I’ve discovered that with eLearning there’s really not much reason for me to update the blog daily. You have your lessons, most of you are pretty amazing at staying on top of things, and you don’t really seem to need Coach and I very much! (I’m not sure whether to be crazy proud or sad! LOL! ) So lets say this is our WEEKLY update instead of daily….though I’ll be back if there’s anything exciting that comes up!
I hope you all had a WONDERFUL long weekend and enjoyed Easter! Today (Monday) was especially glorious, so I hope you basked in it!! I sure did…I spent the morning with a good book (still finishing Romanov Sisters…it’s pretty dense) and a cup of tea outside on my patio…which led to me working in my garden….now I’m updating things to have them ready for school tomorrow morning!
The weekly lesson plan has been updated, and it lays everything out:
We are slowly finishing up the last few things before we head into straight review. It’s harder with you guys than WHAP — with WHAP I know they’ll get the stuff we don’t cover in APUSH next year….for you…whatever we don’t cover you just won’t get…so I’m struggling to let go of things. It’s absolutely DESTROYING me not to have a discussion about MLK’s Birmingham letter…I would argue it is quite possibly the greatest piece of rhetoric ever written — the way he balances ethos, pathos and logos and twists his audience in his hands is amazing…even more so when you realize he wrote the whole thing on individual pieces of toilet paper, hotel note paper and the edges of newspapers, with circled numbers indicating the order the pieces should be typed. Wow.
**A quick note on timing – As always, if you don’t finish an essay in the limited time frame, make sure you send it to us via email. However, starting NEXT WEEK (not this week) we will begin taking 5 points off of any timed assignment you do not finish inside the time frame. That’s not to be mean, but because a part of your preparation for the exam is practicing watching your time and making sure you’ve submitted within the expected time. Remember, on the test, if you don’t SUBMIT inside the time you’re given your whole test will be a zero.
Anway, here’s your plan for this week (it’s all on Canvas too):
Finish reading and virtually discussing Letter from Birmingham through Hypothes.is.
Watch the Video “A Time For Justice“ — it’s an overview of Civil Rights activities in the 1950s and 1960s. It’s NOT fun to watch, I know — but it’s very important to be aware of the realities of those times. It’s also important to notice how rhetoric played into the Civil Rights Movement. If we were in class we’d also spend time looking at how the rhetoric of Malcolm X and the Black Panthers differed from MLK’s version — and which was more effective (hint – you can argue both!). After you finish, you’ll be writing a “raw” mini DBQ response using the video as your document, so make sure you pay attention.
Write an RA over MLK’s Letter from Birmingham – The full letter is much longer than a normal RA source would be, but we felt like it has SOOOOOO much you can talk about that it needed to be read in its entirety. To help, we’ve given you almost the full time amount, but you’ve already spent DAYS analyzing the letter…. Also, you MAY use the online Hypothes.is version while you write if you’d like — but remember, the time limit is firm. Don’t spend so long looking for examples in the document that you don’t finish. My suggestion would be to write the essay from memory and only use the written form to look up specific little examples.
DBQ Review Videos – These are posted on Canvas. One is me going over the new test format for AP Histories, the other is a video review of how to write a DBQ. The DBQ Video review uses WHAP content (Mongols, Japan, Rome), but the structure is exactly the same as APUSH. Feel free to watch these or just skim through — you know how much you need. I’ve also added a page to this blog on how to write the DBQ if you’d rather read through it than write. (The written page uses APUSH content instead of WHAP).
Membean – 30 minutes
Assessments (what’s due to prove you’re working):
- Letter from Birmingham Interactive Analysis — Graded
- Letter from Birmingham RA – Graded
- A Time for Justice DBQ Practice – Reviewed, not graded
- Membean – Graded (Cumulative)
Remember I’m around every day from 9-11AM and from 1- 3pm too — drop me a line if you have a question, concern, or just want to say hi! I miss you all! Teaching a computer screen isn’t 1/3 as interesting as teaching YOU!!
Have a great week!