10/29 11:59 p.m. due: Your Introduction lives in the shared Google Doc for review. Brainstorming completed.
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."
Collaborate in Pods; write individually in your notebooks
[Left side of NB] Go back into King’s Letter and find his major claim about community (directly quote him; don’t try to put him in your own words). Find a supporting quote as well.
(2 quotes, always with paragraph #s, page #s)
[Right side of NB] Go back into Quindlen's speech and find her major claim. If you put it in your own words, support with a direct quote. Find a supporting claim as well. (2 quotes).
In-class: Started reading Thoreau, "Where I Lived..."
~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.'
~Be ‘unhurried and wise.’ “Petty fears and petty pleasures are but the shadow of reality.”
2/20 In-class work refining claims on Post-Its. Label each author's claim as an argument of fact, value, or policy. If absent, get the definitions from a classmate.
Page 897 grammar exercises 1 and 2--only do ODD questions for both exercises
Read Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring"
"Questions for Discussion" 1 & 6
"Questions on Rhetoric and Style" 3 & 5
Read Wendell Berry’s “An Entrance into the Woods”
Write down his main claim(s) about mankind’s/human society’s connection with nature (quote him). Be prepared to discuss these tomorrow in class.
Answer "Exploring the Text" questions 1, 2, and 4.
How to prepare for tomorrow's discussion:
Pay attention to Berry’s use of descriptive detail, mood changes, anaphora, and similes/metaphors.
Read and take notes on essay by Wendell Berry (pgs. 825-833)
Only read by Oates (pgs. 841-847). Students can take notes on this one only if they want to.
OPTIONS FOR NOTETAKING: Students can either A) take free-formed notes, with a focus on the author's/ humanity's role in and perception of nature, or B) answer questions 1, 3, 5,and 7 for Berry (pgs. 833-4).
HW Period 2: Read "Watching TV Makes You Smarter" by Steven Johnson (pg 766); Answer Discussion Question 3 and identify 3 of his major claims. HW Period 5: Read and annotate "Make Room, Socrates, for Lady Gaga and Beyonce" by Jenna Ross, freewrite for a few minutes on the topic & complete grammar exercises 1 & 3 on pages 793-7944/30 Pop Culture Day Two; Pop Culture needs to complete Evaluation form (see above)