Character Quote Jigsaw

Character Quote Jigsaw

Wednesday 2/21/18


Today’s Objective(s): SWBAT

  1. Connect Characters from Of Mice and men to specific human rights issues based directly on textual evidence
  2. Identify human rights violations experienced by the 5 main characters

Do Now – 0 minutes

  • Notebooks & pencils at the ready
  • Be ready for instructions – we have lots to do and limited time

LESSON – 55 minutes

No time to waste today. As you’ll see if you’re in class, we are separated into 5 groups. Each group represents one of the available characters you have to choose from…

  • George
  • Lennie
  • Candy
  • Crooks
  • Curley’s Wife

Naturally, you’ll start at the table you’re currently sitting at, but you’ll have only 10 mins at each table, and when the buzzer goes off, you’ll move as a group to the next table.

Directions
At each table there will be a set of quotes. These quotes were either said by that table’s character or to/about that character. Your job, in your small groups, will be to read each quote, and discuss how that quote connects your character to one of the 30 human rights.

In *most* cases, I think you’ll find that the quotes connect the character to a human right in the sense that the character is being denied that right. But not always.

Here’s the thing…this isn’t easy work. It requires you to talk to your peers, and think critically about the quote. You may not have any idea what the quote even means, let alone how it connects your character to a human right, but that’s where the work comes in. Talk in your groups, offer up ideas and suggestions, give everyone’s ideas a fair consideration, and see what you can come up with.

Here’s the other thing…as usual, there’s no right or wrong here. I know that frustrates many of you, but my hope is that you begin to see it as a gift. And an opportunity. YOU GET TO DECIDE what’s right. And as long as you communicate clearly, and back up your claims with sound reasoning, you’re going to do well.

Ultimately, you’re trying to categorize as many quotes as you can at each table, such that you have them grouped into the human rights they connect your character to. For example, maybe 2 quotes connect to ‘Don’t Discriminate’, and 3 connect to ‘Food and Shelter for all’, and 2 connect to ‘Worker’s Rights’, and so on. You’ll organize the quotes into separate groups in that way.

The Jigsaw
The goal at each table, then, is to complete the ROW of the character whose table you’re at. By complete, I mean that you’ll write the quote (or as much of the quote as you can fit) in the box of the human right it connects to.

You may not get through all the quotes, and that’s fine, but do your best to stay productive and get through as many as you can. The more you get through, the better equipped you’ll be to make a good decision about which character you’re going to use in your podcast.

By the end of the period, you should leave with a completed Jigsaw table and have a much better sense as to how you’ll use textual evidence from the book to connect each of the main characters to specific human rights.

Resources

 

Project Calendar

Of Mice and Men PDF

Character Quotes

Universal Declaration of HR

Closing – 0 minutes

No closing today, we’re going to run out of time.

Homework

If you don’t feel like you got through enough of the quotes, you can continue to do this work for homework. The quotes, organized by character, can be found HERE…feel free to work with them and continue to fill in your jigsaw table.

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

Monday

No School

Tuesday

Introduce the new challenge

Wednesday

Jigsaw activity to help connect quotes/textual evidence from the book to specific human rights

Thursday

Adobe Spark video tutorial

Quote of the Week

“What kinda harm am I doin’ to you? Seems like they ain’t none of them cares how I gotta live. I tell you I ain’t used to livin’ like this. I coulda made somethin’ of myself. Maybe I will yet.”

Curley's Wife

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Sad But True – When Reality Interviews Fiction

Sad But True – When Reality Interviews Fiction

Tuesday 2/20/18


Today’s Objective(s): SWBAT

  1. Clearly describe the Engage phase of their new Challenge
  2. Develop key guiding questions to lead them through their investigation

Do Now – 5 minutes

  • Notebooks open to page 20-21
  • Pencils on desks
  • Take 30 seconds and read your “Eyes in the Sky” response to your table. Take turns and ensure everyone reads their response

LESSON – 50 minutes

Today begins our unit-ending Challenge. As previously discussed, this challenge is being done in conjunction with your English class’ end of unit (Of Mice and Men) project.

As such, we’ll be introducing the challenge today by reviewing the Engage phase and project flow, and then we’ll dig right into developing Guiding Questions for our investigation.

Your priority today is to make absolutely sure that you clearly understand what’s being asked of you in this challenge. The more specific challenge details will be covered in Mrs. Anderson’s class tomorrow, but today should provide you with a clear sense of the big picture. If you’re confused about that big picture, please stand up for yourself and ask the questions you need answered.

The tentative calendar for this challenge can be found HERE.

Closing – 5 minutes

Talk to your table group and explain what you understand this challenge to be about. Each person should take a turn talking.

Homework

No homework tonight. :)

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

Monday

No School

Tuesday

Introduce the new challenge

Wednesday

Jigsaw activity to help connect quotes/textual evidence from the book to specific human rights

Thursday

Adobe Spark video tutorial

Quote of the Week

“What kinda harm am I doin’ to you? Seems like they ain’t none of them cares how I gotta live. I tell you I ain’t used to livin’ like this. I coulda made somethin’ of myself. Maybe I will yet.”

Curley's Wife

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Eyes in the Sky

Eyes in the Sky

Thursday 2/15/18


Today’s Objective(s): SWBAT

  1. Engage in active listening to identify main ideas and supporting information to achieve in-depth understanding
  2. Apply their understanding of the 30 human rights to a novel (new/interesting) situation

Do Now – 5 minutes

  • Notebooks open to page 18-19
  • Pencils on desks
  • Prepare to listen to instructions

LESSON – 50 minutes

Today we’ll once again be spending the period listening to a podcastAn episodic series of digital audio or video files which a user can download and listen to. It is often available for subscription, so that new episodes are automatically downloaded via web syndication to the user's own local computer, mobile application, or portable media player., that is NOT about human rights. (Wikipedia).

But, like Tuesday, human rights issues are evident in the story you’ll hear. So, you’ll once again have an opportunity to…

  • Practice your active listening skills
  • Apply what you know about human rights to the real world

As you listen, naturally, you’ll be doing so to understand, in depth, the story being told. But you’ll also be listening for connections to the human rights.

You’ll be working on pages 18 and 19 or notebooks, and here is what you’ll be putting on each:

*NOTE: I’ve included a very text-heavy set of instructions, and then I added pictures as well, in case that’s helpful.

Page 18: 

TITLE: Radiolab: Eyes in the Sky – Notes

Below the title, you’ll be taking notes as you listen to the podcast. Specifically, please include things like

  • human rights issues
  • people’s names
  • places
  • dates
  • other key details you find interesting

Page 19: 

TITLE: Radiolab: Eyes in the Sky – Response

Below the title, you’ll be responding to the following prompt:

  • If the ‘Eyes in the Sky’ technology was being proposed for Vista, and it was something YOU got to vote on, how
    would you vote?
  • Fully explain your answer, using clear language & specific details. I need to be able to see your WHY.

Closing – 5 minutes

Share your response to the prompt with your table group.

Homework

Please respond to the Basecamp Message Board item titled “Homework: Thursday 2/15/18”.

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

Monday

Finishing up our HR Prioritization and previewing the week ahead.

Tuesday

Digging into some Cold War History by listening to a podcast, and applying our HR knowledge

Wednesday

We have a speaker coming – we’ll be meeting in the Library during period 2

Thursday

More podcast/history/human rights fun

Quote of the Week

“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can, and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”

Buddha

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Speaker: Sara Jacobs

Speaker: Sara Jacobs

Wednesday 2/14/18


Today’s Objective(s): SWBAT

  1. Engage in active listening
  2. Connect human rights to issues relevant to our community

Do Now – 0 minutes

  • Just be ready to listen actively. :)

LESSON – 50 minutes

Sara Jacobs will be speaking to us today. Some background on Ms. Jacobs is below, as is a link to her website…

“Sara Jacobs has dedicated her career to fighting for a fairer, more equitable world and finding innovative solutions to some of the most complex problems facing the most vulnerable people — at home and around the world. She’s running for Congress to bring a fresh approach to government, and close the opportunity gaps that exist in Southern California and across our nation.

An experienced policy-maker, Sara has served in key policy positions at the U.S. State Department under the Obama Administration, UNICEF, and the United Nations. She was also proud to use her expertise to serve as a foreign policy advisor to Secretary Hillary Clinton during her 2016 campaign for president.” (Sara Jacobs for CA)

Closing – 0 minutes

No closing activity today.

Homework

Sorry to disappoint you, but no homework today. :)

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

Monday
Finishing up our HR Prioritization and previewing the week ahead.
Tuesday
Digging into some Cold War History by listening to a podcast, and applying our HR knowledge
Wednesday
We have a speaker coming – we’ll be meeting in the Library during period 2
Thursday
More podcast/history/human rights fun

Quote of the Week

“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can, and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”

Buddha

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History and Human Rights

History and Human Rights

Tuesday 2/13/18


Today’s Objective(s): SWBAT

  1. Engage in active listening to identify main ideas and supporting information to achieve in-depth understanding
  2. Apply their understanding of the 30 human rights to a novel (new/interesting) situation

Do Now – 5 minutes

  • Notebooks open to page 16-17
  • Pencils on desks
  • Prepare to discuss last night’s homework

LESSON – 50 minutes

Today we’re going to spend the period listening…but not to me. :)  Instead, we’ll be using a history podcastAn episodic series of digital audio or video files which a user can download and listen to. It is often available for subscription, so that new episodes are automatically downloaded via web syndication to the user's own local computer, mobile application, or portable media player. to learn more about the time period in which the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was created. This is useful, naturally, simply for the historical background. (Wikipedia)

But it’s also an opportunity to…

  • Practice our active listening skills
  • Apply what we know about human rights to the real world

As you listen, naturally, you’ll be doing so to gain a better understanding of the time period. But you also have a very specific task to complete. Namely, you need to be listening for any mention of issues connected to the 30 human rights. And when you hear it, you’ll need to write down, in your notebook, two things:

  1. The human right it relates to (the title, like “Right to Life” or “No Slavery”)
  2. A brief description of the scenario being described that you think connects to this human right

So, to clarify, you’re identifying the human right – this is your claim. AND you’re providing evidence for your claim. And the evidence comes directly from the podcast audio.

EXAMPLE:
Right to Privacy
When the man comes to the house to talk to someone about his neighbor.

Freedom of Thought/Expression
In addition to a violation of privacy, when the man comes to talk about the neighbor, he’s doing so because he claims the neighbor THINKS a certain way about government (supports Communism) and EXPRESSES those thoughts by supporting certain groups. He should be free to do so.

Today’s Podcast

Closing – 5 minutes

Share with your table group all the human rights you identified. See who got the most…and if you are missing some that others identified, write them down in your notebook.

Homework

Please respond to the Basecamp Message Board item titled “Homework: Tuesday 2/13/18”.

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

Monday

Finishing up our HR Prioritization and previewing the week ahead.

Tuesday

Digging into some Cold War History by listening to a podcast, and applying our HR knowledge

Wednesday

We have a speaker coming – we’ll be meeting in the Library during period 2

Thursday

More podcast/history/human rights fun

Quote of the Week

“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can, and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”

Buddha

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