Operation Empathy: Week 4 DAY 1: SEPTEMBER 18th, 2017
Logistics…. • Book clubs launch on Friday. Have your book in hand. • Honors students, don’t forget to respond to one other person’s post on your discussion forum. Come prepared to discuss the chapter during lunch tomorrow. • Don’t forget that your college essay SECOND drafts are due on Thursday.
KNOW MORE Theatre Workshop • Bring your chair to Char’s room & return it at the end of the workshop (~12pm) • Bring your notebook, your pen, and your full attention. • Period 4 will begin at 12:45
Operation Empathy: Week 4 DAY 2: SEPTEMBER 19th, 2017
A word of warning… • You have a LOT of homework tonight (reading to prepare for tomorrow’s Socratic seminar). Plan your time and attention accordingly. • Your participation in tomorrow’s Socratic seminar – both when you are an observer and when you are participant – will be graded. You will help me determine your grade. Being prepared by doing the reading is the first step toward earning a strong grade.
Debriefing kNOw MORE theatre: • What was the most memorable or striking thing about the workshop? Why? • What did the workshop demonstrate about the use of theatre as a vehicle for raising awareness and/or cultivating empathy? Be specific.
What is verbatim theatre? Verbatim theatre is a form of documentary theatre which is based on the spoken words of real people. In its strictest form, verbatim theatre-makers use real people’s words exclusively, and take this testimony from recorded interviews. Source: http://www.dramaonlinelibrary.com
Digging into the process… . • React. What was powerful about this sketch? What didn’t work? • Unpack. Based on the materials in front of you, what steps do you think went into making this performance? Be as specific as possible. Work with 1-2 partners at your table to answer these questions. Be prepared to share out to the whole group.
Verbatim theatre sketches: group reveal! • These groups are SEMI-final, meaning you will talk and work with your assigned group for the next few days but I invite any final thoughts from you about topics and groupings. • With your group, start brainstorming for your own verbatim theatre sketches. Most important at this stage are the following questions: • Why do you think this empathy gap is important and troubling? • What ideas do you have for connecting to living resources and stakeholders on both sides of the gap?
Police // Communities of Color: Adrian, Vanessa, Rodrigo Introverts // Extroverts: Rene, Alex, Allie, Jacqui Theists // Atheists: Miguel, Alyssa, Arthur First Gen College Students // Non First Gen: Isabel, Samuel, Alexandra LGTBQ // Straight: Tori, Axcel, Riley Popular Students // Outcasts: Ika, Zavier, Verenice Liberals // Conservatives: Melissa, Makai, Jakob Rich // Poor: Raya, Lauren, Jazmine
Police // Communities of Color: Roman, Arianna, Max Introverts // Extroverts: Ilse, Raylene, Anastasia, Angelica Theists // Atheists: Livana, Dany, Emilio Popular Students // Outcasts: Elizabeth, Jenna, Ermel, Dario Homeless // Homeowners: Diego, Ariyani, Jose, Estevan Liberals // Conservatives: David, Ryelan, Dylan People with Mental Illness // People without: Camie, Litzye, Mariano
SOCIOLOGY launch • What do you think you know about sociology? • What questions or puzzles do you have?
Mini-lecture: What is sociology? • Driving question: What is society, and how does it shape and reflect human nature? • Emphasis on society: social classes, institutions and structures, social movements • Has its historical basis in studying industrialized western societies ("us") • Includes both qualitative methodology (ethnography) and quantitative methodology. • Macro-level focus: studies how the larger society and social trends affect individuals, families, and communities.
Read-aloud session: listening for the big picture… • Listen and annotate as Dr. Fine reads. Your goal is to try and capture the “big picture” of this introduction. What is the author, a sociologist of education, arguing ? Every 5 minutes or so I will stop and ask you and a partner to try to summarize.
Operation Empathy: Week 4 DAY 2: SEPTEMBER 19th, 2017
Socratic seminar questions: • What are Zora’s key personality traits? • In what ways does this portrait of Zora change the way that we (the readers) think about classroom “troublemakers”? • How does Shalaby accomplish this shift? What specific writing moves does she employ?
Debrief • Outsiders, talk with the insider that you were focusing on and give them kind, specific, and helpful feedback based on the rubric as well as our brainstorm. • Be ready to share out a piece of warm and cool feedback about the whole group, too.
Reflect • How did it feel to have a long-ish reading assignment to tackle independently? How did it feel to participate in a high(er) stakes discussion about the text without a lot of time to process it in small groups? • In one sentence, what is the main argument of this book?
Homework • Bring your revised second drafts of your college essay(s). If you are planning to write both a 650-word common application essay AND the 4 UC essays, polish what you have already been working on and bring a first draft of the other(s). • Bring 1 printed draft of your essay to class. • Remember that you must have your book club book IN HAND on Friday.
Operation Empathy: Week 4 DAY 4: SEPTEMBER 21st, 2017
Celebrating your seminar headlines: “Children are forced to conform to school while the school does not conform to them.” --Diego “The main argument of the book is to highlight the importance of encouraging uniqueness in an environment or system that forces obedience and sameness.” --Max “Delinquents” weren’t born that way. It is how they are treated, and how their emotions are handled in schools, that fosters the ‘delinquency.’” --Makai “We should think of ‘troublemakers’ as those who value freedom over conformity.” --Raya
Sociology debrief…. In Evicted, Harvard sociologist and Matthew Desmond follows eight families in Milwaukee as they struggle to keep a roof over their heads. Hailed as “wrenching and revelatory,” “vivid and unsettling,” Evicted transforms our understanding of poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving one of 21st-century America’s most devastating problems. Its unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible. UC Davis sociology major advertisement
Homework • Bring in your book club book tomorrow. • Next Friday will be our final long class session devoted to college essays. Bring in your polished drafts ready for an “editing for elegance” session.
Operation Empathy: Week 4 DAY 5: SEPTEMBER 22nd, 2017
Warm-up: with your book club group…. Proverb circle game…..
Book club meeting #1: getting organized! • Read through the book club role sheet as a group • Look in your emails for a message from me with a link to the book club organizing document. Please MAKE A COPY of this document in your google drive, share it with your group-members, and fill out the planning form. • Once you’ve decided what you will all read by Monday’s meeting, start your book together by reading out loud and pausing every 5 minutes to summarize in your own words what you are reading.
Book Clubs: Period 1/2 The Glass Castle: Zavier, Alexandra, Verenice, Jacqui Willow Weep for Me: Vanessa, Alex, Axcel, Alyssa Dreams from My Father: Samuel, Rodrigo, Melissa, Jakob An Unquiet Mind: Rene, Allie, Makai, Jazmine Just Mercy: Ika, Isabel, Tori, Raya Hillbilly Elegy: Miguel, Riley, Lauren, Adrian
Book Clubs: Period 3/4 The Glass Castle: Dario, Estevan, Jenna, Acel,Emilio, Natalie Willow Weep for Me: Arianna, Camie, Litzye, Ryelan Dreams from My Father: Dany, David, Ilse, Ermel Just Mercy: Max, Anastasia, Raylene, Mariano Romantic Violence: Livana, Roman, Dylan, Diego Burro Genius: Angelica, Ariyani, Elizabeth, Jose
9:30am: Prepping for today’s guest…. ABOUT National Conflict Resolution Center Mission Statement: We provide the resources, training and expertise to help people, organizations and communities manage and solve conflicts, with civility. Built on the principle that every dispute has a solution, the National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC) serves a variety of communities in both the public and private sectors — regionally, nationally and internationally. Our mission is to resolve issues with the highest possible degree of civility and equitability to all parties involved. NCRC was founded in 1983 by the University of San Diego Law Center and the San Diego County Bar Association. With more than 30 years of experience and over 20,000 cases managed, NCRC is recognized as an international leader in mediation instruction and conflict resolution.
What questions might you ask our NCRC guest which will be relevant to our work around empathy? To your specific projects?
Homework • Honors students, don’t forget to read the next assigned sections of The Empathy Exams and contribute to your discussion forums by Sunday night. • All: Read and prepare for your first book club meetings, which will be on Tuesday at the start of class.