3 Why an all-school summer read Why an all-school summer read? Kevin Edwards, English II Honors, English IV Honors, and AP Literature
4 Assignment given in spring 2013: Why We Can’t Wait (All-High School Read)The first few weeks of class will be devoted to the study of the summer reading selection.Be an active reader :take notes (highlighting or underlining important parts, writing notes in the margins or on the front and end covers) on the books as you read to help you remember important parts.Note how Dr. King uses rhetorical devices like imagery, allusion, tone, and diction to articulate the need to end segregation in Birmingham specifically and the South more broadly.You are responsible for the reading and creating meaning from it.Testing on the books will begin the second day of school.
5 Teacher Preparation Rita Bullinger, English II and III Honors In-service Planning: Discussion CategoriesTeachers Practiced the Fishbowl
6 Why We Can’t Wait Questions How did we prepare our students for the fishbowl discussion? Rita Bullinger, English II and III HonorsWhy We Can’t Wait QuestionsQuestions should come from levels IV-VI of Bloom’s Taxonomy(applying, analyzing, and evaluating)Text Analysis: structure, allusion, appeals, imagery, language/diction, symbolism, tone, style, author’s purpose, point of view, etc.History & Culture: Legacy of the South and Pearl HS, race, class, gender, sexual preference, etc.Community & Justice: all people’s struggle, nonviolent direct action, powerless can fight now, facing down power, bending towards justice, MLK’s “beloved community,” etc.
8 How did we handle the logistics? Damon Ray, English II Honors
9 How did we handle the logistics? Damon Ray, English II Honors Materials:Paper for notesYour copy of Why We Can’t Wait with annotationsPencil or penHard surface to write on
10 In-Class: Assignments First, students were assigned their discussion group numbers (1-10), and a color (Red/White/Blue) for their inner-circle round. See numbered class below:51049382716GroupNumbersColors
11 Regularity Issues Of course, not every class has exactly 30 students. Want to mix it up? Switch up the directions of the coloring/numbering.Have the kids draw the color out of a hat! Or box!Chances are, your own class won’t be as regularly distributed as the sample chart.
12 To the Gym! 9-12 English Classes Gym FloorUpper LevelStudents jointheir number group, and sit in a circle:3443799252810581042816561101541097
13 Discussion Dynamics: Enter the Circle Outer Circle:Provide questionsand take notesOuter Circle1111Red: 10 mins.Then switchThen Blue10 minsAnd ThenWhite, 10 mins11111Inner Circle1111Inner Circle:Discuss questions,Converse, listening andResponding.1111
14 Why a common written assessment? Jesse Tidyman, English I Honors In “the long struggle for justice, freedom and human dignity” of the Civil Rights Movement as seen close up in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963, Dr. King remarks that “once on a summer day, a dream came true. The city of Birmingham discovered a conscience” (King 132).Was there ever a time you discovered your conscience? For what or for whom (on whose behalf) did you realize you could no longer wait?What event, belief, or person did you know, in your heart and in your soul, you had to fight for?[This event did not have to have actually spurred you to act, but it has forced you now, looking back, to see that you could have or ought to have stood up and spoken out, or taken some sort of action.]Identify that situation and write a well-developed essay explaining what happened, why your conscience was pricked, and what you thought, said, or did (or wish you had done).You have 40 minutes.
15 What is a Conscience?Just like this, but with morals.
16 How Can We Feel It? No! It’s wrong! Don’t undermine Just cheat. No one academic rigor!Just cheat. No onewill know!
17 Working With EssaysOur Department set aside time to score the essays together afterschool.But with 140+ essays each, we needed a way to speed things up.We needed a time-saving stamp:
21 The Grind Bringing stacks of pre-stamped student essays, we met. Rita, with help from Christi, established anchor papers for reference.We sat and scored together!But…how do you put a 12 in the gradebook?
23 Wrap-Up: Common Written Assessment Personal Narrative Essay PromptSame prompt for 9-12Different ImplementationStudent AccountabilityWriting DiagnosticDepartmental Group Grading / Scoring CalibrationAligned with CC RubricSweet stamp!
24 Interested in a hard copy? Contact UsKevin Edwards,Rita Bullinger,Damon Ray,Jesse Tidyman,Sue Gilmore,Interested in a hard copy?See Rita!