Writing Task For Today – Sept 14

“People are so afraid of variety that they try to fit everything into a tiny little box with a specific label,” says 16-year-old Rosie King, who is bold, brash and autistic. She wants to know: Why is everyone so worried about being normal? She sounds a clarion call for every kid, parent, teacher and person to celebrate uniqueness. It’s a soaring testament to the potential of human diversity.

Your task:

On your blog, write a reflection post to this prompt:
Why is everyone so worried about being normal?

Your reflection should be at least three paragraphs.

Bonus: See if you can embed the above youtube video into your post.

Media Task For Today – Sept 14

Taking that internship in a remote mountain lab might not have been the best idea. Pulling that lever with the skull symbol just to see what it did probably wasn’t so smart either. But now is not the time for regrets because you need to get away from these mutant zombies…fast. Can you use math to get you and your friends over the bridge before the zombies arrive? Alex Gendler shows how.

Watch the video below. Be sure to pause it at 2 minutes!

Consider the following – have a conversation with a peer.

Why do you have to get everyone to the other side before the zombies start to cross?

Why do you need to get the fastest person across first?

Why does it help to have the two slowest people together?

10 Rules For Writing A Compelling ‘About Me’ Page

Writing the perfect pitch and crafting a compelling bio is difficult. That’s why whole industries exist to enable us to tell our stories better. Copywriters, creative directors and brand strategists wouldn’t exist if it was easy to articulate the essence of what we do, and communicate how and why we do it.

There’s no way around it, you need to spend some serious time and energy on your about page, because it’s probably one of the most visited pages on your website.


1. Know who you’re talking to.
This is the most overlooked aspect of brand and business communication. Every message you craft should begin by understanding the audience it’s intended for. If you don’t know who you’re talking to how can you tell them what they want and need to hear? Start with why, but don’t forget who.

2. Don’t just lead with the facts.
People need to know more about the real you. Facts alone don’t persuade. Make your website a window and not a wall.

3. Share your values.
Tell people who you are and what you believe.

4. Show yourself.
Build trust by adding a well shot photo to your bio and about page.

5. Tell the story of your professional journey.
Explain how you got to where you are today. This doesn’t have to be a chronological list. Make it interesting. Enable people to understand how you know what you know.

6. Tell people how you can help them.
Be specific, add links to products and services.

7. Demonstrate how you’ve provided solutions for others.
Link to your portfolio and list projects you’ve worked on.

8. Give a sense of what it’s like to work with you and show people why they can trust you.
Add peer testimonials and stories about how you work.

9. Add a contact link.
Your about page should not only provide information and build trust, it must also encourage peers to get in touch.

10. Don’t make it all about you.
Think about why you’re writing and about page in the first place and how you want the reader to feel when she’s done reading it.

*Bonus* Write like you speak.
I know it’s tempting to add words you never use but you’ll just end up sounding unlike you. If you’re having trouble with this try speaking and recording your story first, then write up the best bits. There’s a debate about whether to write it first or third person. My personal preference is first person because I want to speak directly to you, but many great about pages are written in third person.

Your Task:
1) Create a new blog on blogger.com using your Google account.
2) This blog will be used as a writing portfolio -> Create a new “page”
3) Name this page “About Me”
4) Write an auto-biography – Who are you?
5) Submit the URL on Google Classroom