Final Challenge Work Time

Final Challenge Work Time

Wednesday 2/28/18 & Thursday 3/1/18


Today’s Objective(s): SWBAT

  1. Present a completed script and podcast in accordance with the requirements of the current challenge

Do Now – 0 minutes

  • Please just be prepared to jump into the work of completing your scripts and making your podcasts

LESSON – 50 minutes

These two days are all about you working in your groups to complete your challenge. The focus at this point is to complete your script drafts, get feedback on your drafts, refine your drafts (make changes based on that feedback) and, finally, to record your completed podcast.

Mrs. Anderson and I are available to help with whatever questions you have, but it’s critical that you stay focused and remain productively working on your challenge.

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.

Homework

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

Monday

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

Tuesday

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

Wednesday

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

Thursday

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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Sad But True Assessments

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.

Homework

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

Monday

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

Tuesday

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

Wednesday

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

Thursday

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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GQs & Podcast Structure

GQs & Podcast Structure

Monday 2/26/18


Today’s Objective(s): SWBAT

  1. Clearly identify the Guiding Questions they are responsible for answering as they complete their final challenge.
  2. Explain and use the appropriate podcast structure to complete their final challenge

Do Now – 0 minutes

  • Notebooks open to page 22/23 & pencils at the ready

LESSON – 45 minutes

As we discussed last Wednesday and Thursday, this week is devoted to project work time. As you should know, you’ll have the hour-long period each day in English to devote to this, during which you will have full access to your group-mates. You’ll also have the full hour-long period for Challenge to work on it, though you may or may not have access to your group-mates during that period.

As the objectives for today suggest, though, you do have 2 priorities. So, as a class, we’re going to spend a few minutes getting you up to speed on those priorities before I release you.

Guiding Questions
You’ll recall that last week we began brainstorming GQs for this final challenge. I’ve sifted through them, organized them and prioritized them, and I present the final list to you here. We’ll discuss the list briefly to ensure we’re all cool with it.

One of your responsibilities during this challenge will be to answer every single one of these questions…and possibly even ask some additional ones along the way. You’ll do this on pages 22 and 23 of your notebooks, as pictured below.

 

Podcast Structure
As we discussed when we listened to the American History Tellers episode, podcasts have a certain structure, and that structure varies based on the type of podcast you’re creating.

Since you’re creating an interview podcast episode, you’ll be using the following structure. Naturally, this is just a guide, and you should feel free to get creative with it so long as you adhere to the requirements of the challenge.

  1. Intro Theme Song
  2. Welcome/Introduction
  3. Announcements/Commercials (Extension…)
  4. Interview
  5. Final Comments/Conclusion
  6. Outro Music

Clarifying questions are encouraged, please ask if you’re uncertain.

Project Resources

Project Calendar

Of Mice and Men PDF

Guiding Questions

Challenge Checklist

Character Quotes

Universal Declaration of HR

Group Contract

Closing – 0 minutes

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

Homework

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

Monday

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

Tuesday

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

Wednesday

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

Thursday

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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Adobe Spark Tutorial Refresher

Adobe Spark Tutorial Refresher

Thursday 2/22/18


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
  3. Create an Adobe Spark video and use that tool to create their podcast

Do Now – 5 minutes

  • Notebooks & pencils at the ready
  • Jigsaw worksheet out
  • Computers out
  • Talk to your table group about what you thought of the PROCESS of filling out the jigsaw worksheet yesterday

LESSON – 55 minutes

Today is yours for work time. However, you do have three priorities:

  1. Please watch the below Adobe Spark tutorial (10 minutes), just as a refresher. You’ll use Adobe Spark to record your Podcasts
  2. Continue working on your Character/Quote Jigsaw
  3. Begin developing your scripts

Resources

Project Calendar

Of Mice and Men PDF

Character Quotes

Universal Declaration of HR

Closing – 0 minutes

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

Homework

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

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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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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