Tayloni and her mother’s story

Tayloni and her mother’s story

Hi Class,

Welcome back. I really enjoyed meeting all of you yesterday and have a feeling this class is going to be pretty great. I hope you feel good returning for your second day. Please carefully follow the instructions written here. If you are confused in any way, please ask me for help.

  1. Look at the picture below. Imagine this young lady is sitting near you on the bus. What is your first impression of her? What would you imagine her story to be? Write it down on a separate piece of loose leaf paper. Please add details even though they are only guesses.

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Do not go ahead. Wait for class discussion. 

2. Watch the following video. While you are watching, write down on your loose leaf paper 4 things that surprised you about Tayloni and her mother’s story.

3. Why was this story important to tell? Do you have any connections to stories like this? What kinds of stories in Chicago need to be told that aren’t? Please answer this question with a comment below (click on the COMMENT button). Be sure to add your full name to the comment in order to receive credit. 

4. Respond to at least two other people’s comments with thoughtful and respectful replies.

Turn in your paper at the end of class. You’ll be graded on your paper and your comments. Thank you!

Finding reviews online

Finding reviews online

For today’s assignment, please read at least two reviews of a movie you’ve seen recently or remember well. Follow the steps below and turn your work in at the end of class.

  • Go to the MQRE website. Use the search feature to find a movie or browse. Please don’t take long selecting a movie. Pretty much everything you can think of will be on there.
  • Find two reviews of the movie you selected, one positive and one negative. Note that ratings often appear next to the title of the review, so it should be easy to spot positive and negative ones.
  • Read the reviews carefully.
  • Answer the following questions on separate paper.


  1. What are the titles of the review? Where did they appear? Who wrote them? When were they published?
  2. Explain the different ways the reviews began. Did they start with fact or opinion mostly? What other approaches did the critics have to get the reader interested?
  3. How much of the review explains what happens and how much of the review shares opinion on the movie. (Example: In the first review, the author spent about 40% of the time explaining the plot and the other 60% explaining that he didn’t like it one bit.)
  4. Which review is better written and why?
  5. What did the critic do in his/her review that you didn’t in yours? What did you learn from this exercise in terms of how you could improve your review writing skills?

Extra Credit, in the comments section, write a short, one paragraph review for your favorite movie. Try to write persuasively so people will be dying to see it!

In Class Assignment 5-19-16

In Class Assignment 5-19-16

Please complete the following work today. Get as far as you can and finish what you don’t at home.

  1. Please return to your informative article and give it one more proofreading run through with fresh eyes. Also, give it a headline and a byline. Try to come up with something clever or something that has an action verb in it. Also, PLEASE TRY TO FORMAT THIS SO IT FITS ON ONE PAGE. I’ll call people up to give them their grades today and tomorrow.

Example of headline and byline:

Senn’s 44th International Fest takes the stage

By: John Doe

2. Go to the “I Side With” website and take the quiz. Many terms and concepts may be present that are unfamiliar to you, but you’ll get a rough idea of who you should vote for.

3. On looseleaf paper, please answer the following four questions with thoughtful responses.

a. Which of the questions do you feel strongest about and why? Choose at least three.

b. I often feel frustrated when I hear students say that once they’re old enough, they won’t vote because it doesn’t matter or the choices are terrible. Do you feel this way? Could you explain where this feeling comes from? If you don’t feel this way, please explain how you feel when people present this argument.

c. Who did the quiz tell you to vote for? Do you think this is accurate or not? Explain.

d. What would make a perfect president of the United States that you could really get behind. Explain in depth with specifics.

Recreate my WeVideo Quiz

Recreate my WeVideo Quiz

Please use these resources to copy my WeVideo. Your grade will be based on how similar your WeVideo is to mine. You must complete this in one class period. This is a quiz worth 15 points. 

My Video:

Necessary Information to help you:

Beginning: Background color–White/ / Font–Black, Antic Slab, 72, centered


Birds: Go to AUDIO, SOUND EFFECTS, NATURE, SUMMER AFTERNOON  (lasts for about 5 seconds)


Poetry Reading: (in e-mail) Begins at 5 seconds, must cut off “check checks”

Images: (in e-mail) Most were expanded from about 5 seconds to 7 seconds

Grade: You must record your own voice stating the grade you deserve on this. Place this near the end. I don’t care about audio quality, so don’t worry if it has background noise.

Other Audio Levels: Music goes from 80 to 40 to 80 with a fade out at the end. Birds are at 30. Poem is at 100.

Extra Credit: In the comments section, please explain what I could have done to make this video better.

You can ask me questions but only after you have tried your best. Please do not ask your neighbors. Yes, you will struggle, but you’ll learn a lot in the process! 

Good luck!

Links to help you take better pictures

Links to help you take better pictures

Here are some great links to help you take great photos with a camera phone and beyond!

  1. National Geographic Photos and Tips: 13 great photos taken on camera phones and explanations of how it was done.
  2. iPhone Tips: These are great and easy to use tricks on the iPhone, but fear not–most of them carry over to other types of phones as well.
  3. Smartphone Photography Tips: Another great series that uses examples and explanations to SHOW you how to take great photos. Lots of things to avoid as well.
  4. Wiki-how: Camera phone tips: More basics, techniques, and easy-to-follow examples.
  5. DSLR camera simulator: For advanced photogs hoping to break in the higher end camera, this will help you master more advanced settings.
One in 8 Million: Where pictures tell stories

One in 8 Million: Where pictures tell stories

TO DO: Complete worksheet on One in 8 Million Project (Due Friday, Feb. 26)

E-mail Mr. Cullinane (mkcullinane@cps.edu) 3 pictures that work well together (Due Monday, Feb. 29 8AM). Send all three as attachments in a single e-mail. In the body of the e-mail, explain how they work together. Use terminology such as CHRONOLOGICAL, CONTRAST, COMPLIMENTARY. 

I’ve recently been turned on to the wonderful, creative work the NY Times online publication is producing. They’ve found ways to use digital features that vastly improve upon their print version. Along with great videos such as Verbatim (which reenacts the courtroom testimonies of Darren Wilson and Dorian Johnson following the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson), they feature amazing photo-narrative projects in their “One in 8 Million” series.

The series utilizes the popular trend of featuring everyday New Yorkers that are wonderfully intriguing, allowing the viewer to realize that the people we pass on the street all have powerful stories.

Students, please go to the One in 8 Million website and complete the worksheet provided to you. Use these photo collages for inspiration.

Also, please consider how the person doesn’t always HAVE to be in the photo. Though most/many of the photos in the various series have the person speaking in them, you could still have a wonderful photo series without the person being featured.

Enjoy! Watch more in your free time. Get inspired!