The revised activity is a group discussion activity on an essay students will read ("The Man on The Moon" by Annas) and also on the movie, Gattaca, to which the essay connects. Students will use google groups to discuss the following questions (they will have to post replies to one from the first two and one from the latter two :
1. Discuss Annas' claims about holy wars from the era of the crusades to Columbus and labelling the enemy as "other." Why do you think religion is used in this way?
2. Discuss what was different about WW II and the process Nazis used to think of Jews as "other."
3. According to Norman Mailer, the voyage of Apollo to the moon can be seen as either grandeur or madness. Discuss how the possibility of grandeur can be supported.
4. According to Norman Mailer, the voyage of Apollo to the moon can be seen as either grandeur or madness. Discuss how the possibility of madness can be supported.
At the end of this lesson, students will be able to
- Use google groups for discussion with other classmates (Application)
- Examine Annas' claims in the essay (Analysis)
- criticize the validity of Annas' claims (Evaluation)
- connect evidence and ideas offered by Annas with evidence and ideas from other readings (Synthesis)
At the first iteration of the activity, students will connect with classmates from the class. Such connection contains an element of artificiality I dislike, yet there are advantages to some discussions happening in writing—students do not take good notes during class discussion so if a discussion is to be the first step in a paper scaffolding process (which this activity is) then having the responses in writing helps students immensely. Nonetheless, over time this activity will allow students to also examine ideas of students from previous semesters who have responded using google groups. Ideally, in the event that I am teaching two sections of the same ENG 101 class, students will also be able to connect across sections