Monday, October 29, 2007

A Lesson Plan That Won't Be

Here's a lesson plan that won't be used in my class.

Set Induction : 3D Picture of a Glock

Question : What do you see here?
What's a really hot issue about guns in schools nowadays?
(Possible answers: Columbine, Virginia Tech, the inclusion of weapons in national service training...)

Take the discussion where it may go but keep it within ethical/moral boundaries.
Like I said, this is a lesson plan that WON'T be used in my class.

Pre-Listening Activity :
1. Teacher hands out worksheet
2. Students brainstorm and fill in the blanks (one column - what's good about guns and another column - what's bad about guns)

While-Listening Activity :
1. Listen to the song.
2. Note down ONE lyric or image that grabs your attention.

After-Listening Activity :
1. Explain why the lyric or image is so fascinating to you. Give reasons.
Homework : Write an essay that answers the question "Should Young People Learn About Guns?"

Looks good, huh? But I'm not doing this in class. This is just for fun.
(Got that? Third time I said it.)
Yeah, I'm a wuss.

The song I'm NOT gonna use?
Read and enjoy...it's better if you let the Southern California punk band sing it for you.

Come Out And Play
(Performed by The Offspring)

You gotta keep 'em separated

Like the latest fashion
Like a spreading disease
The kids are strappin' on their way to the classroom
Getting weapons with the greatest of ease
The gangs stake their own campus locale
And if they catch you slippin' then it's all over pal
If one guy's colors and the other's don't mix
They're gonna bash it up
Hey - man you talkin' back to me?
Take him out
You gotta keep 'em separated
Hey - man you disrespecting me?
Take him out
You gotta keep 'em separated
Hey they don't pay no mind
If you're under 18 you won't be doing any time
Hey come out and play
By the time you hear the siren
It's already too late
One goes to the morgue and the other to jail
One guy's wasted and the other's a waste
It goes down the same as the thousand before
No one's getting smarter
No one's learning the score
Your never-ending spree of death and violence and hate
Is gonna tie your own rope



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