Inventing the Humanities

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Final Project

I have been spending quite a bit of time this year writing my thesis in Secondary Education. For my thesis I have focused mainly on the America's Choice Ramp-Up to Literacy Program. I feel that I have acquired quite a bit of research in this area and I feel very comfortable writing about it. My final project for this class will be using this program as its main focus. I will attempt to write a manifesto which argues why this program is ineffective in several areas. I will propose to make several changes within the program in order to make it more realistic and ultimately more affective for the teachers, schools and the students.

4 Comments:

At 6:42 AM, Blogger Nieves Moy said...

Kristin,
I am not very familiar with the America’s Choice Ramp-Up program, but have only heard negative feedback from the teachers who are required to implement it. The time constraints and the rigidness of the program are what seem to stand out in my mind as the biggest complaints by teachers, and I look forward to reading your suggestions on how to improve the program.
Perhaps you might want to begin your Manifesto by explaining the Ramp-Up program in detail – reading matter, activities relating to that reading material, time allotments for each activity, what the program expects students to garner from it, etc. Is it also a writing program? Are there workbooks that go along with the reading material? Dare I suggest that having smaller ability-based reading groups be implemented so that the better readers are not bored and the less expert readers are brought up to speed in a very small group? I don’t know if that is how the program works – just my thoughts to help us all understand your manifesto better. Good Luck –I look forward to learning more about it.

 
At 1:16 PM, Blogger Barbara Buran said...

Kristen--Prior to our research class, I, too, was unfamiliar with the America's Choice Ramp-up Program. However, from listening to your stories and discussion about the program, I think this would be a great topic for your manifesto. It is highly debatable and many teachers feel strongly about the Program one way or another. I think you will have much to argue in your manifesto.

 
At 8:19 AM, Blogger georgia said...

i dont like ramp up myself i cant wait to see your suggestions on fixing this program

 
At 5:42 AM, Blogger Jason Tougaw said...

I think you can use Nieves's suggestion--to give a very clear overwiew of the program--to build in one of the common elements of the manifesto: an epiphany about what's wrong with the status quo. This might be both poignant and funny, depending on how you present it.

Are you teaching in an America's Choice Ramp-Up program? If so, how will you use your experience as evidence?

Finally, how will writing about this in the genre of a manifesto differ from what you're doing in your resarch course? What will your tone be? How over the top will your rhetoric be? Will you write with a utopian impulse?

 

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