Faculty Resources

Information, Ideas, Ideology:
Shaping Your Reality

These resources are in support of faculty engaging their students in the
UAA/APU Books of the Year theme and books.

We will be adding new resources throughout the year!
Please contact booksoftheyear@uaa.alaska.edu if you would like to
contribute curriculum ideas.


Faculty, you may find additional materials for your courses
on these other pages of this site.

2013-15 Supplemental Materials: Articles, Ted Talks, videos, interviews, and other resources for exploring issues in the books, and how these concepts relate to the over-arching theme of "Information, Ideas, Ideology: Shaping Your Reality."

Past Curriculum Ideas: Methods and materials contributed by faculty who have incorporated Books of the Year into their curriculum. These are offered as examples of how the books and the themes they represent can be used as powerful tools to engage students in meaningful, thought provoking reflection and discussion. 

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The Influencing Machine

How Do the Media Measure Up?
What essential standards of journalism should the media follow? What motivates the media? Do the media reflect society? How can we become critical viewers and readers of the media?

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 Escape from Camp 14

Discussion Questions
In-depth exploration of overarching themes introduced in the
Escape from Camp 14 Reader's Guide

Resocialization in Escape from Camp 14 (PDF)
Contributed by Mariecris Gatlabayan, UAA/APU Faculty Steering Committee.

Adaptation in Escape from Camp 14 (PDF)
Contributed by Mariecris Gatlabayan, UAA/APU Faculty Steering Committee.

Exile & Relocation in Escape from Camp 14 (PDF)
Contributed by Annette Rearden, UAA/APU Faculty Steering Committee.

Book Chats
Assignments that foster discussion,
with a focus on vocabulary, comprehension, and critical thinking.
Contributed by UAA Faculty Sarah Kirk and Stephanie Tafton

Book Chat #1: Introduction (PDF)
Book Chat #2: Chapter 1 (PDF)
Book Chat #3: Chapter 5 (PDF)
Book Chat #4: Chapters 7, 8, 9 (PDF)
Book Chat #5: Chapters 12 & 13 (PDF)
Book Chat #6: Chapters 14 & 15 (PDF)
Book Chat #7: Chapters 17 & 18 (PDF)
Book Chat #8: Chapters 20 & 21 (PDF)
Book Chat #9: Chapters 22 & 23, Epilogue & Afterword (PDF)
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Multiple Choice for Discussion or Exam. Questions covering both The Influencing Machine by Brooke Gladstone and Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden.
Contributed by Nelta Edwards, UAA, Sociology.


"In Defense of Graphic Novels." This article describes why the author teaches graphic novels and directly confronts criticism teachers may face from colleagues, administrators, parents, and students as they first teach examples of this fast-growing genre. 

"Image, Text, and Story: Comics and Graphic Novels in the Classroom." This article explains how pairing visual images with words is an easy way to help students develop stronger visual literacy. Graphic novels offer an opportunity for students to scrutinize how interdependent images and words can create a strong sequential narrative. It also discusses how graphic novels can help teachers approach delicate subjects such as war, peace, or human rights. 

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Featured Past Curriculum Ideas with Broad Application

On-Line Book Group Discussion
Includes detailed assignment guidelines and grading rubric.
Contributed by Mary Dallas Allen, UAA, Social Work. 

UAA ART491 Senior Seminar Exhibition
Students gained experience in developing an art show featuring their own work, including selecting and hanging pieces and presenting artist statements for their work. Students created a catalog of the show for their professional portfolios . The show illustrates how learners can be actively engaged in academic discussion of contemporary social issues through innovative interpretation and expression.
Contributed by Herminia Din, UAA, Art.

Listen, Then Talk: Using Conversations about Books of the Year to Model Culturally Responsive Teaching
Difficult Dialogues teaching portfolio detailing methods of incorporating Books of the Year into her curriculum.
Contributed by Ann Jache, UAA, Sociology.

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Reading and Critical Thinking Strategies

Suggested By
Trish Grega, UAA/APU Faculty Steering Committee and Alison Kwan, UAA Adjunct Faculty

Getting Students to Read. You've discovered that many of your students aren't reading. Why not? Are you spending too much time summarizing the readings so that students think there is no need to read? Are you not holding students accountable for the reading? Do students fail to see the reading as meaningful and worthwhile? If the answer might be "yes" to any of the above questions then these strategies may be helpful.
From Humbolt State University.

Protocols for Online Discussions. These protocols help students process readings, podcasts, videos, etc during online discussions. (PDF)
From Joanna C. Dunlap / University of Colorado, Denver

Double-Entry Journal. This exercise can be designed to support different pedagogical objectives: responding to and documenting sources in the course of research; identifying central ideas in complex readings; or synthesizing ideas from reading and course lectures. Printable examples and templates included.
From Lehman College: Writing Across the Curriculum.

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Reader's Guides

Discussion questions created to explore themes in the book,
and how these concepts relate to the over-arching theme of
"Information, Ideas, Ideology: Shaping Your Reality."


 Influencing Machine Reader's Guide        Escape from Camp 14 Reader's Guide

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