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Reflection Guidelines

Reflection Guidelines

Shared by Elizabeth Baldridge

This assignment has been working really well to get students to engage with instructional materials in meaningful, productive ways. Many are opting for multimodal delivery options, and the applications I’m getting across the board are exciting.

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Lessons for Teaching #BlackLivesMatter and White Supremacy: Two Posts from Bedford Bits

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Shared by Rochelle Spencer (Fisk University) and Susan Naomi Bernstein (City University of New York)

In these lessons, we offer multimedia resources that focus on Black lives and white supremacy. Moreover, we suggest that teachers need to reflect deeply on why we choose and how we teach antiracist resources so that our students learn and grow as writers. In these posts, we offer the emotional labor of that work as we think through how to create antiracist pedagogies that encourage student-centered classrooms.

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The Wire — Character Prezi

Character Prezi Guidelines

Shared by Elizabeth Baldridge

In this revision remix, students transform their evidence-driven character analysis into a presentation. This assignment pushes student understandings of their chosen character and encourages revision of the character analysis paper. Because students have at this point all run at least one episode discussion session and worked with everyone in class in small-group work, the presentation portion of the assignment isn’t daunting.

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The Wire — One Little Word Argument

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Synthesis Revision Workshop

Shared by Elizabeth Baldridge

In this paper, students expand their analysis to concepts. This paper also introduces synthesis and documentation. Using scenes from season 4 of The Wire, students examine different presentations/understandings of one little word (like home, school, justice) and argue for a complex definition of the term.

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The Wire — Character Analysis

Character Analysis

Shared by Elizabeth Baldridge

This is the second paper in our work with season 4 of The Wire. Here, students are asked to carefully examine just one character from the show. This paper, coming relatively early in the semester, will require regular revisiting and revision as we get further into the season and students’ chosen characters evolve.

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Education Vignettes (The Wire and Alexie)

Education Vignettes Guidelines

Education Vignettes Revision Workshop

Shared by Elizabeth Baldridge

For their first major writing assignment, students are asked to deliver snapshots of their educational experiences, like those bits we see in early episodes of The Wire (season 4) or in Sherman Alexie’s “Indian Education.” I’m also including here the revision workshop students complete after a peer evaluation workshop and peer evaluation letter.

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Conversation Analysis

Conversation Analysis

Shared by Jacqueline Wilson-Jordan

With credit to Joan Livingston-Webber and Beverly Braniff who wrote and/or tried earlier versions of this assignment

This assignment, which requires field research and is fairly demanding, asks students to observe and analyze the conversation in a chosen discourse community. I thought the James Baldwin essay might be dated because of the term “Black English,” but you should have seen the faces and heard the voices when I asked them to discuss James Baldwin’s points about how coded language can protect those who use it, such as (even) from the police. Sparks were flying! The project was excited and produced good results.

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Portfolio

Portfolio

Shared by Barb Bird

We do the portfolio assignment a bit differently from what others have done (that I’ve seen anyway). We really focus on the reflective, metacognitive essays, but we do require specific evidences for how they have accomplished the course objectives. It has really helped students accomplish the portfolio project well when I began emphasizing course objectives throughout the entire course.

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Essays

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essay 4 mini research paper

Shared by Barb Bird

I have found that students really like having a lot of choices for essays. I used to just leave it open-ended (topic could be anything related in any way to our readings), but I found that that much openness actually froze students’ minds instead of helping them. So every year I work on crafting another really strong option for each essay (I still have several options in each of these essay assignments that need better crafting).

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Annotations and Quote Responses

Annotations and Quote Responses

Shared by Barb Bird

These assignments are designed to encourage student engagement with assigned readings–first to understand the reading and to consider its component claims and then to respond thoughtfully to one of those claims.

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