Personal Project Strategies

Strategies

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Upcoming Assignments (below) do not include individual Moodle assignments.  Instead, I will only post Chapter deadlines here; you are responsible for monitoring Workshop deadlines in Moodle on your own,

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Socratic Seminar 1

“All ethical statements are relative.” By examining the justifications for -- and the implications of -- making this claim, decide whether or not you agree with it. (May 2005).

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Against the Sales Receipt

Paper Trails... After the 2018 Straw Wars, many environmentalists are looking at all of the smaller items that are ubiquitous in our daily lives but actually impact the natural world and our health in significant ways.  Another campaign is against store...

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DAR Christopher Columbus Essay Contest

Topic: Christopher Columbus was Italian. What convinced the Spanish monarchy to support him instead of Spanish explorers? Eligible: Grades 9-12 LengthL 800-1200 words Form: Research essay with Works Cited Criteria: Historical accuracy, essay organization,...

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Time to Explore!

Dig around and try things out! Learn how our class site has been organized! You may be getting a log-in soon, so it will be good to know why!

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Flatland Essay Assignment

Our summer essay is, of course, on Abbott's Flatland!  It's a brief paper, but this is a bigger challenge than it at first appears. A short paper gives you no room to breathe; everything should be pointed and relevant! And, counter to your intuition, you...

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Missing Where I Used to Be

TESS YOUMANS – I have always been comfortable with the discomforts that come along with travel; cold showers, unexpected weather, language barriers, running out of currency, the list goes on.

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A Simpler Life

EMILY VANHAITSMA – We adjusted to the altitude together, bargained in the markets together, and hiked up mountains we thought were impossible to climb.

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Fanny Packs and Bucket Hats

KEIRA GROBBEL – While some visited the Temple of Sun, and others toured the coffee museum, I, along with Tess, Alex, Charlie, and Emily, wandered the streets of the city.

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Machu Picchu

TIMKO BLYSNIUK – I understood that the early wake-up was to avoid the hordes of tourists that would overtake the archaeological site in the more reasonable hours in the morning, but even then my brain wasn’t convinced that it was the correct move.

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Trek Day Two: Urubamba Views

SAFFRON JAMES -The terrain for the first half of the day was a lot of steep ups and downs. Even though the hiking was tiring the view was more than worth it.

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Trek Day One: Biking Down the Malaga

JACQUES FINCH – As we were driving up the mountain, we started to drive into a cloud, which I assumed we would probably drive out of soon. But when we kept driving and stayed inside of the cloud, . . .

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Goodbyes for Ninos del Sol

ALICIA ANDERSON -Today is the last day working with the ninos and I don’t think I have ever cried this much. I have gone through a lot of hard times and it surprises me that leaving a group of people I have only known for a week could hurt me more than ever.

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This Moment – Black Gold

ALEXANDRIA D’ANTONIO – Initially, Avishai wanted three strong boys to help with the compost project but instead he got Ashley and I as volunteers, and we hauled ass.

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Wanderings

CHARLIE MEISSNER -Originally, the plan was to throw the plaster onto the walls with our hands, but unfortunately the plaster was always too thin, so we had to use brooms and brushes to ‘paint’ the plaster on, yet much of it somehow managed to cover US instead!

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Facing It

BROOKE BLACKWELL – We gathered around a small pen-like area while a duck was brought out, and Avishai explained to us that the ducks and all animals here live a happy, healthy, and comfortable life. . . .

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First Impressions

ABBY VANHAITSMA – This experience cannot be compared to anything else I have ever seen or done, and it is not something you can envision or imagine without actually seeing it. There were a few points where I almost shed a tear because of how emotional this was.

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A Step Into the Past – Ripples Into the Present

HENRY SMITH – I can only imagine the world the Spanish found in the 16th century. The ruins we saw today were magnificent, even after four centuries. Sacsaywaman in particular stood out for its megalithic architecture, but it was almost sad to see.

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Travel Ahead: Why the Need is Greater Than Ever

We have received our itineraries, prepared for our service experience at Ninos del Sol orphanage, and broken in our hiking boots across Michigan park trails; but whatever we plan, Peru has its own agenda–if only we are open to hearing it.

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