Category Archives: Readings

Argument Scenarios

Last week you read the “An Accusation of Sexual Harassment at John Adams High School” and used that as a jumping off point for the mock mediation in class.

This week you will be breaking into GROUPS OF THREE and choosing from the following “Argument Clusters” to use as the basis for your own Scenarios–which you will write, rehearse and perform in class.

This project is meant as a hands on exercise in identifying, defining, and explaining an argument that occurs in the world you live in. You will be asked to produce:

  • a written scenario like the short “An Accusation of Sexual Harassment at John Adams High School” based on the debate presented in your article  cluster. It must be 2 pages double spaced. Make sure both sides of the debate are clearly represented in your hypothetical situation, also include a neutral third side (like a judge or the school board in our large group exercise).
  • a script scene that follows the action of the scenario (like our mock mediation) that is based on a complication that arises from your scenario.
  • a well prepared performance of this script in class on Friday, February 24th.

This assignment will be graded on:

  • How clear and thorough your presentation is
  • How complete your presentation
  • Creativity and Originality
  • Teamwork and participation (like all group activities in this class attitude and commitment are CRUCIAL to success)

Once you choose your group please choose from one of the THREE Article Clusters, which everyone in your group must read and take note on for Wednesday’s class where you will begin putting your presentation together.

Parenting Styles

“Why Chinese Mothers are Superior”

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704111504576059713528698754.html

“Developing Your Child’s Self Esteem”

http://kidshealth.org/parent/emotions/feelings/self_esteem.html

Copyright/Piracy

Eisner
http://webpages.cs.luc.edu/~pld/ethics/eisner.html

Lessig
http://www.oreillynet.com/policy/2002/08/15/lessig.html

Polygamy

“Polygamy is Harmful to Society”
http://www.rickross.com/reference/polygamy/polygamy1219.html

“Why Polygamy is Good for Women”
http://www.slate.com/id/2136453/ 

Critical Analysis Prompt and Readings

This Week’s assignment, again, expands on the skills we have been working in class and in your assignments I ask that you read the following FIVE articles for class on Monday. After reading the article I ask that you select ONE article to write a critical analysis that conforms to the standards we discuss in class as well as the standards that appear in the assignment prompt attached to this post.

Readings

“What’s Wrong With Cinderella?” by: Peggy Orenstein

“Occupy Wall Street: A Generation of 20-Somethings Airs Its Grievances, Its Frustrations” by:Amanda M. Fairbanks

“Is It Just Us, Or Are Kids Getting Really Stupid” by: Sandy Hingston

“Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior” by: Amy Chua

“How to Raise Boys That Read” by Thomas Spence

 

Assignment Prompt

critical analysis word doc

critical analysis pdf

Evaluative Summary and Reading Assignment

This week’s assignment builds on the skills we developed in last week’s assignment. I ask that you read Sandy Hingston’s polarizing article “Is It Just Us, or Are Kids Getting Really Stupid?” from Philadelphia Magazine. After reading and discussing this essay in class, I ask that you write an Evaluative Summary that conforms to the standards we discuss in class as well as the standards that appear in the assignment prompt attached to this post.

 

“Is It Just Us, Or Are Kids Getting Really Stupid?” by: Sandy Hingston

Evaluative Summary Prompt

evaluativesummary pdf

evaluativesummary

 

Objective Summary Reading and Assignment

Your reading assignment this week is a fairly simple one. I’m asking that you read the 1948, J.D. Salinger short story “A Perfect Day for Bananafish,” and then write a summary that conforms to the standards of the prompt that is provided for you here.

The Reading:

http://www.miguelmllop.com/stories/stories/bananafish.pdf

The Assignment:

Objective Summary Prompt pdf

Objective Summary doc