Starter (10 min)
Review the list of seminar questions Ashley handed out and circle a few that you definitely want to ask/answer during seminar.
Reminder that your seminar reflection is due Monday! Take notes during seminar today to help fuel your response.
Today's Goal: Develop your own analyses on Thoreau's philosophies. AKA: Get mentally "swoll" for tomorrow's seminar!
Starter 9 (15 minute free-write!)
Research has shown that writing creatively can actually enhance productivity! It's also fun and a nice change of pace from all the heady intellectual conversations we've had (and will continue to have today with seminar prep) about Thoreau.
For the next 15 minutes, just write. You start by writing about the physical space right here and now and everything you can hear/feel/see/smell/touch. Then perhaps bring it to the emotional level: how you are feeling, what's weighing on your mind, how school is going, what you're looking forward to this weekend, etc....
OR write more creatively! What's a story that seems to want to be told? Maybe use the picture above as inspiration for a story
Tomorrow's seminar will be a "fishbowl" style where we'll have an inner and outer circle. The first group to start in the inner circle, will seminar for about 30 minutes while the outer group takes notes to aid in seminar reflection writing. There will be 2 "hotseats" open for anyone from the outer group to hop into at any point. After 30 minutes, we'll switch!
1. Themes v. Binaries mini-lesson
2. Ashley will go over the seminar prep instructions
3. Seminar Prep work time! + Honors let's meet to go over the Hobbes reading!
Thomas Edison once said, "Restlessness is the first sign of discontent and discontent is the necessity of progress. Show me a truly satisfied man, and I'll show you a failure"
Answer 2 of the 3 of these prompts:
1. Picture re-takes
2. College counseling announcements (see whiteboard)
3. Did we already discuss whether or not seminars should be graded?
4. Homework for the week (Let's look at the "Homework" page, shall we?)
5. Our Class Definition of Transcendentalism
An early 19th century philosophical movement spearheaded by Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson that stipulates individuals have the ability to think beyond their body, and prioritizes self-reliance, nonconformity, spiritual connection through nature, and not believing in God as the traditional religious figure, but finds a God in nature, and believing that everything is connected (we are all a part of a universal soul). (THAT'S A MOUTHFUL!)
1. Pair-share starter responses
Waldo: "You are a very difficult man!"
Henry: "Good. The world is too full of easy men"
Lydian: "Waldo wants to collect his thoughts"
Henry: "What is this, the winter of our content? By the time he 'collects his thoughts,' they'll be dead as dandelions under the snow"
2. What are Walpurgisnacht and "The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters"? (Goya-esque) p. 93
3. ACTING TIME!!
Scene 1: Waldo and Thoreau's argument (pp 83-88)
4. Whole Class discussion:
5. "Civil Disobedience" Seminar Coaching
Starter 7 (10 minutes)
By Tuesday: Read (and I'd encourage some form of annotations) these excerpts from the essay, Civil Disobedience by Thoreau.
2 minutes: Get a copy of Civil Disobedience by Thoreau from the sub (they are located on my desk)
45 minutes work time: Either finish the play OR begin reading and annotating Civil Disobedience.
5 minutes: BREAK
Remainder of class: Small group activity:
Is there something you believe in strongly enough that you would be willing to sacrifice your freedom in order to fight for it? What? If NOT, try to reflect on why you think that is.
1. Share starter responses
2. What is the individual's role in creating a just society?? Let's read aloud pages 55-67 and discuss that afterwards!
3. Come up with a class definition of Transcendentalism
4. Discussion of similarities/differences with Transhumanism (WATCH YOUTUBE VIDEO ABOVE!)
"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".
5. Class Discussion
5. Time to read (aim to get through page 79 by beginning of class tomorrow)
Understand the basic tenets of Transcendentalism and try to identify them in TNTSJ
Starter 6: Read both of these quotes, and respond to ONE.
Your response should:
Quote #2: “In my view, teachers in state-controlled public schools are hired to teach there…Certainly a teacher is not paid to go into school and teach subjects the State does not hire him to teach…..The original idea of schools, which I do not believe is yet abandoned as worthless or out of date, was that children had not yet reached the point of experience and wisdom which enabled them to teacher all of their elders. It may be that the Nation has outworn the old-fashioned slogan that ‘children are to be seen not heard’ but one may…be permitted to harbor the thought that taxpayers send children to school on the premise that at their age they need to learn, not teach”- Supreme Court Justice Black dissenting with the majority opinion of the Tinker v. DesMoines 1969 Supreme Court Caseabout student protests during the Vietnam War.
1. Partner discussion on the starter
2. Overview and discussion of the 2014 Jefferson County Schools' Student Protests over School Board Decision: Video about the protests and Video Interview with school board member (5 minutes)
TRANSITION TO TRANSCENDENTALISM!!!
3. Read aloud pages 18 and 19 and then attempt to define "transcendentalism" based on this scene. Take your best shot!
4. Ashley's ppt on Transcendentalism (you might want to take notes as these ideas may be called upon for a seminar prep/seminar)
5. Volunteers for acting out pp 23-29, 32-40
6. Time to read (be through page 55 by the BOC tomorrow):
7. 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?
What is the individual's role in creating a just society? What is justice?
Begin to analyze Thoreau's philosophy on education, religion, the government, individualism v. conformity, justice/civil disobedience and contemplate the extent to which you agree with him on these various THEMES.
Starter 5: Review sesh!
For the next 10 minutes, jot down everything you can remember about last week's lessons on:
1. Share out your notes from the starter review
2. Let's dive into The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail!!
3. Time to silently read (please be through page 31 by tomorrow, B.O.C) and Honors to meet with Ashley to discuss responses to Zinn, Ch. 1
4. Acting! (pages 3-14)
5. Class Discussion
Today's Driving Questions
1. How was rhetoric used to persuade people about the Mexican-American War?
2. To what extent does Thoreau serve as a good model for how we as individuals should strive to live in creating a just society?
Starter: Take THIS survey to let me know your general comprehension level on the primary source readings!
- Honors reading and response questions to ch. 1 of Zinn due Tuesday
- No other homework this weekend! (Unless you feel like you need to get ahead in TNTSJ)
1. Finish reading 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.
2. Partner coaching
3. Whole class discussion to deconstruct the readings
GOAL: Identify each author's rhetoric (use of speech as a way to persuade their audience)? Who is the audience? What is the purpose of each article and what rhetoric does each use to make their point?
The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail
Assign student roles and read pp 3-14 aloud
Reading Schedule for TNTSJ
*Finish the play by NEXT Friday, 9/9*. All of the following reading deadlines are for the END OF CLASS so as to avoid homework!
Humanities 11 Teacher at Animas High School