Sunday, April 14, 2013

English 10 Honors--4/16/2013

Jump Off
--Pick up the K-W-L chart from the front table.  In the box labeled "Topic", write the following: Writing high-quality college-level papers (e.g., research-bolstered literary analysis) in MLA format

S. the C.
--clarification of K-W-L chart topic
--independent work time--completing the "Know" column
--share data compiled following scoring of papers

The big question addressed during the beginning of today’s class block: 

  • How can I improve the content of my Ayn Rand Essay Contest paper (and, therefore, future writing of a similar nature)?

Excerpt from Chip and Dan Heath's Made to Stick:

"[P]eople tend to think they know a lot.  Research has shown that we are typically overconfident about how much we know.

In one study, researchers asked people to consider the serious parking problem faced by their university.  Participants were given time to generate as many solutions as they could.  The participants generated, in total, about 300 solutions, which were classified into seven major categories.  One category suggested ways to reduce demand for parking (e.g., by raising parking fees), and another suggested ways to use parking space more efficiently (e.g., by creating spaces for "Compact Cars Only").

The average participant failed to identify more than 70 percent of the best solutions identified by an expert panel.  This failure is understandable; we wouldn't expect any one person to be able to generate a database worth of solutions.  However, when the individuals were asked to assess their own performance, they predicted that they had identified 75 percent.  They thought they got the majority, but in reality they'd missed them."

--begin completing the "Want to Know" column--share a few and create a list on the front board

Writing Worskhop -- Ayn Rand Essay Contest Paper
--papers/rubrics returned--take a brief look and add to "Want to Know" column--share a few more and add to list
--FYI: At this point in the school year (and in your schooling “career”), your MLA format should be perfect.
--Transition--pick up the halfsheet entitled "Ayn Rand Essay Contest Paper--Feedback Analysis" from the front table
--independent work--complete the halfsheet using essay and content rubric--Mr. Martin models first
--whole-group share-out--Mr. Martin creates a list on the front board/models where appropriate

Closure -- "Learned"
--look back at the "Want to Know" column of your chart--circle all questions that have been answered/topics that have been addressed--add any additional items to the column
--complete the "Learned" column by drawing arrows/writing questions and topics in
--turn in K-W-L chart

--in-class meeting order established for Ayn Rand Essay Contest Papers--meetings conducted during Les Miserables viewing

Film -- Tom Hooper's Les Miserables
--while viewing, jot down notes for discussion/future writing
  • Track themes, historical events depicted, etc., as we will engage in literary analysis drawing meaningful connections between Les Miserables and The Count of Monte Cristo
Discussion -- Tom Hooper's Les Miserables
--engage in discussion in order to wrap up the film/brainstorm additional potential literary analysis essay topics (as this is our "endgame")

--The due date for submitting a revised literary analysis paragraph for the Writing Portfolio is April 24th (just over a week from today)--do you want/need to revise?  Don't forget to schedule a meeting with Mr. Martin to go over your revisions.
--The due date for submitting a revised Ayn Rand Essay Contest paper for the Writing Portfolio is May 15th (approximately one month from today)--do you want/need to revise?  Don't forget to schedule a meeting with Mr. Martin to go over your revisions.
--We will begin Alexandre Dumas's The Count of Monte Cristo next time!