Monday, April 22, 2013

Senior English--4/25/2013

Jump Off
--Block 1:  Take out your "Mini-Research Presentation Topics" sheet from last class.  We will spend the first few minutes of class after announcements finishing up the topic selection process.  Mr. Martin will let you know which topics are "off the board", so to speak.  Remember that all bolded topics NEED to be covered.
--Block 4:  Pick up the sheet entitled "Mini-Research Presentation Topics" from the front table.  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.

S. the C.
--share list of students needing to revise for the Cumulative Writing Portfolio
--information given about mini-research assignment: rationale/format/accountability
--topic selection (cont.)

Pre-reading Activity -- "Reading" Visuals
--in small groups (assigned by Mr. Martin), discuss the picture given to your group using the questions/prompt provided below--basically, "read" the visual!
  • What do you see?
  • What's going on?
  • Tell the story of what you see in this visual.
--Mr. Martin models with the picture below:

--Transition--groups formed via a drawing of cards
--in groups, "read"/discuss for approximately 5 minutes in preparation for independent writing
--Transition--re-row desks/take out notebook or a sheet of lined paper for writing purposes
--quick-write about your visual for approximately 5 minutes
--Transition--re-convene in groups--determine which group member will begin presentation of visual for the whole group--then, discuss quick-writes and put together presentation notes 
--picture presentations--visual projected, group notes shared, ensuing discussion (repeat process for all six visuals)
--activity wrap-up--so what?

Transition -- pick up the sheet entitled "Chapter 1--Close Reading Practice/Discussion Preparation" and sign out a copy of The Kite Runner at the front table

Instruction/Close Reading Activity/Discussion -- The Kite Runner Chapter 1 
--oral reading of Chapter 1 for the purpose of "getting the gist"--brief follow-up discussion
--read the sheet directions quietly and independently--when you've finished reading, look up
--student selected at random to clarify our purpose
--work together to deconstruct the questions/prompts--mark up a copy of the sheet on the SmartBoard
--Mr. Martin shares question/prompt and sample response from English 9--clarifying rationale
--select a question/prompt for Mr. Martin to complete as a model--Mr. Martin models
--begin re-reading Chapter 1 of the novel via oral reading (rationale explained)--work on "Chapter 1--Close Reading Practice/Discussion Preparation" packet
--continue working quietly and independently
--engage in discussion, attempting to hit as many of the questions/prompts as we can prior to class ending--Mr. Martin takes notes on the front board under the appropriate topic headings
--your Chapter 1 packet is for your notes--don't settle for anything less than your best response for each of the questions/prompts

Closure -- Whip Around
--Think of one "thing" you learned in class today.  (If you need to write your key learning down so that you don't forget, please do so!)
--Toss the ball around the classroom from one to another sharing learnings.

--The due date for submitting a revised Arguing for a Position Research Paper for the Cumulative Writing Portfolio is May 20th (approximately 3.5 weeks from today)--Do you want/need to revise? Don't forget to schedule a meeting with Mr. Martin to go over your revisions.
--If we do not conclude in class, finish re-reading Chapter 1 and complete the "Chapter 1--Close Reading Practice/Discussion Preparation" packet questions.  We will continue discussing in class next time if necessary.
--Bring your vocabulary book to class next time, as we will work with our next unit next week.