Spn I Writing Folder Final Exam

Here are all of your handouts for the final exam.  Keep in mind that you will have been given these already, but just in case you have lost or messed up papers, here they are:







*Please remember to always leave your folder in class to ensure that all work is done under supervision.

learn a foreign language for free


Mango offers several foreign languages.  I suggest we all consider more than our traditional Spanish.  I heard a report on the CIA and their influx of new agents etc.  It was hard to hire the right people because only 12% were proficient in a useful language to them like Arabic or I daresay Chinese.  You might want to consider those other languages when you do your foreign language requirement in college.

financial advice for high schoolers

From the Simple Dollar:

Seven Pieces Of Financial Advice For A High School Student

By Trent on Advice

My niece is a wonderful young woman – a good head on her shoulders, decision making as strong as you could hope for in a high school sophomore, and an entrepreneurial spirit. My only concern about her is a sense that she hasn’t quite figured out the value of a dollar and that she’s prone to credit misuse.

Last night, I spent some time thinking about the things I wish she knew right now at this point in her life so that she wouldn’t go on to make horrendous mistakes with her finances later on like her uncle did. Here’s what I came up with, and they’re probably applicable to any high school student with a level head.

Do not carry a credit card balance. It’s okay to get a credit card, but pay off the entire balance each month. If you’re tempted to use it to buy something that you can’t otherwise pay for, don’t. Period. Let’s say you buy a Nintendo Wii and a few accessories and put $400 on your credit card, then only make minimum payments for a year. On a typical “first” credit card with a 19.9% APR, you’ll have just watched $80 vanish into thin air. Now, multiply that by twenty and you’re looking at the situation that the “average” American is in, watching literally thousands a year just vanish because they carry a credit card balance.

Put a small amount in the bank each week and forget about it until you’re about to make a big purchase or a true emergency comes up. Let’s say you can put $5 in the bank every week starting on your 16th birthday. That adds up to $260 a year, so if you cash out at your 26th birthday, you’ll have deposited $2,600. But it gets better – you can easily get a savings account that earns 5% interest. You’ll actually get out $3,352. The bank will give you $752 over that time.

Learn how to learn. Most high school classes are pretty easy for a bright person and don’t require much effort to get through. It’s really tempting to take easier options and not worry about it; instead, always take the hardest one you can take. It will force you to learn how to learn, a skill that will serve you well the rest of your life.

Start a side business. My niece already has a small babysitting empire, but most teenagers can find a way to earn some money. Many parents in my area encourage their kids to get jobs – instead, I encourage kids to start a side business. Mow lawns. Trim hedges. Scoop snow. Start a topic-oriented blog (meaning a topic that isn’t you that others might find interesting).

Take a leadership position. Join an organization and make an effort to be involved with it. Eventually, take a leadership position in it. Why? Learning how to manage people and make choices that affect others is another skill that will serve you throughout your life – and if you learn how to do it well, it will make you a lot of money.

There is no such thing as a free lunch. If someone is offering you something for free, there’s usually something they’re getting out of it in return. A free t-shirt is probably an advertisement. A free web service is likely littered with ads in some fashion. The better you are at spotting why things are being given away for free (or for really cheap), the smarter you’ll be about buying things and the less you’ll spend in the process.

If you’ve discovered something you enjoy and you’re actually good at, do it a lot. Almost always, there’s a way to make money from a highly developed skill. Anything from playing a guitar (music can be marketable, teaches hand-ear and hand-eye coordination and dexterity) to playing a sport (leadership skills, health) can work. It’s especially nice if there’s an obvious career path from it, but don’t let that limit you. Even better, if you can find a way to turn that thing you do into a side business, you might be setting yourself up for the long haul.

Young people can do great things!

From the Blog “Dumb Little Man”:

Things Other People Accomplished At Your Age

By Jay White @ DLM

Depending on your outlook, you will either find this depressing or motivational. A website named the Museum of Conceptual Art has a simple page on its site that allows you to enter your age. After hitting submit, you can see what other people accomplished when they were that same age.So if you are 23 years old, here are a few of the things others accomplished at that age:

  • John Singleton directed his first film, “Boyz ‘N the Hood.”
  • T. S. Eliot wrote “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.”
  • English poet Jane Taylor wrote “Twinkle, twinkle, little star.”
  • Margaret Mead traveled to the South Seas as part of a “giant rescue operation” to study primitive cultures before they perished.
  • Truman Capote published his first novel, Other Voices, Other Rooms.
  • Orson Welles produced and performed his “War of the Worlds” radio broadcast, terrifying millions of people. He also got his face on the cover of Time Magazine.
  • Jack Nicklaus became the youngest golfer to win the Masters.
  • Francois-Louis Cailler manufactured the world’s first eating chocolate to be commercially produced.

Where do you stack up? If you’re like me, the daily concerns you face seem trivial compared to some of the things these people must have endured dozens of years ago. Funny thing is that they did all of this without a smidgen of the technology we have today.

To try it for yourself, go to the Museum of Conceptual Art.

news from Venezuela…

From a blog called Boing Boing, I read:

Man wakes up during autopsy

“I woke up because the pain was unbearable,” Camejo said…

His grieving wife turned up at the morgue to identify her husband’s body only to find him moved into a corridor — and alive.

Link (Thanks, Lindsay Tiemeyer!)

Spanish III Computer Lab 9/18/07

Repasito: look at rubric and do subjunctive verbs on back

Online: Let’s focus on pret vs imp practice and subjunctive.

http://www.indiana.edu/~call/ejercicios.html menu

http://www.colby.edu/~bknelson/exercises/subj_pres.html menu

http://www.colby.edu/~bknelson/exercises/pret_imp.html menu

http://www.trinity.edu/mstroud/grammar/ menu

http://mld.ursinus.edu/~jarana/Ejercicios/self-check/pret_imp.html menu

http://mld.ursinus.edu/~jarana/Ejercicios/self-check/presentII.html menu

Once you’ve worked on something from each menu, please look for visuals for your oral or work on the sentences you’ll use to speak. 

Media Center Spanish III Movie Maker Class




















Spanish III journeyed into the wide world of movie making and editing.  Mrs. Jill Rogers taught us about using the digital video camara, copyright concerns and editing the footage in Movie Maker. 

We’re interested in burning to DVDs immediately after editing, so she talked to us briefly about iMovie on her new Mac in the media center.  Mrs. Rogers also introduced us to Garage Band and iPhoto on the Mac.

While we’re still waiting for the distorted and wild photos from the Mac, here are some shots from my camara as well as some video footage of playing with Movie Maker in the media center.


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