Monday, September 24, 2012

Senior English--9/25/2012

Jump Off  
--Pick up a copy of the “Parts of Speech--Pretest” and a highlighter from the front table.  Complete the pretest quietly and independently.  Good luck!
--As students work, hand back first assessment for The Alchemist.

S. the C.
--go over Jump Off/define parts of speech on the front board

Transition – pick up the “The Eight Parts of Speech” packet from the front table

Instruction -- The Eight Parts of Speech
--discuss "the grammar hammer"—rationale/routine (e-mail assignment as pre-assessment, parts of speech as building blocks, the grammar-related future, etc.)
--go over chart on first page of packet--connect back to pretest
--for HW, complete the following activities: 1, 2, 4, 8, 10, 12, 13, and 15 (according to pretest performance)--be prepared for an assessment next class

Transition -- prepare sheet of paper for assessment 

Assessment -- The Alchemist up to pg. 123
--take a look at an exemplary short answer response from previous assessment
--rip sheet of paper in half--write name at top of each half
--complete questions 1-3 (60%--basic comprehension)--place on floor next to desk
--complete question 4 (40%--higher-level thinking/writing)--may use the text!
--turn in quizzes to black basket on front table/pick up handout
--prepare for discussion by:
*making as many specific connections as you can between the various aspects of our unit to date (how does it all "fit together"?) right on the handout
*look through your purposeful reading notes for The Alchemist up to page 123
Remember that as you are thinking, you are planning contributions for discussion.
--form a circle

Discussion -- Carpe Diem Unit/The Alchemist up to page 123
--review the discussion protocol (all but the ball!)
--review the “Discussion Contribution Rating Scale”
--engage in discussion as per protocol--contributions assessed via scale

HW Time -- Oral Reading

--Complete the following activities from the parts of speech packet: 1, 2, 4, 8, 10, 12, 13, and 15 (according to pretest performance)--be prepared for an assessment next class.
--Finish purposefully reading The Alchemist by the beginning of class on Monday of next week--remember that your purposeful reading notes drive our discussions!
--Your “Bright Futures” e-mail is due to Mr. Martin by the end of the day on Saturday, September 29th.
--Yankee Candles--sell, sell, sell!!!  Orders are due to Rm. 100 no later than Friday, September 28th (that's this Friday!).

Purposeful Reading Activity -- "Letter to a B Student"
--Transition--pick up a copy of "Letter to a B Student" from the front table
--Our Purpose:
*determine Robert Oliphant's purpose/point/thesis and support our interpretation
*connect the reading to anything/everything we've done so far in Senior English:
  • The "Why Are You Here?" sequence (Day 1)
  • The WANTED posters
  • Mr. Martin's Non-Negotiable Expectations and Procedures
  • Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist up to page 123
  • The Counselor Lesson (Senior information, transcript analysis, etc.)
  • The 100 Goals Assignment
  • "Treating Life as a Video Game"
  • Bright Futures Writing Assignment
--while reading, take purposeful notes right on the source itself--remember that your purposeful reading notes drive our discussions!
--engage in "deep" discussion