Cores 1+4:

  1. Write-On: Imagine that there were a perfect book out there for you.
    It has just the right mixture of content (the stuff it is about) and
    form (the way it is written). What would it look like?
  2. Construct your perfect book on our handout.
  3. Meet with me to discuss your personal curriculum plan:
    • Is your personal curriculum limited in scope?
    • Is your personal curriculum authentic to you?
  4. Extension:
    • Try to find a perfect book based upon your handout.

Core 2:

  1. Level 2 word Act-on, Think-on, Discuss-on.
  2. What will you do if the results of your Social Action Plan are different than you had predicted?
    • How will you reflect on surprises?
    • What happens if it goes against what you believe or what is socially acceptable?
  3. Read Violent Music study.
    • How did they design their data study?
    • How did they express surprise and finding things that go against public opinion?
  4. Extension:
    • Continue to work on your social action plan.

Core 3:

  1. Interview-on: Go around to other students and ask them about their image grammar:
    • After you have heard their sentence and their rule, ask them how they know that they are right about their rule.
    • Ask them what exceptions to the rule, if any, there are.
    • Ask them how they have/could use this rule in their own writing.
  2. Belief is so much a part of our every day lives that it seems to consume us. Because of what we believe, we act, think, feel and speak the way that we do. But, beliefs fit into belief structures, or ways of believing. Each person has his or her own, but they may not be fully aware of what this structure looks like. Most people never stop to think about where their beliefs come from, and for that matter where others’ beliefs come from. The unit we will officially begin next week will be all about trying to figure out what people (authors, thinkers, us) believe and why. By the end of the unit I hope that you will know yourself better than at any other time in your life.
  3. Read excerpts from “A Whole New Mind” by Dan Pink.
    • What does he believe about the past, present and future?
    • How would categorize his beliefs?
  4. Extension:
    • Start to look for evidence that how people act is a function of their beliefs.

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  1. Just want to let you know that Dan Pink will be my guest on Living Hero towards the end of February. Just enter your email in the subscription box on http://livinghero.com to receive an email when the Podcast is broadcast. I’m writing to you and others in advance to give you a chance to participate in the formation of the interview questions. Just type your question into the question box widget on the right column of the page. Also, to see recent blog posts, just click into the recent posts question in the right side column. Once the Podcast is posted, comments can be added at the bottom of the podcast post. I look forward to a highly generative ongoing conversation and I do hope you’ll be part of it! Please spread the word! My very best, Jari Chevalier

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