Sunday, October 21, 2012

About 25 different projects on Progressivism... all at the same time!

This week will mark our foray into the world of Progressivism.  In truly differentiated and middle school fashion, students have chosen different projects to explore Progressivism.  Some are to complete identifications, while others are to compose a blog, while some are to design a comic book.  If anyone were to enter the classroom, wordles, glogs, YouTube videos, would be along side analysis of speeches, writing identifications, and considering with which modern political party a Progressivist would be aligned.  Since students are all doing different projects, "one size does not fit all."  I have come up with small mini- lessons about each project that students can access by clicking here.
Students will also be receiving their graded identifications on Industrialization this week.  I commented on all of those that needed commenting.  I have made sure that the comments were cryptic enough for students to have questions about my feedback.  This is where a lunchtime appointment is needed to be made so that we can go over student writing in the hopes of making it better.  The tutorial approach is the only way out of this one.  In order for students to understand how to be better writers, they have to sit down with their work and examine it, looking at it and confronting it for what it is in the hopes of making it better.  It is only through this initiative that we can see students challenge and push themselves in their writing to be what it should be from what it is.  Please encourage your students to meet with me if they have questions about their writing.
Our schedule:
Monday- Thursday:  Work on Progressivist Projects and make sure that three identifications on Chapter 19 have been completed.  I will be calling for these early in the week.
Friday- City Chase Field Trip with all projects due at 5:00 PM.

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

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