Sunday, December 29, 2013

All Not So Quiet on the Academic Front: 8.2 Students and World War I


I think that many students consider me to be a bit off when I express joy in the approach of the World War I.  It is a bit strange, I admit. Yet, the World War I unit is one of the most profound courses of study into which we delve.  The themes, the struggle to understand destruction and death on such a large scale, the emergence of the intellectual orphan, as well as the plunge into forgetfulness that gripped the world afterwards become essential points of our content.  This is demanding on as many levels as possible.  Our students will engage with the content on parallel levels, intellectually and psychologically.  It is my hope that much is gained from this exploration.

Students should refer to the syllabus for any extra credit options that exist this week.  Extra credit is additional work and this helps to make our students stronger for the challenging terrain that lies ahead.  In terms of work for the week of January 6 to January 10, students must address the following:
Monday- HW:  Notetaking guides on Chapter 21, sections 1 and 2 must be done.  Students have to have the foundation of World War I facts before we move into the themes.   Revisions of Zinn Close Reading Tasks are due Monday, 1.13.  Students have to make the time to drop off their revisions to me.  For handwritten revisions as well as originals, both copies have to be attached.
Tuesday- HW:  Notetaking guides on Chapter 21, sections 3 and 4 must be done.   Revisions of Zinn Close Reading Tasks are due Monday, 1.13. 
Wednesday- Check over Notetaking Guides for completion.  Move into Themes of World War I.  Exit assessment on themes of World War I.  HW: Review themes covered thus far.   Revisions of Zinn Close Reading Tasks are due Monday, 1.13. 
Thursday- HW:  Review themes of World War I covered so far.   Revisions of Zinn Close Reading Tasks are due Monday, 1.13. 
Friday- Review themes of World War I covered.  We start our cinematic analysis of World War I themes next week.   Revisions of Zinn Close Reading Tasks are due Monday, 1.13. Students have to make the time to drop off their revisions to me. 

The work is increasing, the demands are becoming more.  The content is becoming more arduous, and there will be much more in store (To the student in second period who says I cannot laugh or remark about my own poetry, let it be known that I shall always be a poet and not have known it.)

I hope students will activate their own spirit of inquiry, thought, and advocacy in making sure they rise to the challenges placed upon them.
All best.
Mr. Kannan

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Work to do in the last week before break

The most direct way to put it is that we have one more week to go.  Here is our work that will take place this week, after which students will have two weeks to rest... before the World War I unit begins.

Assignments for the week of 12.16- 12.20

Monday:  In class reading.  End class with themes from Industrialization and Progressivism.
HW:  Enrichment Sheet on Chapter 20 Due Friday at the start of class.
Tuesday:In class reading.  End class with themes from Industrialization and Progressivism.
HW:  Enrichment Sheet on Chapter 20 Due Friday at the start of class.
Wednesday:  Lecture on Swami Vivekananda.  Notes on lecture are due at the end of class.
HW:  Enrichment Sheet on Chapter 20 Due Friday at the start of class.
Thursday:  In class reading.  End class with themes from Industrialization and Progressivism.
HW:  Enrichment Sheet on Chapter 20 Due Friday at the start of class.
Friday:  In class reading.  End class with themes from Industrialization and Progressivism. Collect Chapter 20 Enrichment Sheet.
HW:  Any extra credit on syllabus is due on 1.6.14.  All grades will be updated by 1.3.14.

Happy Holidays and best wishes in the new year.
Mr. Kannan

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Zinn, Close Reading, and Closing out Strong


The Close Reading Assignment on Howard Zinn heads into the home stretch this week.  To date, I have read rough drafts from just over 52% of the students on the team.  Many of these students have submitted more than one draft, have spent lunch periods asking questions about the assessment, and have even arrived before school to get feedback on their work.  It has been great to witness so many students becoming such strong advocates of their writing and learning.  Close Reading has become associated with the most arduous of work.  It has also become associated with the most brutal of work and the loudest of groans, but that is another issue for another time.
We have more to go this week.  Students can submit rough drafts until Monday night at 7:00 and can do so over the weekend.  I anticipate that our number will climb.  It is my hope that it will move steadily up and you can help in this process.  Encourage your student to submit a rough draft of their work so they can receive my feedback.  All work is due Friday the 13th, an appropriate date for a most challenging assignment.  It's almost as if the calendar gods conspired to collect work.

Assignments for this week- The Week of 12.9 to 12.13
Monday, December 9- Last Day for Close Reading Passages Rough Drafts to be read.  No more rough drafts will be read after 7:00 tonight.  In class work on Close Reading Passages.  The room will be open for lunch if you have any questions.
HW:  Work on your Close Reading Passage.  Aim for finishing the rest of your questions.  Parts I and II should have already been done and now you are finishing up Part III.

Tuesday, December 10 and Wednesday, December 11- In class work on Close Reading Passages.
HW:  Work on your Close Reading Passage.  Aim for finishing the rest of your questions.  Parts I and II should have already been done and now you are finishing up Part III.

Thursday, December 12- Last day to work in class on Zinn Assessments.  Collection can start today if you are ready.
HW:  All Aboard!  All Zinn Assessments are due tomorrow, when you are called.

Friday, December 13- Submission Day.  You submit your work to me and start on chapter 20 Enrichment Sheet.

HW:  Continue work on Chapter 20 Enrichment Sheet.  Get two more questions done.

Best of luck this week and if I can be of any help or assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.
All best and happy hunting!
Mr. Kannan