Take a position on the effects of standardized testing…
Argue the extent to which schools should incorporate leveling systems.
Take a position on the value of extrinsic vs. intrinsic motivation for high school students.
Evaluate the most important factors that a school should consider before…
Evaluate the most important factors that a teacher should consider when instructing and/or implementing curriculum and/or assessing students.
3 from our core list (Jesness, Prose, Rose, O’Connor, Percy, Gitlin)3 of your own, including one graphic
Read pages 61-67
Read pages 72-74 on “The Synthesis Essay”
Skim until pages 84-85 on “Incorporating Sources” – read closely.
"The most successful essays responded to this prompt fully, intelligently, and fluently in four ways. First, they focused on a topic about which the student had something informed and concrete to say, eschewing broad generalizations in favor of specific facts, details, and perspectives. Second, they usually characterized both sides of the controversy equitably, trying their best to explain why the supporters and detractors of each position believe and act as they do. Third, they explained a solution that might actually solve the controversy or described a compromise that genuinely calls for both sides to give a bit in order to accommodate the opposition. Fourth, they generally evinced a strong, effective style characterized by full, clear, complete sentences and distinctive, appropriate diction."
Period 6: the Toulmin approach to argument analysis. See http://owlet.letu.edu/contenthtml/research/toulmin.html
King: We are part of a brotherhood of humanity, regardless of race, geography, or religion. We should work to uplift human personality in whatever way we can, as ‘co-workers with God.'
2/11 Still working on finessing the language of our prompts; write your thesis statement and one body paragraph in response to your group's Synthesis Question
HW: Read your Blind Date Book & enjoy!
Journal: Each entry should log what you accomplished, what successes and difficulties you met along the way, what questions or concerns you have, what has been interesting to you. It should serve three roles:
To log your work and keep you on track (and me in the loop!)
To reflect meta-cognitively on the material and the process
3/24 1. If I responded to your journal e-mail and you did not respond to me, we are going to have a problem. 2. Edmodo next steps: Respond to a post (several students have posted their ideas/questions for instruction phase) AND write a post, include your individualized topic (questions or comments) and mention your group's larger plan/whole class activities. 3. Return to your faux syllabus (on wall).