Flipped Lesson – Allegory of the Cave
— Read on englishtechie.com/2014/03/05/flipped-lesson-allegory-of-the-cave/
This is still one of my favorite lessons. Want to flip some lessons for next year? Watch this space during the summer for all of the tips and tricks to flipping your classroom one learning/lesson/unit at a time.
In the same vein as my flipped lesson for Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, this is a flipped lesson for AP Language students on Malcom Gladwell’s Outliers, Daniel Pink’s Drive, and Angela Duckworth’s work on the importance of developing grit in students. This incorporates the standard WSQ assignment, class discussions (both in class and online), thesis statement building, rhetorical analysis, mind maps (for organizing ideas), reflective writing, formal argument writing, public speaking, and Socratic seminar.
What is success and how do we find it?
1) WSQ – Rhetorical Modes – read and annotate “How to Read Like a Writer” by Mike Bunn
2) online discussion on Drive video
3) Grit survey
4) WSQ (in-class) – Grit TED talk
5) reflective essay on Grit (using the question from the WSQ)
6) analysis and annotation on chapter of Outliers
7) coaching group on assigned chapter
8) read selection of Drive in class – discussion on the argument and content
9) informal presentation on the chapter of Outliers
10) WSQ & discussion – de Botton TED talk on kinder definition of success
11) read two reviews of Outliers – rhetorical précis for each – how valid and relevant is the criticism?
12) another selection from Drive – read and discuss
13) Mind Map of ideas from all of the sources
14) 4 square discussion – develop a thesis statement
15) question writing for seminar – What is success and how do we find it?
17) argument essay – begin from the class-developed thesis statement
This was created with some collaboration with my friend Amy Habberstad.
The TARDIS – her life is bigger on the inside
The examples of student work shown in this post are in response to the question: How do you spend your time each day?
This assignment was a precursor to reading selections of Walden.