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Course Resources & Handouts

CLASS TURNITIN.COM INFORMATION:

FOR STUDENTS WHO HAVE NEVER USED TURNITIN BEFORE: 

  1. Go to www.turnitin.com.

  2. Click on "Create Account" in the upper righthand corner. 

  3. Click on the "student" link under "Create a New Account."

  4. Use the information below to enter in the class ID and password for Career Explorer, along with a valid email address and the other user information that it requests from you. Make sure to write your password down somewhere safe so you are able to login in the future!

  5. Once you get to the bottom, click on "I agree—Create Profile" and you're all set!

FOR STUDENTS WHO ALREADY HAVE A TURNITIN ACCOUNT:

  1. Click on the "Enroll in a Class" link and use the following information to add your Career Explorer class:

PERIOD 2, Fall 2016:

  • Class ID: 13351499

  • Password: grantmag

PERIOD 6, Fall 2016:

  • Class ID: 13351505

  • Password: grantmag

Week 3 (Writing Workshop #1)

CLASS NOTES:

Week 4 

UNIT 2 OVERVIEW:

This week we began the second unit of our class: The Meaning of Success: What is it and what does it look like?  We spent about two weeks clarifying and articulating our own definitions of success, while also examining the definitions of our parents and families, our school, and successful members of our society. We ended this by writing a paragraph in which you were asked to defend what you belief is the most compelling definition of success.

Now that each of us know what success is, we need to talk now about how we can achieve it. Our second unit—our longest of the semester—will be guided by the following essential questions:

  • What makes someone successful?

  • Why do some people succeed while others fail?

This unit will be broken down thematically into the following smaller modules:

A. Is It About Intelligence?

B. Who’s Got Talent?

C. Does Practice Make Perfect?

D. How Much Does Character Count?

E. Do Habits Help or Hurt?

F. What’s Environment and Opportunity Got To Do With It?

G. Evaluating Theories About Success: Socratic Seminar & Writing Workshop #2

H. Evaluating Real World Success: A Research Project

MODULE A: Is It About Intelligence?

In this module, you will be asked to consider the role that intelligence plays in our ability to achieve success. In doing so, we will tackle excerpts from the following readings:

  1. Armstrong, Thomas. 7 Kinds of Smart: Identifying and Developing Your Multiple Intelligences. Penguin, 1999.

  2. Colvin, Geoff. Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else. Penguin Books, 2010.

ACTIVE READING OBJECTIVES (ARO’s)

for Ch. 3 “How Smart Do You Have to Be?” (p. 36-44)

Vocabulary (Red Pen):

  • Any unfamiliar words that you find

  • Additional vocabulary:

    • Prodigious (38)

    • Innate (39)

    • Intelligence

    • IQ

 

Main Ideas (Blue Pen):

  • What does the experiment with SF suggest about intelligence and high achievement?

  • What is the author suggesting the term “smart” means?

  • What argument is the author making about the role of intelligence in high achievement?

 

Response & Analysis (Black Pen):

Take a look at your active reading rubric (in the course documents section of your binder) for a reminder about what kind of responses you can make with your black pen. These should definitively include:

  • Questions that come up for you

  • Connections that you are able to make to experiences you’ve had and/or discussions we have in class

  • Your opinions and evaluations about what’s being said

Week 5 

 

MODULE B: Who's Got Talent?

In this module, you will be asked to consider the role that talent plays in our ability to achieve success. In doing so, we will tackle excerpts from the following readings:

  1. Colvin, Geoff. Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else. Penguin Books, 2010.

  2. Duckworth, Angela. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance. 2016.

ACTIVE READING OBJECTIVES (ARO’s)

for Ch. 2 “Talent is Overrated” (p. 20-35)

 

Vocabulary (Red Pen):

  • Any key terms that you believe are essential to understanding the reading.

  • Any unfamiliar words that you find

 

Main Ideas (Blue Pen):

  • How does Colvin define “talent”? How does his definition differ from other more commonly used definitions?

  • Why does Colvin say that the concept of giftedness—or talent—is a “troubled” one?

  • What is Colvin’s thesis (i.e. his argument) about the role that talent plays in an individual’s ability to be successful?

  • On pages 25-25, Colvin provides a few case studies of individuals that we think of as incredibly talented. What does is he suggesting about the role that innate talent played for each of these people?

 

Response & Analysis (Black Pen):

Take a look at your active reading rubric (in the course documents section of your binder) for a reminder about what kind of responses you can make with your black pen. These should definitively include:

  • Questions that come up for you

  • Connections that you are able to make to experiences you’ve had and/or discussions we have in class

  • Your opinions and ideas about what’s being said

ACTIVE READING OBJECTIVES (ARO’s)

for Ch. 2 “Distracted by Talent” (p. 31-34)

 

Vocabulary (Red Pen):

  • Any key terms that you believe are essential to understanding the reading.

  • Any unfamiliar words that you find

 

Main Ideas (Blue Pen):

  • According to Duckworth, why is just looking at someone’s talent problematic?

  • Why does Duckworth include the story of Scott? What point is she making by telling us his story?

 

Response & Analysis (Black Pen):

Take a look at your active reading rubric (in the course documents section of your binder) for a reminder about what kind of responses you can make with your black pen. These should definitively include:

  • Questions that come up for you

  • Connections that you are able to make to experiences you’ve had and/or discussions we have in class

  • Your opinions and ideas about what’s being said

Week 9 

 

Mini-Investigation Project

Week 15 

 

Final Infographic Project