About 115 students spend a portion of their day in my classroom. Each one, in a multitude of ways, inspires me to be the best mentor I can be.
My students like to learn and to laugh, to think and to create, and to reflect upon themselves as individuals who, in even the smallest way, can change the world.
My students are naturally curious and refreshingly social. They manage to maintain a sense of humor even as they begin to assume greater responsibilities as students, as members of their families, and as citizens of our school and community. They are active learners who enjoy thinking, collaborating, analyzing, and connecting to the world around them. They are encouraging and supportive of each other and of me. They have helped to create a sense of community in the classroom - a learning family - and have become invested in not only their own learning but the learning of others.
They are going places, and I am so very proud of them.
In their senior year of English, students work through a comprehensive unit titled Lobbying for Social Change. Throughout the unit, students work to perfect their research, persuasive writing, and speech skills as they take a stand on a current social issue of their choice. Students work together through the peer editing process before they share their findings and urge their fellow classmates to join them in making a difference in the world.
The text Giving Reasons by David R.
Morrow will help students effectively and ethically use logical reasoning and sound arguments to take a stand on social issues they feel are important.
As an educator, my goal is to provide the deepest and most meaningful learning experiences for students. This unit, and the text requested through this project, will help students become critically thinking individuals who are capable of standing up for what they believe in.
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