Wednesday, September 30th
1. Define Transcendentalism as a class
2. Whole class discussion (BIG QUESTION HERE: To what extent do you agree with Thoreau's philosophies? Does he serve as a good model for the role we as individuals should play in creating a just society?)
TRANSITION!-- Gaining clarity on political ideologies and media bias
1. What news sources seem to represent the left (liberal thought) v. the right (conservative thought)? List of news sources and the political ideology of their consumers
2. Listen to part of this Freakonomics Podcast: How biased is your media?
Tuesday, September 29th
Term of the Day: "Transhumanism" (From Wikipedia)Transhumanism (abbreviated as H+ or h+) is an international cultural and intellectual movement with an eventual goal of fundamentally transforming the human condition by developing and making widely available technologies to greatly enhance humanintellectual, physical, and psychological capacities. Transhumanist thinkers study the potential benefits and dangers of emerging technologies that could overcome fundamental human limitations, as well as the ethics of developing and using such technologies.They speculate that human beings may eventually be able to transform themselves into beings with such greatly expanded abilities as to merit the label "posthuman".
On page 37, Thoreau says, "We are born innocent and polluted by advice". Using this idea as well as other points Henry has made thus far this play, how do you compare to Thoreau on his philosophy regarding self-reliance and individualism? To what extent do you look towards other people for guidance on how to live your life and who you want to be?
1. Agree/Disagree: Conformity is bad
2. Small group activity:
A. First review the definition and the major elements of transcendentalism
B. Find quotes from the play that represents Thoreau's perspective on. Select one member to take notes on a google doc and share it with Ashley and all group members.
3. Guest Speakers to explain our Voices from Animas exhibition
Monday, September 28th
Today's Resources in Electronic Form
Today's Driving Questions
1. Review the primary source readings on the Mexican American War and complete the historical thinking skills chart. Also, jot down questions or confusions you have about the readings. (20 minutes)
2. Whole class discussion to deconstruct the readings
3. Review: What were the major ideas of Transcendentalism? Then Act out pages 17-29 of The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail
4. Agree/Disagree: Conformity is bad
5. Small group activity-- Find a quote that represents Thoreau's perspective on:
6. Whole class discussion (BIG QUESTION HERE: To what extent do you agree with Thoreau's philosophies? Does he serve as a good model for the role we as individuals should play in creating a just society?)
7. Work Time
Friday, September 25th
Starter: POP QUIZ!
This quiz is not graded. It is just a chance to see how you are doing with retaining information from our reading and discussion.
1. Go over quiz answers
2. Ashley's ppt on Transcendentalism + Definition of Juxtaposition
Juxtaposition is a literary technique in which two or more ideas, places, characters and their actions are placed side by side in a narrative or a poem for the purpose of developing comparisons and contrasts.
3. OUTSIDE: Act out pp 3-14 of TNTSJ
4. Silently read and annotate pages 14-40 (30 minutes)
5. Discuss what you've read so far: Ah ha! Say what? I wonder......
6. Time to read Homework due by Monday
Read the two primary source documents on the Mexican-American War and complete the Historical Thinking Skills chart by MONDAY at the beginning of class. I'd recommend annotating these articles as well as you will use these in our final seminar on TNTSJ next week.
Starter #16: Respond to the following quote.
"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured, or far away“ - Henry David Thoreau
Today's Driving Questions
1. Review: "A Letter from a Birmingham Jail"
With a partner, review the three ways Dr. King distinguishes between a just and unjust law and then translate each of them into "Durango speak".
2. Finish our seminar
3. Ashley's PPT introduction of The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail
4. Go over the structure of the play (how does time work?)
5. Assign student roles and Read pp 3-14 aloud
6. Go over the Annotation instructions for TNTSJ
7. Silently read and annotate pages 14-40
8. Homework due by Monday
1. Read the two primary source documents on the Mexican-American War and complete the Historical Thinking Skills chart by MONDAY at the beginning of class. I'd recommend annotating these articles as well as you will use these in our final seminar on TNTSJ next week.
Today's Driving Questions
Starter # 15: Core Values Reflection
This project (and a lot of junior year Humanities) is about defining who you are and what your core values are and how to take a stand on what you believe. As we go through this Morality and Politics of Justice project, I'll ask you to take a stand on a variety of political issues and explore which core American constitutional values of Security, Liberty and Equality are most important to you and how best to balance the three. In order to do that, you've got to know more generally what your core values are. So, this starter is designed to get you thinking about and defining those values
1. Pair-Share: With your partner, share your core values. Reflect with each other as to why you think those 3-5 are so important to you and how they show up in the way you live your life, treat other people, and expect to be treated.
2. 4 Corners: We should be required by the law to wear seat belts
3. SECURITY, LIBERTY, EQUALITY
As a group decide which of these following 3 statements you most agree with and then come up with a law that proves each statement true (past or present law). Lastly, write your law on the board under the correct column.
4. Read Dr. Martin Luther King's "Letter From a Birmingham Jail"
Seminar Questions on Dr. King's Letter
5. Ashley's PPT introduction of The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail
6. If time: Check out copies of The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail and begin reading!
Tuesday, September 22nd
Final DP Update and Reflection plus published StoryCorps.me interview are due by the end of today! Email me the link to your DP once finished.
1. Review Starter prompt and key terms from yesterday
2. 4 Corners from yesterday's starter prompt
3. Final DP Reflection and Storycorps.me Interview Rubric Refinement session (groups of 5)
4. Work Time: Wrap up DP Reflection and Storycorps interview publishing
Monday, September 21st
Today’s Morality and Politics of Justice Driving Question:
What is the difference between a just and unjust law?
A. Respond to 2 of the following 4 prompts. Write well-developed responses that show you're thinking about both sides of the issue but clearly defending your stance.
1. Today's Key Terms
JUSTICE (why are these definitions problematic?)
CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE: The deliberate violation of a law for SOCIAL purpose (not individual or private gain)
Food for thought: But why would someone protest laws? How do we determine which laws are protest-worthy? (review civil disobedience images-- what made these folks protest?)
2. Review of guidelines for uploading StoryCorps interview and project reflection (see work time resources below)
(New students: Need help with your DP? Talk to me!)
3. Work Time
4. Exit Ticket: Work time quick check survey
Review your seminar notes, add any last minute questions or thoughts (5 min)
(Ashley to check seminar prep)
1. Review Seminar Rubric and guidelines for today's seminar
A. When you are not active in the inside circle, you should be listening intently, jotting down notes, and processing your own thoughts and perspectives.
B. This seminar’s format: “Rotating Fish Bowl”:
3. Individual Freewrite in starter comp book: Label “Seminar Freewrite” (20 minutes): What are your main takeaways from today’s seminar? How did the group’s discussion impact your perspective? Did you gain any new insights or understandings regarding your perspective on the #AnimasRiverSpill? What new questions do you have?
Seminar Self-Assessment (as homework, due Friday morning before class)
Starter: Freewrite time!
1. Collaborative Seminar Rubric Refinement Sesh (Groups of 5)
2. Work time + Audacity Mini-lesson with Ashley!
Same as yesterday! Don't forget to submit your seminar prep via google classroom before class begins tomorrow and print it out for your own reference
Important Project Documents and Resources
Humanities 11 Teacher at Animas High School