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We are trying to get better standards for internet research from our little birds… To that end, we are introducing the CRAAP Test for evaluating resource reliability. You will be given three sites that appear reliable but only one is actually a “good” source. However, we want you to avoid the chaff and turn to the databases as an alternative to the madness Google tends to feed you.

CRAAP Test Handout:

CRAAP Test Scoresheet:

Our websites for evaluation:

All About Explorers: Christopher Columbus –

The Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus –

Canada protects unique glass sponge reefs – –

Here are some resources to help you complete your draft of the annotated bibliography:

  1. Annotated Bibliography Template – formatted for Microsoft Word, this provides the correct style and formatting to meet modern MLA standards.
  2. Annotated Bibliography Template (Google Docs) – formatted for Google Docs, this provides the correct style and formatting to meet modern MLA standards. You must open this then save a copy to your own Google Drive to edit it and add your own data.
  3. Annotated Bibliography PowerPoint– a PowerPoint slideshow designed to guide and assist you with your AnnoBib.
  4. The Purdue Online Writing Lab – a site dedicated to MLA formatting and proper citation, consult here first if you need to cite something not covered in class.
  5. Short Story and Poetry Citations

Here are the three handouts you need to be successful this week! The first poem we will be discussing is “Stopping By Woods…” by Robert Frost. We will also be looking at the short story “A&P” by John Updike and trying to answer the question: What comment does the author, through the protagonist, make about society?

Here are the handouts from Friday!

We discussed “Introduction to Poetry” today as well as expectations for tomorrow. Our first long-term creative assignment was given as well! Neat. The handout is available below. The due date for both tasks is Friday, 1/18/18.

Remember we are not in Rm. 8219 tomorrow but Rm. 8105. Please go there and promptly find a computer and log in!

These are the two handouts given out today. The first is Using TPCASST which acts as a guide for reading and analyzing poetry. The second, Introduction to Poetry, features a poem to be annotated by TPCASST and quick analysis questions which are due Thursday, 1/10/19.

Today we read Watcher at The Gates and the assigned homework for tomorrow is to Write a letter to your Watcher. The letter need only be a page at most and is required for your final essay in May.

Here you will find a template for your Macbeth essay. Just change the name in the header and in the top left-hand corner. Make sure you replace the “X” and put your correct hour. Remember, this template has been created with the proper formatting already built-in!

General Class Template (Word)

General Class Template (Google) (Please download a copy of the Google document then edit as you see fit.)


Turn in your final essay to by 11:59pm tonight!

Looking for some help with your College Application Essay? Below you will find links to trusted sites that can really speed up your search!

College Depot: For Scholarships

College Depot: For FAFSA information

Common Application: A Common application used by many out-of-state colleges and universities (yes, you can use these prompts!)

So, here we are at the start of a project! I’ll try to list materials and helpful places to look for additional data. Furthermore, I’ll try to clarify and answer questions I’ve received so far.


You should start here to get grounded in the assignments background:

Humans Need Not Apply by CGP Grey (a video covering the impending AI revolution and its effects on employment)

Everyone keeps talking about AI by Jordan Novet (an article that was to be close-read for class)


Here are the project’s associated materials:

Unit One and You Sets up the units expectations and fundamental questions

Pushing_limits Ver. 3.5 The project’s assignment sheet

Pushing Limits Resource Links! Articles organized by realm (emotional, intellectual, & physical)

Project AAI grade sheet Cover sheet for the project with rubric


Project AI Scenarios (please choose one and record it)

  1. Counselor: Your AI has been dispatched to assist a colony on Mars. The colonists report growing depression and mounting anxieties but have no counselors or mental health professionals to turn to. Your AI must aid these scientists by providing comfort and support while navigating the harsh terrain of the desert world.
  2. Rescuer: A research station built in the crushing depths of the Marianas Trench has had a serious accident. While the scientists have stabilized the tears to the hull they need a more permanent solution. Your AI is being sent to repair the station and offer medical aid to the scientists while facing the crushing depths of the sea.
  3. Explorer: A signal from space has excited Earth’s scientists! A massive rectangular object has been detected orbiting Jupiter and it is definitely artificial. Your AI is being dispatched to investigate on a mission of peace. Unfortunately, it will be traveling alone and “asleep” till it arrives in Jupiter’s orbit. Your design must include systems to explore, investigate, and survive the lonely trip to the edge of the beyond.



  • How will this be graded?

The prototype will be graded as an assessed standard, so it will be worth a lot of your early grade. The rest will be noted as practice in the grade-book.


  • What do I need on Friday?
  1. One completed AI prototype based on 6 articles of research (plus the the video and first close reading) that are properly attributed. 
  2. Three printed close -read articles.
  3. A list of your team members.
  4. Your team’s plan if a team member doesn’t complete their task.
  5. Team member’s plan for communication and organization.
  6. Team member’s roles and responsibilities.


  • Can I just draw/trace a famous robot/AI for the picture?

This isn’t an art class so you do you, but you can’t just copy a robot for this. Your are building an AI based on human limits for specific missions. Use your imagination! Take inspiration for function from what you know but synthesis and imagination based on the facts you uncover is more interesting and worth more towards your grade.