Michael Dunn/Jordan Davis – View & Respond

Michael Dunn/Jordan Davis - View & Respond...

Michael Dunn/Jordan Davis – View & Respond…

Language Arts/Writing classes will work on (7.SL.1) & (7.SL.5) common core speaking/listening standards with a view & respond about the Michael Dunn/Jordan Davis case. The view & respond will be an article via CNN, “Michael Dunn convicted of attempted murder; hung jury on murder in ‘loud music’ trial.”  While reading this news story, students will be actively reading by writing down the 5W’s (who, what, where, when, and why. That handout can be viewed [here]. The class will then move to the viewing portion by watching this video via ABC News [here]. Students will be prompted to actively watch by using the 5W’s (who, what, where, when, and why). The classroom will then open up for discussion. Students will use their 5W’s observations to help guide this discussion.

This is a very serious topic. That being said, I believe the students will handle this accordingly as my students have done in the past.   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. Continue reading

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Re: Technology Overload – View & Respond #iForgotMyPhone

Technology Overload - View & Respond

Technology Overload – View & Respond

With the world now at our fingertips, how much technology is too much? Our Language Arts/Writing class will be exploring that question via Common Core speaking/listening standards, (7.SL.1) & (7.SL.5), with this viral video about how we forget how to unplug from time to time. I will begin the class with a bell work prompt, how many minutes and/or hours a day do you spend on your phone or other electronic gadgets? We will continue by viewing the viral video, I Forgot My Phone [here]. Students will then proceed to have initial discussion led by teacher guided questions. Once the discussion is complete, students will then move to a handout [here]. The handout is a newspaper article via the Washington Post: President Obama snaps a selfie at Mandela’s memorial service. The overall goal isn’t to be judgmental, but it’s to get students to understand a need, including myself, to unplug and reconnect to reality from time to time. Hopefully, this video along with other activities will spark a dialogue about whether they should unplug or not… Continue reading

Black Friday – View & Respond

Black Friday - View & Respond...

Black Friday – View & Respond…

In the spirit of the holiday season being upon us, I decided to do a view and respond about Black Friday. In case you’re unaware of what Black Friday exactly is, please read the following snippet: “Black Friday is the Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, often regarded as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season.” We began the class with a bell work prompt, “What do you know about Black Friday? Will you participate this year? Why or why not?” Most students knew what I was referring to, and they gave very candid responses. Most said they wouldn’t because they don’t see the point, or that perhaps their parents would but weren’t sure. The goal behind this particular bell work prompt, as it is for every bell work prompt, was to get them talking and involved in the classroom objective for the day. The objective, 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.

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View & Respond – Texting & Driving

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Today, the class worked on (7.SL.1) & (7.SL.5) common core speaking/listening standards during a view & respond activity about a CBS News Report: Texting and driving: New Herzog film shows consequences. The activity began with a handout that can be viewed [here]. I instructed students to read the news article via CNN to give the background to the to the story. Students were prompted to use their active listening skills (who, what, why, where, when) during the viewing of YouTube Media clip. Once the clip was complete, I gave students about 3-5 minutes to jot down any information they couldn’t during the viewing to help guide the discussion. I then opened the floor up for discussion by asking initial reactions.

This is a very serious as well as relevant topic that affects a lot of individuals including myself – we’re all guilty of texting and driving to a certain degree. That being said, I think it was important to see what my classes thoughts are about the problem. Luckily, none of them are driving yet, but hopefully when they do, they will put their phones down and pay attention. I think it’s important for students to understand that it only takes one second, literally, for bad things to happen behind the wheel of a car. 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 notes using 5W’s format, discussion, and the view/respond handout. We will be watching the entire documentary in the weeks to come via YouTubeContinue reading

Bully Movie Trailer – View & Respond (La/Writing HW – 3/14)

Instructions: As mentioned in class today, you are responsible for viewing and responding to this movie trailer to the movie Bully. The trailer can be viewed below via YouTube. You are expected to view the story as well as read the background information that will be provided via IMDB. You will receive credit (10pts) by responding using the 5W’s as well as summarizing your thoughts (be specific) about the movie trailer. Your response will go in the comment section. Please leave your first name and the first initial of your last name when it prompts you to do so when making a comment in order to receive credit. If you have any questions, please see me on Friday during class…

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View & Respond – Hadiya Pendleton

View & Respond - Hadiya Pendleton

View & Respond – Hadiya Pendleton

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. Continue reading