Jordan Kohanim Board Art

This is how I introduce/ Review units in my Language Arts classes. I call them Philosophy Vision boards. Kids dig it.

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Am Lit: Romanticism

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Close up of Romanticism

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Pharmakon and Orwell’s 1984

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Crucible Assignment for Am Lit

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Crucible Assignment for Am Lit

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Ideologies behind political speeches. (Am Lit)

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Kant and founding of the United States (Am Lit)

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Modern linguistics and deconstruction

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Full board: took about 2 hours

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Genie and critical age theory. Saussure and Lacan

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Freud and characterization in Cat in the Hat (introduces short story unit in 9th grade)

12. GOTHIC LIT: YESTERDAY AND TODAY 2013

This was a request by a student. The questions was how was Gothic literature used a genre and how is it seen in modern lit? I explained how Gothicism has changed into “horror” as opposed to “terror.” I love it when they request things.

13. GOTHIC LIT: YESTERDAY AND TODAY 2013

A closer view of Gothic Lit and Modern Horror

14. PURITANISM

We ended the semester at Transcendentalism going into Realism/ Naturalism. So the stuff in black and white is the previous units. The stuff in color is Transcendentalism.

15. GOTHIC LIT: YESTERDAY AND TODAY 2013

16. AM LIT REVIEW SEM 1

We ended the semester at Transcendentalism going into Realism/ Naturalism. So the stuff in black and white is the previous units. The stuff in color is Transcendentalism.

17. AM LIT REVIEW SEM 1

We ended the semester at Transcendentalism going into Realism/ Naturalism. So the stuff in black and white is the previous units. The stuff in color is Transcendentalism.

18. AM LIT REVIEW SEM 1

We ended the semester at Transcendentalism going into Realism/ Naturalism. So the stuff in black and white is the previous units. The stuff in color is Transcendentalism.

19. AM LIT REVIEW SEM 1

We ended the semester at Transcendentalism going into Realism/ Naturalism. So the stuff in black and white is the previous units. The stuff in color is Transcendentalism.

20. AM LIT REVIEW SEM 1

We ended the semester at Transcendentalism going into Realism/ Naturalism. So the stuff in black and white is the previous units. The stuff in color is Transcendentalism.

21. AM LIT REVIEW SEM 1

We ended the semester at Transcendentalism going into Realism/ Naturalism. So the stuff in black and white is the previous units. The stuff in color is Transcendentalism.

22. AM LIT SEM 1 REVIEW

We ended at Transcendentalism going into Realism/ Naturalism. so the stuff in black and white is the previous units. The stuff in color is Transcendentalism. Yes. I know my Transcendentalists look like hipsters…

23. Baudrillard_Hyperreal_Consumerism

I use a lot of philosophy in Lit Class.

24. DERRIDA and CONTEXT

Derrida and Deconstruction is a big hit. The kids argue that postmodernism ruins everything. That makes me giggle

25. Plato’s Allegory of the Cave

This is how I introduce concepts of enlightenment in Orwell’s 1984.

26. How it looks in the room

Just for visual reference

27. How it looks in the room

28. Derrida in context of Linguistics

We don’t get to spend a lot of time on this, but when we DO get to—it’s great fun. Most kids say the learn more in these three days than any other days. Sadly, standardized testing requires us to spend less and less time exploring linguistics and philosophy in Language Arts. :P

29. Romeo and Juliet 2014

30. Romeo and Juliet 2014

31. ROMEO AND JULIET 2014

32. ROMEO AND JULIET 2014

33. SEUSS and PHILOSOPHY

34. SEUSS and PHILOSOPHY

35. SEUSS and PHILOSOPHY

36. SEUSS and PHILOSOPHY

37. MARXISM AND LITERATURE (GATSBY) A request

This was a request by a student. It is a HUGE concept to answer, so I tried my best to capture all of it. It ties in beautifully with our latest novel, The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald

38. MARXISM AND LITERATURE (GATSBY) A request

Shortened class period means less time to explore concepts, so this is a smaller board. (Not completely fill all parts of board)

39. MARXISM AND LITERATURE (GATSBY) A request

Platonic Conception and Proustian Metaphor were some big concepts we tackled with Gatsby. They are finally moving away from the “Did the author mean for it to be that way” and towards the concept of art as a process and product.

40. MARXISM AND LITERATURE (GATSBY) A request

Time is an obvious entry point for understanding how our environment shapes our realities (and therefore identities) , so I often use it as entry point to understand really big concepts like these. For this one, division of time and labor and conversations as value-commodity exchanges (also seen in Gatsby through Valley of Ashes and Tom, Gatsby, and Nick).

41. MARXISM AND LITERATURE (GATSBY) A request

42. The Odyssey: 9th Grade

This was just a quick intro to our last unit in 9H

43. The Odyssey

44. The Odyssey

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