11.07.07

Core 1:

  1. Write-on: Does music have the power to persuade?
  2. Discuss the Pied Piper of Hamelin questions:
    • How can music create changes in the ways people feel and act? Are
      these changes always positive? What are some examples of ways in which
      music may have affected events in history?
    • What assumptions did the Mayor make about the Piper?
    • What was the Piper’s point of view about how he was treated? Were his actions justified? Why or why not?
    • What is the lesson of the poem?
    • Why do you think the Piper chose music to charm the rats and the children?
    • What did the Piper mean by the words, “And folks who put me in a passion/ May find me pipe after another fashion”?
    • Why was no one able to stop the children?
    • How did the Piper persuade the Mayor to allow him to get rid of the
      rats? What evidence did the Piper use to support his argument?
  3. Which of these questions are debatable?
    • How do you frame a question so that it is more debatable.
  4. How is this more debatable: “Solved: The may should have paid the Piper.”
  5. Extension:
    • Write out how you believe a debate should be organized and run.

Core 2:

  1. Quiz-on: Why did Mrs. Logan warn her children before taking them to the Barry’s.
  2. Read Chapter 5:
    • What does it take in order to create change in society?
    • Do you have the kind of courage that it takes to change others or yourself?
  3. Extensions:
    • Start to think about what part of racism or sexism you would want to tackle (change for the better).

Core 3:

  1. Write-on: How can you make it so each student in this class is heard, and so that Austin isn’t forced to shush us every few minutes?
  2. Read to Shylock’s Speech
    • Why is this speech so important to the story?
    • How does it add complexity to his character?
    • What is flawed about his logic?
    • Is Shylock a sympathetic character?
    • Do you believe that Shakespeare’s viewpoint of Jews at the time The Merchant of Venice was written was progressive or just nuanced.
  3. Perform the speech.
  4. Extensions:
    • Read you AR book.

Core 4:

  1. What is revision in persuasion?
    • Why did the founding fathers make the changes that they did?
    • How has their persuasion benefited society?
    • How do you give that kind of importance to your own writing about a book.
  2. Choose two revisions made in the Declaration of Independence and
    write out your theory on why these particular revisions were made from
    the viewpoint of one of the founding fathers.

    • Speak as if in the continental congress and try to convince the
      assembly to revise the document before sending it out into the world.
  3. Extension:
    • Continue working on your body paragraphs for your persuasive essay.

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