• An ID issued by the state of Colorado, like a license or a permit
OR, if you've never been given one,
• the last 4 digits of your Social Security Number
You can take a picture of your ID in preparation for the session, because you only need a number from the ID to register. If you need to use your SSN, ask your guardians for that information in advance
Turn in September Starters to Google Classroom!
Create a new document called "October Starters"
October Starter 1: Review Justice Key Terms handout
Lecture: Rawls' Justice as Fairness
Justice Monologue (rest of class!)
A World at School and partners brought together hundreds of young education advocates from around the world, including Malala Yousafzai, who made her first public speech since being attacked by the Taliban in Pakistan.
Finish your monologue! Be ready for rehearsing and refinement tomorrow.
Reminder: You’ll have ~40 minutes to rehearse and refine before delivering it in class tomorrow.
Announcement for Ashley’s pods
Justice Monologues #1 - Peer Coaching
Work time justice monologues
Use the powerpoint below to follow along with today's class!
Why did I teach "Law and Justice" by Howard Zinn?
As we embark on the "Justice Project" and study various philosophies of justice, the goal is to critically examine our current legal system and societal practices and decide what laws are just and what SHOULD our laws and social practices be to ensure justice. Howard Zinn argues that the first principle of education is to question every premise. And he argues in the essay that when laws are at odds with justice, we have an obligation to violate the law. So, I wanted us to have a common reading that lays out some arguments in support of that thesis and encourage you to think about the way things are now through the lens of justice. Is this the way it should be?
Why are we watching the film, True Justice?
This film explores one man's journey to achieve more justice within our criminal justice system. It explores how both the laws and the way the laws are enforced have led to inequality. It provides us with a good case study to apply the philosophies we're studying and specifically consider whether our criminal justice system is fair/just, and whether the death penalty is fair/just.
Group Discussion Questions for the movie - True Justice
Part 1: Answer the following questions as a group:
Part 2: Pick a group facilitator and read through the questions. Pick your top 3 and use the other questions as back up if you have more time.
Due Monday, 9/28: The Dalai Lama’s “Compassion as Justice”
Today's Learning Goals
Step 1: Watch the above linked CNN report on the Supreme Court case, Morse v. Frederick (2002) aka “Bong Hits For Jesus”
Step 2: In your starter doc, choose ONE of the following questions to answer:
Libertarianism and Rawls’ Justice as Fairness: PPT Lecture
True Justice Film Pre-Write
STARTER: Utilitarianism Pop Quiz!
* Go to the google classroom quiz assignment under "Coursework"
Senior Thesis Examples: Breakout Rooms
We'll get into breakout rooms of 5-6 students. Have the thesis you read yesterday pulled up in front of you.
FIRST, just check in with each other. On a scale of 1-5, how are you each doing? If someone isn't doing so well, spend some time checking in with them and providing support.
NEXT, turn your attention to the thesis papers you read last night. Discuss the following:
Debrief discussions; Ashley answers questions when possible.
Let's experiment with google meet breakout rooms:
EXIT TICKET-- Please write this as STARTER 11 in your starter docs:
Based on what you read last night, how prepared do you think you are as a writer to tackle your senior thesis? What areas are you confident in? Where will you need to grow as a writer this semester to find success in the spring with your thesis?
NOTE: If you need help check out my basic Writing Rubric for ideas of skills you’ll be assessed on this semester in your writing or think about what you struggled with while writing your college essay..
Read Howard Zinn’s “Law and Justice” (~27 pages total, REQUIRED pages include 397-414, 419-427, 434-435). Annotate and make sure you're able to answer the discussion questions so you're prepared for class on Thursday.
Today, we'll do the following to orient you to the reading:
Today's Learning Goals
STARTER 10: Soda Ban from today's powerpoint (located on slide #4- watch the video then answer the two questions)
Reminder on this great resource: Key Terms Vocab for Justice Project
Introduction to the Four Founding Philosophies: PPT Lecture
Note: this powerpoint is embedded at the bottom of today's post as well as linked above
Review this week's homework: See the "WEEKLY" tab under the "Lessons" tab on my DP.
Homework for TUESDAY, start of class-- Read 1 Example Senior Thesis!
For tomorrow's class, read one of the example Senior Theses linked on my Senior Project page and found below and do the following:
These are the finalists for the class of 2020- the best thesis award went to Willa Kopp-Deval
These are two finalists from class of 2019
These are all the finalists from the class of 2018- the best thesis award went to Claire Leffler, but it was a close call!
Here are some more:
STARTER: (10 minutes)
I’ll go over your feedback from the Hum 12 feedback survey and answer a few questions :)
Debrief of Week 1
ACADEMIC MINDSETS Seminar Prep (assigned in google classroom and hard copy available in class.)
WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?
The purpose of this is multi-fold:
1. To help each other better understand and make more meaning out of an academic journal article
2. To help you reflect on your own identity
3. To give me more insight into who you are and how you see yourself, especially as a learner.
4. To help you develop more metacognition and self-awareness as you reflect on areas of growth and strengths
5. To think about how to create a SWEET classroom culture!
LET’S GO OUTSIDE!
1. Peer coaching time
2. Seminar time!
Before the seminar....
Begin working on the homework: Self-Assessment and Seminar Reflection due Friday! (instructions are on the bottom of page 1 and onto page 2)
This 1939 map of Los Angeles ranks neighborhoods by desirability, as determined by the Home Owners’ Loan Corporation (HOLC). The scale from most to least desirable goes from green to blue to yellow to red. HOLC maps generally rated poorer or less white neighborhoods as less desirable.
Today's Learning Goals
Starter 7: What was your overall reaction to the podcast we listened to for homework? Just journal on your thoughts for 5 minutes. Here are some questions to spur your thinking:
Whole Class Homework Debrief
Transition to Metacognition and Academic Mindsets
Homework (Due by the beginning of class THURSDAY): Read and carefully annotate the assigned Academic Mindsets article. IT IS IN GOOGLE CLASSROOM.
Be prepared to be engaged in class discussions with your questions, and the relevancy of the article to yourself. Annotate for the following:
Today's Learning Goals
Starter 6: Exposure in the time of Covid-10
What has COVID exposed for you? What new awareness have you gained about yourself/others/our country/our world?
Debrief - pair share, and whole class share out
Justice Project Drop
Key Concepts Defined- Systemic Racism and Environmental Justice
We’ll watch two short videos. For each video, Take notes in your starter doc on a summary of the definition in your own words and be ready to share out.
Covid-Climate Justice Podcast Assignment
Discussion (3 breakout rooms): 10 minutes
Whole Class Debrief of Breakout Rooms’ Discussions
Spokesperson reports! Let’s all make sure we agree on the CONCLUSION/THESIS of this podcast
Two Hopeful Endings
These topics are not easy, they can bring up challenging emotions, and leave one feeling overwhelmed. But it is only through awareness that we can see the path toward something better, an opportunity to make change.
Message of hope: The Next Big Idea - Humankind
(9:25 - 14:00 for all - positive messages on humans during crisis) OR
(9:25 - 11:30 Humans during crisis/ 12:50-14:00 on COVID specifically)
Tim DeChristopher on Hope
And I’ll leave you with this excerpt from an interview between my literary crush, Terry Tempest Williams and environmental activist Tim DeChristopher:
TTW: But if it’s true...that there is no hope — then what’s the point?
TIM: Well there’s no hope in avoiding collapse. If you look at the worst-case consequences of climate change, those pretty much mean the collapse of our industrial civilization. But that doesn’t mean the end of everything. It means that we’re going to be living through the most rapid and intense period of change that humanity has ever faced. And that’s certainly not hopeless. It means we’re going to have to build another world in the ashes of this one. And it could very easily be a better world. I have a lot of hope in my generation’s ability to build a better world in the ashes of this one. And I have very little doubt that we’ll have to. The nice thing about that is that this culture hasn’t led to happiness anyway, it hasn’t satisfied our human needs. So there’s a lot of room for improvement.
TERRY: How has this experience — these past two years — changed you?
TIM: [Sighing.] It’s made me worry less.
TIM: It’s somewhat comforting knowing that things are going to fall apart, because it does give us that opportunity to drastically change things.
Starter 5: Survey Time! (Melissa, please take attendance and email to Christine)
Scene v. Analysis Workshop: Read this short handout to compare how one student refined his essay and reflect on:
**Melissa: please handout the 1-page rubric for them while they're working on the workshop!
Discuss Workshop Handout
PEER CRITIQUE PROCESS (and a reminder on conference schedule with me)
Pod 1 Groups:
Pod 2 Groups:
Step 1: Prepare for the peer critique
Step 2: Peer Critiques: Here is the protocol handout
Need more help with revisions?
EXIT TICKET: Rubric Self-Reflection
Turn in the hardcopy to the sub, please!
STARTER 4: Turn and talk
Writing a Great Conclusion Workshop
We’ll read about three strategies for ending your essay and then practice each one before getting some feedback from friends!
Work Time Goals
Work time, Conferences and Peer Critiques!
Vets- you are up for peer critique today! Please read the instructions in GREEN below and follow them for your peer critique.
Step 1: Prepare for the peer critique
Step 2: Peer Critiques-- Here is the protocol handout
Technical problems with video/audio for Zoom?
Starter 3: “I’ve been high before, but never that high”
Mini-Lesson: How to (and how NOT to) start your college essay: 9 Strategies
Imagine for a minute that you’re a college admissions counselor.
It’s 6:13 pm on Thursday and you’ve been reading essays for, oh, ever. The coffee has grown cold in your cup, your shoulders are cramping, and your attention span is non-existent.
Which of these opening paragraphs is more likely to make you sit up in your ergonomically correct office chair and take notice?
Merriam Webster defines music as “vocal or instrumental sounds (or both) combined in such a way as to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion,” but to me it’s always been so much more.
Bowing down to the porcelain god, I emptied the contents of my stomach. Foaming at the mouth, I was ready to pass out. My body couldn’t stop shaking as I gasped for air, and the room started spinning.
How to start a college essay and how NOT to
Ashley will start off reading and then randomly call on someone to read the next strategy.
Class Business and Week’s Deadlines
Breakout room support groups: I’ll put you into breakout rooms of mixed groups- 15 minutes
Watch the Pomodoro Method (7 minutes)
Who doesn’t struggle with procrastination, focus, productivity and generally feeling like you’ve squandered hours of your avoiding homework with snapchat, IG, or any other myriad of distractions? Well, we might all just be going about it the wrong way. This video outlines one effective strategy to overcome procrastination.
Write your college essay and try out the Pomodoro Method!
If you are stuck, check out the resources on the “Documents” page of my DP. Consider brainstorming, reading more sample essays, or just free write without any judgement or desire for it to be “perfect”.
Humanities teacher at Animas High School