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    Lesson plan:
    1) Essay question: Assess the influence of pop music in society today
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    2) Students are to watch 2 music videos http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zh6TsV4224 & http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eRApNHSRRk.
    3) After a class discussion on what they saw or heard from the video, groups are to develop a paragraph to answer the question.
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    Google Docs for the activity.
    Group 1
    Group 2
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    5) Class is then given time to make comments in Google Docs about the paragraphs written by other groups. Comments should follow the guideline of (Say something positive, and one area of improvement, and how they can improve it.
    6) Next lesson, the teacher can bring up the Google document and provide feedback on the paragraphs as well as comments made.

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  3. page Group 1 edited ... Lucy Li Na Original Lesson Title Objective of lesson: - How Students will learn to a…
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    - HowStudents will learn to add depth and breadth
    Original Lesson Description / Plan
    apply the knowledge glean from provided material to an essay question
    Lesson plan:

    1) Introduce students to Brainstorming Techniques (PowerPoint)
    a) ING (Individual, National, Global perspectives)
    b) PMI (plus-minus-interesting)
    c) SPECTRA
    2) Students are to come up with ideas using one
    Essay question: Assess the influence of the brainstorming techniques based on task sheet (on the right). Theypop music in society today
    2) Students
    are to use Google Docs.watch 2 music videos http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zh6TsV4224 & http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eRApNHSRRk.
    3) Invite other groups to view their work
    Conclusion: One mtd alone may not address the issue fully. Need for
    After a combination of methods.
    4) Write the question
    class discussion on what they saw or heard from the board. (Moral education is best left to the family. Discuss).
    Values line. Groups
    video, groups are to come up withdevelop a convincing argument asparagraph to where they should be placed onanswer the line vis-à-vis other groups.
    5) Additional links to reading materials via Delicious
    http://delicious.com/nailT (tag:moral)
    Your Task: Create a mindmap based on the Brainstorming technique – SPECTRA
    1) Name yourselves A,B,C,D
    2) The following
    question.
    4) Groups
    are some guiding questions for each perspective. Feel free to think of more:
    S: Does it benefit society? Why do we need moral education in society?
    P: Is moral education used as an ideological tool? Why is it compulsory for Singapore schools to conduct CME?
    E: How does moral education affect the economic situation of a country?
    C: What sort of beliefs should be taught in Civics lessons in school? Is it the same in all countries?
    T: Does technology have any effect on the morals of a society?
    R: Should moral education be religion-free/ race-free?
    3) Try to think of concrete examples to support your points.
    4) Write down any questions that surfaced in your group discussions.
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    use Google Docs
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Wednesday, July 29

  1. page Group 1 Lesson 2 edited ... Lesson 2 Lucy How Lesson Topic: Looking back at 2008 ... Outcome: Students will w…

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    Lesson 2 Lucy How
    Lesson Topic: Looking back at 2008
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    Outcome: Students willwould be able to use the Reasoning skills taught to evaluate
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    Prior Knowledge: The concepts used in the Reasoning FrameworkCritical Thinking Strategy has been taught
    Lesson Plan
    1. Using any of the quickStudents brainstorm technique, students are asked to recall
    2. Each student will then select what he thinks is the most significant event.
    3. Using the FPS Categories, studentsStudents will brainstorm
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    to get into small groups. Each member of the group will try to persuade the group to select his event basedgroups and decided on the extent of the impact.event that they want to work with.
    5. Teacher will demonstrate the use of the Reasoning Framework taught to evaluate an event,event from 2008 for example:
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    U.S. history.
    6. Students

    6. The group
    will be given 20 minutes tothen evaluate thean event which they have selected.
    7. Students will present their response
    decided to the rest of the class.
    Incorporating ICT
    I intend
    work on.
    Follow up Activity
    Students are
    to get studentsread and review current events. They are to practiseread the daily newspaper and to review any event they find significant. A useful resource that the student can access is "Newpapers Online" or any other online newpapers which can be accessed via http://www.shambles.net/pages/school/NewPonline/
    Students can blog
    their reasoning skill while commenting on somethoughts of certain current issues that I posedevent on mythe blog which I created.that has been created for them so that other students can read them and perhaps respond to them. The blog is available here http://nyjc2009.blogspot.com/2009/04/e-learning-week-lessonassignment-2.html
    Note from Chris (after the workshop)
    Other resources that might be useful on the internet are "Newspapers Online" .... there are some cool websites that visually display the front page headlines from a number of different online and paper based .. all on one webpage ... have a look at the list at
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    To recap:
    Your TS presents your stand and also some form of scope concerning your essay.
    ItThe TS is usually found at
    You will need to analyse the essay question and brainstorm points before you can take a stand and finally formulate your thesis statement.
    Now try building a thesis statement at Thesis Builder! (Click Back on your browser after you are done to return here!)
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    Students to be paired up to write thesis statements for 2 essay questions on wikispaces
    http://docs.google.com/#all
    Alternatively this step can be a pen and paper exercise so as to speed up the lesson.
    What is a thesis statement? Watch the following video to find out.
    To recap:
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Wednesday, July 22

  1. page Group 2 edited ... Remember to click on the 'save' button! 1) Is marriage an outdated notion in today's world? …
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    Remember to click on the 'save' button!
    1) Is marriage an outdated notion in today's world?
    YES, marriage is outdated.
    1. Basic functions of marriage in the past, such as economic/political alliances of families and preservation of group identities are no longer relevant in modern society.
    à However, these functions largely have a value in countries that still cling on to their ancestral ideas such as rural parts of Pakistan or India. Where such influences have been overtaken by an urban metropolis, these reasons no longer hold true.
    2. The basic theory of economic dependence on the male is no longer a good reason marriage, for women in modern societies are educated, have good and stable careers and thus are economically independent.
    à However, this theory still works for the millions of illiterate women who live in the third world and more conservative nations such as in Afghanistan. Nevertheless, such women though illiterate, now have more avenues to skills training, jobs and therefore a higher, albeit minimal, level of economic independence.
    3. Getting married as a consequence of falling in love is increasingly outdated in many countries. Many women are now happy with cohabitation which promises love without the hassles of legal commitment, multiple relationships which promises no commitments, or even no relationships, just pleasurable sex!
    4. Having children is not a reason for getting married. The need and fulfillment of having children is seen as separate and different from the need and fulfillment of getting married. Procedures like IVF and surrogacy allow people to have children without spouses. Famous celebrities like Jodie Foster, Michael Jackson demonstrate that. Even adoption is possible, think Angelina Jolie.
    5. People with different sexual orientations like lesbians and homosexuals (which is increasingly common with modern western societies) would not see the need for marriage. Those who would try to have gay marriages dilute and mock the whole idea of marriage.
    NO, marriage is not outdated.
    1. There are those who insist on the sacrosanctity of the family and that marriage is the fundamental institution that creates the family. Many psychologists and educationists too reiterate this notion. Single parent tend to be able to give less attention to their children, thus there is a higher co-relation between juvenile delinquency and single parent families.
    2. Marriage and family is also fundamental to religion. While modern, most societies have not abandoned religion and therefore marriage.
    3. Marriage also protects the rights of women since it is a legally binding contract between a man and a woman. This prevents men from having multiple partners and commits them to providing for their families.

    Type your thesis statement here!
    Name
    Thesis Statement
    2)“Youth is wasted on the young” (George Bernard Shaw). Do you agree?
    YES, youth is wasted on the young
    1. Youth lacks wisdom/ worldly experience/ focus/ discipline to direct it to worthwhile endeavours.
    2. Young people do not appreciate sufficiently the preciousness of youth and its transience.
    3. Young people do not always make use of the opportunities given to them – due to the “arrogance” of youth and a feeling that the future extends indefinitely.
    4. The energy of youth is often misdirected to unworthy causes – eg. Rebellion against the establishment (rebel without a cause), teenage angst.
    5. Today’s young people are capable of a lot more than they currently undertake (eg. The years are wasted “partying”).
    NO, youth is NOT wasted on the young
    1. Youth is its own justification – it wouldn’t be so valued if it were not a time of follies and fancies, of innocence.
    2. The premise comes from a world-weary perspective. We can only appreciate something when time has given us sufficient distance to look back at it with nostalgia.
    3. Young people today are more self-conscious and are more inclined to capitalize on their youthful energies and creativity.
    4. Although there are individuals who “waste their youth”, this would not be true in the general scheme of things. Tendency for adults to over-generalize.

    Type your thesis statement here!
    Name
    Thesis Statement
    Reflections on the above lesson for the GP teacher (Updated 21st July 2009)
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    any question.
    Thesis-builder

    Thesis-builder
    is extremely
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    extremely useful.
    For the third part of the lesson, students can instead be grouped instead of paired to work on a thesis statement for one specific question given to all groups. The final products can be put up on wikispaces/google.docs for other groups to add comments or revise. Alternatively, the groups' different thesis statements can be written on mahjong paper or simply on the whiteboard for the class & teacher to critique in a class discussion. Much faster and does not require booking a computer lab too!
    Have fun!
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    For teachers:
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    to blogs:
    Thesis statement Rap - possible intor about what a thesis statement is.
    http://technorati.com/videos/youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D5AAOkoITNBw
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  2. page Group 2 edited ... Now try building a thesis statement at Thesis Builder! (Click Back on your browser after you a…
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    Now try building a thesis statement at Thesis Builder! (Click Back on your browser after you are done to return here!)
    Had fun? Now work on the following task with your partner.
    Task:
    l Work with your partner to craft a thesis statement on the 2 following questions on wikispaces.
    Instructions:
    One of you should compose a basic thesis statement on question 1 first. (Use blue font)
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    red font)
    Now swop your roles for question 2.
    Remember to click on the 'save' button!
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    3. Getting married as a consequence of falling in love is increasingly outdated in many countries. Many women are now happy with cohabitation which promises love without the hassles of legal commitment, multiple relationships which promises no commitments, or even no relationships, just pleasurable sex!
    4. Having children is not a reason for getting married. The need and fulfillment of having children is seen as separate and different from the need and fulfillment of getting married. Procedures like IVF and surrogacy allow people to have children without spouses. Famous celebrities like Jodie Foster, Michael Jackson demonstrate that. Even adoption is possible, think Angelina Jolie.
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    of marriage.
    NO, marriage is not outdated.
    1. There are those who insist on the sacrosanctity of the family and that marriage is the fundamental institution that creates the family. Many psychologists and educationists too reiterate this notion. Single parent tend to be able to give less attention to their children, thus there is a higher co-relation between juvenile delinquency and single parent families.
    2. Marriage and family is also fundamental to religion. While modern, most societies have not abandoned religion and therefore marriage.
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    their families.
    Type your thesis statement here!
    Name
    Thesis Statement
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    you agree?
    YES, youth is wasted on the young
    1. Youth lacks wisdom/ worldly experience/ focus/ discipline to direct it to worthwhile endeavours.
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    3. Young people do not always make use of the opportunities given to them – due to the “arrogance” of youth and a feeling that the future extends indefinitely.
    4. The energy of youth is often misdirected to unworthy causes – eg. Rebellion against the establishment (rebel without a cause), teenage angst.
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    wasted “partying”).
    NO, youth is NOT wasted on the young
    1. Youth is its own justification – it wouldn’t be so valued if it were not a time of follies and fancies, of innocence.
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    3. Young people today are more self-conscious and are more inclined to capitalize on their youthful energies and creativity.
    4. Although there are individuals who “waste their youth”, this would not be true in the general scheme of things. Tendency for adults to over-generalize.
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    statement here!
    Name
    Thesis Statement
    Reflections on the above lesson for the GP teacher (Updated 21st July 2009)
    Teachers may find it more useful to use their own powerpoint slides or materials to first teach thesis-statement writing. The slides found from slideshare tend to be geared towards a more general style of writing rather than for GP essays, where thesis statements have to be carefully crafted to address the key requirements of any question.
    Thesis-builder is extremely helpful in helping beginning GP students to craft evaluative thesis-statements. However the final product is in mangled English and still requires students to rewrite it grammatically. Nevertheless, Thesis-builder is highly recommended. My JC1 students found it extremely useful.
    For the third part of the lesson, students can instead be grouped instead of paired to work on a thesis statement for one specific question given to all groups. The final products can be put up on wikispaces/google.docs for other groups to add comments or revise. Alternatively, the groups' different thesis statements can be written on mahjong paper or simply on the whiteboard for the class & teacher to critique in a class discussion. Much faster and does not require booking a computer lab too!
    Have fun!

    For teachers:
    U tube videos linked to blogs:
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    Listservs.com:
    **http://listservs.net/How-Do-You-Write-a-Thesis-Statement.html?afdt=I0mVzoB3tKIKEwiA7fOJsa6ZAhUCMhoKHXJh2fcQAhgBIAMwoaanDlChpqcOUKWUrQ5Qx6f2DlDLuosPUKXq_xNQypH2rgE**

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Wednesday, June 17

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