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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

095 One Word Argument Guidelines

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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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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Theme Song Introductions

Theme Song Introductions

Shared by Nicole Hancock

This activity uses student analysis of television theme songs as the basis for a discussion regarding what makes for an effective introduction.

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Finding Your Inner Morgan Freeman

Finding Your Inner Morgan Freeman

Shared by: Isabel Quintana Wulf

I use this activity with this video to explain what analysis means and why it is important to have it in an essay.

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The Language of Education

The Language of Education

Shared by Sarah Tsai

This essay assignment invites students to identify, research, and unpack the pedagogical and administrative buzzwords that play a role in their school’s official documents (and marketing!).

Preparatory activity also posted here.

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