Reflection: Relevance What Makes Us Happy? Analyzing Beatty's Speech to Determine the Answer - Section 2: Discussing the Homework


We spent almost 15 minutes just discussing the first quote on the worksheet students completed for homework. There was an interesting back-and-forth between two students in particular, with other students interjecting with examples. They were arguing about whether our school celebrates athletes more than intellectuals. The interesting part was that the debate wasn't an athletes v scholars situation. The girl mainly arguing that we should value scholars more than sports is a track star, who should herself spend more time on her academics. The boy primarily responsible for the opposite argument plays several sports and has a high GPA; he thinks that both are valued equally.


I wasn't too concerned about "who was right." Instead I was focused on what they were really debating about. Their debate suggested to me that my students do want to be challenged academically. They probably wouldn't argue for more work on a day-to-day basis, but they do recognize how important academics is.

  Athletes v. Scholars
  Relevance: Athletes v. Scholars
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What Makes Us Happy? Analyzing Beatty's Speech to Determine the Answer

Unit 9: Fahrenheit 451: The Hearth and the Salamander
Lesson 10 of 10

Objective: SWBAT come to discussions prepared and explicitly draw on preparation by referring to evidence from their homework during a well-reasoned exchange of ideas.

Big Idea: Is Beatty right about happiness?

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