Thursday, December 12, 2013

English 9--12/17/2013 & 12/19/2013 (123 minutes total)

Block 1 BDF (82 minutes)
Block 2 BDF (HOOKED ON BOOKS--41 minutes)
Block 4 BDF (HOOKED ON BOOKS--41 minutes)

Block 1 BDF (HOOKED ON BOOKS--41 minutes)
Block 2 BDF (82 minutes)
Block 4 BDF (82 minutes)

Jump Off (5 mins.)

--Pick up your quiz from last class from the front table.  Look at your results.  What do you know?  What do you still need to learn?  While up at the front table, also pick up an index card.  Write down the following numbers as per the model drawn up on the front board: 9, 10, 14, 15, and 17.

S. the C. (10-15 mins.)
--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 this Friday.  Time is running out.
--Reminder: Any writing piece that has already received a score of 80% or higher can be given back to Mr. Martin for submission ASAP.
--Reminder: The culminating assignment of the Odyssey Unit is writing a personal narrative in which you apply the monomyth formula to your own life/personal journey. The sooner you begin coming up with ideas, the better (hence the "What it is in my journey" column of the monomyth notes document chart!). If an idea strikes you, capture the idea in the column ASAP!
--Mr. Martin points out the "Odyssey Terms and Character List" document located by the cabinet (for anyone interested)
--Should we do some "refreshing" on Thursday?  If so, let's get a little sign-up going!

Close Reading/Analysis Activity -- First Half of Book Nine (pages 894-903) & 7 Habits Unit Exam
--listen for your nickname for each of the question numbers listed on your index card--if you  hear your nickname, you got that particular question incorrect on the 7 Habits Unit Exam--put an "X" next to each of the questions that you got incorrect (Mr. Martin models) (5 mins.)
--Transition--take out your homework (answers/responses to #1-6 of the "The Odyssey Unit--The Cyclopes Adventure (Book Nine) Close Reading" document and pick up the document titled "Odyssey Unit--First Half of Book Nine (pages 894-903) Close Reading Multiple Choice" (2 mins.)
--take the "assessment"--you can use your homework document for assistance (but not your copy of the epic poem)! (10 mins.)
--go over the "assessment" question-by-question while concurrently going over the corresponding questions from the 7 Habits Exam (projected on PowerPoint for "test-in-hand" analysis)--Mr. Martin shares his notes about logic, levels of correctness, etc. (30 mins.)
--Closing Comments (5 mins.)
  • These multiple choice questions are typical expectations-wise and difficulty-wise.
  • Mindfulness regarding the work that we do on a day-to-day basis is meant to prepare you for such rigors.  Was your homework helpful?  If not, you might want to reconsider the manner in which you complete your homework assignments.
  • As the school year progresses, these types of assessment should become less and less difficult.
  • Starting after break, similar assessments will occur in class.  However, these assessments will be scored, and your overall grade will be reported as your Odyssey Unit Exam grade.
--Closure--Whole-Group Discussion (10 mins.)
  • discuss any aspects of the homework assignment not already addressed
Initial (First)/Close (Second) Reading Activity -- "Book One: Invocation" and "Book Nine: New Coasts and Poseidon's Son" (The Cyclopes Adventure) (30-35 mins.)
--What's our purpose when engaging in an initial reading with the directive to "annotate"?
--take our attention to the "Learning Standards" document--bear all of the Reading Literature standards in mind during the initial reading
--point out "Food for Thought" written on the front board--bear these statements in mind during the initial reading as well
--oral reading of the second half (pages 903-913) of "Book Nine: New Coasts and Poseidon's Son"--annotate
--Transition--take out the document titled "The Odyssey Unit--The Cyclopes Adventure (Book Nine) Close Reading"
--purposefully read through the directions of the "The Odyssey Unit--The Cyclopes Adventure (Book Nine) Close Reading" document together--what is our purpose in reading the directions?
--students select a question for Mr. Martin to complete as a model--majority rules!
--finish close reading document as directed--good luck!

Closure (10 mins.)
--Take your "Learning Standards--Unit Items and Progress Self-Assessment" and "Learning Standards" documents out.  Mindfully add items to the "Learning Standards--Unit Items and Progress Self-Assessment" document based upon our last three classes (e.g., consider how you did on the questions about Homer, the assessment last class, and today's Jump Off).

--The due date for submitting a revised "The Lady or the Tiger?" Well-Developed Paragraph Response for the Cumulative Writing Portfolio is this Friday--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.
--Continue thinking about/writing ideas down for your personal narrative--the due date will sneak up on you!  A good "baby step" would be finishing thoughtfully filling in the boxes in the "What it is in my journey" column of the monomyth notes document before coming back from break.  Could you purposefully use an epic/Homeric simile somewhere within your narrative once you start writing?  Now is as a good time as any to begin thinking about your purpose as an author!
--Finish completing questions 7-9 of the close reading document as directed before coming back from break.
--Study your notes from our work so far within the Odyssey Unit (the monomyth, Homer's biography, unit literature terms, "The Judgement of Paris", "The Trojan War", "Book One: Invocation," and "Book Nine: New Coasts and Poseidon's Son"), as Mr. Martin reserves the right to check on your knowledge/understanding at any time (hint, hint).