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.
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.
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.
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.