Cores 1-4:

Yesterday, I was at a conference called The Classrooms of Distinction Interactive Forum, but I was able to find no one that was doing what you are doing in the classroom. They had all of these techno-gadgets (tablet computers, sophisticated software, classroom management software, etc.), and yet they couldn’t show me the kind of learning that I have seen this year. Whenever I brought up your various projects, they were amazed. But I kept thinking to myself, why aren’t you here to tell them in person. They would go crazy over some of the stuff you were doing, so I invited a few of them to come visit our classroom. At least one is going to take me up on the offer. He is a professor at the University of Colorado, and he was enthralled by what you are doing. I have a feeling that this is going to happen more and more as you become recognized for being unique and amazing. I hope you are okay with that.

Core 1:

  1.  Write-on: What does it mean when you have broken someone’s spirit?
  2. Read the next Chapter of Animal Farm and look for how Napoleon is breaking the spirits of the other animals.
  3. Work on your Utopias with specific purpose.

Core 2:

  1. Write-on: What is the one thing that makes your belief system unique? What makes it Your -Ism?
  2. Can you use this to convince people that your ideas are right?

  3. Work on your -Ism (and hopefully your movement page) for specific purposes.

Core 3:

  1. Start looking at My Meaning Possibilities.
  2. Group A: Continue to read to find Johnny’s final words.
  3. Group B: Continue to work on your Meaning by enhancing some of your answers.
  4. Podcast Discussion Question:
    • The book has always been called a coming-of-age novel. How does Ponyboy come of age?

Core 4:

  1. Write-On: Is human nature taken into account in your utopia? How?
  2. Work on your utopias for a specific purpose.

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