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Today, we discussed the end of Ship Breaker in a fishbowl!

We also discussed the Netflix series 3%, covering episodes 1, 2, and 4 (no spoilers if you finished the series over the weekend! We’ll watch a clip from the final episode and discuss it next class!) We started with a close reading of the introduction to The Process and what it means to have a society based on separation.

Once we completed our discussion, I gave you the remaining time to work in your teams on the propaganda project. We will discuss the group presentation and using Mahara to compile your propaganda artifacts on Wednesday, so for now continue working on the actual artifacts and your team presentation.


  1. Read the IndieWire article about the show’s “twist” ending
  2. Log into and explore
  3. Continue working on the propaganda project with your team

Friday is a team work day. You have options but you must MEET AS A TEAM during the 50 minutes of our class (if you do not attend your team meeting, it will count as an absence).

Your options include:

  1. Schedule a team meeting with Dr. Fitz between 8:05-11:55am
  2. Schedule a time to use the sound recording booth in Hall between 8:05-11:55am
  3. Meet in the Homer Rice classroom and work with Alison Valk (she has offered her expertise in a wide range of digital platforms including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, iMovie, and more)
    • Please send Alison an email letting her know if your team plans to work in Homer Rice and if you know of specific issues you are having or want help with, give her a heads up on that too (her contact info is on TSquare ->Announcements)
  4. Meet in another location (multimedia studio, Paper and Clay, Invention Studio, Communication Center, our classroom) and work together as a team

You are welcome to mix and match these options (for example, schedule a meeting with Dr. Fitz at 8:05, then go to Paper and Clay OR schedule a time to meet with a tutor at the Communication Center and then go to the multimedia studio to finish and print your materials). Meetings with me and time in the sound booth will be first come first serve, so plan to sign up ASAP.

Today, we started by reflecting on the poster project and poster session from Friday. Be sure to store those reflections in a safe place, as they will come in handy in a few weeks!


Then, we started working through Ship Breaker, discussing chapters 1-10. In teams, you worked through the first ten chapters of the book and answered some major questions related to the world building of the novel.

  1. What are the various new religious/spiritual beliefs in this future world? Which characters are ascribed specifically to a religion?
  2. Where is Bright Sands Beach located? What elements of geography, terrain, topography or climate help you determine this?
  3. What does the hierarchy look like among the crew on the beach? In what order does an individual owe loyalty?
  4. How does the economy (both local and global) function in the future?

Once each team presented the answer to their area of research, we discussed the world building of the novel, compared it to others we have read, and discussed the importance of detail to creating a believable dystopia. We also discussed some of the elements of ecodystopia present in the text and how the CCUL reading for today helped you to see some of these world building elements differently.

Once we completed our discussion for the day, you remained in your teams to complete and sign your team charters and turn them in. Then, you spent the remaining class time working in your teams to brainstorm, plan, or continue work on your propaganda project.



  • Read Ship Breaker part 2 (Chapters 11-17, pg 118-217)
  • Read CCUL 9
  • Work on Propaganda Project with your team
    • Due April 17

Today in class will be our poster session for your movie posters. Remember, you have three major goals today (plus the fourth goal of improving your visual design skills with your poster)

  1. Practice a poster session presentation in a low stakes environment
  2. Learn more about the books you might work on for your propaganda project
  3. Fun!


The poster session will be run in three parts – please see TSquare for your group assignment

Session 1 – X:05-X:20

  • Group A will present posters
  • Group B will record ONE presentation (pitch and questions)
  • Group C will ask at least 3 questions

Session 2 – X:20-X:35

  • Group B will present posters
  • Group C will record ONE presentation (pitch and questions)
  • Group A will ask at least 3 questions

Session 3 X:35-X:55

  • Group C will present posters
  • Group A will record ONE presentation (pitch and questions)
  • Group B will ask at least 3 questions


HOMEWORK for Monday, April 3

  • Due tonight: video of presentation to Tsquare – submit as a YouTube link like you did your CFW Video
  • Team charter due in hard copy in class on April 3 – all team members should sign it
    • Begin working on your propaganda project in earnest now – due April 17 in class (presentation) and via Mahara (propaganda campaign)
  • Read and livetweet first part of Ship Breaker (Chapters 1-10)
  • Read CCUL Chapter 11