While reading the news, I came across a disturbing story about Hadiya Pendleton. From CNN, “A teen who performed at events around President Barack Obama’s inauguration was shot to death in Chicago this week, and now her story has become part of the debate in Washington over gun violence nationwide. The shooting death of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton came up in a U.S. Senate hearing and a White House press briefing Wednesday. “She was an honor student and a majorette,” said Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois….”
On Friday (2/1/13), I will be working on (7.SL.1) & (7.SL.5) common core speaking/listening standards with this view & repond about Hadiya Pendleton. Students will begin class with a bell work prompt about any violence they’ve seen or read on the news, and how does it make them feel. I will be passing out a news story via CNN to give students background on the story about Hadiya Pendleton. Along with that news story, students will have questions to answer before we begin classroom discussion. That handout can be viewed [here]. The The class will then move to the viewing portion by watching this video [here]. Students will be prompted to actively watch by using the 5W’s (who, what, where, when, and why)… Students will be given about 5 to 7 minutes to answer the questions from the previously mentioned handout. Once students have completed the handout, I will open up the floor for discussion.
This is a very mature topic. That being said, I believe the students will handle this accordingly as my students have done in the past. With the recent events around the nation involving things of this very serious nature, I think it’s important to see what our youth is thinking and what they have to say about it all. A lot of times, adults think we know best – we do most of the time. However, it’s important to know what our younger generation has to say because they will eventually be old enough to impact things in the real world. 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.