It's Friday! Which means the least productive work day of the week! Let's spend some time at the beginning of class bonding over current events, expand our knowledge of domestic and global affairs, and overall become more informed and sophisticated humans.
Work Time Goals
WEEK 3 Daily Objectives
Starter: Deep Reading Survey
Please take the survey linked above to give us feedback on this assignment!
Ashley's Rationale about the next assignment!
This is actually a really key piece- it requires you to engage and interact with your sources at a deeper level, and it's something that former seniors have found hugely helpful once they enter into the writing process. If you do this well, you should have some pieces of analysis and evidence that you can pop right into your thesis when you are drafting. This is also a task that is key to academic research, and is likely something you are going to have to do at some point in college- I've talked to a number of alumni who have had to do this in college. As far as the number of sources, the more research you do, the more you know. Remember-- the goal of a writing assignment is the RESEARCH, not the actual writing. The downfall of much non-fiction writing is not having done enough research.
Daily Goal for Today: Find (and print!) at least two additional sources. Remember, these must be reputable and ideally of an academic nature or from a research institution/governmental organization, but do NOT have to be from academic journals. If you find these quickly, start reading and annotating them!
Find and print at least two additional sources.
Work Time: Deep Reading and Research
Goal: Finish deep reading packet (Due Tomorrow, start of class)
Starter: Independent work habits discussion
DEEP READING ASSIGNMENT Goal
Finish intertextuality paragraphs, start bibliography (Due start of class Tuesday, 1/28)
STARTER: How are you taking notes and keeping track of sources?
Etymology Time! "RESEARCH"
But first: Scope out the inspirational quote by Hungarian biochemist who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1937! He is credited with first isolating vitamin C and discovering the components and reactions of the citric acid cycle.
1590s, from Middle French recercher, from Old French recercher "seek out, search closely," from re-, intensive prefix (see re-), + cercher "to seek for," from Latin circare "go about, wander, traverse," in Late Latin "to wander hither and thither," from circus "circle"
Deep Reading work time!
Goal: Write 1 intertextuality paragraph (Forget what that is? Look at the Deep Reading guidelines on the senior project page and check out Lyle Bryson's example!)
By tomorrow: Make sure you’ve read/listened to the student-led seminar text! See homework page for this!
While we're at the library, first meet with your action project focus group if you requested that meeting time, then get to work achieving this week's objectives. See the suggested agenda (below) for guidelines on how to facilitate this meeting.
Work Time Goals:
ACTION PROJECT FOCUS GROUP Meeting Agenda (groups are linked here)
Meeting #1 Date/Time: Wednesday, 1/22 at the Durango Public Library
Announcements and Today's Goals
If you are planning on doing ANY fundraising for your senior project, you MUST follow this protocol!
STARTER: Set your intention for today's work time
FRAMING: The key to productive work time is to clear your head of all the "shoulds, woulds, coulds" that you brought into the work time space with you. Focus on the one or two things that you need to accomplish in THIS time. What is reasonable that you accomplish with regards to your research and senior project?
STARTER TASK: Set two goals for yourself today, ideally based off of the goals I listed in the starter. Try to make them as specific and concrete as possible. Then, estimate how much time each goal/task will take.
1. I will find an academic text on the effects of colonialism on Kenyan's system of education today. (15 minutes)
2. I will read and annotate the abstract and conclusion of that source (25 minutes)
3. Action Project: I will find and research two non-profit organizations that do work in Sub-Saharan Africa and email their program directors about potential partnership for my action project. (1 hour)
SPAM #1 Email (if you were gone on FRIDAY)
Work Time + Conferences
Starter: SPAM 1 Scheduling Email
Senior Project Conferences
Deep Reading and Research
Read and annotate your 3rd source
Check in…what’s the most interesting thing you’ve found in your research so far?
Research Question conferences, continued
Deep Reading and Research GOALS:
Finish deeply reading and annotating the 2nd source and find a 3rd source
Starter- Senior Project Advisor (SPA) Interest Survey
Please take the survey linked above to indicate who you'd like to work with for your thesis!
You do not have to have every source for the Deep Reading assignment come from the Durango Public Library Academic Database. They just need to be ACADEMIC sources.
See the second to last page of the Deep Reading Assignment for a breakdown of academic vs. non-academic sources.
Conferences with Ashley
Finish reading, annotating/notetaking on your first source.
Starter: Research Quote
Read the quote linked above. As you read it, make mental notes of sentences or ideas that strike or surprise you. When you are done reading, respond in writing to the following questions:
Review of Deadlines, etc.
For my own peace of mind, let's review deadlines, etc. (These can be found on the Senior Project page)
1. Have you a library card?
2. Next Wednesday, we'll meet at the library and you'll have 30 minutes or so to meet with your action project focus team if you so choose!
How to Read a Scholarly Article
Pull up ONE of the articles you found on the library database yesterday.
Deep Reading Assignment (the assignment link and student examples are on the Senior Project page!)
Start Your Research!
I suggest finding at least 2-3 articles to get you started before you start your deep reading. So spend today using the abstract and conclusion to sift through the articles you find.
Find at LEAST one good source from an academic journal or publication.
Starter: Independent Work Survey
Take the survey linked above! Make sure to click the "send me a copy of my results" button at the bottom of the page before you submit- we'll be coming back to these later! We'll review the results as a class, and then in pairs you'll discuss the following things:
Action Project Team Meet-up Sign-up AND Update Research Question/Project Document
Update the linked-document above with the following:
Info Dump: Review Deadlines, Honors, Expectations, etc.
Using the Library Database
Follow along with Ashley into the magical world of the Durango Public Library's academic database!
*Matt Hughes has a good screencast on how to do this as well. It is linked on the Senior Project page.
Find (but don't read) 3-5 potential sources that seem to be about your general topic. Have them bookmarked in the library folder so that you can easily access them at the start of class tomorrow. If you don't have these bookmarked, you'll be behind for tomorrow's class.
3rd and 4th Periods: Gallery Walk Prep
10:15-11:45: Get dialed for your gallery walk and complete more research/inspiration and/or do your CCwC reflection
11:45: Set-up the Commons
5th period: GALLERY WALK
6th period: Gallery Walk debrief
10 minute individual reflection
20 minutes all class discussion
Class Bonding- Game time!
Starter: Goal setting!
What are your work objectives for today? How long will each task take you? Do you need to conference with Kyle or another teacher? If so, sign up with Kyle or let him know who you need to conference with.
Work Time/Conferences/Site Visits/interviews
Humanities teacher at Animas High School