Wednesday, September 2nd
Starter 5: Creative writing 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 politics we're entrenched in with our current project!
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
Any luck on parent chaperons for our field trip?
1. Review our driving questions!
2. Share out: "Ah-ha, Say what!? and I wonder" about yesterday's readings
Article 1: "The Gold King Mine: From An 1887 Claim, Private Profits And Social Costs" from Colorado Public Radio (read at least to the section labeled "Mining: Why all the water and toxins?")
Article 2: "When Our River Turned Orange" from High Country News
3. Assigned reading on Silverton's Superfund debate (I have printed copies!)
Driving questions' themes: Future Implications and Historical Context
A. Read Chase McCallister’s coverage in The Durango Herald of the Silverton mining situation over the last year or so. Pay attention to the date of each article!
As you read, take notes to help you answer our driving questions (note-taking template)
and after we'll discuss:
4. Podcast examples
A. "It sounds like you were a black sheep"
5. Jessica's Daily Affirmation to help us transition into independent research!
6. Open research time OR More Sample StoryCorps Podcasts (depends on time)
7. Share out findings to the whole class ("Whip-around")
MORE EXAMPLE STORYCORPS PODCASTS
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Humanities 11 Teacher at Animas High School