Wednesday, October 15, 2014

English 10 Honors--10/20/2014

Jump Off (8-10 mins.)
--Pick up the document containing sample work (AoW #4 active readings and AoW #5 sample written response) from the front table.
--Sign out a copy of Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist by writing in the lefthand column of the sheet on the front table.
--Find your name card and sit in the corresponding desk--this is your new assigned seat.
--Take out your notebook, open to a new page, and put the date in the lefthand margin (10/20). Then, write freely about your thoughts/opinions regarding the following claim:

Livonia Central School District is one of the top three schools in a 30-mile radius.


S. the C. (8-10 mins.)
--pronounce each of the Unit #3 vocabulary words (pages 34-36) and the five "Whimsical Words"
--list of students needing to revise for the Cumulative Writing Portfolio shared

Old Business -- Articles of the Week (#3-5) (15-20 mins.)
--a note about AoW #3 corresponding with grammar instruction (thus not yet returned)
--exemplary AoW #4 active readings pointed out--please note how the readers used a variety of active reading strategies and do not exactly agree with each other
--AoW #5 wrap-up:
  • active reading returned--spend 3-5 minutes reading back through your annotations
  • Transition--pick up the "QUIZ: Escape from Hell" document from the front table and complete the assessment quietly and independently back at your desk--good luck!
  • quizzes scored
  • Was your active reading validated?  If so, great--keep up the good work!  If not, what might you consider doing differently in the future?
  • exemplary AoW #5 written response pointed out--please note the level of completion of the assignment
Looking Ahead -- Article of the Week #6 (10-15 mins.) 
--reminder of the protocol for Take a Stand:
  • Momentarily, I will make a debatable statement:
    • If you agree with the statement, STAND UP next to your desk.
    • If you strongly agree with the statement, STAND ON your desk chair.
    • If you disagree with the statement, STAY SEATED in your desk chair.
    • If you strongly disagree with the statement, SIT ON THE FLOOR next to your desk.
--The claim: Livonia Central School District is one of the top three schools in a 30-mile radius.
--show your position
--cold-calling--students randomly selected to briefly explain their stand (no more than three sentences)

Transition (5 mins.)
--Pick up the the following documents from the front table:
  • "English 10 Honors--Article of the Week #6 (10/20-10/24)--2014-2015 School Year"
  • the halfsheet titled "Feedback Analysis: Thematic Writing Assignment--Partner Interviews"
Read the directions in the box at the top of the page and the written response directions at the end of the document for AoW #6.  Then, skim the halfsheet.  What questions do you have?
--Q & A

Writing Workshop -- Thematic Writing Assignment--Partner Interviews Feedback Analysis (remainder of class)
--on your halfsheet, make a list of "pros" and "grows" as you process through feedback that I provided-- I will model if necessary
--feedback processing/revision time--make appointments with me for Cumulative Writing Portfolio-related work ASAP (why not make an appointment list for right now, in fact?!)
--What questions do you still have? I want to make sure that you are set up for success!

--Gist read as much of Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist as you desire (but at least pages v-11) prior to next class.  Be prepared to discuss your initial thoughts and questions in a circle discussion.
--Complete the Choosing the Right Word ("50/50") vocabulary exercise (pages 37 and 38).  As you do so, underline the specific context clues within each sentence that help you arrive at your selections (just as we did in class when reviewing for the Unit #2 vocabulary quiz).  Expect me to check your work next class.  Also, familiarize yourself with the "Whimsical Words".  The Unit #3 vocabulary quiz will take place on Friday, 10/24.  REMEMBER THAT WORDS FROM PREVIOUS UNITS ARE "FAIR GAME" ON ANY VOCABULARY QUIZ THEREAFTER (EXCLUDING PAST "WHIMSICAL WORDS")!
--Bring your vocabulary book to class again next time in case we end up reviewing--please do not forget!
--Begin your work with Article of the Week #6, which is due at the beginning of class on Friday, 10/24. This task will include purposefully reading the directions in the box at the top of the page and completing your best work with regard to the directions.  You might consider visiting the following web address:
--The due date for submitting a revised Thematic Writing Assignment--Partner Interviews essay for the Cumulative Writing Portfolio is November 17th (just under one month from today)--YOU MUST schedule a meeting with me 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.
--Try to carve out some time between now and next class to read your free reading book for at least 15 minutes.  ALWAYS BRING YOUR FREE READING BOOK TO CLASS.