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Birthday Saints Blog Post

posted Feb 9, 2013, 8:08 PM by kmcmillan@ctkschool.org   [ updated Feb 11, 2013, 6:50 AM ]

Now that you've given your saints presentation, I’d like you to write a blog post describing the life of the saint you researched. As you are writing this as a biography, remember to write this post using the third person (in other words, no "I" statements). To begin, embed your Google Presentation in the blog post. Then, in two to three paragraphs, tell the story of this person. Remember to include as much of the following information as is applicable:
  • a brief biography which should include:
    • an explanation of why they became a saint
    • when and where they were born
    • education
    • their life’s work and/or mission
    • death of the saint
  • the feast day for this saint (what day of the year does the church celebrate this saint?)
  • at least one thing you admire about this saint
  • patron saint? (is he or she the patron saint of something or someone?)
This post will be due on Wednesday, February 20th. After you’ve written your post, I would like you to comment on at least one of your classmates’ posts.

Embedding Google Presentations in Kidblog

Follow these instructions in order to embed your Google Presentation into a blog post on Kidblog. To begin, you'll need to make sure that your presentation will be visible for everyone to see.  With your presentation open, click on the "Share" button:



Select "Christ the King Catholic School":

Next, you'll need to publish your presentation in order to get the embed code. Click on "File" and then "Publish to the web."



In the next pop-up window, click on "Start publishing":



The next window will contain the embed code that you will need. Click once within the box that contains the code in order to copy it.

In a second window, start a new blog post in Kidblog. The default setting for new blog posts is "Visual", which is just another way of saying WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get). You will need to click on "HTML."


Paste the embed code into the blog post, but don't click "Publish" yet! You need to make a minor adjustment to the size of the presentation. If you were to use the settings below (width = 960, height = 749), your presentation would be much larger than the space on your blog.


So, we're going to change the size of your presentation as follows:


Change the width to "500" and the height to "400". Be sure to only change the numbers; everything else should remain the same. When you're finished, click "Preview" to make sure your presentation looks okay. Or you can just click on "Publish" if you're ready to go.



Birthday Saints Reflection

posted Feb 5, 2013, 10:10 AM by kmcmillan@ctkschool.org

After you have given your presentation to the class, I would like you to write a reflection piece on the project in Google Docs. Your reflection should be one to two paragraphs in length and include your responses to the following questions:
  • What did you like about the project?
  • What was challenging? What was easy?
  • Was there something that surprised you? Perhaps doing a presentation was easier or harder than you thought it would be.
  • If you were to do this project again, what would you do differently? How could you make it better?
  • What did you learn about yourself while doing this project?

Birthday Saints Project

posted Jan 28, 2013, 9:28 AM by kmcmillan@ctkschool.org   [ updated Jan 30, 2013, 2:21 PM ]

You will be researching the life of a saint and producing a Google presentation which you will share with the class Monday, February 4th. To begin, visit the Calendar of Saints and select your birthdate. From the page that corresponds with your birthdate you will choose one saint to research. Be sure to look at several saints to find someone that interests you.

When you have selected the saint you will research, please complete the Google form here: Birthday Saints Project.

The presentation you will be creating should meet the following requirements:
  • minimum of 5 slides
  • minimum of 3 images total
  • maximum of 5 bullet points per slide
  • maximum of 1 bibliography slide :)
The information you will be sharing with us about your saint should include:
  • a brief biography which should include:
    • when and where they were born
    • education
    • their life's work and/or mission
    • death of the saint
  • an explanation of why they became a saint
  • the prayer for this saint (if there is one)
  • the feast day for this saint (what day of the year does the church celebrate this saint?)
  • at least one thing you admire about this saint
  • patron saint? (is he or she the patron saint of something or someone?)

For Research:


Trading Card

posted Jan 24, 2013, 4:44 AM by kmcmillan@ctkschool.org

Follow these steps to create your trading card:
  • Go to the BigHugeLabs website: BigHugeLabs Trading Card
  • Click on "Choose File" to upload your photo
  • Where it says "Keep this part of my photo visible if it must be cropped," select "top/left"
  • Choose a color for your card
  • In the "Title" field, add your first and last name
  • For "sub-title", add the phrase you've chosen
  • In the "Description" box, copy and paste your paragraph from Google Docs
  • Ignore the "Choose up to 7 icons" field
  • Click "Create"
  • If your trading card looks fine (meaning all the words fit in their respective boxes), then click "save". 
  • Save your card to the student/share folder on the server, "Trading Cards"

Writing Your PSA

posted Jan 23, 2013, 10:28 AM by kmcmillan@ctkschool.org   [ updated Jan 24, 2013, 8:32 AM ]

Here are some of the ideas we shared in class today about writing our PSAs.

The Beginning
  • grab the readers attention/emotion
  • use an important fact/reason for the organization's existence
  • tell the story of how and/or why the organization started
  • tell a story of a person/animal/group that could benefit from this organization's help
The Middle
  • describe the solution that your organization provides
  • explain what they do
  • tell why you're suggesting them
The End
  • explain what people can do to help this organization/what does the organization need
  • include contact info (email address/URL/phone #)
  • attach a QR code


They Make a Difference

posted Jan 19, 2013, 8:02 PM by kmcmillan@ctkschool.org


Camp Caritas Memories

posted Oct 29, 2012, 10:57 AM by kmcmillan@ctkschool.org

Along with writing your own Caritas journal, please add your memories of our week away to the following documents:
Please note: You may not change anything written by one of your classmates or your teacher. If you have a question about something written by someone else, please add a comment in the margin.

MyHero Paragraph

posted Oct 2, 2012, 10:42 AM by kmcmillan@ctkschool.org   [ updated Oct 2, 2012, 11:09 AM ]

For our Choose2Matter bulletin board, you will be choosing one person who is mentioned on the MyHero website and writing one paragraph about them. Please follow these instructions:
  • Visit the directory page on the MyHero website. You will notice that the heroes are divided up into different categories. This might help you figure out where you'd like to begin searching.
  • Find one of the heroes that stands out to you. This could be someone whose story inspires you or someone who has accomplished something that you dream of doing. The choice is yours.
  • Open this document: MyHero Paragraph. This is how you will format your assignment. After opening the document:
    • Select "File" and then choose "Make a Copy"  

    • After you click "Ok" in the pop-up window, you'll have a new copy of the document. Click on the title, "Copy of MyHero Paragraph" and rename it "[student #] MyHero Paragraph".

    • Please note that the margins have been pre-set for you; there is no need to change them. Simply type up your information into the document and add it to your student folder.




Who Are Our Heroes?

posted Sep 11, 2012, 2:53 PM by kmcmillan@ctkschool.org

For one of your blog posts this week, please write a minimum of one paragraph (you'll probably need more) that answers the following questions:
  • What is the definition of "hero"? (in your own words)
  • What are the qualities of a hero? (what is a hero like?)
  • Why is it important to have heroes?
  • Identify someone you think is a hero. Explain why. Does this person fit your definition or have many of the qualities of a hero?

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