Due: Friday, March 14, 2014
Choose FIVE of the following themes and answer the questions below. This assignment is worth 50 points. Each question should be answered in at least one paragraph. You may write separate paragraphs for questions A and B. This needs to be typed, double spaced, regular font, and size 12 typeface.
A. How do these lessons apply to Twelve Angry Men?
B. How can we apply these themes to real-life situations?
Prejudice gets in the way of the truth.
Getting to the bottom of a complex issue takes time and effort.
Check your intuitions -- neither dismiss them, nor trust them blindly.
Details can be important, in context; think in terms of contingencies.
There are many interpretations of "the facts."
Test others' opinions, question their assumptions, and draw your own conclusions.
Civility will encourage your opponents to keep listening to you.
Tailor your tactics to your target.
Coalitions can work for or against you -- and they can shift.
Reason and assertiveness can both be powerful tactics, depending on the situation.
Patient silence and loud persistence can both be powerful, at the right times.
One determined and skilled individual can wield a lot of influence.
Rubric (for each statement):
CC.8.RL.1 Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
CC.8.RL.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot
CC.8.RL.3 Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.
CC.8.W.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in