Reading the Henrietta Lacks story reminded me of an interesting article we read in Levy’s class this summer:
I am a cooking show junkie. When offered this assignment, I knew it was right up my alley! I had my daughter record me making a chocolate cake for Thanksgiving. Along with giving the recipe and walking through the preparation step by step, I also added baking tips, a little nostalgia, and advice on nutrition. My son helped me splice the flipcamera segments together. We then posted the video on YouTube. Bon appétit!
Deep Dark Chocolate Cake
1 3/4 c. unsifted all-purpose flour, 2 c. sugar, 3/4 c. Hershey’s Cocoa, 1 1/2 t. baking soda, 1 1/2 t. baking powder, 1 t. salt
2 eggs, 1 c. milk, 1/2 c. vegetable oil, 2 t. vanilla, 1 c. boiling water
Combine dry ingredients in large mixer bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla; beat at medium speed 2 minutes. Remove from mixer; stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour into two greased and floured (I line mine with wax paper) 9″ or three 8″ layer pans or one 13″ x 9″ pan. Bake at 350◦ for 30-35 minutes for layers, 35-40 minutes for 13 x 9 pan, or until cake tester inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes on rack. Remove from pans; cool completely.
3 1/2 c. confectioners sugar, 1/2 c. cocoa, 1/2 t. salt, 1/3 c. butter (I usually use a whole stick and add a little more sugar and cocoa if too thin), 1/3 c. hot coffee (or hot milk—-I use coffee with a touch of evaporated milk), 1/2 t. vanilla
Combine sugar, cocoa, and salt. Cream butter and vanilla. Add sugar mixture alternately with hot coffee, beating til smooth.
Planning to use this idea when we wrap up our Gatsby unit with a tea party. Students can come in costume and pass out their cards. Come join us, Old Sport!
Boys. Where would I be without them. My sons helped me with this project. I owe them BIG TIME! #AudioAssignments #AudioAssignments152
Okay——–This will definitely NOT earn me a “Grandmother of the Year” award! Anyway, my visual remix is a picture of my grandsons at Orange Beach this summer. I used pixlr for my project as a last resort. My initial plan was to “creep” this photo into the final beach scene from the original Planet of the Apes movie. Unfortunately, my creative brain far exceeds my technology brain (which isn’t saying much!), so I turned to plan B. I guess I still had the juices flowing from my American Lit class earlier this morning. We were discussing Native American origin myths and their belief in the spiritual connection between man and nature. This sent me on a rabbit trail of how we are polluting the earth, and down the trail further to a nuclear blast that destroys the planet, and voila!…my grandsons witnessing the “flash” that ends the world. For the picture, I adjusted color, contrast, and focus to imitate a nuclear flash, and then used a crinkled overlay to make it seem like the film of the photo was melting. Finally, I added the text as verbal irony.
p.s. May it never be…
Brandon, Wendy, and I searched Dine and Dash on Wikipedia. Using information available on the site, we added that it is part of pop culture as seen on a recent episode of NBC’s The Office. We checked afterwards to see if it was there——and it was. Unfortunately, it was there only a view seconds before it was deleted. So, we can’t claim to be published authors! Fifteen minutes of fame? We didn’t even get 15 seconds of fame!
We found the Encyclopedia Americana to be concise and reputable. The author of the information is a professor Johns Hopkins, are very prestigious school, leading us to think that the information is creditable. On the other hand, the Wikipedia site offered more information and photos, as well. Linked with the article (at the touch of the TALK tab), are comments posted by interested parties. The comments lens credence to the information posted. The Britannica site contained less information that Wikipedia, but there were links posted and a sidebar of photos that could be uploaded. This would be helpful to add photos to presentations in class. Both Britannica and Wikipedia are more memorable due to the images posted, such as the photo of the Dogon woman baking bread and mosque.