Monday, October 16, 2017

Monday, October 16

Starter (on scratch paper):  
Name
What is your project topic?
Frame your project topic as a two-sided (yes or no) question.
What is your perspective/bias on this topic?
Who might you interview that believes differently than you do?  (Please indicate if you have no one in mind and might need my help in lining up an interview.)



EXHIBITION ANNOUNCEMENT
Thursday, November 9, 5:30-7:30 (Be there at 5)
Fort Lewis College Student Union
Lobby: Project Display
La Plata Room: Socratic Seminar
WHO WANTS TO HELP WITH EXHIBITION PREP?  See me this week!



THIS WEEK
Personal Essay (due Friday)
Conservative and Liberal Panels (Tuesday and Thursday)
Empathy Interviews and Research (click here for notes template)



1. WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO TAKE ELIZABETH LESSER’S ADVICE?


2. In partners or small groups:  Brainstorm questions for panels and empathy interviews
Make a T-chart.  Add your questions to our shared doc when finished.


Questions for Liberals
Questions for Conservatives




3. Individually:  Brainstorm questions for your own empathy interviews.  Show me your list for feedback!



Student Led Conferences!
Speaking of empathy interviews, SLC’s are Wednesday!  The format is an empathy interview with your parents:)  Preview the SLC here.  Here is the Parent Link Agreement. We will talk more about this tomorrow and Wednesday.  If you are not signed up for an SLC, rectify that ASAP!  Steve is in charge of the master schedule if you have questions.


WORK TIME
Personal Essay (due Friday)
Empathy Interviews and Research (click here for notes template)



PROJECT DUE DATES
Topic Choice: Monday, October 16
Part 1 Personal Connection Narrative: Friday, October 20
Part 2 Research Notes and Empathy Interviews: done by Friday, October 27
Part 3 Draft for Peer Critique: Tuesday, October 30 (start of class)
Part 3 Draft to Jessica for Feedback:  Thursday, November 2 (by midnight)

Project Final: November 9 Fort Lewis College Student Union

Friday, October 13, 2017

Friday, October 13

No starter!  Announcement from STAC, Student ID’s
Review and share with me:  Where do the parties stand on the issues?


ACTIVITY: What would a liberal/conservative say about _______________?
  • Line-up in two even lines (one liberal, one conservative).  You shouldn’t necessarily be in the line that you yourself agree with (although many of you will be).
  • Review issues from T-chart, taking turns making points and counterpoints on each issue.
  • What are the moral frameworks driving the viewpoint
  • What questions do we have?


Work Time
  1. CHOOSE TOPIC!!!  (By Monday at the latest)
  2. Begin Part 1: Personal Narrative (due next Friday)

PROJECT DUE DATES
Topic Choice: Monday, October 16
Part 1 Personal Connection Narrative: Friday, October 20
Part 2 Research Notes and Empathy Interviews: done by Friday, October 27
Part 3 Draft for Peer Critique: Tuesday, October 30 (start of class)
Part 3 Draft to Jessica for Feedback:  Thursday, November 2 (by midnight)
Project Final: November 9 (exhibition tentative date)

Topic Choice:  Framing the Binary, Choosing Sides

In the spirit of deconstruction, we will work with two-sided issues that appear to be in binary opposition; (in order to find shades of gray, you must first start with black and white).  You may choose one of the yes/no controversial questions from the procon.org website, from Intelligence Squared debates, or you may choose your own “left v. right” issue--with my approval--that you glean from the political climate. Your main issue must be framed as a binary (yes/no question) and involve a clash of ideology or value systems (ie. differing assumptions about what America means and/or what is best for her).
Part 1 – Your connection to the topic. (PERSONAL ESSAY: 750ish Words)
Thesis Generator: How have you come to hold your opinion on your topic? What people have you known or life experiences have you had that have shaped your perspective on your topic? What values and American ideals underlie your perspective on the topic?
    • You do not need outside sources for this section unless you have already been personally shaped by one.  Your evidence should come from your personal experience.
    • Be creative and narrative with this part!

Read through the Rubric and Student Models for Part 1 to get a sense of what this assignment can look like.  Please bring your own personal voice to this portion of the project!  

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Tuesday October 10

Starter 10.10:  Knowing what you know about liberals and conservatives, what do you think are the moral values driving each side of the political aisle?


The Moral Roots of Liberals and Conservatives (TED Talk, Jonathan Haidt 2008)
  • During the talk, jot down 3-5 interesting insights, quotes, questions, or new ideas that make you think.


GROUP WORK
Work in groups to answer the following.  Be prepared to share your group’s thoughts with the whole class.
  1. Share the thoughts that you wrote down during the talk with each other.
  2. What questions/confusions did you have?
  3. What is the advice that Haidt gives us at the end of his talk that is applicable to the project?
  4. How do we see Haidt’s ideas about the moral values manifest on both sides of the issues?  Use the frameworks (harm/care, fairness/reciprocity, in-group/loyalty, authority/respect, purity/sanctity) and any other ideas from the talk to explain the issue through the lens of moral psychology.  
    • Group 1:  Immigration
    • Group 2:  Same-Sex Marriage (and/or religious liberty)
    • Group 3:  Criminal Justice
    • Group 4:  Gun control/Gun rights
    • Group 5:  Foreign policy/National Security


Journal 10.10:  How can this knowledge help us better understand people who are ideologically different than we are?  How could it help us find compromise in US politics?


WORK TIME
Where do the parties stand? (due Friday)
Choose your topic!  Brainstorm Part 1 (see project description, page 2).  Topic Brainstorm

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Monday, October 9

Starter (in pairs, on the whiteboards):   What does it mean to be liberal in America?  What does it mean to be conservative?  Establish some basic definitions or draw a T-chart describing the ideology of each.  (Don’t get bogged down in specific issues, but rather try to DEFINE each to the best of your ability.)

TURN IN SEMINAR REFLECTION AND SEMINAR PREP DOCUMENT!

MINI-LESSON:  The Political Compass


ACTIVITY:  Political Compass Quiz:  As you work through the quiz, ask me clarifying questions!!!
Journal 10.9:  How did adding the four quadrants add to your understanding of your own political ideology? Did you find anything surprising or did it confirm what you already knew about your political identity?  Explain.
–OR—

How did the quiz add to your understanding of American politics?  Explain.





WORK TIME

  • Where do the Parties Stand on the Issues?
  • Think about your topic? Here is the brainstorm we compiled on Friday. If you have ideas to add, put them in the comments and I will add them.
  • Jessica needs an exhibition consult! Anyone have a few minutes to chat about the vision for exhibition?

Friday, October 6, 2017

Friday, October 6

Where do you stand ideologically?  



Starter/Journal 10.6:  Where do you believe you are on the American political spectrum?  Where do you think your political ideology comes from?  What values is it rooted in?



Brainstorm in pairs: What are some topics/political issues that you could study for this project?  (REVIEW “Topic Choice: Framing the Binary, Choosing Sides” on your project description)  The https://www.procon.org/ website might be helpful to check out at this point.  You don’t have to choose your topic until next week, but let’s get a good list started!  (Does someone want to scribe our brainstorm and send it to me?)




Take the quiz and explore the I Side With website.
Click on “Other Stances” for more nuanced results
After Quiz:  Add to your starter/journal.  What were your results?  Did you learn anything new about your own ideology?



Where do the parties stand on the issues?
Make a copy of this document, or ask for a hard copy.  Try to fill out the T-chart to the best of your ability.  Work in groups if you like, but keep your own notes.  Due next Friday, October 13.  



WORK TIME
Seminar Reflection due Monday
Work on Where do the parties stand on the issues?

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Thursday, October 5

Starter 10.5:  America loves Satire!!! Watch this video and respond:  What liberal and conservative perspectives are being spoofed in this video?  Give at least one example of each and explain the perspective that is being satirized.



The Questions
What do liberals believe/value?
What do conservatives believe/value?



Let’s revisit the bigger picture:  PROJECT DESCRIPTION
  • Exhibition:  The vision can belong to all of us!
  • What questions do we have?



Brainstorm in pairs: What are some topics/political issues that you could study for this project?  (REVIEW “Topic Choice: Framing the Binary, Choosing Sides”)  You don’t have to choose yours until next week, but let’s get a good list started!



WORK TIME:
1. Finish Quiz
2. Work on Seminar Reflection
3. If you are finished with both, begin tomorrow’s assignment. (BELOW)


Where do the parties stand on the issues?

Make a copy of this document, or ask for a hard copy.  Try to fill out the T-chart to the best of your ability.  Work in groups if you like, but keep your own notes.  Due Wednesday, October 11.  We will have some work time for this tomorrow and Monday as well.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Wednesday, October 4

(NON) QUIZ:)