Mr. Eure | Brewster High School
QORAS: Edelstein’s “Now Playing”
The following article and attendant set of questions on rhetoric and style have been edited and altered somewhat from the unit overview. Use these in place of those.
- Reading: “Now Playing at Your Local Multiplex: Torture Porn” by David Edelstein (2006)
- Thinking and Writing: Adversarial Questions on Rhetoric and Style (Edelstein)
You’ll have a day to read the article and start to answer the questions, and then we will break up a collective read-through by addressing as many of them as we can. This will be done as an adversarial, which means that you will be called on directly; after the initial attempt, you will be able to work in groups to flesh out answers, and you will earn points both individually and in groups toward a Q2 adversarial score. On Friday, you will be able to choose which of these questions we begin with; if you prepare in advance, you can accelerate your learning of the material by quite a bit.
Because next week is truncated by Thanksgiving, we will revisit our plans then. We may continue with Edelstein, switch to Dustin Rowles and Captivity, or break entirely for three days on Native American mascots. Regardless of the decision there, you can use the comments section of this post to earn adversarial credit for discussing and refining your understanding of these questions. [Note: Comments closed 11/28 at 7:30am.]
Note: You may also with to create a Google Drive document in which you collaborate in groups or as an entire class on these questions. That kind of work will earn you adversarial credit; just make sure to share the document with me before you get going.
Current U/E Score
Goal: 7 [GOAL MET]
Grade Abatement Rubric
Degrading* Guide v2.1
Final Salvo: Q4 Abatement Process
Alfie Kohn, "The Case Against Grades"
Michael Thomsen, "The Case Against Grades"
Peter Nonacs, "Why I Let My Students Cheat"
Sam Eifling, "The Outrage Over Students 'Cheating' Is Mostly Harmful Nonsense"
Progress Reports: Metacognitive Exercise
Self-Monitoring Case Studies
Occam's Razor and the Rhinoceros Test
Third Quarter Threshold
Answer every few nights:
Q1: What have I accomplished?
Q2: What have I learned?
Q3: What's next?
*This will be renamed "Grade Abatement" in the next version.