Friday, April 20, 2012


Begin watching Waiting for Superman and take notes on Viewing Guide

HW: Finish revising Gatsby papers and begin reading/annotating/preparing Education essays.

Thursday, April 19, 2012


Get into groups and make decisions regarding Education Presentations
Begin reading each piece - for each one, select two quotations worth discussing and generate two discussion questions (Level II and III)
For your assigned reading, decide with your group members how you will lead us through this text using the Education Presentation handout

Gatsby paper revision activity - work on this independently
Gatsby drafts due Monday/Tuesday if you want comments; final drafts due Thursday or Friday of next week!

HW: Finish revising Gatsby papers and begin reading/annotating/preparing Education essays.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


Assign dates for Education Presentations
Education Readings:

For each day's readings, prepare by reading the piece, noting two quotations worth discussing, and generating two discussion questions (Level II and Level III questions). In addition, for your assigned day, meet with your group members and use the Education Presentation handout to guide how you will structure your lesson.

REMINDER: Monday is the CST for English/Language Arts and the second half of the EAP English assessment (remember that essay you wrote in mid-March?). PLEASE go to bed early Sunday night and eat a decent breakfast Monday morning. This matters!!!!

Introduction to Waiting for Superman: analyze film poster

HW: Print out all education articles from list above (you received Malcolm X in class today, and remember that the Barber piece and the Douglass piece are both in the McGraw-Hill Reader, but you will need to print out the others.) Note that the Prose, Talbot, and Baldwin pieces are all together in one link--clicking on any one of those titles above will give you a file containing all three essays as they appeared in the same anthology. Please see me or contact me via email if this is a hardship for you--I have a limited number of additional copies made, and you may print out the essays in my classroom provided you do so outside of class time. Begin reading and annotating your assigned article and/or the Kozol piece. Continue to draft Gatsby paper - bring draft to class tomorrow for style revision activity. FINAL DRAFT DUE NEXT WEEK!

Monday, April 16, 2012


Welcome Back! Hope everyone had a fantastic Spring Break!

Quick check: fundamentals for Gatsby papers

Introduction to Education Unit
Brainstorm reactions to RSA Animate of Sir Ken Robinson's talk--

HW: Continue to draft Gatsby papers. Full draft due Wednesday, 4/18.