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|Class Plan -- Unit Three, Day 29|
YOU WILL WANT TO TYPE UP THE FOLLOWING SHORT LIBRARY ASSIGNMENT INTO A HANDOUT TO GIVE TO YOUR STUDENTS, SINCE THE INSTRUCTIONS ARE COMPLICATED.
Assignment for Day 30
Reading - In PHG, ARGUING SECTION.
Discussion of one issue relevant to the class topic, using essays which take different positions - You will want to prepare discussion questions specific to the readings you are using, but the discussion should serve the basic purposes of articulating the competing positions in the two essays and delving more deeply into the class topic area by examining one issue closely. Be sure to draw on the questions students answered for homework about positions in the two articles, about reasons given by the authors, and about where their (the students') sympathies lie in this debate.
You could actually conduct this discussion in a debate format if you wanted, having students group up according to the essay or position they prefer, discuss position and reasons in groups, then argue the case for their side of the issue (using points from the text) in class.
HOWEVER, YOU MIGHT NEED TO ALLOW MORE TIME FOR THIS DEBATE OPTION, AND THE DISCUSSION NEEDS TO BE SHORT ENOUGH TO ALLOW FOR THE FOLLOWING DISCUSSION OF DEBATABLE ISSUES AND RESEARCH.
Daily - Write a daily prompt which asks students to jot down as many issues as they can think of which are relevant to the class topic and which are debatable. [You will probably want to go ahead and explain that "debatable" in this context means that it is possible to take more than one position on the issue.]
Discussion of Issues - Take a few minutes to list on the board or OH student responses to the daily. The point of listing these issues is to give them some choices to consider as they begin their own research in the next few days.
Explain Research Packet quickly and give homework assignment - Hand out the research packet (See appendix) and explain to students the general purpose of the packet (providing them with resources and necessary items for their research process). Also remind your students that they should hang onto this, as they will be asked to use many of the materials in the packet. One of the ones they should start using immediately is the Search Log (which will need to be completed as part of their Proposal Packet). Explain to them how they are to use the Search Log and what purpose it serves (keeping track of the search terms they used and the details of their searches so that they can get back to useful sources of information if they need to). You will be explaining the research packet (and what is required of students in their research process) in more detail in a few days. Then go on to explain their library assignment and how it will contribute to next class's discussion of possible research topics.