The short story that we have been studying over our last few classes, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," involves a man being hanged for a war crime. This story naturally leads into a discussion of the death penalty in our society.
We began class with students getting into groups based on their opinion on the death penalty (for, against, somewhere in between, etc). Then, groups worked to discuss and compile a list of the most convincing arguments for their group's position. Each group then had a chance to share their strongest arguments with the class.
I was very impressed with the level of maturity and respect shown in these discussions. We will be doing more current topic discussions like this in the future, and I will be expecting the same level of maturity in future discussions.
Your homework is to read the attached article on the events of 9/11 and complete the comprehension questions.
Chris Trompas - English teacher at the Learning Choice Academy in Chula Vista and La Mesa, CA.