

* Deliverables Due Friday Sep 9th

Week 3

 Sep. 12-16

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Week 4

 Sep. 19-23

What have we learned from the Allegory of the Cave?

Our Physical World/Our Metaphysical Worlds

  • Writing
  • Why should we explore? <350 words
  • Haiku-esque Series #1 (Show us a beautiful sight)
  • Art
  • Taking a decent photograph
  • Reading
  • Plato’s Allegory of the Cave from (The Republic)
  • First Star I See Tonight by Robert Eklund

* Deliverables Due Friday Sep 23rd

Week 5

Sep. 26-30

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Week 6

Oct. 3-7

What is it that we want to see more clearly?

Caring about something more/More of something we care about/Trying

  • Writing
  • What are you wishing you could do? <300 words
  • Haiku-esque Series #2 (Rocket Flight?)
  • Art
  • Sketches of Kit Rockets
  • Diagrams of each functional component
  • Reading
  • Drawn by Jeremy Collins (Ch1 wk1) (Ch2 wk2)

*Deliverables Due Wed Oct 5th

Week 7

Oct. 10-14

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Week 8

Oct. 17-21

  • Writing

Draft - What is our role as astronauts on Spaceship Earth?

  • Choosing capstone film projects
  • Completing proposals and drafting potential storyboards
  • Haiku-esque Series #3 (Based on experiences and focused on responding to critique)
  • Prose on experience after the kit rockets?
  • Art
  • Making book pages (cut, stain, sketch, adhere, seal)
  • Reading
  • First Star I See Tonight by Robert Eklund
  • Drawn by Jeremy Collins
  • Weekly book clubs

Week 9

Oct. 24-28

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Week 10

Oct. 31-Nov. 4

  • Writing
  • Draft - What is our role as astronauts on Spaceship Earth?
  • Art
  • Using the vinyl cutters
  • Reading
  • First Star I See Tonight by Robert Eklund
  • Drawn by Jeremy Collins
  • Weekly book clubs

Week 9

Nov. 7-11

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Week 10

Nov. 14-18

How do we show others?

Making our work accessible and understandable to peers and audience.

  • Writing
  • Draft - What is our role as astronauts on Spaceship Earth? (final?)
  • Project Reflection <300 words
  • Art
  • Book Cover Design
  • How can we use symbols to encompass an experience?
  • Children's’ books as examples
  • Reading
  • First Star I See Tonight by Robert Eklund
  • Drawn by Jeremy Collins
  • Weekly book clubs

Week 11

Nov. 28-Dec. 2

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Week 12

Dec. 5-Dec. 9

What do you have to show?

-Film Editing

-Completing portfolio components and assembling final products.

* Deliverables Due Thurs Dec. 8th

Exhibition

Week 12

Nov. 12-16

All work is complete for High Tech High All-School Exhibition!


Grading/Scoring

This semester we will be assessing our work using some of the language from the High Tech High mathematics department. Narrative-based assessment allows us to make all of our “grading” formative and should never leave anyone surprised or unprepared for a final semester score. Each assignment and product will be judged by how well they reveal a student’s progress in these categories. Students will receive weekly or bi-weekly marks and use questions similar to those in the right column to reflect on their own work and learning.

Habits of a Great Learner

1

Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

How well do we understand the task we are asked to complete?

How do we “look” at a task before we begin figuring it out?

What do we do when something is difficult?

How can we get better at “staying in the game”?

2

Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

How are we approaching our work?

How can we get better at “figuring it out”?

How do we keep track of our progress or ideas?

3

Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.

How do we contribute to Socratic seminars and class discussions?

How effective are we during critique sessions?

How well do we receive feedback and use it?

4

Model and draft to prove concepts.

How progressive are our drafts? Are we consistently improving?

How can we make sure ideas work before building?

What brainstorming methods suit us best?

5

Use appropriate tools strategically.

How can proper tools save us time?

How can peers help us learn new things?

What innovative methods can we discover?

6

Attend to precision.

Does it work?

How can we make it better?

How is this our best?

What makes us proud or not proud of it?

7

Look for and make use of structure.

How do we schedule our time to be most productive?

How much do we rely on information from the teacher?

How much time is given to “working on it” versus “figuring out how” to work on it.

8

Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

How have we developed systems for working?

How effective are our discussions, critiques and reflections?

RISE: Introduction

Where do we come from? What do we see?

Activities

Deliverables

Questions

*Include photos, video or drawings with your responses.


RISE: Ch 1/2

What is it that we see clearly? What do we want to see more clearly?

Activities

Deliverables

Questions

*Include photos, video or drawings with your responses.