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19 October 2009


University of California, Irvine
24 October 2009 Saturday

  • Sagacity: Habits of Mind & Scholarliness
  • The Hero's Journey
  • Poetry Circles

18 October 2009

from CAGE to SAGE...

“Sagacity – Strategies for Thriving via Metacognition”

David N Chung


OCC GATE Conference 2009: “Riding the Wave of Change”

English Strand 4-12

UC Irvine, SSL 270

How do your students act and perform when the answers to problems and questions are not immediately known? Moreover, are they able to abound in real-life problem-solving outside of the controlled environment that is the classroom?

The goals of Art Costa’s Habits of Mind are “enhancing the ways students produce knowledge rather than how they merely reproduce it…not only having information but also knowing how to act on it.” Find out what “behaviors” help students become effective and efficient thinkers and peak performers. This session will draw upon and extend Dr. Sandra Kaplan's Scholarliness while utilizing Art Costa's Habits of Mind in order to enable students to consistently and authentically thrive in all walks of life—in and outside of the classroom.

Premise: 4 Dimensional Knowledge




  • Scholarliness
  • Intellectual Expectations
  • Habits of Mind

HoM: Competencies

  • Matrix
  • Task Planner & Reflection

WORKSHOP PACKET [word document--format/fonts may be off]


“The Hero’s Journey Archetype”

David N Chung


OCC GATE Conference 2009: “Riding the Wave of Change”


UC Irvine, SSL 290

The Hero's Journey in Film

[Teachers, please view before presenting to students]
A 10-minute exploration of the human journey of the hero as seen through the eyes of some of cinemas most celebrated heroes and legends. A film by Ciaran Michael Vejby, inspired by Joseph Campbell's "Hero With a Thousand Faces."

What do Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lois Lowry’s The Giver, C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and Homer’s The Odyssey all have in common? All have heroes that partake in a journey of significant change, that is, the “hero’s journey”. All stories have heroes that are truly profound for our students today—profound when enabling students to explore the archetype of the hero in literature and in their own lives.

Discover how to facilitate this literary, personal, and collaborative exploration on the hero’s journey archetype enhanced with the elements of depth (patterns, big ideas, ethics) and the parallels content imperative that culminates with a photo essay using iPhoto. This session will also cover how to take Response to Literature essays and assignments to another deeper and meaningful level through the literary analysis of archetypal criticism—differentiated for upper elementary and middle school students.

  • Premise: the Hero in Us [Shrek, Jack, Zack]
  • The Hero
  • The Journey
  • Terms
  • Sources
  • Archetypes:
  • Symbols
  • Situations
  • Characters
  • Variations of the Journey
  • Key Characteristics of the Journey
  • the Organizer

The Matrix and the Monomyth:


“Poetry Literature Circles”
David Chung
OCC GATE Conference 2009: “Riding the Wave of Change”
English Strand 4-12
UC Irvine, SSL 270
The true impact of poetry is an uncommon reality in the language arts classroom where prose has dominance. To complicate matters, helping students navigate through analysis of poetry can be like Jack Sparrow in a Pirates of the Caribbean adventure: exhilarating and treacherous at the same time.
Poetry’s truest potential, that which challenges the reader to authentic heights in language, thought, and creativity, can become a reality in the classroom through a modified version of literature circles. Utilizing content imperatives along with details, rules, big ideas, patterns, and trends, find out how students and teachers can explicate, connect, and respond to poetry.
  • Premise: Michael Clay Thompson, Poetry & Prose--a false dichotomy
  • Terms
  • Poetry Explication
  • Sources
  • Poets & Poetry Selections
  • Lit Circles: Poetry Circles
  • Origins & Trends: Background
  • Situation: Perspectives, Ethics,
  • Structure: Rules, Patterns
  • Language: Language of the Discipline, Details, Parallels
  • Musical Devices: Language of the Discipline, Patterns
  • the Conversation: Convergence (connections), Contributions, & Big Idea
  • Think Like a Linguist
  • Guided Practice