Where do I teach?
What are my students learning?
What's my approach?
In my present context, there are no specific content nor textual
requirements for English III. There are however skills and genre
requirements that are in the PA state standards. There are very
specific things that I need to teach my students how to do, including
different kinds of writing, understanding different kinds of
literature, reading and writing for a variety of purposes and
audiences, that sort of thing. For me, the creative and generative
part of teaching comes in the ways in which I get to incorporate
those skills into a frame. That frame comes from questions that
my experience has taught me, will matter to my students and engage
them in authentic learning.
One of the assignments during the Macbeth unit is an analytical,
literary paper in which they analyze and explicate the meaning
of an image that Shakespeare uses throughout Macbeth - e.g. clothing,
sleep, weather, blood, babies. I have very explicit things that
I have them do in terms of the pre-writing, making a chart, doing
a text-search. note-taking, drafting. I also present them with
the rubruc for evaluation before they actually write the paper.
In addition, I encourage them to rewrite if they are unhappy
with their grade or their performance.
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January 3, 2006