Unit 3 Session 4
Session length and engagement with your online classmates depends on YOU, so proceed to the next session whenever you’re ready. Remember that your peers await your contributions. Help them learn with you and from you!
Session 4 PART 1 Critical Thinking and Listening Comprehension: TV News Report
Listen to this report by CNN reporter titled: This school divides students by race for an experiment. (2.38 min)
Examine the emphasis, pay attention to how the reporter speaks.
Ponder which parts of speech are emphasized? Why?
In your F2F class, conduct an individual jigsaw:
Divide up the recording into sections and transcribe what is said in that section.
Reconstruct the text together and examine what is said:
How do parents react? What does the 10th grader say?
What does the teacher say? What does the expert (psychologist) say? What does the principal say?
Session 4 PART 2 Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary Building.
CHOICE: Read one of these three articles:
UK article from 2010 “Poor children could be sent to school on Saturdays to help them achieve as much as the rich, say Tories”
US article from 2012 “Education Gap Grows Between Rich and Poor, Studies Say” The NY Times
UK article from 2018 “Teachers warn of growing poverty crisis in British schools”
Take notes of the key ideas and write out 5 strong verbs to use and to teach the other students in the sharing process.
Share in your class F2F groups of 3, so each student has a different set of information to share and 5 different strong verbs (total 15 to learn and apply in writing/speaking)
Session 4 PART 3 Critical thinking and Reflection: Do I really HAVE to go to school today?
1. Reflection Writing: students write quietly for 5 minutes reflecting on their own attitude towards getting up to attend school every morning.
2. How hard is it to get an education? Watch the video! (3mins)
3. Reflection Writing: How has your perspective changed after viewing the video clip?
PART 4 COLLABORATIVE PROJECT (completed in Session 5 & 6)
1. Choose one of the topics raised in this unit:
- access to education because of status or wealth,
- education and technology,
- education and gender stereotypes.
2. Create subgroups of 3-4 peers in your Forum Group (from various schools)
3. Prepare a negotiated choice of:
A/ written script of a 2-3 minute TV commentary, with 2-3 “guest speakers” chipping in their views. Use a Google doc to collaborate, and export the final piece into a PDF document.
B/ audio track of a 2-3 minute RADIO commentary, with 2-3 “guest speakers” chipping in their views. Use Audacity or another means to record your part of the audio clip and figure out how to collect the parts to assemble into one audio file to share with the rest of the groups.
C/ video of a 2-3 minute TV commentary, with 2-3 “guest speakers” chipping in their views. Use Flipgrid or another means to record your part of the video clip and figure out how to collect the parts to assemble into one video file to share with the rest of the groups.
4. Use your group’s Google doc chart from Lesson 1 to set up collaboration subgroups and negotiations/timelines.