9A – Serial Episode 5

Hi 9A,

Sorry I’m not here today to help with this, but you can do it without me. Here are the directions:

1. Use your phones to go to episode 5 of Serial (https://serialpodcast.org/season-one/5/route-talk)

2. You only need to listen to the first 28 minutes of the episode. The rest gets pretty boring. Sarah even says so around minute 28. (Of course, you’re  more than welcome to listen to the rest of the episode while you work if you’re interested in it.)

3) Whoever is covering class will have handed you a map with a call log on it. Use the directions to plot out the points on the map where Adnan’s cell phone would’ve been when it “pinged” the nearest cell phone tower. The directions show you how to do this, but here’s an example:

Above is cell tower L698. Let’s say the call log says Adnan sent/received a call that pinged tower L698A. The red dot is where you’d plot it because “A” = North/northeast. All these directions are written down in the map and call log you have in front of you.

4) When you’ve finished plotting the dots on the map, use the image below to corroborate Jay’s timeline of the day Hae was killed with what your map shows about the locations of Adnan’s cell phone. How do they match up with each other? (Click on the image below to make it bigger.)

Or use this link to find more clear versions of the time lines: https://serialpodcast.org/maps/timelines-january-13-1999

Do as much as you can in class today and we’ll talk about what we’ve found tomorrow. Thank you for your hard work today!

Freshmen 11/20 – Final piece of project

With your project on Monday, please have a paragraph that addresses the following:

-Why you chose your topic
-Something new that you learned about your topic
-Why you chose this format for your topic
-What you hope people will see/realize/understand after they read/listen to/watch your work

This should be typed and printed out for Monday.

Freshmen 11/9/17 – Format and topic groups

Hi freshmen,

Sorry I’m not in today, but you’re in good hands with Mr. Boyar.

Here are the links for each group presentation. Remember to follow the questions on your sheet – read the directions before you jump into the links below – and don’t forget about the homework for next week!

Presentation Group

Movie/Video group

Documentary on Krumping

Documentary on a luchadora (a female Mexican wrestler)

Book or Portfolio

Art portfolio example

Multimedia Story/Essay

You Are Here: a history (and future) of the universe

On Ice: an Examination

The Stereotypical Roles of Black Women in Hollywood

Freshmen 11/8 – choosing a medium for your project

Presentation links:

Presentations are informative by nature. This would be a good medium to do with a topic that requires you provide a lot of information to your audience in a visual way. Great for a project that transmits information (like research or a history of something) but not so great for a creative project.


Some topics you just need to see. Want to show us something that you can’t do in room 11? Or something that takes a long time? Want to show us a number of looks or how to’s in just a short couple of minutes? Got a creative story to tell and writing it out just wouldn’t do it justice?

Non-fiction (true story):

Working with Jigsaw (fiction)

Tailwhip (non-fiction)

Book or Portfolio

Books and portfolios have been used by art and fashion industries for hundreds of years to show off styles, looks, pictures and photographs. If you want to do a creative project with a number of images then this could be the medium for you.

Click on the “view all images” icon on the pages below to see some examples:

Book about contemporary art

Book about manga artists

Book about movies

Fashion portfolio examples

Art Showcase

Ever been to an art gallery? The walls are white and flat so that the art on the walls are the only thing that matters. On the side of each picture/painting or sculpture is a blurb by the author that explains what the audience is looking at. If you want to do a creative project with big pictures or illustrations then we’re happy to turn room 11 into your own personal art gallery.

Some photos of an art exhibit

It would look something like this in the classroom:

Multimedia Story

In this project – whether based on a true story or completely fiction – you’ll be combining your writing with videos, pictures, social media posts, gifs, memes and anything else that will add a new dimension to your writing. This is great for historical/fact-based projects or creative works.

Non-fiction (true story)

Fiction (made up story)

Photography based

Freshmen – 11/6/17

Watch whatever videos you want from the selection below, just remember to keep track of them on the sheet Mr. Shulkin provided.

Make up and body art:



Sports, Exercise and Dance

Baking, Cooking and Eating

Freshmen 10/19 – Going to the underworld

Hi 9th graders,

Use this post to guide your class today.

First, in your notebook, take 5 mins to write about a story you know where a character has to journey to the underworld (or hell) for some reason. Explain who they are, why they go and what happens to them when they’re down there.

We’ll discuss what you wrote as a class.

Then, in your group watch the following three clips. After each clip, try to fill out a portion of the left side of the sheet Mr. Shulkin gave you.

1) Lord of the Rings:

2) Orpheus and Eurydice

3) Star Wars

9A 5/15 – Serial Ep. 4

Tonight, finishing listening to episode 4. If you were in class today we left off with 10:35 to go. Here’s the link: https://serialpodcast.org/season-one/4/inconsistencies

Fill out the sheet with Jay’s inconsistencies as you listen.