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.”

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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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Finishing up our #1 Human Right

Finishing up our #1 Human Right

Monday 2/12/18


Today’s Objective(s): SWBAT

  1. Prioritize the 30 HR by identifying the HR they think is most important (Unit LTO)
  2. Communicate ideas effectively (Course LTO)
  3. Support ideas based on sound reasoning (Course LTO)

Do Now – 1 minutes

Please take out your notebooks and be prepared to get right to work on the HR prioritization activity.

LESSON – 40 minutes

Finish Prioritizing

You should have begun the prioritizing activity on Thursday, and it should now be safely taped into your notebooks. Please keep it there.

I’m giving you 20 minutes today to complete that work – it’s the last class-time you’ll have to do so. Please use it wisely.

Looking Ahead

We have a bit of an odd week, so I wanted to take the last few minutes of class to discuss it…to prepare you for what’s to come.

Tuesday:
We’ll be digging into a podcast to explore some history and begin applying our newfound knowledge about human rights.

Wednesday:
We have another guest speaker coming to the library. Most of us will meet there during period 2, from 8:30 – 9:00. As a result, your time in Challenge will be spent completing your English requirements, or getting caught up on any Notebook items you haven’t yet finished.

Thursday:
This will be another podcast day, continuing our exploration of Cold War history and human rights.


Next Week:
With just 3 days to work with, we’ll have a busy week. It will be the official beginning of your English-Challenge final project mash-up, and you’ll be completing that project on either 3/5 or 3/6 (so, it’s about 2 weeks long).

Closing – 3 minutes

Let’s get our Table of Contents filled out and up to date to start the week off on the right foot. :) We’ll do this together.

Homework

Please respond to the Basecamp Message Board item titled “Homework: Monday 2/12/18”.

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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Prioritizing Human Rights

Prioritizing Human Rights

Thursday 2/8/18


Today’s Objective(s): SWBAT

  1. Prioritize the 30 HR by identifying the HR they think is most important (Unit LTO)
  2. Communicate ideas effectively (Course LTO)
  3. Support ideas based on sound reasoning (Course LTO)

Do Now – 5 minutes

Please reflect on your homework from last night and be ready to share your thoughts in a class discussion.

LESSON – 50 minutes

Today’s work is about prioritization. Like so many things we learn about, the entire list of human rights (from the Universal Declaration of HR) can be overwhelming. Having the ability to prioritize among many things is important to our ability to both make meaning for ourselves as well as imagine how we might have an impact as individuals.

You’ll be working individually to complete the prioritizing activity, though you are welcome to talk with your peers as you do so, sharing your thoughts, asking questions, etc.

During this activity, you’ll be asked to consider 2 human rights at a time, and decide which one is more important. You’ll do this multiple times until the original list is cut in half, and then you’ll do it again with the remaining human rights. And again, and again, until you are left with the single human right that is most important to you.

Along the way, you’ll have to explain your choices. You’ll notice 6 of the boxes on the activity are numbered…for each of those decisions, you’ll provide a written explanation for WHY you chose what you chose. These explanations aren’t just ‘I think X is more important than Y’. We know that already…you chose X. What we need to know is why you chose it. As ever, precise language is critical, as is justifying your choice based on something personally relevant and meaningful.

We will go through an example together as a class.

Closing – 3 minutes

A few willing volunteers will read their number 1 human right, and share with the class why they chose what they chose.

Homework

Please respond to the Basecamp Message Board item titled “Homework: Thursday 2/8/18”.

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

Notebook setup

Tuesday

We have a speaker coming to talk about human right #25 (food and shelter for all)

Wednesday

Reflect on Tuesday’s speaker and intro the final 5 human rights (#26-30)

Thursday

We’ll work to prioritize the 30 HR to determine which we think is most important. By breaking something big (the UDHR) into something smaller, and more manageable, we’re better able to imagine how we might have an impact.

Quote of the Week

““What if each of us were motivated by curiosity instead <of doing the bare minimum>? Or generosity? Perhaps we could learn to see possibility instead of risk..”

Seth Godin

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Rights and Responsibilities

Rights and Responsibilities

Wednesday 2/7/18


Today’s Objective(s): SWBAT

  1. Identify the 30 Universal HR
  2. Articulate their individual responsibilities related to protecting HR for everyone

Do Now – 5 minutes

Please open your notebooks to page 12, write the heading, “Human Right #25 in San Diego” and respond to the following prompt:

Based on what you learned from Tuesday’s speaker, tell me what you know about San Diego’s challenges with Human Right #25

LESSON – 50 minutes

We’ll start today by exploring the final set of human rights from the UDHR.

Please skip a line after your response to the Do Now prompt, and write the heading, “Human RIghts’, then write #26-30, each on a separate line. I’ll read the article text for each, then we’ll watch the videos, and you’ll write down the short version of each on the appropriate line.

Now that we’ve finished up the last 5 rights, I want to hone in on 1 of them – #29: Responsibility. As we discussed yesterday at the end of the speaker’s presentation, NONE of these rights are guaranteed. They rely on individuals like you and me to step up and take responsibility for ensuring these rights are respected and upheld. For everyone.

Eleanor Roosevelt understood this, and said the following at the 1958 UN Commission on Human Rights:

“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any map of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person: the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere.”

What does this quote suggest about our connection to HR #29?

I came across the below video as I was researching this unit, and I think it’s worth watching a short clip (just the first 20 minutes) as we consider the concept of taking responsibility for these rights.

Please move to page 13, and write the heading, “Chicanos Video”. As you watch, keep the following questions in mind, and write answers to them as they are addressed in the film. Write these questions on your page, leaving 4 lines between each so you have room to write your answers, below the heading.

  1. Describe the population and political situation in Crystal City, TX during this time period.
  2. Who were ‘Los Cinco’, and what happened to them when they won their elections?
  3. What were the risks Mexican Americans faced who stood up for their rights?
  4. Why did cheerleading at Crystal City HS cause such a controversy?
  5. What did students and activists do to fix this injustice?

Closing – 0 minutes

Don’t think we’ll have time for a closing today. So sorry.

Homework

Please respond to the Basecamp Message Board item titled “Homework: Wednesday 2/7/18”.

Unit Objectives

  1. Identify the 30 HRs and articulate why human rights are important to them as individuals
  2. Order and explain the historical evolution of HRs using primary sources
  3. Identify historical and/or modern day examples of HRs violations
  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

Notebook setup

Tuesday

We have a speaker coming to talk about human right #25 (food and shelter for all)

Wednesday

Reflect on Tuesday’s speaker and intro the final 5 human rights (#26-30)

Thursday

We’ll work to prioritize the 30 HR to determine which we think is most important. By breaking something big (the UDHR) into something smaller, and more manageable, we’re better able to imagine how we might have an impact.

Quote of the Week

““What if each of us were motivated by curiosity instead <of doing the bare minimum>? Or generosity? Perhaps we could learn to see possibility instead of risk..”

Seth Godin

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Notebook Setup Day

Notebook Setup Day

Monday 2/5/18


Today’s Objective(s): SWBAT

  1. Maintain organization of their evidence of learning

Do Now – 1 minute

Completely clear your desk except for something to write with.

LESSON – 40 minutes

Today we will spend the entire period working as a class to set up our notebooks. Please do not work ahead, or write anything in your notebooks unless or until I instruct you to do so.

These notebooks are going to serve as vital learning tools as we move through the rest of the year. But to do so, they need to be set up properly, and used as intended. We’ll go over exactly how to set up and use these notebooks, beginning today.

From this day forward, we’ll use these notebooks daily (with a few exceptions), but again, only as instructed. And in so doing, we’ll develop the habits  and routines critical to effective learning.

Closing – 2 minutes

Pair up with one other person at your table and recite to him/her human rights #19-25. Switch and listen to your partner do the same.

Homework

Respond to the Basecamp Message Board item titled “Homework: Monday 2/5/18.

Unit Objectives

  1. Identify the 30 HRs and articulate why human rights are important to them as individuals
  2. Order and explain the historical evolution of HRs using primary sources
  3. Identify historical and/or modern day examples of HRs violations
  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

Notebook setup

Tuesday

We have a speaker coming to talk about human right #25 (food and shelter for all)

Wednesday

Reflect on Tuesday’s speaker and intro the final 5 human rights (#26-30)

Thursday

TBD

Quote of the Week

““What if each of us were motivated by curiosity instead <of doing the bare minimum>? Or generosity? Perhaps we could learn to see possibility instead of risk..”

Seth Godin

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