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These will be required almost every day (unless otherwise specified) as a response to what is read for homework. These include discussions about the mathematics of the interactions of the shapes, role of women, and the way the social classes are structured. We will have a discussion about the issues of women in this timeframe in class following the response, as well as how the social structure has changed in comparison to how it is now.
Drawing your house (Due 1st Thursday)
This assignment will require students to draw their own house (to scale) in flatland as well as themselves and their families. Each character must be a regular polygon unless they chose to be an isosceles triangle. Use the book’s approximate scaling to figure out how big each thing/character needs to be.
POW: Viewing shapes in flatland (Due 1st Friday)
Problem: Figures of flatland use either the sense of touch or sight to figure out what shapes they are. Let’s assume that “feeling up” others is rude, as it is for shapes of higher order, what mathematical skills to the shapes in flatland need in order to identify each other. Remember: they use fog to figure out depth. If the fog comes in affect halfway along the distance of a line, how could you identify them? What if they came to you straight on from their vertex? What if they came to you perfectly along a line?
Students will be required to come up with an idea to solve this problem and write out a problem statement, process and conclusion of the problem. Their solution should be 2 pages long.
Throughout the coverage of the time travel component of the unit, students will participate in group discussions based on readings and other media. The purpose is to spark creative thinking around an unrealistic possibility that has saturated popular culture. The discussions will be in small groups and with the entire class. The students will lead, moderate, and participate in the discussion while the teacher observes and may contribute or refocus, if needed.
Service Learning Project:
Students will create a class in which they will invite their parents and other parents across the school and teach them about internet ethics. Each of them will sign up for a job, preform the job and write a one page reflection about what they have learned from the assignment. This will be due the following Monday after the project. Throughout the last week we will discuss the benefits and issues with using the internet as a supplement to being able to present this material.
Sample lesson plans:
An introduction to the unit, and the book
An introduction to time travel and ethics.
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