Based on your reading, annotation, and discussion of "Letter from Birmingham Jail,"
write 2 TE/EA structure paragraphs:
The first paragraph should address the NATURE of MLK’s argument: what is he arguing and what is his key evidence?
The second paragraph should address how he presented his argument – how did he use structure, tone, diction, etc. to persuade his audience?
Due tomorrow Tuesday 10/3
•T: topic sentence – what the point of this paragraph will be!
•E: evidence – quote from the text (don’t forget to contextualize)
•E: explanation – explain HOW this quote supports the main point you brought up in the T-sentence
--> Do 2 rounds of E/E per paragraph!
•A: analysis – tie all the pieces together… why does all this matter? What’s the take-away here?
Over this past week, we have paraphrased, discussed, enacted, and analyzed the different legal approaches presented by William Shakespeare in the courtroom scene of The Merchant of Venice. In thinking about our modern world, most of you believed that Legal Positivism is the more appropriate approach, though a few of you held out for the concept of Natural Law... so let's turn to a modern world situation and text!
This weekend, please read through and annotate Martin Luther King Jr's "Letter from Birmingham Jail." Once you have done so, use the back to answer the 3 questions about MLK's purpose, argument and tone in this letter.
If you have misplaced your handout or were absent on Friday, click HERE to go to a digital copy of the text and assignment!
Due in class Monday 10/2
If you missed class today, start by clicking HERE to watch a video summary of the whole play. Watch it through 2-3 times to make sure you understand who the different characters are and what is going on with the plot.
TASK --> Read through your script of Act 4, scene 1. Annotate FULLY, making little notes in the margins for:
1) unfamiliar vocabulary
3) legal philosophies we've talked about
4) any comments or questions you may have
DUE MONDAY 9/25
**If you didn't get a copy of the script, click HERE to access a digital copy.
Select ONE of the three task options to show your understanding of Hobbes' and Locke's philosophies regarding governance, human nature, and law.
If you need another copy of the task descriptions and requirements, click HERE!
DUE Tuesday 9/12
BEFORE class tomorrow (Thurs 9/14), please complete the paraphrasing and personal response columns next to the excerpted comments from Hobbes' and Locke's thoughts on governance and the role of law.
Completing these handouts will help you prepare for our discussion tomorrow!
--> we will be discussing and debating the key elements of their opposing philosophies, as well as examining how their ideas inform many of the systems and practices in our country today.
*If you lost your handouts, you can find the digital copies here on pages 1 -4.
Today you read, reflected upon, and discussed a number of famous quotes about the law. You also selected one quote to ruminate on over the weekend. If you need to see the quotes again, click HERE.
*To ruminate (verb) - to think deeply about something.
Your task --> write a one paragraph rumination about the quote you selected, using TE/EA structure to organize your thoughts. Paragraph is due in class on Monday, September 11.
T- (topic sentences) Take a stance in reaction to the quote (Do you agree? Disagree? Are you surprised? Disappointed? Inspired? Angry?). Make sure you’re also interpreting the quote - saying what you believe it means.
E/E- (evidence& explanation) Explain why you had this response to the quotation or discuss how your thinking about the quotation has developed. Use at least two specific reasons or examples to show your thinking and/or make connections (consider things you’ve read about or witnessed or experienced).
A - (analysis) What is a take-away from this quote? What is an important effect or message that this quote can have on our thinking and/or understanding? What, if anything, is still troubling or confusing?
*See an exemplar paragraph below -
you are welcome to use it as a model, but do not directly copy the language or ideas.
As long as there is no law in Burma, any individual here can be arrested at any time.
- Aung San Suu Kyi
This quote by Aung San Suu Kyi surprises me because it seems to say that there is a big difference between a country having law and having a security force. For most people, interactions with the law are with officers of the law, particularly the police. Kyi is saying that those officials actually have more power and operate more freely in the absence of law. This sounds like a paradox, but it makes me think about how easily the power to imprison people can be abused. Kyi’s quote reminds me of times in history when a king or queen could do whatever they wanted to anybody because there was no force more powerful than they were to make them behave according to certain standards. The quote also reminds me of news stories describing CIA “black sites” where, because they do not officially exist, officers do not have to follow human rights standards and laws against torture. Overall, this quote challenges the common perception of law as a power possessed by officers with the power to arrest, and instead reminds us that a country with a good, functioning system of law is actually supposed to offer us protections and rights against the overuse or misuse of power by security forces. Kyi is telling us that the word “law” is more than just a term meaning rules and the punishments for breaking them; it is a term that can refer to a broader, orderly political system that offers equal protections to all citizens of a country.
You need to get your syllabus signed AND sign yourself up for Remind - please have both done by Monday 9/11.
1) Everyone received a copy of the syllabus in class, but if you misplaced it, you can find a digital copy HERE.
2) For REMIND, if you're in A block, click HERE and use class code alawandlit.
If you're in F block, click HERE and use class code flawandlit.
As always, you can also just text YOUR class code to the number 81010!
10th grade Law & Literature
Through a mix of fiction and non-fiction texts as well as discussion and writing, students will explore the social and ethical questions of making and enforcing laws.