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1 The English Department Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet High School Nashville, Tennessee



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  In-service Planning: Discussion Categories  Teachers Practiced the Fishbowl

6 Why We Can’t Wait Questions Questions 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.



9 Materials:  Paper for notes  Your copy of Why We Can’t Wait with annotations  Pencil or pen  Hard surface to write on

10  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: 5105 5 494949 383838 272727 161616 Group Numbers Colors

11  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 Gym FloorUpper Level 1 2 3 5 4 6 9 10 7 8 Students join their number group, and sit in a circle: 2 2 10 4 4 8 8 5 5 1 1 6 6 5 5 4 4 4 4 9 9 7 7 1 1 8 8 2 2 3 3 5 5 9 9

13 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 Outer Circle: Provide questions and take notes Inner Circle: Discuss questions, Converse, listening and Responding. Red: 10 mins. Then switch Then Blue 10 mins And Then White, 10 mins

14 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 Just like this, but with morals.

16 Just cheat. No one will know! No! It’s wrong! Don’t undermine academic rigor!

17  Our 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:


19 Boom. (Support/Elaboration)


21  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?

22 Tennessee Writing Assessment Rubric Essay Score  Grade 14-16100 11-1392 8-1084 5-7 75 1-450

23  Personal Narrative Essay Prompt Same prompt for 9-12 Different Implementation  Student Accountability  Writing Diagnostic  Departmental Group Grading / Scoring Calibration  Aligned with CC Rubric Sweet stamp!

24  Kevin Edwards,  Rita Bullinger,  Damon Ray,  Jesse Tidyman,  Sue Gilmore, Interested in a hard copy? See Rita!

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