Tuesday, October 15, 2013

English 10 Honors -- 10/17/2013

Jump Off
--Come up with a random nickname for yourself that Mr. Martin can use to convey information to the class in a non-threatening manner  (e.g., Jonah Martin--"Max Tivoli"). Write both your first and last name and the nickname on a scrap piece of paper.  Mr. Martin will be around to collect your nicknames momentarily.

S. the C.
--information provided (again!) about the Cumulative Writing Portfolio:

The purposes of creating a Cumulative Writing Portfolio are many. First, a Cumulative Writing Portfolio emphasizes that writing is a process. Instead of viewing writing assignments as mere “assignment completion,” students are meant to see that good writing takes time. Additionally, with the implementation of a portfolio, teachers are able to reach each student individually via conferencing. Finally, with the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, it is clear that the skills gained through writing must be secure for each student prior to graduating from high school. The following criteria have been implemented this year within Mr. Martin’s English 10 Honors classroom:
  • Only certain writing pieces from the school year will be included within the Cumulative Writing Portfolio. The first of these assignments is the "Thematic Writing Assignment--Partner Interviews" essay. Mr. Martin will typically let students know which pieces are “Cumulative Writing Portfolio writing pieces” prior to beginning the writing process.
  • In order to be accepted for inclusion within the Cumulative Writing Portfolio, a writing piece must receive a score of 85% or higher, a score indicative of mastery. When a student receives a score of 85%, the student can simply submit the writing piece to the portfolio--he or she has already demonstrated mastery throughout the writing process for that particular assignment.
  • Any Cumulative Writing Portfolio writing piece that does not meet the mastery score must be revised and resubmitted. Prior to resubmission, a student must highlight all changes that have been made (either electronically before printing out or by hand after printing), then resubmit both the original piece and the updated version.
  • When resubmitting revised work, a student must make an appointment with Mr. Martin so that he or she can process the revisions with Mr. Martin. In fact, it is strongly suggested that a student also schedule an appointment prior to revising his or her work so that both student and Mr. Martin can process the original writing piece together as well.  If you schedule a pre-revision meeting with Mr. Martin, come with specific questions so that the meeting can be as productive as possible.
  • Once a portfolio assignment is resubmitted in this manner, Mr. Martin will re-score the assignment to determine an updated score for the writing piece. This score will be used to calculate the overall score for the portfolio. Please be aware that the original score for the assignment "is what it is" within the Writing category of the quarter average.
  • As soon as a portfolio assignment is handed back, a student can and should begin the revision process. Upon receipt of the evaluated writing piece, the student will have one month to revise in order to achieve mastery. This is not to say that additional opportunities for further revision of assignments will not occur later in the school year, but Mr. Martin will strictly adhere to these one month deadlines.
  • A student who fails to meet the final due date for mastery will be assigned central detention in order to create a time period in which he or she can obtain that mastery. Central detentions will continually be assigned, if necessary.
  • The Cumulative Writing Portfolio will be scored at the end of the school year and will account for half of a student’s Final Exam grade. (For example, if a student has four assignments within the Cumulative Writing Portfolio with scores of 86%, 98%, 90%, and 85%, this substantial writing grade would be an 89.75%. This score is then averaged with a student's final assignment score in order to determine an overall Final Exam grade.)
--Mr. Martin shares list of students needing to revise for the Cumulative Writing Portfolio

--Take out your notebook, open to a new page, and put the date in the left-hand margin (10/17/2013). Then, label the page "Thematic Writing Assignment--Partner Interviews Notes/Mini-lessons".

Writing Workshop -- Thematic Writing Assignment--Partner Interviews Notes/Mini-lessons
--take notes/complete mini-lessons as per PowerPoint slides--this information will prove helpful when revising your writing pieces!
--oral reading of a writing piece that, overall, is solid--jot down "pros" in notebook for discussion
--briefly discuss sample writing piece
--scored writing pieces returned--in your notebook, make a list of "pros" and "grows" as you process through Mr. Martin's feedback (it might help to categorize your notes under the headings Meaning, Development, Organization, Language Use, and Conventions)--MODEL
--feedback processing/revision time--make appointments with Mr. Martin for Cumulative Writing Portfolio-related work ASAP (why not make appointments right now, in fact?!)
--What questions do you still have?  Mr. Martin wants to make sure that you are set up for success!

Closure -- SMART Goal
--Set a SMART Goal for revising your writing piece--What is a SMART Goal?  What might a SMART Goal pertaining to this directive look like?

--The due date for submitting a revised Thematic Writing Assignment--Partner Interviews essay for the Cumulative Writing Portfolio is November 14th (approximately one month from today)--YOU MUST schedule a meeting with Mr. Martin to go over your revisions; simply handing in the revisions is unacceptable as per the protocol.  When time permits, meetings can/will occur during class time.
--There is no new reading assigned for TOMatS.  Therefore, you have an opportunity to improve your work pertaining to the following assignment: Purposefully read up to pg. 72 of TOMatS--continue with high-quality Post-its (or another form of notes) for discussion:
  • the basics (characters, setting, conflict, etc.)
  • Christological figure
  • Hero as a literary term
  • Hemingway's writing style (for which he is famous!)
  • Intertextuality with The Alchemist--they're the same story!
  • Stoicism
--Respond in writing (remember that all assignments involving writing are an opportunity to hone your writing skills!) to one of the items listed in the "TOMatS up to page 72--Have You..." blog post.  Be prepared to share your writing/thoughts in the future.
--A LATE ADDITION: Bring your vocabulary book next time--we will begin Unit #3 next week.