Appendix AA: Mini Lesson: Appreciation Letters Pg. 87-92
Appendix BB: Mini Lesson: Appreciation Letters PowerPoint Pg. 93
Appendix CC: Peer Editing Evaluation for Appreciation Letters Pg. 94
Appendix DD: Letter of Appreciation Rubric Pg. 95
Appendix EE: “Diaries, Biographies and Historical Fiction” PowerPoint Pg. 96
Appendix FF: Diary, Historical Fiction and Biography References Pg. 97
Appendix GG: Historical Fiction Writing Prompt and Evaluation Pg. 98
Appendix HH: Literature Talks Self Evaluation Pg. 99-100
Appendix II: Active Listener, Responder and Participator Self Evaluation Pg. 101-102
See CD ROM [A]IntroSlideShow.ppt
K- What I Know About Remembrance Day W- What I Want to Know About Remembrance Day L-What I Learned
About Remembrance Day Appendix B
See CD ROM [C]PoppyPresentation.ppt
Why Wear a Poppy? "Please wear a poppy," the lady said,
And held one forth, but I shook my head,
Then I stopped and watched as she offered them there,
And her face was old and lined with care;
(If so, why? If not, why not?)
Please read and reflect upon the poem Why Wear a Poppy? by Don Crawford. Respond to the Crawford poem and discuss your feelings and opinions based on the reading. Also provide a personal reflection on why YOU wear a poppy on Remembrance Day. Questions to consider include:
Do you know a war veteran?
Did you lose a grandparent or family member to war?
Do you wear a poppy because it is expected?
Have you ever been to a Remembrance Day ceremony?
Please be as honest as possible. You will not be required to share your response with the class. I will not expect polished prose. Your grades will not be based on grammar, spelling, punctuation or any other technical aspect of writing. Instead your grades will be based upon quality and how well you reflected on the Crawford poem and the question of why you wear a poppy. There are no length restrictions however, a one page entry would be appropriate but you are welcome to write more if you feel the need.
Rubric for Class Discussions and Participation
Surpasses expectation consistently
Freely offers their opinions, feelings and ideas.
Listens carefully so they can link what they know with what others know.
Gives facts and reasons to support their opinions.
Asks clarifying questions and makes clarifying statements.
Responds to other people’s questions, interests, problems, and concerns.
Offers suggestions without dominating the discussion.
Supports others by indicating that they are interested in what is being said (ex. Gestures, facial expressions and posture).
Offers positive feedback to other group members whether they agree or not.
Rubric for Reflection Journals
The response demonstrates a superior understanding of the assigned reading and careful reflection upon the questions posed.
The response is clear as are the ideas, opinions and emotions of the writer.
The response is logical and easy to follow.
The writer is confident, and demonstrates a strong personal engagement with the subject.
The response is interesting and unnecessary information has been omitted.
The response demonstrates a sound understanding of the assigned reading and reflection upon the questions posed.
The response is clear for the most part as are the ideas, opinions and emotions of the writer.
The response is logical and easy to follow for the most part.
The writer has a strong voice and demonstrates a personal engagement with the reading.
The response holds the attention of the reader.
The response does not demonstrate a sound understanding of the reading and shows little reflection upon the questions posed.
The main idea is unclear. It is hard to figure out what the writer is trying to say.
Comments seem to be general and random. It is not easy to follow.
The writer’s voice is weak and does not demonstrate a personal engagement with the reading.
Much of the writing simply fills space, it seems as though the writer is struggling to find things to say.
Reflection Journal: Why Wear a Poppy?
I found the Crawford poem Why Wear a Poppy very thought provoking. I think this poem adequately represents the majority of attitudes and opinions concerning Remembrance Day. Some people wear poppies because they understand first hand the importance of remembering the sacrifices made by the soldiers of World War I and World War II. They understand that we live freely today because of the actions of these brave men and women. This importance is often heightened when the person has a family member who died in the war or who survived to tell their stories of horror and devastation. Others wear poppies year after year but never fully appreciate or understand what the poppy symbolizes. Still there are others who don’t wear poppies at all.
Often the sacrifices made by war veterans are forgotten and neglected. As time goes on and we move farther from 1945 (the end of the Second World War) there are less fewer and less surviving veterans to share their experiences, which allows forgetting to become easier. More and more frequently we come across people like myself who don’t know someone personally that participated in the wars. Those who have been affected directly by the war see this as an emotional time of year, however as generations are furthered from this experience the emotion often becomes less intense. I think as a nation we need to come together and conserve these memories and the messages of our veterans. We need to celebrate our countries heroes, and keep their legacies alive.
I found this poem very touching, as I can imagine I would feel the same way as the lady passing out the poppies had my son gone to war and not returned. If I were her I also would want to know that his sacrifice and those made by others like him was not forgotten or taken for granted. The message presented in the poem is that it is our duty as people who benefit from the sacrifices made by soldiers to remember their bravery and honor. I agree with this statement and don’t think that this remembrance should only take place for one minute, once a year. Why should we give up only one minute of our time, every twelve months when they gave up their entire lives?
When I was younger I wore a poppy because my mom would buy me one and pin it on my jacket. Today I recognize the significance of the poppy and wear it with pride. I think the efforts and sacrifices made by veterans both dead and alive should be celebrated, and I don’t think that wearing a poppy is enough. We need to educate ourselves about the conditions that these men and women faced and acknowledge their bravery and honor and all that they have given us.
This November when I put a poppy on my coat, I will not be thinking of one soldier in particular because I do not know anyone personally that served in the war or lost their life in these battles for freedom. So I will wear my poppy for all the men and women who participated in and gave their lives to the war effort so I could enjoy the life that I enjoy today. I will attempt to keep this in my mind and heart not only on November 11th but everyday throughout the entire year. I will also be thankful and think about the men and women today who are overseas in areas of fighting and devastation participating in peace keeping endeavors.
Checklist: Am I being an Active Listener and
Effectively Contributing to Classroom Discussions?
Active, effective listening is a habit, as well as the foundation of effective communication. Active listening intentionally focuses on who you are listening to, whether in a group or one-on-one, in order to understand what he or she is saying. As the listener, you should then be able to repeat back in your own words what they have said to their satisfaction. This does not mean you agree with, but rather understand, what they are saying.
Are you focusing your attention on the subject or speaker?
Have you review mentally what you already know about the subject?(previous lectures, TV programs, newspaper articles, web sites, prior real life experience, etc.)
Have you avoided distractions?(Seated yourself appropriately close to the speaker and distractions such as a window, a talkative neighbor, noise, etc.)
Are you acknowledging any emotional state?(Suspend emotions until later, or passively participate unless you can control your emotions).
Have you set aside your prejudices and opinions? (Remember, you are present to learn what the speaker has to say, not the other way around).
Are you actively listening?
Are you focusing on the person communicating? (Follow and understand the speaker as if you were walking in their shoes and be sure to listen with your ears but also with your eyes and other senses).
Are you aware? Are you non-verbally acknowledging points in the speech?(Let the argument or presentation run its course; don't agree or disagree, but encourage the train of thought).
Are you involved? (Actively respond to questions and directions; be sure that your body language reflects this).
Presentations: During A Q & A: If you are posing a question:
Are you quickly expressing you appreciation?
Are you briefly summarizing a preliminary point?
Have you asked the relevant question?
If you are making a point:
Are you quickly expressing your appreciation?
Have you briefly restated the relevant idea as presented?
Have you stated your idea, interpretation, reflection?
Have you invited a response?
Get contact information for later reference
Invite friends/classmates for discussion afterward
Write out a summary with questions for further review.
Are you voicing your opinion at the appropriate time in classroom discussions?
Is your opinion based on the text, other readings, class discussions, library sources, experts in the topic, as well as your own experience?
Are you listening carefully to what your teacher and classmates are saying?
Are you making notes of the points you wish to answer or discuss or question? (Remember: a question is as valuable as an opinion in the course of discussion.
It shows that you are trying to understand others, as well as be understood!)
Are you introducing your contribution with a quick summary of the discussion or point... i.e. “As I understand it....” (This shows that you are trying to understand,
shows where you are in understanding the main idea).
Are you certain that you are being clear to the class and teacher in your summary and when expressing your opinion?
Are you trying to keep your comments to the point?
Are you referring to your notes to back up your opinions?
When making an argument, are you beginning with examples from the author or teacher, but generally using your own examples to show your agreement with their point of view?
Discussions based upon readings:
Have you studied course lectures, articles, texts?
Did you find the author's thesis and restate it in your own words?
Have you decided what your opinion or reaction is to the author's thesis?
Voice a well-informed opinion.
Listen and try to understand others' opinions.
Respect others’ opinions and insist on being respected for yours.
Focus your contribution on your analysis of the topic, your reaction, your opinion, and finally your openness to understand others.