Would You Climb Mount Everest?

Please type your “ABC” response to this question in the comments section of this post.

Then, please respond to two-or-three of the “ABC” paragraphs written by your classmates.


Do you agree or disagree with their choice to climb or not to climb?

Why? (Please make a connection to your personal experience, a text, or a movie when you explain why).

Create A History Mural

We have learned about the California History murals you will be seeing at the Rincon Annex Post Office in San Francisco.

After you review the mural slideshow, please use one of these drawing tools to draw one or more pictures that represent an important historical event in either the United States or the country from where your family originally lived. Post the link in the comments section of this post, and be sure to write one or two sentences explaining what the picture represents.

You can use:

Flash Paint

Draw To

Imagination Cubed

If you get done early, you can learn about other murals in San Francisco and around the world:

Play this game

San Francisco Mural Slideshow

The 50 Most Stunning Wall Murals From Around The World

Murals By Diego Rivera

Ethnic Studies Project

Once you have completed all three parts of your ethnic studies project — cloze, data set, and make and break — upload all of them into one comment. You must wait until all three are complete so that they can all be in one comment, with all three of your names in the comment area. Also post the answer sheets.

You can upload each document into Crocodoc, and then copy and paste the “share” link that says:

Share read-only document
Anyone who visits this link can see your notes but cannot make changes to this document.

In case you have lost your instructions for the project, you can access them through this link.

Here are some places to start your research:

The Best Websites To Teach & Learn About African-American History

The Best Sites For Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

The Best Websites To Learn About The Hmong

The Best Resources For Hispanic Heritage Month

The Best Sites For Learning About Cesar Chavez

Mount Everest Webquest

Please answer the questions in this Mount Everest Webquest. Go to the links to find the answers to the questions. Copy and paste the questions and type answers out on a Word document, and then paste them in the comments sections of this post.

The Webquest says to complete it in groups of three, but we would prefer that you do it on your own.

Body Disposal Form

Before a person climbs Mount Everest, they must fill-out something called a “Body Disposal Form.” In this form, the climber says what they want done with their body if they die while they’re on the mountain.

There are three choices — leave it on the mountain, have it cremated, or have it sent back home.

Please read this Body Disposal Form. Even though it is for a mountain that is near Everest called Cho Oyu, it is similar to Everest’s form.

If you were going to climb Everest, which choice would you make and why?

Only answer this question if you feel comfortable writing about it! It’s okay not to answer this question. Also, if you want to answer the question but don’t want it published here, that’s okay, too. Just say that in your response and Mr. Ferlazzo will be the only person to read it.

One Of The First Two Climbers To Reach The Top

Sir Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa guide Tenzing Norgay were the first two climbers to reach the top of Mount Everest.

Read this short biography of Hillary, as well as this interview with him.

Why do you think he tried to do something no one else had ever done? If you had become as famous as he became after his climb, would you have tried to spend so much time helping the people who live in Nepal? Or would you have just tried to go out and have a good time? Why?

Mount Everest

What is the highest physical place — mountain, volcano, a tall building — you have ever been on?

Please describe it, when you were there, who you were with, and how you felt when you were there.

Would you go there again? Why or why not?

What are other tall places you’d like to visit?  Why?
Climbers at the top of Mount Everest.

Exploring Careers

We have been exploring potential careers this year, and will be going on a field trip to the University of California-Davis in April.

You are going to use this post for at least two Fridays, and maybe longer. You should leave comments three separate times because there are three assignments:

1) As part of that exploration, please do the assessments at Career Zone California. There are three of them. Write in the comments section at least three things you learn from them. Completing these assessments will take you at least one class period.

2) After you complete the assessments, go to California Reality Check to learn how much money you will need to earn the live the kind of lifestyle you want. Write in the comments at least three things you learn from this exercise.

3) After you complete that part, please revisit California Career Zone. You used this site earlier in the year to research possible jobs you might be interested in. Investigate more careers to see if you still are interested in the same jobs you were a few months ago, or in different ones. Keep in mind the things you have learned from the career assessments and from California Reality Check. Write in the comments section at least three things you learn from doing this research.