CAPTAIN's LOG: September 29, 2015
This week no major assignments were due. I only needed for my crewmembers to submit on a sheet of paper that had their choice for their research theme. The choices were:
- 3 aspects about a religion that is not well-understood by many in the United States (be sure to name the religion)
- 3 aspects about the culture of one of the countries that is a major economic competitor of the United States (indicate the country)
- 3 aspects about the profession you wish to enter (indicate the profession
- focus on 3 causes, 3 effects, and 3 solutions to lessening bullying
- 3 benefits of space travel (you must use the thesis sentence on page 177 and the 3 points indicated in the thesis)
Their submitting their choice should help every crewmember to recognize that they need to start thinking about their research topic early in an academic cruise.
I’ve always believed in the value of small group work. So, if you recall, I had them write a paragraph based on the outline we developed in last Thursday’s class. The various grammatical errors that they made, I retyped and placed on four pages. On Tuesday, I placed them in small groups to work to make corrections and find pages in the handbook, Bare Essentials, that provided information to help them make those corrections.
On Thursday, they submitted their choices for their roles for the Literary Circle task. Now, what is the Literary Circle? Another captain has introduced this exercise to discuss literature. Each person should take on a role. Each role has a certain responsibility:
They function in a discussion group—a literary circle. There will be 2-3 circles. Each member in the circle will have a role. You send write on a sheet of paper your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd role choices on Sept. 24. I shall let you know your role on the same day. What are the roles? They are:
- Discussion Director (raises questions—5-10 questions)
- Summarizer (summarizes reading selection—one paragraph)
- Illuminator (selects a key passage from each short story & comment on why you selected these passages—no more than 5 sentences per passage)
- Illustrator (creates visual aids such as graph or storyboard—comment in one paragraph why you chose your aids)
- Connector (relate on personal level to the works—no more than one paragraph)