Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Senior English--4/23/2013

Jump Off
--Pick up three strips of paper from the front table.
--The following students must see me before leaving class today: Spencer Brisbane and Amanda VanBuskirk.

S. the C.
--share list of students needing to revise for the Cumulative Writing Portfolio
--revisit the idea of ethical discussinng

--Form a circle.

Presentations/Discussion -- Arguing for a Position Research Papers
--card drawn--student shares four items from checklist and opens the floor up for questions (if all four checklist items adequately addressed, 1 point is earned)

Checklist of "Must Includes":
  • Your thesis statement
  • The strongest point you include in support of your thesis statement (be specific!)
  • An explanation of the main opposition you address and how you attempt to refute the opposition
  • The most surprising/interesting piece of information you discovered during the research process
--peers ask questions (e.g., Did you find out anything about…?  What about…? [playing Devil’s Advocate]  Etc.)--1 point is earned for asking a question that pushes the discussion forward/1 point is earned for providing a thoughtful response to a question (about one’s own argument OR a peer’s)
--in order to contribute, raise hand with wadded up piece of paper--Mr. Martin will do his best to select contributors based on the order of hands raised--after contributing, throw paper at the recycling bin in the middle of the circle
--CLASS PARTICIPATION SCORING SCALE: 1 point = 80%; 2 points = 90%; 3 points = 100% (once three strips of paper are gone, a student may no longer contribute to discussion for the remainder of the block)--this is your first grade for Quarter 4!
--process repeats until all presentations have been delivered--OUR GOAL IS TO FINISH PRESENTATIONS TODAY

Transition -- re-row desks/pick up the sheet entitled "Mini-Research Presentation Topics" from the front table

Looking Ahead
--look through the sheet and put an asterisk next to any topic that seems interesting to you
--feel free to ask Mr. Martin for a brief explanation of some of the topics, as many of the topics will likely be unfamiliar to you
--information given about mini-research rationale/format/accountability
--topic selection--Mr. Martin creates a list (time permitting)

--The due date for submitting a revised Arguing for a Position Research Paper for the Cumulative Writing Portfolio is May 20th (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.