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FINAL EXAM DUE DATE: MONDAY, JUNE 13 @ 7:50 AM
TOTAL DAYS: 28 (19 IN CLASS)

Each week will be broken into solo work, conferencing, and optional collaborative workshops.  Students are responsible for the careful structuring of their time; outside of the individual conferences, there are no checks on the use of resources.  Computers will be available during every period.  See the calendar at the bottom of this post for more information.


THE PROMPT: Acting as an instructor, design a ten-day unit of study for use in a high school Media Studies course.  Assume that you have two weeks, with one weekend after Day #5, and that the final assessment is due on Day #10.

You must include the following in your unit of study:

  1. Essential Questions: The backbone of the unit.  Use the guide available here: EQ Guide 2.0.
  2. Background and Introduction: Your approach on Day #1.  How will you introduce the unit to students?
  3. Central Texts: Essays, videos, interactive media, etc.—the pieces you will read and study in and out of class.  You must annotate and otherwise prepare these texts for the students.
  4. Individual and Group Activities: Work completed in class.  Usually built around the central texts.  If these activities will result in student products—writing especially—create an answer key.
  5. Homework: Assigned as preparation for the next day or extension of the current lesson: You must create answer keys or rubrics for all homework assignments.
  6. Adversarial Questions: Can be given in class or online.  Can be open-ended or highly specific.  You must create an answer key for your adversarial.
  7. Final Writing Assessment: Culmination of the unit.  Can combine analysis and creativity.  You must create your own response to this final prompt that can be used as a model.

The final exam is due in class and to Turnitin before the last day of school, or June 13  All materials must be submitted online before 7:50am; all hard copies must be handed in before the end of that day.  In addition, you must submit:

  • A Reflection: Analyze your process.  Reflect on the final product itself.  Evaluate your own strengths and weaknesses.  This is also due online on June 13 by 7:50 am, and must be typed according to MLA guidelines.

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