Songhai Concepts

Media Literacy/Digital Archiving Instructor

Tuesday, January 31, 2006


Note revised instructions for Baghdad Blogger assignment.

Thank you,

Mr. Songhai

Thursday, January 26, 2006



Set the song “On Children” by Sweet Honey in the Rock to pictures.
Refer to your transcription of the song for the lyrics.

This song repeats itself, so you will need to match
each chorus with a different set of images.

You are encouraged to use original images for this project
as well as original video footage.

Mr. Songhai

Thursday, January 19, 2006


Blogs are taking the planet by storm!
Millions of people have joined the Blogger revolution and are posting their thoughts and feelings online for the whole world to see.
One Blogger who has caught the attention of millions is
“The Baghdad Blogger.”

Consider the following

1. What do you know about Baghdad?
2. Where is Baghdad?
3. Why are so many people dying in Baghdad, everyday?

First, young scholar, cleverly answer questions 1,2, and 3 listed above.
Next, go to the “Baghdad Blogger’s blog page.
Next, read several of his first hand accounts of life in Baghdad today.
And last, re-tell (in your own words) any story posted on his blog since September 11, 2005.

Approach this assignment as if you were hosting your very own radio show.

State your name, the date and state the name of your show - for now, call your show "your advisory."

Then, in your best writing style, fold your answers to the three Baghdad questions (above) into the introduction of your story.

Remember, your story is about a day in the life of the Baghdad Blogger. Retell any post of his, since September 2005, in your own words.

Close your story by restating your name and the name of your advisory.

Post your comments on my blog if you have questions about this assignment.

Mr. Songhai

Tuesday, January 10, 2006



This semester you have the freedom to choose two songs of your choosing to set to pictures. The songs must be "safe songs". The lyrics must send a positive message. Mr. Andrews and I must see your lyrics (posted on your blog page) before you begin work on these songs.

In addition to the two songs of your choice, you must select two poems to set to pictures. (You may set two of your original poems to pictures if you are a writer.)

Here are the links to the poems you can select for this project.

For My People by Margaret Walker

Ka Ba by Amiri Baraka

Poetry by Pablo Neruda

We Real Cool by Gwendolyn Brooks

If We Must Die by Claude McKay

If you have any questions post comments on my blog page or on Mr. Andrews' page.

Mr. Songhai

Sunday, January 08, 2006

All Internet Broadcast Students

Are You a Flashing 12?

Read the article, "How to Explain Podcasting to a Flashing 12."

Answer the questions below, then organize your responses into a news story.

Write this story as you would read it on the radio.

Begin the story by stating your name,
next state your grade and the school you attend,
then state the title of the story you are about to write.

(Develop your story from these questions)
What is a Flashing 12?
Describe two Flashing 12’s that you know.
Are you a Flashing 12? Why/why not?
What have you stuggled to explain to a Flashing 12? (Give two examples)
End your story with a humorous anecdote about you and technology.

Due date Wednesday January 11, 2006

Mr. Songhai

Thursday, January 05, 2006


Post the responses to the following questions on your
blog page.

1. What is podcasting?

2. Who is podcasting?

3. Why is podcasting important?

4. What is the difference between podcasting and traditional radio programming.

5. How important is the theme music to a radio program?

6. Have you ever heard of podcasting?

7. What is Skype?

8. Why is Skype important?

9. What are the advantages of being a Skype customer/subscriber?

Mr. Songhai

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Semester 2 NMTCS