1. Form an opinion on what you think patriotism means and whether or not you agree with the Jefferson County School Board's ideology regarding the appropriate manner in which students should learn American History.
2. Be able to define rhetoric and respond to an example of rhetorical discourse
Starter: Read both of these quotes, and respond to ONE.
Your response should:
“If patriotism were defined, not as blind obedience to government, nor as submissive worship to flags and anthems, but rather as love of one's country, one's fellow citizens (all over the world), as loyalty to the principles of justice and democracy, then patriotism would require us to disobey our government, when it violated those principles.” -Howard Zinn, Historian and Civil Rights Activist, in Declarations of Independence: Cross-Examining American Ideology (1991): "Obligation to the State"
“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does not hire him to teach…..The original idea of schools, which I do not believe is yet abandoned as worthless or out of date, was that children had not yet reached the point of experience and wisdom which enabled them to teacher all of their elders.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 Case about student protests during the Vietnam War.
**Journal #2 REQUIRED today (make up if you're absent)**
1. Jefferson County Schools' Student Protests over School Board Decision
A. Video about the protests and Video Interview with school board member (5 minutes)
4 = Excellent (entirely complete and shows effort beyond just “getting it done,” thoughtful, in-depth understanding of the material relevant to the journal prompt)– 100%
3 = Good (complete, shows good effort but not necessarily full comprehension of the material or required length) – 85%
2 = OK (partially to almost complete, shows some effort for the journal but is about half the required length or reveals big misunderstandings in the content) – 70%
1 = Needs Improvement (barely complete, does not show effort for the journal) – Not Passing
B. Journal #2: Response to Jefferson County Schools School Board Decision (30 minutes)
INSTRUCTIONS: Read this article with more specific details and answer the following questions (length requirement= 1-2 sentences per question)
FYI-- Who are the Koch Brothers?
2. Introduction to Rhetoric
Discuss the following prompts (A-D) with a partner before we share out as a whole class:
A. How does this video make you feel?
B. Discuss the last time someone persuaded you to do something, buy something, or believe something. What did that person do that was convincing?
Discuss the last time you persuaded someone. How did you convince your “audience”?
C. Examples of Persuasion:
Tyler Durden's Speech
D. DEFINITION OF RHETORIC: WRITE THIS DOWN!
Rhetoric is symbolic expression (including, but not limited to, language) intended to modify
(ideologically or emotionally) the perspective (the ideas and/or feelings) of its audience.
3. Read and respond to ONE student's edmodo posts from Friday (30 minutes)
4. Take the survey to give me positive, specific and helpful feedback on how this class is going (10 minutes)
5. Ticket out the door: Share your Appreciations from Friday with the people whom you appreciated.
Humanities 11 Teacher at Animas High School