Thursday, March 03, 2016

How will you incorporate the 2016 U.S. elections in your teaching?

American flag by Delaney Barnett
How will you incorporate the 2016 elections into your curriculum?

I'm putting together resources around the 2016 election, like I did for the 2012 elections. This fall the books I'll teach are Julius Caesar, 1984 and Unspun: Finding Facts in a World of Disinformation. Although Unspun was written about ten years ago, the concepts are still relevant today. For example this year I had students update Unspun with examples from 2015. Here's a link to the assignment.

As far as social annotation goes, my students will participate in "annotatathons" hosted by like these great speeches by previous American presidents. We'll also analyze the rhetoric of great American documents like the Declaration of Independence. Finally a project that I'm involved in is the Letters to the Next President 2.0 initiative sponsored by the National Writing Project and others.

That's what I've got so far. I'd like to see what others are thinking.

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