Monday, December 7, 2015

Classical Conditioning: December 7, 2015

Focus: How has Ishmael's brain been conditioned to be a soldier? What obstacles must he face in becoming a civilian again?

1. Warming up with a little psych background: classical conditioning

2. Thinking through the concept of classical conditioning with your grid groups
  • Topic #1: As you watch the clip, respond to the following question: What is classical conditioning? In what ways have you personally been classically conditioned?
  • Topic #2: Reflecting on Chapters 12-14, consider the following question: How did the adult soldiers use classical conditioning on the child soldiers? Find 1-2 passages to support your thoughts.
  • Topic #3: Reflecting on Chapters 15 and 16 and making predictions for upcoming chapters, think about the following question: How will Ishmael's brain need to be reconditioned to become "human" again? What obstacles will he face? Find 1-2 passages to support your thoughts.
3. Conferencing with you on your annotations/journals so far while you start this week's reading

1. Finish reading and annotating Chapters 17 and 18 to prepare for tomorrow's fishbowl discussion. 

2. The assignment, "Connecting Clauses, Take 2" is due Thursday; quiz Friday.


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  2. During chapter 18 Ishmeal meets his uncle and he learns more about his dad. Will this be enough family for Ishmael or is this another start for an exploration for his family?