Thursday, December 5, 2013

English 9--12/9/2013

Jump Off
--Pick up the "Learning Standards--Unit Items and Progress Self-Assessment" document from the front table and take out your "Learning Standards" document from two classes ago.  Mindfully add items to the "Learning Standards--Unit Items and Progress Self-Assessment" document based upon our last three classes (e.g., for RI.1, you might write: "We practiced close reading with the standards" and "I think that I am doing okay--for all of the standards that we talked about afterwards, I basically seemed to get the gist okay based on my work.")  Raise your hand if you would benefit from Mr. Martin modeling the directions for you.

S. the C.

--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 (approximately 1.5 weeks 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 ASAP.
--discuss the following question/star your "Learning Standards--Unit Items and Progress Self-Assessment" document accordingly for today's "Closure": What standards does it seem we'll work toward mastering?

Mini-Lesson/Instruction (cont.) -- The Monomyth (Hero's Journey)

--Pages 3-5: individually annotate purposefully while Mr. Martin slowly reads aloud--at the end, individually add more detail to the "Definition" column of the monomyth notes document--share out/add to SMART/add to notes

Application Activity -- The Monomyth (Hero's Journey) Application

--independent work time: take your homework that was due last class and engage in a deeper/more deliberate application by filling in the "What it is in ____________" column of the monomyth notes document (Mr. Martin models first)
--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 chart!).  If an idea strikes you, capture the idea today in the column!
--small group work time: form groups of 2-5 (it makes sense to group up with peers who applied the monomyth to something you know about, but this is not a requirement!)--take turns talking about your applications--pick one to share with the whole class (the application that fits best?  the application that is the most unique?  whatever!)
--whole group share out of one additional monomyth application (randomly selected)


--Clear your desks of all but a notebook and a writing utensil.  Date the page (12/9/2013) and label this section of your notes "Author Biography: Homer."  You are about to engage in a listening activity where you are to take good notes.  Do you have any strategies from past years of English class that you can share with the class?  How do you capture important information for your notes when counting only on your ears?

Listening/Note-taking Activity – “Author Biography: Homer”
--share out note-taking strategies--Mr. Martin shares some additional suggestions by urging a connection back to note-taking when reading
--carefully listen to the passage read aloud once--purposefully take notes in notebook
--draw cards--students share items from notes and rationale behind writing the items down
--Transition -- pick up the sheet entitled “Comprehension Check: Author Biography” from the front table
--respond to the questions by using your notes
--discuss the answers to “Comprehension Check: Author Biography”--How will this information help us once we begin reading Homer’s Odyssey?

--Take your "Learning Standards--Unit Items and Progress Self-Assessment" and "Learning Standards" documents back out.  Mindfully add items to the "Learning Standards--Unit Items and Progress Self-Assessment" document based upon today's class (e.g., consider how you did on the questions about Homer).

HW Time
--narrative brainstorming time (you as the author!)--Mr. Martin models
--during this time, Mr. Martin can meet about CWP revisions

--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 (approximately 1.5 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.
--Start/continue thinking about your personal narrative--the due date will sneak up on you!