Wednesday, October 23, 2013

English 10 Honors--10/25/2013

Jump Off
--As you do some last-minute studying quietly and independently, Mr. Martin will be around with your "The Old Man and the Sea Novella Unit Concept Application Assessment--pages 9-25".  Now that you have had a chance to reflect, and Mr. Martin has read and reflected upon your reflections, you can keep the assessment.
--When Mr. Martin directs you to do so, pick up the vocabulary assessment from the front table. Complete the quiz quietly and independently. Good luck!
*When finished, pick up a copy of the reading titled "Yes, She's a Christ Figure, Too" from the front table (thanks for the suggestions last class!).  Then, look through your items for today's discussion (written response to a "Have You..." blog post item and discussion ideas from Post-its, notes, etc.).

S. the C.
--as part of today's vocabulary quiz, Mr. Martin is assessing your ability to:
  • determine the meaning of a word by using context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence and/or a word’s position or function in a sentence) as a clue to the meaning of the word.
--during today's discussions, we will work on:
  • citing strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
  • participating effectively in a collaborative discussion, building on others' ideas and expressing our own clearly and persuasively. This includes:
    • coming to the discussion prepared, having read and researched the material under study and explicitly drawing on that preparation by referring to evidence from the text (as noted above) and additional reading/research to stimulate a thoughtful, well-reasoned exchange of ideas.
    • propelling conversations by posing and responding to questions that relate the current discussion to broader themes or larger ideas; actively incorporating others into the discussion; and clarifying, verifying, or challenging ideas and conclusions.
    • responding thoughtfully to diverse perspectives, summarizing points of agreement and disagreement, and, when warranted, qualifying or justifying our own views and understanding and making new connections in light of the evidence and reasoning presented. THIS MULTI-PART STANDARD WILL BE ASSESSED TODAY VIA THE "DISCUSSION CONTRIBUTION RATING SCALE."
--during today's discussions, depending on "what comes up" from the text, we will also potentially work on:
  • determining a theme or central idea of a text and analyzing in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details.
  • analyzing how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.
  • determining the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyzing the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).
  • analyzing how an author’s choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise.

--Mr. Martin shares list of students needing to revise for the Cumulative Writing Portfolio--would anyone like to schedule a meeting for a time slot during Mr. Martin's office hours?
--trade and grade
--return quizzes to rightful owners--reflect on performance and note still-not-mastered words in your vocabulary book--Mr. Martin collects quizzes
--Mr. Martin projects an updated version of the "Discussion Contribution Rating Scale" on the front board--do you notice any changes?

Transition -- form groups of 2-4 for discussion purposes

Small-Group Discussions -- TOMatS up to the End
--in groups of 2-4, engage in discussion as per the topics listed on the front board (and whatever else related comes up!)
--CWP meetings with Mr. Martin will occur during this time as per the order written up on the front board
--Form an alphabetical circle out of the desks. Have your written response to a "Have You..." blog post item, discussion ideas, and notebook handy.

Large-Group Discussion -- TOMatS up to the End
--keep the discussion going--Mr. Martin will assess contributions via the "Discussion Contribution Rating Scale"

--The due date for submitting a revised Thematic Writing Assignment--Partner Interviews essay for the Cumulative Writing Portfolio is November 18th (just over 3 weeks 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.
--Purposefully read the chapter titled "Yes, She's a Christ Figure, Too" from Thomas C. Foster's How to Read Literature Like a Professor.
On the back burner:
--creating a SMART Goal for revisions