There are six levels in the Bloom’s Taxonomy discussion question process. After reading “The Ball,” the teacher will ask questions from all six levels.
- Hero’s Journey story link: The Ball
- Hero’s Journey role-play link: The Ball
Note to Teacher: Download this free poster called Characters of Hero’s Journey. Have this posted in the room as you ask the following Bloom’s Taxonomy Discussion Questions.
- Poster: Characters of Hero’s Journey
Teacher says or asks: IDENTIFY who acted as mentors for Jack and TELL why.
* Coach Anderson had a conference with Jack when he was troubled.
* Coach Brown had a conference with Jack when he was troubled.
* Jack mentored himself by visualizing how he would play basketball before he even got on the court and by keeping up with his studies.
Teacher says or asks: Who can briefly RETELL this role-play IN YOUR OWN WORDS?
Students Respond: Accept reasonable re-telling of this story.
Teacher says or asks: DETERMINE who was trying to act as a threshold guardian to Jack and tell how that was taking place.
* Bobby, Ann, and other football players and cheerleaders tried to be threshold guardians to Jack by making fun of his rather clumsy way of playing football.
* Coach Anderson was a threshold guardian by putting him on the third string team; however, he did put him on at all because Jack played with his heart.
* Coach Brown was a threshold guardian for Jack, but let him be on the first string team for basketball.
* Jack was a threshold guardian for himself as he almost quit football due to the actions and words of the other students.
Teacher says or asks: DETERMINE THE FACTORS that caused Ann to be a shapeshifter.
Students Respond: Ann first went along with the crowd and her first impressions as she viewed Jack. But as Jack found his niche in basketball and gained a lot of confidence and expertise, she viewed him in a whole new way. She actually started to become attracted to his new way of walking and viewing of himself.
Teacher says or asks: RECONSTRUCT the steps Jack took to go from playing the role of victim to one of being victorious at self-mentoring himself.
Self-Mentoring vs. Victiming:
* Jack let himself be negatively affected by the opinions of the other kids as he played football.
* Jack thought about quitting the football team.
* Jack went to Coach Anderson for advice. He received the compliment that he played with his heart. He also received the support to go out for basketball.
* Jack goes out for the basketball team and is victorious.
* He and the team play with heart. They also build up the admiration of the school for their skill and determination.
* Jack visualizes himself playing the game before actually being on the court.
* Jack keeps up with his studies.
* Jack wins the admiration of Ann and the respect of the 8th-grade football players.
Teacher says or asks: EVALUATE ways you can take yourself from playing a victim role to self-mentoring with friends? family? teachers? and possible others?
Students Respond: Accept Reasonable Answers.
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