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DL midterm prompts

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Choice 1 (creative)


From The New York Times Learning Network Blog


This week, the teachers, Jonathan Olsen and Sarah Gross, and their ninth graders were just as taken with Dining critic Pete Wells’s review of Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar as the adult readers who sent it to the top of theMost E-Mailed list and the social media universe that made it a viral sensation. “This is the best article we’ve read this year,” one student said.


Below are some ideas for talking and writing about a review that was called“already a legend” just a day after it was published.


Dining: “As Not Seen On TV


The New York Times’s food critic Pete Wells recently visited Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar, Guy Fieri’s huge new restaurant in Times Square. It is an understatement to say that Mr. Wells did not enjoy his visit. Read the review closely before looking at “Your Task,” below. What stylistic device does he use to make this review so memorable? How long did it take you to identify it?


Your Task: 

  1. Read the review "As Not Seen On TV" (linked above)
  2. Think of a time you were annoyed or disappointed by something. Write a letter to someone or something, real or imaginary, showing how you feel, but doing so the same way Mr. Wells does: through a series of rhetorical questions. (Note: if this writing will be shared, leave out personal identifiers and information.)
    1. In general your response should be one or two paragraphs. 


Before You Do the Task, You Might …

    • Determine a time in your life when you felt disappointed, angry or let down. List the reasons you felt this way.
    • Use this resource to understand that rhetorical questions are asked to prove a point and do not require a reply. What rhetorical questions have you read, heard or even asked yourself recently?
    • Craft rhetorical questions using your list of reasons as a foundation. 


Choice 2 (more straightforward)


You may have heard that General David Petraeus recently stepped down as head of the CIA because of a scandal in his personal life. However, did you know that the real cause of his resignation was a snafu involving digital literacy? 


Your Task: 

  1. Read "David Petraeus was Brought Down by...Gmail" on The Atlantic's web site.
  2. Think of how a course in digital literacy could have prevented Petraeus's resignation and public shame. Write a blog post in which you address some of the mistakes that Petraeus made, as far as his digital footprint goes. Remember that you are judging his digital literacy skills, not his personal choices. 
    1. Your post can be a straightforward post, or you can write it in the form of a letter to Petraeus.
    2. In general, your post should be one or two paragraphs long. 


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