As I continue to revise my unit plan, I continue to ask myself the same question: what really needs to happen in these five weeks? Over the course of the year? I think my main conclusion is that we cannot accomplish all of the various activities that our students should experience and use the repetition strategy proposed in Understanding by Design. At least, we can’t do it in 50 to 80 minutes a day. Now, I’m personally for year-long school and interdisciplinary classes, but I know that’s not going to be the case in public schools for some time. So, I return to my question.
Is structuralist theory so important that it should be taught with more time and focus than feminist theory? Because structuralism and deconstructionism are more difficult to understand than African-American theory does it get taught instead? What about reading workshop and literature circles? What do we sacrifice in order to devote huge portions of time to these important activities? Do we do everything in a shortened version, so we can fit everything in? Is cooperation between grade levels the only way to exposed students to the array of necessary theories, expereinces and topics?
What do we think? Everyone must have some sort of opinion on this….