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Project Based Learning - Words with Meaning. I am considering reconstructing my class to implement project based learning.

Project Based Learning - Words with Meaning

I currently give fairly open guidelines for the five essays my students write (narrative, report, argument, literary analysis, and choice [business letter, personal statement, formal e-mail, or proposal]). My students are allowed to fill in the topic for each of their essays, sans the literary analysis where they must focus on the assigned course book, but can analyze it from whatever viewpoint they would like. My Current Classroom Structure I believe that when an assignment has meaning to a student they are more likely to put in effort toward it because they care about it and it is important to them. I have seen evidence of this belief already in the three semesters I have taught. What is Project Based Learning? I would like to take the idea of motivating students to write one step further with Project Based Learning (PBL). John Larmer and John R. How I will Implement PBL into My Classroom A. B. C. D. E. F. G. Banned Books Week: Slaying Censorship.

Credit: Heather Wolpert-Gawron I am an avid celebrator of Banned Books Week.

Banned Books Week: Slaying Censorship

It becomes a way to make reading sexy -- the exact opposite of what those who challenge or ban books have intended. Cue evil laughter. The American Library Association's Banned Books Week is a way to celebrate brave and creative authors -- and the freedom to read, yes. Project-Based Approach to Teaching Satire - The Tech Classroom. Swift's "A Modest Proposal" A Modest Proposal (abridged)Jonathan Swift, 1729 A modest proposal for preventing the children of poor people in Ireland from begin aburden to their parents or country, and for making them beneficial to the public It is a melancholy object to those who walk through this great town or travel in the country, when they see the streets, the roads, and cabin doors, crowded with beggars of the female sex, followed by three, four, or six children, all in rags and importuning every passenger for an alms.

Swift's "A Modest Proposal"

These mothers, instead of being able to work for their honest livelihood, are forced to employ all their time in strolling to beg sustenance for their helpless infants: who as they grow up either turn thieves for want of work, or leave their dear native country to fight for the Pretender in Spain, or sell themselves to the Barbadoes. I shall now therefore humbly propose my own thoughts, which I hope will not be liable to the least objection.

Many other advantages might be enumerated. A Modest Proposal (Audiobook) A Modest Proposal - Official Trailer. A Modest Proposal Questions. A Modest Proposal. A_presidential_candidate. Who Needs Books? For a long time I have been saying that actually reading books is overrated.

Who Needs Books?

Now I have an unlikely ally: librarians. The librarians of Fairfax County, Virginia, have reinvented the idea of the library for the 21st century. "A book is not forever," says Sam Clay, the director of the system. "If you have 40 feet of shelf space taken up by books on tulips and you find that only one is checked out, that's a cost. " So Clay has set out to purge from Fairfax County libraries all 40 feet of tulip books, which were apparently purchased during the great Tulip Mania of the 17th century. Books that bored me to tears when I was young and forced to read them in school are finally getting their just desserts. As Ezra Klein, who had always struck me as suspiciously bookish, points out, a library shouldn't be a "dusty repository of the classics.

" Groups like the American Library Association are always complaining about books being "censored" by libraries. Share This Post Rate This Post on BlogoWogo. Comparing Literary Works Satire. Seeking Social Justice Through Satire: Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal” ReadWriteThink couldn't publish all of this great content without literacy experts to write and review for us.

Seeking Social Justice Through Satire: Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal”

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