Friday, January 29, 2016


finish Escalating Questions: Neil Postman's "Order in the Classroom" starting at slide 8

Complete one-page conversation on paper in class (slide 10 of Escalating Questions) and submit at the end of the period.

HW: Read, annotate, and add to your tree map for The Pact, chapters 11, 12, 13 “Rap,” “Lovesick,” and “Access Med” for Monday. Be prepared to discuss: do their challenges increase and intensify in these chapters?

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Wednesday, January 27, 2016


Partner-share: Share your FATT claim and position/thesis with a partner
Cold-call students to share FATT claim and position/thesis (while...ultimately...because...and) for Sir Ken Robinson's lecture, "Changing Education Paradigms"
Read, annotate, reread, funnel "Order in the Classroom" by Neil Postman and be ready to discuss tomorrow!

HW: Finish reading, annotating, re-reading, and funneling "Order in the Classroom" by Neil Postman

Tuesday, January 26, 2016


Finish watching "Changing Education Paradigms," lecture by Sir Ken Robinson, and discuss
1) What ideas are worth exploring?
2) What are you skeptical about or what needs more research?
3) What is Sir Ken Robinson's major claim? Write a FATT claim statement.
4) To what extent do you agree with his claim? Write a thesis/position using "While, ultimately...because...and" and give two reasons to support your thinking.

HW: Be prepared to share your FATT claim and thesis/position in class tomorrow!

Monday, January 25, 2016


TW: Rhetorical analysis (Kelley)
Use rhetorical analysis FLT sheet and flow chart to assist you, as well as your sample paragraphs and notes on the Stewart and Downe prompts.

HW: Be ready to turn in your paragraphs on the Stewart and Downe prompts later this week. Continue reading and annotating/updating your tree map for The Pact, "Earth Angel," "A Different World," and "Rameck on Giving Back"

Friday, January 22, 2016


Reading Quiz over chapters 1-7 of The Pact on Socrative Student

Take notes and watch "Changing Education Paradigms," animated lecture by Sir Ken Robinson

Discuss: What is his focus/claim?
What is worth researching further?
What ideas are worth discussing?

HW: Read "George on Peer Pressure" and "Summer Odyssey," the next two chapters in The Pact.

Thursday, January 21, 2016


Class discussion: add to tree maps, discuss opening chapters of The Pact in preparation for tomorrow's reading quiz (can use tree map on tomorrow's quiz!)

HW: Read (or reread) through chapter 7 of The Pact and add to your tree map. Quiz tomorrow! Come in for extra help with timed rhetorical analysis essays if needed before Monday's timed essay.

Friday, January 15, 2016

AGENDA 1/15-1/20

First, write a challenge affecting k-12 public education on each of your four post-it notes
Then, in groups of 4-5, share your post-its round-robin style, one at a time,
Next, categorize your notes in a tree map
Create tree maps: problems affecting K-12 education (see sample #1 and sample #2) and present to class

Share out: what did this activity help you realize about challenges in K-12 education? What did you get from your group members or other groups that you didn’t think of on your own?

Read10 Major Challenges Facing Public Schools” by Grace Chen. Students should read silently, annotate for understanding, re-read, and funnel this blog post. Then, with a sharing partner, discuss annotations and funneling. What overlaps did they notice with their tree maps?

Class discussion over Chen’s blog post. Of the ten challenges Chen mentions, which ones do students think are most important? What challenge would be most important for a third-grader? For a parent? For a politician trying to get elected on improving America’s schools? For a middle school teacher? How does the point of view change the importance of each challenge Chen notes?

Create tree map to help you organize your thinking as you read The Pact
Annotate as you read on your tree maps and/or with post-its and continue to note unfamiliar vocabulary, important ideas, questions you have. Read “Dreaming Big,” “Home,” and “Ma” and annotate/note on your tree maps as you read.

HW: Continue reading and annotating The Pact, “Common Ground,” “Caged,” “A Big Break,” and “Hope,” and add to your tree maps.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016


Review steps for timed rhetorical analysis essay in groups of 4 - write steps on individual post-its, then view another group's work and write check marks next to any similar steps to validate their thinking.

Flow Map we made of steps for Rhetorical Analysis Essay

HW: Independent reading - 500 pages by 2/15