I think all teachers cringe when they hear “when I am ever going to use this again.” I like to believe the dumbfounded look combined with annoyance is part of a teacher’s DNA. I can’t help it. It is unnatural for me to respond any other way. Even though I think yesterday’s discussion of using primary source advertisements in the classroom is valid and important, I think a lot of students feel so detached from them because of their publication. But that doesn’t mean the skills are lost. It just means that, as teachers, we need to find current advertisements that connect thematically to the literature. Today we are celebrating Digital Literacy Day and suggesting online print ads that are much more striking and Read more
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While the GRE prompts and suggestions for this week are great for an AP English Language class because of the focus on argument, these prompts could also work really well when partnered with literature. The pool of “Analyze an Issue” prompts tend to work better when pairing with literature because of the nature of the prompts and the brevity of the statements. The beauty of these prompts is that they could be used at any point within a novel; however, I think they serve as an excellent way to introduce the text. Similar to what was stated yesterday, I struggle to write my own quality statements for anticipation guides; they tend to be generic and fairly short-sighted. Now I just use GRE prompts because they are complex enough to generate really meaningful discussion.
Consider using some of the suggestions on Tuesday and Wednesday to incorporate the below prompts as a form of an anticipation guide or use some of the suggestions from our week on anticipation guides. You could have the students thoroughly analyze or debate one of the below issues or compile multiple statements into for students to consider the extent to which they agree with each.
TEXTS WITH MAN v. SOCIETY CONFLICT-like The Great Gatsby, Grapes of Wrath, Pygmalion, and Crime and Punishment
- People’s behavior is largely determined by forces not of their own making.
- Claim: The best way to understand the character of a society is to examine the character of the men and women that the society chooses as its heroes or its role models. Reason: Heroes and role models reveal a society’s highest ideals.
- The increasingly rapid pace of life today causes more problems than it solves.
TEXTS WITH MAN v. SELF CONFLICT-like Death of a Salesman, Catcher in the Rye, Hamlet, and Lord of the Flies
- Unfortunately, in contemporary society, creating an appealing image has become more important than the reality or truth behind that image.
- As we acquire more knowledge, things do not become more comprehensible, but more complex and mysterious.
- It is primarily through our identification with social groups that we define ourselves.
- The luxuries and conveniences of contemporary life prevent people from developing into truly strong and independent individuals.
TEXTS WITH MAN V MAN CONFLICT-like The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, A Separate Peace, and To Kill a Mockingbird
- Claim: We can usually learn much more from people whose views we share than from those whose views contradict our own. Reason: Disagreement can cause stress and inhibit learning.
- In any situation, progress requires discussion among people who have contrasting points of view.
- Scandals are useful because they focus our attention on problems in ways that no speaker or reformer ever could.
TEXTS WITH POLITICAL UNDERCURRENTS: like All the King’s Men, Fahrenheit 451, Animal Farm, and Julius Caesar
- The well-being of a society is enhanced when many of its people question authority.
- Governments should not fund any scientific research whose consequences are unclear.
- Leaders are created by the demands that are placed on them.
- Claim: In any field—business, politics, education, government—those in power should step down after five years. Reason: The surest path to success for any enterprise is revitalization through new leadership.
- Some people believe that in order to be effective, political leaders must yield to public opinion and abandon principle for the sake of compromise. Others believe that the most essential quality of an effective leader is the ability to remain consistently committed to particular principles and objectives.
This is an alternative to the “Four Corners” activity, one where students are asked to move to four corners of the room if they “strongly agree,” “agree,” “disagree,” or “strongly disagree” with belief statements read aloud. Again, students are familiar with the format so, in an attempt to maintain the level of engagement but vary the approach, I turned the assignment into a gender analysis. Read more