Sunday, November 17, 2013

English 9--11/20/2013

Jump Off
--Pick up both a small paper scrap and an index card from the front table. 
--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 the small paper scrap.  Mr. Martin will be around to collect your nicknames momentarily.
--Number the index card 1-20 as per the model on the front board.
--Open your vocabulary book to page 52. Spend the first five minutes of class quietly and independently looking over the words, as we will spend the first portion of today's class reviewing.

S. the C.
--Review activity goals:
1.) Leave class mostly familiar with the meaning of and able to pronounce the Unit #4 vocabulary words
2.) Leave class with a sense of which words to study in preparation for the vocabulary quiz next class
--Today, we will also work on:
  • developing and strengthening writing as needed by revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.
  • writing routinely over extended time frames, including time for reflection and revision.
--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 9 classroom:
  • Only certain writing pieces from the school year will be included within the Cumulative Writing Portfolio. The first of these assignments is the "The Lady or the Tiger?" Well-Developed Paragraph. 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 80% or higher, a score indicative of mastery. When a student receives a score of 80%, 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 a substantial portion of a student’s 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%.)
--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 (posted up on the front board)?
--The due date for submission is Friday, 12/20/2013 (one month from today)
--Reminder: Any writing piece that has already received a score of 80% or higher can be given back to Mr. Martin for submission today.

Review -- Vocabulary Unit #4
--PowerPoint slides shared--use word list on front board/write answers on card--check knowledge/understanding as we go, making note of which words to study more closely
--For HW, finish preparing for the Unit #4 vocabulary quiz, which will take place at the beginning of next class.

Transition -- pick up the halfsheet titled "'The Lady or the Tiger?' Well-Developed Paragraph--Feedback Analysis" from the front table and read the directions.

Writing Workshop -- "The Lady or the Tiger?" Well-Developed Paragraph Response--Feedback Analysis in Two Phases
Phase One
--briefly review Meaning, Development, Organization, Language Use, and Conventions framework via explanations on PowerPoint and brainstorm what fits in each category--create a list on the front board next to each of the categories
--after reading the directions aloud, Mr. Martin models use of the halfsheet with a student paragraph
--Mr. Martin returns writing assignments for quiet and independent feedback analysis
--independent work time--during this time, students with specific questions can meet with Mr. Martin as per the order established on the front board
--whole-group share-out ("I the category...")--Mr. Martin adds to the sample halfsheet on the front board and models where appropriate--TAKE NOTES EITHER IN YOUR NOTEBOOK OR ON THE FRONT/BACK OF YOUR HALFSHEET
--Transition--clip halfsheet into (Writing Section of?) your binder and pick up your "Paragraph Writing--Skills Assessment Rubric" and Cumulative Writing Portfolio from Mr. Martin at the front table
Phase Two
--after reading the top half of the sheet aloud, Mr. Martin models use of the rubric with a student sample
--independent work time--during this time, students with specific questions can continue meeting with Mr. Martin as per the order established on the front board

Transition -- when finished, submit your writing assignment (if you are not required/do not intend to make revisions), your completed "Paragraph Writing--Skills Assessment Rubric", and your Cumulative Writing Portfolio

Closure -- "On my next writing assignment, I will make sure to..."
  • Based on today's self-reflection, specifically complete the sentence-starter above on the back of your index card from the vocabulary review activity.
  • You must properly use at least one Unit #4 vocabulary word somewhere within what you write
--Finish preparing for the Unit #4 vocabulary quiz, which will take place at the beginning of next class.  Make sure that you truly know the words, as you will be asked on the quiz to write your own sentences for a few of the words using enough context to clearly show that you have incorporated the chosen words into your own vocabulary. ALSO, REMEMBER THAT WORDS FROM PREVIOUS UNITS ARE "FAIR GAME" ON ANY VOCABULARY QUIZ THEREAFTER (THOUGH MR. MARTIN WILL NOT INCLUDE ANY WORDS FROM PAST UNITS ON THE SENTENCE-WRITING SECTION OF THE EXAM)! 
--The due date for submitting a revised "The Lady or the Tiger?" Well-Developed Paragraph Response for the Cumulative Writing Portfolio is Friday, 12/20/2013 (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.