Once again the students of first period are in their task groups. You can tell that the groups are starting to wrap up. Web design is finishing the formatting for the website and editing it so that it looks like a clean final product. The presentation group is starting to put names of the people they want to invite on the board and are finalizing the invitations. Art and video production are working very hard to finish up all of their assignments. Unfortunately, even with all this work to be done, there is some uneasiness within some of the groups. Some of the groups aren’t exactly working as best as they can. One example is the art group. I was able to interview them about their group problems. One of the members stated that the group wasn’t sharing the workload well and some people did more work than others. The group is almost venomous towards some of the people not doing their work. The members say they can’t finish as fast because some select members won’t help them and without this help the workload is too much. Hopefully, by the end of this project they can figure out how to get everyone to pull their weight and then get their work done. I am sure many groups are in this same turmoil, but slowly I am sure that we will all find a solution. -- Steffen and Cameron
 
Another work day is slowly being used up. Each group is trying to finish up their ShrinkLits and vocabulary that doesn’t take a whole lot of creativity. I mean, ShrinkLits take an enormous amount of thinking but it does not require making a video or any elaborate pictures. One thing that does require a great amount of creativity is literary terms. As the groups finish their ShrinkLits and vocabulary it seems a common consensus to start work on the literary terms. The group that we (Steffen and Cameron) are in just finished one of our words in video form. We were able to make a 30 second video about personification. Other groups have followed our suit. About three groups are planning on using video production to explain their literary terms. The other groups have to make posters or elaborate drawings that explain the term. The blogging team was able to take a picture of the video production team filming a metaphor. This gives a small glimpse of how hard groups are at work with their literary terms. Hopefully most of the groups will be able to finish the terms by next Monday so that they aren’t stressed about this huge creative project. -- Steffen and Cameron
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Filming metaphor.
 
Today we met in our task groups. The bloggers are in the clutch blogging with only 30 minutes, this schedule is rather short but we will work twice as hard to accomplish the work we do on a normal class period. Even though we are supposed to be in our task groups there are a lot of people arranging for videos and artwork to be done for them. Also, Group 5 filmed a great and descriptive video on the great depression. With the great acting and the hard work put in to it, I bet many people will enjoy it. -- Sanskar, Jonathan B., Anonymous
 
Today we are working in our task groups.  Each group has a goal. Unfortunately the art group did not get any forms. These forms are what the cooperative groups submit to have their art drawn. If there are no form submissions then that means that the cooperative groups do not either need any new art or don’t know what art they want yet. Since our project will be done soon, groups must submit their art forms by the end of the week so that the art task group has enough time to draw before the end of the project. Video production team did get submissions though. As I type, they are outside filming a video on the Great Depression for a group who needs filming done for their historical background project. The presentation group continues to get names for our invite to the showing of our website and the web design group continues to try to make our website better. We as the blog team are really just sitting back a getting a feel for what every group needs to do. I think being in the blog group is probably the best group to be in because you really get a sense of each groups role in this website. Each group has a special place  and if we didn’t have even one of the groups then the website would be missing a valuable piece of itself. -- Sanskar, Jonathan B., Anonymous
 
Slowly but surely the project is moving along. We started the class period off by taking a test on nouns, adjectives, and verbs. We also met with our group. Presentation group made a list of who to invite to the presentation. Video and production are asking for people who need help in their groups. The web design is trying to determine a good format for the website. The project is really starting to take shape. We hope to soon vote on the format and look of the website and get the website up and running in the near future. -- Sanskar, Jonathan B., Anonymous