Expected topic: a significant contemporary issue illuminated by Shelley’s novel?
Instructions: adapt an idea from your Frankenstein essay for this first blog post. Your audience for this post is wider than that for the essay. In other words, you are writing for the general public–about a significant contemporary issue. You are leaving the land of literary analysis, and entering the region of social and cultural commentary. Decide which idea you want to express. Then decide how to adapt the expression for blog post. (Keep in mind the general idea behind this blog. The phrase “lit matters” captures this idea. In other words, the literature we study examines aspects of the human condition–aspects that we still experience today.) The goal of this post is to express your idea as clearly as possible, while making the case that this idea somehow matters.
Ideally, include an image with your post–an image that reflects your idea, either literally or figuratively.
learning goal: what does it mean to think like ___________________ ?
in grps: play guessing game by listing brainstormed items from side 2 of your think-like-a-mathematician sheet (5′)
also in grps: have a conversation about mb post (15′)
whole class: report out from groups (5-10′)
individually: leave thoughtful, respectful comment on mb post (15′)
whole class: start PROOF (with time left)
email today from Mr. Barton:
I’ve been reading Moving the Rock – Seven Levers We Can Press to Transform Education by Grant Lichtman. I was struck by a passage in the book that I want to pass on to you simply as food for thought and dialogue.
If there is a single fatal symptom in the flawed system of traditional education it is the lack of relevance that students feel for the reason behind what they are doing for all of those hours, days, and years at school….
Head of School
Once you have submitted your revised assignment to TURNITIN, return the approved rubric to me, as a signal for me to assess the new version.
SPECIAL NOTE: YOU ARE ELIGIBLE TO REVISE A SECOND ASSIGNMENT ONLY AFTER HAVING COMPLETED THE FIRST REVISION. A REVISION IS COMPLETE, ONCE YOU HAVE RETURNED THE ANNOTATED RUBRIC.
By start of Wednesday’s class, email a functional URL for your blog, and have in hand your own copy of David Auburn’s play, Proof.
Also, on back of brainstorming sheet, fill in blank for one column on back of sheet. Brainstorm what it means to think like that kind of person. For example, to think like a violinist means . . . . Have this sheet ready at start of class.
learning goal: what does it mean to think like a mathematician?
proof sheet in small groups (individual, group, interview)
blog URLS for those without functional links–due by Wed class (October post due by All Hallows Eve–i.e., end of month)
By Wednesday’s class, email a functional URL for your blog to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
learning goal: how does audience affect how you phrase your ideas about a significant contemporary issue illuminated by Shelley’s novel?
instructions for making, or re-making, individual blogs on wordpress (lit matters)
transplant a cutting from your F essay into this new soil
All of class time is devoted to people’s reviewing feedback, revising accordingly, and submitting the revised essay.
If you received later feedback from me, have been sick, or otherwise need a deadline beyond today, explain your circumstances so we can agree on an alternate date. Thank you.
. . . unless you and I have agreed on a different deadline.
Everyone can count on the full class period to complete the revised essay.