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    Foreign Language Dialogue - Four Days in September

    Overview: Students watch an excerpt of a foreign language film without sound and work in groups to craft a sample dialogue utilizing new vocabulary and grammar concepts.

    Goal: Grammar development and review

    Introduction/Background: In this simple language activity, students employ Portuguese and content knowledge to create a short dialogue that imagines what characters in the film Four Days in September are saying.  (Four Days in September is a Brazilian film based on Fernando Gabeira's book O que é isso Read more about Foreign Language Dialogue - Four Days in September

    Blitz Thesis

    Overview: Students respond to a quote by and formulating for and against arguments on the spot. 

    Goals: Encourages students to develop mental agility by constructing arguments quickly and helps prepare students for exams.

    Procedure:

    1. The instructor gives students a question or a quote from an author.  For example, this activity was done with two quotes from George Decker and Carl von Clausewitz.  
    2. Students are prompted to argue in favor or against.  They write for 5 minutes and lay out an argument, give Read more about Blitz Thesis

    Pre-Texts Poetry

    In this activity, students appropriate and manipulate the words, grammar and themes of a “classic” work in order to develop their own styles as creative writers. By turning an iconic medium into a popular genre, students learn that classic writers have done the same thing, borrowing and stealing other people’s words.   Read more about Pre-Texts Poetry

    Thought Essays

    In his Freshman Seminar, Professor John Dowling assigned both basic textbook readings and supplementary readings.  Since students were to lead the discussion of the supplementary readings, John ensured that they would have something to say by assigning weekly 1 page "thought essays" that required students to draw on ideas from the readings. Read more about Thought Essays

    Cells vs. Buildings

    Created by Kostia Bergman, Erin Cram, Wendy Smith, Scott Dobrin, Presque Isle, and Judith Roe, this lesson for an intermediate Cell Biology course encourages students to take a big-picture view of the cell by comparing cells to buildings in order to think about the dynamic processes within cells. The lesson utilizes a jigsaw and quick write. Read more about Cells vs. Buildings

    Name Five

    Kellie Carter Jackson, a Harvard College Fellow, created the game “Name Five” for her AAAS118 class. In the beginning of the class, she goes around the room and asks students to list five notable people of different ethnicities to help students understand the world and the power dynamics within it.

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    Theme and Variations: Understanding Musical Style

    This activity took place as part of an ongoing study of the various conventional forms in Classical music (sonata, concerto, etc.), and also contributed to a larger, semester-long conversation about the ways in which we deal with the nebulous concept of "style" in music. Coming into the class itself, students possessed a basic knowledge of musical rudiments such as melody and harmony. For this particular activity, students had already been introduced to the idea of a "Theme and Variations" form, and had listened to several examples.

    First, students are given a simple melody, Read more about Theme and Variations: Understanding Musical Style

    Reflection for Fine Tuning

    Overview: This reflective activity is designed to provide the instructor with feedback about students’ understanding of course concepts and about their experience with the course.

    Class: HGSE T139 Investigating Learning and Teaching Through Close Collaborative Examination of Student and Teacher Work

    Goals

    To assess students’ understanding of course concepts and their experience with the course

    To give students an opportunity to pay attention to their developing ideas and Read more about Reflection for Fine Tuning

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