Monday, October 31, 2011

Civics: Writing Contest

Being an American Essay Contest

The Bill of Rights Institute is currently hosting an essay contest for high school students.

The contest asks students to write an essay (1000 words max) about the following question,
"how does the Constitution establish and maintain a culture of liberty?"

Cash prizes of up to $1000 will be awarded in five U.S. regions.
You can find the contest rules here. Entries are due by December 15.

Submit a copy of your essay to Mr. Mallory for Bonus Credit

Drawing: Hallways

  • Please read the directions on pp.152-155

  • Draw a hallway in the school on 18x24 newsprint. Use a basic unit and sight your angles

Sunday, October 30, 2011

CIVICS; Homework this week

1-4 p. 30 Due Wed 11/2
1-4 p. 34 Due Thurs 11/3
1-3 p. 39 Due Fri 11/4
1-3 p. 43 Due Tues 11/8
Reviewing Main Ideas 1,3,5, & 7 p.48 Wed 11/9

Thursday, October 27, 2011

CIVICS; Extra Credit
& Memorization Pieces

Paraphrase any of the following (for bonus credit):
  • The Oath of Allegiance made by immigrants being naturalized (pg.15)
  • The first 6 paragraphs of the Declaration of Independence (pg.44)
  • The Mayflower Compact
Memorize for Chapter 2 (Mandatory, not just for extra credit):
  • The 2nd paragraph of the Declaration of Independence, "We hold these truths..." 
Previous memorization pieces:
  • The Pledge of Allegiance
  • The Boyer Valley Fight Song
Future memorization pieces:
  • The Preamble to the Constitution (pg.68)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Civics; What should govt. do for young people in this recession?

How do you feel about the responsibility of the government towards the young people (18-25) regarding the economic and financial crisis?

Follow the link above to a web-discussion. It's only open for another 13 hours, so you need to read over it now- feel free to participate, I'll be impressed with you.

Read it, write about it, and I'll give you extra credit. 1) Summarize the discussion, 2) Offer your opinion and defend it well. Shoot for 150 words. (I'll take 75, I'm easy).

Photo; Composition

Take the Photo-Composition quiz online By or Before Friday October 4th, whenever you feel you're ready.

Composition Terminology

You may need to look some of these up on your own if you can't find them in our book, because this is a supplemental unit. Try or if all else fails, just try googling them. You may also pick-up some of these terms by reading the articles I've included links to on this page or by watching the videos I've embedded here.
  • Principles of Design; Click here for a good explanation of the principles.
    • Balance, Symmetry, Asymmetry
    • Emphasis/Dominance
    • Unity
    • Rhythm
    • Eye-Flow
    • Leading Lines
    • Variety
    • Proportion
    • Hot-Spots
    • Horizontal 1/3 & 2/3 lines
    • Vertical 1/3 & 2/3 lines
    • Golden Mean/Golden Section
  • Framing
  • Cropping
  • Placement
  • 3/3, 2/3, 1/3, Tight
  • Foreground, middle-ground, background
  • Walk-Around
  • Merging

Shooting Assignments

#10- Take some landscape or townscape pictures using the Rule-of-Thirds. Upload your 3 best to our Flickr group by or before October 4th. Actually, once you think you understand the Rule of Thirds, try taking almost all of your pictures from now on using the rule. Ideally it should become "second-nature" for you, so that you'll do it without even trying. Then, when you do deliberately break the rule, you're work will be even stronger. Click here to look through my 4-H Presentation for examples of how the Rule-of Thirds works, otherwise, be sure to watch the videos on the bottom of this page.

#11- Take some pictures using "Leading Lines." Click here to view some examples of leading lines from Flickr. Again, please upload 2 or 3 of them to our Flickr group by or before Friday October 4th.

#12- Shoot some subjects using framing. Make sure that you read pages 182-183 in our textbook (London/Stone) and take a look at Terry Eiler's photo at the old fiddler's convention (1978). Click here to view some examples of framing on Flikr.Upload your best 2-3 to our Flikr group by/before 
Friday October 4th.

#13- Point-of-View. Take some pictures from unusual angles. These may or may not end up being DOF, macro, or distorted perspective, and they don't have to follow the rule-of-thirds, but these should be from points of view that you don't usually use.Here are some examples of POV pictures on Flickr. As with all four of these assignments, you have about 2 weeks, to take them, please get them into our Flickr group by
Friday October 4th.
. Please feel free to get them there sooner! In fact, you may want to get each assignment uploaded as soon as you're done with them, instead of waiting until you have all 4 done.

Class Participation Grade

Every time you have a chance, go ahead and comment on the example pictures in the galleries (or on mine, if you want to) and more importantly, please leave comments on each other's pictures in the Group Pool. I give you credit every time you do, so if you're at all worried about your quiz grades, participating on Flickr can help raise your average.

Articles on Composition

Videos on the Rule of Thirds

Here's a video on how to compose with the Rule of Thirds from film makers

Articles on the Rule of Thirds

Drawing; Informal Perspective

  • Doorway; read directions on pp. 146-148
  • Corner of a room; pp. 149-150

    We will begin are large, week-long hallway drawings next week

Civics: Chapter 1

Chapter Test

Chapter 1 Notes

Review Questions
  • 1-5 p. 8 Due Fri 10/21
  • 1-3 p. 15 Due Tues 10/25
  • 1-3 p. 23 Due Thurs 10/27
  • Post-Test will be Thurs 10/27

Current Events

Your Family's History
  • Family Tree Worksheet (You can also use this for your autobiography project with Mrs. McQueen)
    If you're interested in genealogy and family trees, you may enjoy
  •  Family_Migration_Map.pdf
    Use your Family Tree to find out where your ancestors came from. Mark the cities/states they've lived in on the county, state and national maps. If you can find out from your parents or grandparents, trace where your ancestors immigrated from on the world map too.

    Just like on the Family Tree, try to complete it as thoroughly as you can, but don't worry if there are parts which you can't do. Some families may have lived in the same town/are for several generations. Some students may not be able to gather much information about anyone further back than their grandparents. But if you CAN find out more, do.

Things to think about this chapter

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Mallory Sub Lessons Wed. Oct. 5

Thank you for taking my classes today so that we can take our daughter to medical appointments in Iowa City.

1:15pm Early Dismissal Schedule
1st  Hour (CIVICS)  8:30 – 8:57 
2nd Hour (CIVICS)  9:00 – 9:27 
3rd Hour (DRAWING) 9:30 – 9:57 
5th Hour (IND STUD) 10:00 – 10:27 
6th Hour (PAINTING) 10:30 – 10:57
7/8th Gr.Lunch: 11:00-11:20 
DEAR: 11:23-11:43   
4th Hour (MS ART) 11:46-12:30 
7th Hour (YEARBOOK) 12:33 – 1:15

1st & 2nd  Hour (CIVICS)
Chapter 19 Post Test (will be on desk) When students finish, they may take the Ch. 20 Pretest. The Post test is "open-note," they may use their notes, but not their returned homework assignments, not their books, and obviously not each other's notes or tests.) Second Hour has a seating chart on the lectern (try to keep Josh and Jeff apart).

3rd Hour (DRAWING)
Students should work silently on their drawings of the chairs set up around the room. If they think they are finished, they need to work on something else silently so that they do not disturb their classmates who are still working.

5th Hour (IND STUD)
Painting student Makayla Carter will be working on a backdrop for the Drill Squad or work on a watercolor "geo-scape."
If they come today, Photography students Katie Cogdill and Ally Kahl should work on notes, online quizzes, worksheets or uploading their pictures to Flickr in the graphics lab.

6th Hour (PAINTING)
Painting students should be completing one of the watercolor color theory charts which they began yesterday. Their paint, brushes and paper will be on the table in the Southwest corner of the room and examples will be on the board.
4th Hour (MS ART) 
First, students should read during DEAR: 11:23-11:43 
Half of them need to finish their 16 Square-Grid Value Self-Portraits. The others may do other homework QUIETLY, or they may free-draw- HOWEVER, whatever they draw should use shading and demonstrate that they can use values to make things seem like they are 3D.

7th Hour (YEARBOOK) 
Caption Writing Section Postest (will have on the island)
If they finish early, they may write captions for pictures in the yearbook on in the graphics lab.

Ted Mallory
Boyer Valley Community Schools
Challenging all students to meet their full potential 
Art | Yearbook | Cheerleading | Newsletter | Web Coordinator

School- 712-643-2258 Ext. 249
Cell- 712-269-5853


Sunday, October 2, 2011

Mallory Sub Lessons, Mon. Oct 3

  • 5th Hr. Independent Study- I will try to touch base with Makayla Carter before I leave. She'll be working on a watercolor "geoscape."
  • 6th Hr. Painting- I will get an Art History video ready to go and write some questions/notes for them to take during the video on the board.
  • 7th Hr. Yearbook- Students should log on to and may work in teams of 2 or three to write captions for pictures on the following pages; 05-06, 011, 012-013, and 014-015. Editor Christian Leisinger and Assistant Editor Danielle Jepsen may help students who need it, or may use the time as a study hall. Job number 00497, login names are last name, first initial ( example; "malloryt") and the password is "12dogs." Have students keep track of which captions they write, so that each caption can be graded.

Ted Mallory
Boyer Valley Community Schools
Challenging all students to meet their full potential 
Art | Yearbook | Cheerleading | Newsletter | Web Coordinator

School- 712-643-2258 Ext. 249
Cell- 712-269-5853