Reflection: Discourse and Questioning Fiction as Argument Day 2: The Arguments of Ready Player One by Ernest Cline - Section 3: Defining Virtual Environments


Today turned out to be a very thoughtful conversation, particularly after I explained some of my own reflection on the topic and provided the American Pickers example, followed by asking one of the students who has frequently expressed her liking of Miley Cyrus, if she had lots of posters, etc.  This example got the light bulbs flashing.  The free-write immediately after also seemed productive, since a lot of students participated in the discourse afterwards.  As the facilitator of the discussion, I frequently followed comments by asking how we saw that happen in the book, such as how Halliday not only created OASIS as an escape, but also filled it with 80s pop culture to go back to his own youth.

Most importantly, I thought this discussion really helped students understand the fact that they should think about terms from multiple points of view.  Additionally, I think this will help them think more broadly as they move into their own writing.

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Fiction as Argument Day 2: The Arguments of Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Unit 8: Thematic Unit: Popular Culture
Lesson 13 of 16

Objective: SWBAT consider how a concept or term can be defined in multiple ways to create more complex central ideas.

Big Idea: A virtual world to escape to doesn't always have to be through a screen.

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