Tuesday, October 29, 2013

English 10 Honors--10/31/2013

Jump Off
--Take out your mandatory homework assignment (PRACTICE located in the the "Common Error: Missing comma[s] with a nonrestrictive element" document).  We will begin class today by deliberately going over this assignment.

S. the C.

--Today, we will work on:
    • using punctuation (commas, parentheses, dashes) to set off nonrestrictive/parenthetical elements.  TODAY'S QUIZ AND TICKET-OUT-THE-DOOR WILL ASSESS THIS STANDARD.
--During today's discussion, we will continue working 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. 
--During today's discussion, 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

Review -- "Missing comma(s) with a nonrestrictive element"
--at the SmartBoard, student shares answer, rationale behind answer, and manipulates the text (for #1-5?)
--any final clarifying questions for Mr. Martin prior to the assessment?

Transition -- pick up the quiz from the front table

Assessment -- "QUIZ--Restrictive elements/Non-restrictive elements"

--complete the quiz quietly and independently
--trade and grade--return quizzes to rightful owners--reflect on performance (what, why, and what next?)--Mr. Martin collects quizzes

--Does anyone object to watching a quick video that will remind us of some key learnings/potentially enrich our TOMatS discussion?!
--Mr. Martin projects the "Discussion Contribution Rating Scale" on the front board--take a quick peek.
--Pick up the “Literature Terms Notes/Ernest Hemingway Author Background” sheet from the front table.
--Form an alphabetical circle out of the desks. Have the following handy: the sheet you just picked up, your written response to a "Have You..." blog post item, any discussion ideas, and your notebook.

Discussion -- TOMatS up to the End

--complete the “L.T.N./E.H.A.B.” sheet as directed
--finish discussing the novella--Mr. Martin will assess contributions via the "Discussion Contribution Rating Scale"
--help Mr. Martin design an end-of-novel/novella assessment!

Transition -- re-column the desks

Closure -- Today, I learned...
--Write your name on a scrap of paper.

--Directions: Reflect back upon today's class.  Then, complete the sentence-starter above by writing a few specific sentences.  Somewhere within what you write, you must properly punctuate/use a nonrestrictive element.  Feel free to consult any helpful materials that you have in your possession.
--When finished, submit your work.

--The due date for submitting a revised Thematic Writing Assignment--Partner Interviews essay for the Cumulative Writing Portfolio is November 18th (approximately 2.5 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.
--Begin preparing for an end-of-novel/novella assessment--additional information is forthcoming.
--A writing assignment wrapping up our work with The Alchemist and TOMatS is forthcoming as well--just an FYI!