How can the written language be changed according to context, audience, and purpose? In this course, students explore the evolution of language in fiction and nonfiction, assess rhetorical and narrative techniques, identify and refine claims and counterclaims, and ask and answer questions to aid in their research. Students also evaluate and employ vocabulary and comprehension strategies to determine the literal, figurative, and connotative meanings of technical and content-area words and phrases.
Freedom Song [Mastery Project]
WHAT IS YOUR FREEDOM SONG?
Howard Zinn’s “Voices of a People’s History” project is hosting a poetry slam that honors past freedom fighters and inspires a new generation of leaders to fight for equality. You have been given a 2 to 3 minute time slot to present a freedom song in two parts. In the first part, you will embody the spirit of a civil rights leader whose work you find inspiring, and introduce who they are, the challenges they faced, and how they overcame them by applying sarvodaya. In the second part, you will perform your own freedom song by defining a challenge from your life and explaining how you will face it through sarvodaya.
Propaganda Remix [Mastery Project]
HOW CAN YOU SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER?
Building from the success of “Whose Values?” – American artist Barbara Kruger’s collaborative work with high school students in Los Angeles – the Museum of Contemporary Art and Institute for Propaganda Analysis are launching a digital exhibition called “Propaganda Remix,” featuring artwork that responds to propaganda in general or specific terms. You have been asked to submit an original piece of visual art for the online collection. Collage, poster, graphic design, and painting are all acceptable forms. Whether your work sends a message about the concept of propaganda or addresses a specific example of targeted messaging, your submission should also include an artist’s statement explaining your thought process and design.