Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Tuesday, December 11th

Four Corners
  • Government surveillance is necessary to keep us safe.  You shouldn’t worry about it if you are not doing anything wrong. 
  • Torture is an appropriate way to gather intelligence as long as the prisoner does not die.
  • If the government can prove you were thinking about a crime, they should be able to arrest you.
  • We are living in a “post-factual world.”

What are some of the prominent themes you are seeing in this novel?  What textual evidence do you see for those themes?

Any questions about the vocab list?  Please ask me!

Here is a good overview of what you see in fascism:
The 14 Defining Characteristics Of Fascism
Go over the list and think about the subtleties.  In each case, what might we want instead to ensure continued democracy?

Carry on with your preparations for seminar. 
 It should be your goal to be close to done with the book by tomorrow, in preparation for your literature circle seminar coaching meeting.  (Do we need to push back?)

Possible extension to your seminar preparation:  Do further research on totalitarian and/or fascist regimes.  (Not because I told you to, but because you are curious...)  Any additional research and insight into other fascist regimes (both historical and fictional,) can only enhance and add to the quality of your seminar!

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Monday, December 10

Dearest students: 
Last week of first semester classes!  Today is a great day to tuck yourself away into your own thoughts and learning and get lots of work done.  Be productive and resourceful and calm and quiet.

1, If you haven't submitted your projects yet, please do so, as per Friday's guidelines.  I will be grading today, so it is very important that you do this piece.

2. If you haven't finished your reflection and DP update, those are also due TODAY.  DP update and Reflection assignment. Send me your DP LINK TODAY!

3. 1984!
Continue to read the novel and the accompanying readings with attention to the Seminar Prep assignment
There are hard copies of the additional readings on the table by the door if you would like to read and annotate them that way.
Electronic versions are linked to the seminar prep doc.

1984 Audiobook online
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Friday, December 7, 2018

Friday, December 7th

You guys make me proud!!!!! Last night filled my bucket:)

DP update and Reflection assignment

Project Submission and Self-Assessment (due Friday, December 7)

  1. Submit an annotated version of your project where you have used the bullet points of the rubric to demonstrate how your project meets the standards (or doesn’t).  For video projects, this “annotation” can be done on your script and/or by giving a detailed run-down of where in your video you have met the rubric standards.
  2. Include a copy of the rubric scored on parts A-D.  What grade do you deserve on this project?

Reflection (due Monday, December 10)-  
(Approx 750 Words, First Person)
  • Describe the project that you did and your experience at exhibition.
  • Now that you have looked at both sides more deeply, how and why has your perspective shifted?  
    • What do you now understand about your own values that you didn’t before?
    • What do you understand about the “other side’s” values that you didn’t before?
  • What have you learned about democracy after completing this project?
  • How have your political views changed as a result of this project?
  • What role could Rogerian rhetoric and/or a “willingness to be disturbed” play in a democratic society?

DP UPDATE (due Monday, December 10)

Post on your DP:
  • Title
  • Send me a link!

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Thursday, December 6th

Exhibition Day!!!  Let's get ready!

Be at the Fairgrounds by 5:15.  If you can get there a little bit earlier to help set up, I will be there at 5.  

Get your writing ready!  
Clever title, centered, bold, 14 pt font
Name under title, centered, 11 or 12 pt font
If you aren't exhibiting a formal piece of writing, please prepare a brief project description/artist statement to put in front of your digital project that has the aforementioned formatting for your title and your name.  Your project should still have a clever title even if it isn't writing!

Artists: BYO easel if necessary!

Digital artists: Bring a computer, charger, and headphones for your project to be consumed by your audience!

Seminar Practice!
Here are your groups!
1. Speed dating on the questions
2. Inner circle/Outer circle
Get meta...what order might the questions flow best?  What questions might be missing from the paper you all have.
3.  If you haven't done the prep, do that now!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Wednesday, December 5th

Exhibition Seminar Prep:
1. Re-read Willing to be Disturbed and Causes of Partisan Perception.  ANNOTATE for SEMINAR!!!!  Write your name on the paper!
2.  Choose at least 3 of the seminar questions (one from each section of the paper, but you can choose more!) to freewrite answers to on the back of the paper.
3. Come to class tomorrow ready to "practice" for seminar.  Do not plan on having tomorrow as a work day in class!  We will be printing, practicing and getting ready for exhibition, so please have your projects as complete as possible!

When you are finished with your seminar prep, you may have WORK TIME to finish up your projects.  If you are done, please continue to read 1984

Exhibition Groups

Monday, December 3, 2018

Mon-Tues, December 3rd /4th

Make it work, people!!!!

Where are you with the writing and the visual?

If your writing piece is still looking for structure, perhaps draft from here......

Rogerian argument 

Five Major Elements of Rogerian Argumentation

  • Defines your issue (or the essence of the issue) in a way that does not place blame or cast judgment
  • Frames issue as a shared concern or a problem to be solved rather than as a divisive issue
  • Includes an examination of what both sides might be able to agree on
  • Establishes common ground by asserting shared values and/or desired outcomes (THINK: What concerns, values, relevant goals do both sides share?)
  • Identifies the other side’s position in such a way that would satisfy someone who holds it
  • Uses fair and objective language and avoids ad hominem and straw man fallacies
  • Identifies your side’s position in a way that doesn’t insult or assert moral superiority
  • States how adopting (at least some parts of) your ideas would benefit all and serve the common good

  • Offers suggestion for compromise (or at least an exhortation for further dialogue)
  • Reasserts common ground and shared goals and points out how compromise would benefit all and meet the needs and concerns of other
  • The “THESIS” of a Rogerian argument often occurs at the end


Thursday, November 29, 2018

Thursday, November 29th

Starter (pair share):  What do you know about totalitarian/fascist regimes in human history and in the present?  What happens there (or doesn't happen there?) How do you think these regimes come to power and maintain that power?  How do you imagine the people living in these regimes feel about their government?

PAUSE:  Take a deep breath of beautiful democracy, kids!  The fact that we are having these critical learning experiences is a privilege.  Take it in.

Did you, too, O friend, suppose democracy was only for elections, for politics, and for a party name? I say democracy is only of use there that it may pass on and come to its flower and fruit in manners, in the highest forms of interaction between [people], and their beliefs -- in religion, literature, colleges and schools -- democracy in all public and private life...."
-Walt Whitman

Peer and Self Critique Protocols

In your groups, follow the steps to “tune” each other’s’ project ideas.  
Step 1:  Presenter shares draft and/or project plans.  Discuss your plans for both your written argument and your visual. Presenter should also share struggles and a focusing question on which the group should center the tune.  
Step 2.  Group members ask questions to better understand the project idea and where the presenter wants to take it.
  • How are you appealing to the values of the other side?
  • How are you establishing common ground?
  • What solution or resolution are you proposing?
  • How are you using pathos/ethos/logos?
  • How will your visual engage your audience?
  • Other questions?
Step 3.  Group has a discussion about the project, addressing the focusing question and sharing ideas.  Presenter should take notes during this phase.
Step 4.  Rotate and repeat

Annotate your draft.  Mark and answer the following.  Submit with Draft tonight by midnight with Self-Critique

1.  Highlight the place in the draft where you feel you have captured the thesis of your argument.  Using the comment function, label it SOLUTION or RESOLUTION or THESIS.  
2.  Mark 2-3 places in the draft where your research shows up.  In the comment field, explain how something in your research informed your rhetoric.  Specify which source if possible.
3. Mark a place in the draft where you are clearly addressing the values and/or best arguments of the other side.  
4. Label places where you have incorporated Aristotelian appeals (LOGOS/PATHOS/ETHOS).  Explain in the comments how and why you have chosen to incorporate them the way that you have.
5.  Answer the following in writing at the bottom of your draft:
a.  How are you attempting to establish common ground with  your audience?  
b.  How have you appealed to your audience’s values/beliefs/emotions?
c.  Comment on how the form, beauty, or force of your project impacts the rhetoric.  How does your genre allow you to achieve your goals?
1984 Audiobook online!