Quarter 3 Overview
Week 1: Intro Synthesis, Summary, Evaluation;
Week 2: Failing Education?
Week 3: Homework Overload?
Week 4: Synthesis #1: Letter to an Educator
Week 5: Presentations
Week 6: Environmentalism Debate
Week 7: Environmentalism Debate
Week 8: Environmentalism Debate
Week 9: Synthesis #2: What are we really called to do about the environment?
Week 10: Presentations
Week 1 (Jan 20-24)
M - MLK. No School
Tu - Introduce "Advice to an Educator";
W - Pre-Test: In-Class Synthesis Writing; HW: Friedman
Th - "How to get a Job" by Thomas Friedman
F - Computer Room 239 - revised summary;
HW: "Lying With Numbers"
Week 2 (Jan 27-31)
M - C-Room 239 - The Death of Liberal Arts - Charles Murray "Should the Obama Generation Drop Out?" vs. Todd Gitlin "The Liberal Arts in an Age of Info-glut";
Hw: take notes on "Apple: Your Verse" and "Khan Academy" (TED Talk); Review "Sir Ken Robinson" animated video
Tu - Discussion on Murray, Gitlin, Robinson, Apple, Khan; Logical Fallacies
HW: Reif, the promise of MOOCs (online learning)
W - Coplin vs. Gregory; Logical Fallacies
HW: Prepare for Talking Points #1
Th - Talking Points Discussion on The Aims of Education; Logical Fallacies
HW: Vocab and Grammar Quiz
F - Vocabulary Quiz, Weeks 1 and 2; Grammar Quiz; Logical Fallacies
HW: synthesis topic exploration; prepare a 45-60 second presentation on one thing that's wrong with our education. Use a source (or two) that we've read/viewed.
Week 3 (Feb 3-7) Logical Fallacies.
M- Discussion of topic ideas. Logical Fallacies. HW: work on Research Chart. (class activity: where do you fit? 1. how we do things is really very good, there should be minor changes; 2. our education needs significant revision, but it can still happen with current school facilities; 3. our education is a real problem, we need to redesign from scratch... public education should look and feel very different than it does now.)
Tu - ICW - essay planning; Logical Fallacies. HW: read Coplin and Gregory in packet. write a summary + evaluation + response about the one you disagree with most.
W - ICW - Write the defining the problem section. Logical Fallacies. HW: imagine a news show with two experts on education. Create a dialogue between Brooks OR Reif and one other person who would disagree. Use original quotes blended with their actual words. It's Not About You. David Brooks. NY Times. Online article. May 30, 2011. Online learning will make college cheaper. It will also make it better. Rafael Reif. Time. Oct. 7, 2013.
Th- ICW - Write the solution section. Logical Fallacies. Work on Research Chart.
HW: vocab week 3; 10 sentences
F - Prepared Debate. What should we do about fixing education? HW: paper due Wednesday.
Week 4 (Feb 10-14)
M- Presentations introduced; Order determined; discuss next paper topic
Tu- Introducing AP Synthesis. Example student work.
W- Workshopping Paper; HW: revise paper
Th- C-Room 239 - AP Synthesis #2; HW: revise paper
F- Vocab and Grammar Quiz #2: Weeks 3 and 4; Final draft due today.
Week 5 (Feb17-21) Begin research project - finding/narrowing topics
M - President's Day - No School
Tu - Presentations. Students 1-7
W - Presentations. Students 8-11
Th - Presentations. Students 12-18
F - Presentations. Students 19-24; C Room 239 reserved
Week 6 (Feb 24-28) Research Project - finding/narrowing topics
M - Introduction to paper;
Tu - Evaluating sources: Framing
W - Student Conferences; watch Frontline documentary #1
Th - Student Conferences; watch Frontline documentary #2; HW for Monday - the horizontal search
F - No School - Teacher Institute
Week 7 (March 3-7) Research Project - Researching/Evaluating Sources
M - Introduction to Annotated Bibliography;
Research Reflection (reflection on horizontal search: what did I learn about my topic? about the "field of inquiry");
Works Cited v. Works Consulted; MLA Citation
find MLA resources -- everything you need -- along left hand side of this page
HW: Works Consulted (5 sources), precisely following MLA conventions
Tu - Vocab and Grammar Quiz #3 - Weeks 5 and 6; vocab and sentence patterns due;
in-class - 3 sources to consider (framing, logical fallacies, annotated bib)
the vertical search: trace influences, follow Twitter feeds; review expert blogs; (check Friday) (due Mon)
HW: Annotated Bib Entry #1
W - C-Room 239 - work on annotated bibliographies; student conferences
HW: Annotated Bib Entry #2
Th - Research Reflection (range);
Student Example Paper;
HW: vocab week 7; Annotated Bib #3
F - Research Reflection (Vertical); Student Conferences
HW: Annotated Bib Entry #4 and #5
Week 8 (March 10-14) Research Project - Drafting
M - Research Reflection; outlining
HW: topic outline due;
Tu - Work time;
HW: full outline due, including citations
W - Late Start; Prepare for Synthesis #3
HW: outline for in-class synthesis
Th - C-Room 239 - AP Synthesis #3
F - Research Reflection;
Vocab and Grammar Quiz 4: Weeks 7 and 8; Vocab and Sentence Patterns due
Week 9 (March 17-21) Research Project - Revising/Preparing Presentations
M - Introduction to Student Presentations
W - C-Room 239
Th - Workshop #1
F - Workshop #2
Week 10 (March 24-28) Student Presentations.
M - Student Presentations
Tu - Student Presentations
W - C-Room 239 - Post-Test for Synthesis Writing; Papers due for Monday presenters
Th -Students Presentations; Papers due for Tuesday presenters
F - Student Presentations; Papers due for Th/F presenters