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Week 13 - No classes Wednesday (April 26)
and Thursday (April 27) . . .

"When You Have Forgotten Sunday: The Love Story"
by Gwendolyn Brooks, "the first black American to win a Pulitzer Prize, in 1950."

Mind-Candy for jeanne:
Look at Lisette's comment on Jacob Lawrence on Monday, April 17, 2000! and Valencia's comment on Dreams No. 2 The link to the paintings is: Jacob Lawrence's paintings at the National Museum of American Art. Library is two paintings below Firewood, and Dreams No. 2 is just above Firewood. The link worked for me today. Remember that you have to put in Jacob Lawrence's name after you link on search in the top menu and on Artists represented in the collection. jeanne

and See Tyshae Jefferson's comments on Zora Neale Hurston's "Black Death"

Suggested Projects

  • La Zamba del Chevy
  • Take a friend to the Getty on Sunday, April 16. Artist Ruben Ortiz Torres will be there and will show his dancing Chevrolet lowrider. Arnold and I went to the Getty today, Friday, watched Torres' exhibit video of scenes of Cuba and the dancing lowrider. It was the most wonderful start to Spring break I could have imagined. Torres' 3D video is part of the Points of Departure Exhibit at the Getty. And on Sunday, at 1:00 p.m. the actual car is supposed to dance. Regularly enrolled students with ID do not need a parking reservation. $5 parking, museum free. The exhibit closes May 7, 2000.

    I bought a stereoscope with instructrions on how we can make our own stereographs! I'm hoping that some of you will see the connections between Torres' inspiration by the stereographs of Cuba to his video of the lowrider, and recognize that you could derive the same inspiration for a more updated piece with our own sterographs. I do have a 3D software program, but I'll have to learn to use it. jeanne

  • Measures of Learning without Tests and Quizzes
  • This suggestion was posted by Susanna Lang on the writenet listserv on April 15, in answer to another teacher's query :
    I don't know if this is any help to you, but when I do literature circles (which is what you seem to be doing) I don't give tests/quizzes.  I have the kids keep a reading journal.  First we brainstorm all the ways you can respond to a novel.  I've had classes come up with a couple of dozen ideas.  They always start with summaries, but there are also questions about things you don't understand, illustrations, poems, letters to characters, letters to the author, background research, interviews with people who have had similar experiences to the characters, alternative endings, personal responses....

    Then we divide the novels into segments.  For each segment, the students have to write a response, and they have to choose a different kind of response each time.  Each class period, I check the journals just to see if the kids are doing the work-I don't read them, I just glance at them in class.  At the end, I collect them and I have a rubric for grading them.  The rubric covers Completeness (did they respond to each segment, and with an adequate response);  Variety (did they use a different kind of response each time); Understanding (did their responses show understanding of the text); and Creativity (this is your subjective judgement, of course). . .

    [T]his system makes day-to-day survival possible in a classroom where several books are being read, though the final weekend when you collect all the journals is hell.  And it forces the kids to really demonstrate their grasp of the text.  I've found it very successful with middle schoolers in a Chicago Public School.  I hadn't thought of it when I was teaching high school, but I don't see why it wouldn't work in high school."


    On April 15 jeanne commented:

    Although the journal concept has the same structurally violent potential as a term paper, the different kinds of responses are very much like our comments. Perhaps they will give you additional ideas. By sending in individual comments frequently, you can see that you get much more direct feedback, can alter your comments, and avoid the problems of term papers.

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