Language Arts/Writing classes will work on (7.SL.1) & (7.SL.5) common core speaking/listening standards with a view & respond about the Michael Dunn/Jordan Davis case. The view & respond will be an article via CNN, “Michael Dunn convicted of attempted murder; hung jury on murder in ‘loud music’ trial.” While reading this news story, students will be actively reading by writing down the 5W’s (who, what, where, when, and why. That handout can be viewed [here]. The class will then move to the viewing portion by watching this video via ABC News [here]. Students will be prompted to actively watch by using the 5W’s (who, what, where, when, and why). The classroom will then open up for discussion. Students will use their 5W’s observations to help guide this discussion.
This is a very serious topic. That being said, I believe the students will handle this accordingly as my students have done in the past. One of my main objectives with this type of view and respond is to engage, effectively, in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) on topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own point(s) of views clearly. I hope to reach that outcome through the multimedia source presented as well as the news story that will be handout with guided prompts for the students. Continue reading →
With the world now at our fingertips, how much technology is too much? Our Language Arts/Writing class will be exploring that question via Common Core speaking/listening standards, (7.SL.1) & (7.SL.5), with this viral video about how we forget how to unplug from time to time. I will begin the class with a bell work prompt, how many minutes and/or hours a day do you spend on your phone or other electronic gadgets? We will continue by viewing the viral video, I Forgot My Phone [here]. Students will then proceed to have initial discussion led by teacher guided questions. Once the discussion is complete, students will then move to a handout [here]. The handout is a newspaper article via the Washington Post: President Obama snaps a selfie at Mandela’s memorial service. The overall goal isn’t to be judgmental, but it’s to get students to understand a need, including myself, to unplug and reconnect to reality from time to time. Hopefully, this video along with other activities will spark a dialogue about whether they should unplug or not… Continue reading →
In the spirit of the holiday season being upon us, I decided to do a view and respond about Black Friday. In case you’re unaware of what Black Friday exactly is, please read the following snippet: “Black Friday is the Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, often regarded as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season.” We began the class with a bell work prompt, “What do you know about Black Friday? Will you participate this year? Why or why not?” Most students knew what I was referring to, and they gave very candid responses. Most said they wouldn’t because they don’t see the point, or that perhaps their parents would but weren’t sure. The goal behind this particular bell work prompt, as it is for every bell work prompt, was to get them talking and involved in the classroom objective for the day. The objective, to engage, effectively, in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) on topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own point(s) of views clearly.
Instructions: As mentioned in class today, you are responsible for viewing and responding to this movie trailer to the movie Bully. The trailer can be viewed below via YouTube. You are expected to view the story as well as read the background information that will be provided via IMDB. You will receive credit (10pts) by responding using the 5W’s as well as summarizing your thoughts (be specific) about the movie trailer. Your response will go in the comment section. Please leave your first name and the first initial of your last name when it prompts you to do so when making a comment in order to receive credit. If you have any questions, please see me on Friday during class…