Sad But True Assessments

Tuesday 2/27/18

Today’s Objective(s): SWBAT

  1. Explain exactly what will be assessed on this project by Challenge and how they can achieve the performance they desire

Do Now – 0 minutes

  • Please just be prepared to listen for 5-10 minutes, and then get straight to work

LESSON – 5-10 minutes

A quick summary of the things you’ll be assessed for by me, in the Challenge class, on this final project.

Guiding Questions/Answers
On Monday you taped a list of GQs onto page 22 of your notebooks. The expectation is that you answer all of these questions thoroughly. And just to remind you, ‘thoroughly’ means that you use precise language, and explain yourself fully. If you do that for all the questions on that sheet, you’ll likely score a 3.

If you’d like to score above a 3 on that portion, you’ll need to add a significant number of your own GQs to that sheet, and proceed to answer them in the same thorough way. And these questions need to be meaningful questions, not just space-fillers. That is, they must be questions that, once answered, meaningfully improve your ability to complete your challenge.

Empathy and Human Rights
Obviously, this project is heavy on “Of Mice and Men” – that’s by design. But it’s also about your ability to see the world through another person’s eyes. And, of course, human rights.

I’ll be looking to see how well you apply what you know about human rights by drawing meaningful connections between the characters and story of the book to real life human rights issues. Naturally, these connections should not be random – that’s where empathy comes in. You’ll need to show that you understand your character(s) well enough that your treatment of the human right(s) you choose to interview about is appropriate.

Overall Product Quality
As we’ve discussed throughout the year, when we are doing project work and delivering a final product for assessment, a focus on producing high quality work is critical. A high quality final product for this project will have the following characteristics:

  • A well produced podcast that flows nicely
  • All required and optional structural elements are present and appropriate
  • Both the host and guest (interviewer and interviewee) take their roles seriously and perform flawlessly (of course mistakes will be made, but you have the time and ability to re-record segments to ensure they are done well)


Project Resources

Project Calendar

Of Mice and Men PDF

Guiding Questions

Challenge Checklist

Character Quotes

Universal Declaration of HR

Group Contract

Adobe Spark

Closing – 0 minutes

On work days like this we don’t have closing activities.


For the duration of this challenge, your only homework is to do whatever work you need to do to in order to produce meaningful, high quality work.

Pro Tip…do the work. 15 or 20 minutes a night could easily be the difference between D level work and A level work.

Unit Objectives

  1. Identify the 30 human rights, prioritize among these rights, and articulate why human rights are important to them as individuals
  2. Apply understanding of human rights to new situations
  3. Demonstrate the ability to see the world from another person’s perspective
  4. Synthesize understanding about existing HRs, and about HRs issues in our community to develop new, relevant ideas that connect to our community

This Week’s Agenda


Today is a workday, but we have 2 key priorities around Guiding Questions and Podcast Structure


Another work day, with another priority…specifically, getting clear about what is expected on your character and human right(s) justification


Work day with a focus on finishing drafts and/or refining work based on peer feedback


Work day dedicated to refining scripts and creating your podcast

Quote of the Week

“The time as we know it subjectively is often the chronology that stories and novels follow: it is the continuous thread of revelation.”

Eudora Welty


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