Saturday, September 29, 2012

Identifications: The First of Many!

This week will commence our study of themes in American History.  The first nine are revealed to students this week.  By the end of the year, students will have over 75 in their arsenal.  The study of themes in American History is an essential component to assembling meaning in history and connecting it to the modern setting.  Students will take these themes and compose the first of many identifications that will be written over the course of the year.  For this week, student breakdown of work will resemble the following schedule:
Monday- Introduce the first four themes in class.  Students should review these themes for homework and arrive to class with any questions about them.
Tuesday- Conclude the theme lecture.  Students should start seeing if they could match up anyone in chapter 17 and 18 to the themes.  Example:  Who would represent the theme of might versus right?  Who could represent the theme of the hands that built America were not always the ones who held its wealth?
Wednesday- Take questions.  Introduce identifications.  Six identifications need to be written by Wednesday, 10.10.  Introduce the prewrite for students and start the process of writing.
Thursday- In class conferences while students write. 
Friday- In class conference while students write.  Friday is the last day I will read any rough drafts. Students should make sure that 6 identifications are ready to be submitted by Wednesday.

If I can be of any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.
All best.
Mr. Kannan

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