Pre-ToK makeup

There are two sets of instructions below.  Be sure to read carefully to see which applies to you.

If you missed the entirety of the Pre-ToK meeting, there are six steps to do:

  1. Consider how you determine what is right. Write a brief paragraph that explains how you go about choosing what is right in difficult situations.
  2. Interview both a parent and a peer, transcribe their responses to the same question for consideration: how do you know what is right?  Explain, in writing, how their views are both similar and different from your own.
  3. Write a paragraph about a difficult decision you have had to make. Did you actually do what was right?  Why or why not?  What process have you used to determine if things were right?
  4. Justify your choice for the Trolley Car Problem in writing. Be sure to include your rationale for why this action is morally right.  You should include references to philosophies/philosophers in your response.  In order to know more (before you write), you must do step two.
  5. Research other philosophies on the Trolley Problem website.
  6. Then, consider your response to the following scenario. Then, justify your response in writing and be sure to follow the same steps as in #1 above.  You should include references to philosophies/philosophers in your response.

What is right? Pre-ToK 2016-2017

Scenario – cheating

You are a good student.  You get good grades, you have a high academic standing and respect from your teachers and peers as a learner.  You have been accepted to several universities, but the one you really want to attend has made your acceptance contingent upon your grades for Quarter 3.

One of your teachers had made life difficult for you, demanding that you submit work on time and of high quality.  While you were worshipping at DECA nationals, you missed a deadline for submitting work and your teacher took points from you.  You had handed your work to a ‘friend’ who was supposed to turn it in, but he forgot it at home and didn’t get yours [or his] in on time.  Your current grade will keep you from being accepted to your #1 school – and you really want to go there.  Quarter 3 ends on Friday.

What you need to do is to ace the next test in this class.  As you learn that the test is on Friday (the last day of Quarter 3), while working on a project in the Staff Copy room, you find that your teacher has left a copy of Friday’s test on the printer.  What do you do?

  1. Put it into your teacher’s box in the copy room.
  2. Take a quick photo of it so you can study for the test.
  3. Some other response (that you will clarify)…

Justify your response and explain how other philosophies are not as good as your response

Utilitarianism     –              Deontological Ethics        –              Virtue Ethics

If you missed only the second half of the Pre-ToK meeting, there are three steps to do:

  1. Justify your choice for the Trolley Car Problem in writing. Be sure to include your rationale for why this action is morally right.  You should include references to philosophies/philosophers in your response.  In order to know more (before you write), you must do step two.
  2. Research other philosophies on the Trolley Problem website.
  3. Then, consider your response to the following scenario. Then, justify your response in writing and be sure to follow the same steps as in #1 above.  You should include references to philosophies/philosophers in your response.

What is right? Pre-ToK 2016-2017

Scenario – cheating

You are a good student.  You get good grades, you have a high academic standing and respect from your teachers and peers as a learner.  You have been accepted to several universities, but the one you really want to attend has made your acceptance contingent upon your grades for Quarter 3.

One of your teachers had made life difficult for you, demanding that you submit work on time and of high quality.  While you were worshipping at DECA nationals, you missed a deadline for submitting work and your teacher took points from you.  You had handed your work to a ‘friend’ who was supposed to turn it in, but he forgot it at home and didn’t get yours [or his] in on time.  Your current grade will keep you from being accepted to your #1 school – and you really want to go there.  Quarter 3 ends on Friday.

What you need to do is to ace the next test in this class.  As you learn that the test is on Friday (the last day of Quarter 3), while working on a project in the Staff Copy room, you find that your teacher has left a copy of Friday’s test on the printer.  What do you do?

  1. Put it into your teacher’s box in the copy room.
  2. Take a quick photo of it so you can study for the test.
  3. Some other response (that you will clarify)…

Justify your response and explain how other philosophies are not as good as your response

Utilitarianism     –              Deontological Ethics        –              Virtue Ethics

 

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Art for Art’s Sake?

On Thursday, we read an argument that Art should do more than be aesthetically pleasing.  Alain Locke argued – during the heart of the Harlem Renaissance – that Art must help influence society.  Critically read the text and consider this task:

Create a continuum of perspectives on these two related topics.  Find at least four different perspectives on each continuum.  Ask your peers what they think and include Alain Locke on the continuum as well.  Use quotes to justify your placement of each speaker.

Art is unnecessary <————————————–>Art is essential

Art for Art’s Sake <————————————–> Art for Social Change {propaganda}

        What role does art play in the community?

         What are the benefits of art?

         What are the drawbacks of art?

Turn in your work at the end of class.

Our Art Unit

Monday in class, we discussed the role art plays in society.  Tuesday, we created and published our own art – a Skyline Graduate.  And Wednesday, we both read a text – What is Art – and visited art sculptures put up by Skyline Sculpture classes – check them out on Instagram @SkylineSculpture.  We completed a worksheet thinking about the role that Art plays in a society.  Get one in class.

 

Here is our end-of-the-year calendar: Art Calendar

 

If you’re prepping for the final…

You might start with this list.  Use your journal(s) for guidance.  The format will include:

  • multiple choice questions (roughly 50)
  • reading analysis (critical reading or Multiple choice questions in response to readings)
  • a puzzle
  • a reflection writing sample (perhaps a three-paragraph essay)

Remember, your final is only 5% of your semester grade and I would argue that you’d have to work hard to earn less than half the points on the test.  A cursory review of the material learned this semester would be a good starting place.  Focus on Ethics most heavily.  final terms2017

Submission of your real world product

The target for completing your project is End of Class Friday.  For those students with a solid first draft of their work (around 800 words), the due date may be extended beyond the End of Class.  Given that you’ve had three hours of in-class time by then to generate work, I’m sure you’re close to that.  Thank Eugene for the extension.  [and remember, it only applies to those students who have quality effort to show for themselves.  Those without a rough draft will be submitting work by the end of class.]

If you’re ready to edit today, consider this rubric for the project: Climate Change Project Rubric .  Once you’ve read your own work and you are ready to submit it, feel free to send it to Turnitin.com under the Climate Change Project.  It is best to have one member of your group upload the document – but please make sure that you save the document with each students’ name in the title of the document so that I can see who is in your group.