I have worked mightily this year to develop my PLN with Web 2.0 tools, and I have found some great resources of teachers all over the world (follow great teachers CoolCatTeacher, Thespian70, or AngelaMaiers on Twitter or read Susan's blog on using tech well, J. Clark Evans's blog on melding teaching and tech, or Cruel Shoes about the big ideas of teaching). But talking face-to-face with the teachers in my own building cannot be replaced. To know that I am teaching with other great educators and that we are all trying to be the best we can be creates an energy that encourages me even more.
So, here are the essential questions our English department drafted for our core courses. These are all still in the working stages, so please help us revise if you have ideas.
Introduction to Genres (9th grade):
- What do we learn from the “masters” about how to write well?
- How can you use these tools to make your own writing “masterful”?
British Literature (10th grade):
- How can the written word change society?
- What is the "British literary tradition"? (first semester)
- How do these works challenge the traditions? (second semester)
American Literature (11th grade):
- Who am I as an American?
- How does the literature and an understanding of its chronology and themes show how we as a people came to be who we are today?
World Literature (12th grade, including AP English Lit):
- Who am I as a citizen of the world?
- How does the literature and an understanding of the geography and culture from which it came expand your world view?
I look forward to hearing your ideas, combining my real-life colleagues with my virtual ones.