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This site is designed for students and parents of Steve Chisnell’s programs at Royal Oak High School (MI). Public readership is welcome. You are welcome to use portions of Steve Chisnell’s posts with appropriate credit or citation. Student-authored work may be used by permission only.
I teach Language Arts courses at Royal Oak High School. Here are links to these classes, including some that I am not currently offering. Students and parents will find all of the necessary information about their courses here!
Being a part of the broader ROHS community means connecting into some of its many extra-curricular activities. I sponsor several, including Royal Oak Model United Nations, Interact youth Rotary, The Roost Student Union, and student service trips.
While my main goal with students is to improve their literacy, what that means becomes a bit complicated. Literacy means thinking critically–both deeply and broadly–about the culture in which we live and learn. Literacy means composition in traditional written forms but also oral performance, close reading skill, and digital composition. Developing literacy is a process rather than an end (I am still learning!), so experimentation, risk-taking, and failure are common: but growth as a writer composing within a dynamic world is not optional. This means authentic assessment projects, cross-disciplinary challenges, democratic participation and service, collaborative teamwork, professional discourse, and an inherent desire to learn are expected behaviors of the literate student.
Therefore, a student who earns an “A” on the seventh effort of an essay earns the same amount of credit as the student who earned it on the second try. It’s the success that matters. Equally, doing 100% of the assignments at 60% skill level does not demonstrate successful learning, and doing “extra credit” at the same level of performance may have once earned “points,” but points are not entirely relevant to grades. See the individual class pages to see how this is handled in each class and on MiStar.
Learning By Controversy and Inquiry
MYP and College Board
Technology Access Expectation
How do you even start in choosing a topic? Here’s one approach!
Topic: Christopher Columbus was Italian. What convinced the Spanish monarchy to support him instead of Spanish explorers? Eligible: Grades 9-12 LengthL 800-1200 words Form: Research essay with Works Cited Criteria: Historical accuracy, essay organization,...
Instructions and Strategies around Moodle use.
Education is Freedom.- Paulo Freire
What will destroy us:
When dialogue ends,
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