Reflection: Student Ownership Legacy Research: Synthesizing Research and Presenting about Persistent Issues Facing Afghanistan (Day 2 of 2) - Section 4: Wrap-Up

 

As to pacing... I realize that a couple of my units have ended abruptly: this one, the writing about art, and the lost unit of the year on Reading Unbound.  Ideally, each unit would have an additional week of flex time, but I put a bit of pressure on myself to keep things moving and moving hard this year.  I was conscious of trying to make every day a sort of grand slam.  In an accel class, this pace would be fine.  For the bulk of my freshmen reading at grade level, it was a push, but they made it; for students 1-2 grade levels below (I had a couple of them), the pace was probably too quick.  These comment raise the opportunity for greater differentiation, a technique which I have emphasized much more greatly in certain years.  

As to your presentation of the unit, 'Ghosts of Afghanistan," I'd be curious to hear about how you decided to pace it.  Did you decide to expand the legacy research presentations at the end? Did you also include the letter writing assignment?  These are worthwhile endeavors, but I am curious how you might have meshed them with the priorities that exist in your school and curriculum for your students. 

  Pacing and expanding this last unit in the Afghanistan trilogy
  Student Ownership: Pacing and expanding this last unit in the Afghanistan trilogy
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Legacy Research: Synthesizing Research and Presenting about Persistent Issues Facing Afghanistan (Day 2 of 2)

Unit 9: Ghosts of Afghanistan: Exploring the legacy of the war(s) in research, media production, and letter writing
Lesson 5 of 5

Objective: SWBAT explain a key element in the legacy of the conflict in Afghanistan by reading multiple texts and reporting on them in a presentation.

Big Idea: My students tell us about the legacy of Afghanistan--complicated and worth studying. What's worth remembering as we go forward?

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