Tuesday, October 28, 2014

English 10 Honors--10/30/2014

Jump Off (3 min.)
--Take out your homework assignment (PRACTICE located in the "Common Error: Missing comma[s] with a nonrestrictive element" document) and scan back through your work.  We will begin class today by going over this assignment.

S. the C. (5-8 mins.)

Review -- "Missing comma(s) with a nonrestrictive element" (5-8 mins.)
--homework answers shared

Transition -- pick up the quiz from the front table (1 min.)

Assessment -- "QUIZ--Restrictive elements/Non-restrictive elements" (8-10 mins.)
--complete the quiz quietly and independently
--When you finish with the quiz, place your work in the black basket on the front table and begin preparing for discussion.

Transition (3-5 mins.)
--Take out your copy of Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist. Spend a few minutes reviewing your purposeful Post-its completed in preparation for class two blocks ago.  What can you contribute to today’s discussion?
  • For example, as an individual tasked to analyze theme in the beginning of the novella, I might share the following information:
    • I noticed that Paulo Coelho starts off with a Prologue retelling the story of Narcissus.  I know that this myth typically ends with Narcissus drowning due to his obsession with his own beauty, but in Coelho’s retelling, the following text exists in the conclusion on page x: “‘I weep for Narcissus, but I never noticed that Narcissus was beautiful.  I weep because, each time he knelt beside my banks, I could see, in the depths of his eyes, my own beauty reflected.’”  I am wondering what Coelho is up to beginning the novella with this “twisted” retelling.  Is this the emergence of “selfishness” as a theme?  Is this meant to suggest that not only is Narcissus, well, narcissistic, but so is the lake and, therefore, all of nature, humanity, existence, etc.?  However, the sentence following the one I just shared says, “‘What a lovely story,’ the alchemist thought.”  Why is a story perhaps about “selfishness,” a quality that typically connotes negatively, thought of as “lovely” by the title character?  Will Coelho convey some sort of big idea about selfishness as a positive quality?  I must attempt to track this throughout the novella!
--Place students in the following discussion groups:

  • Emily B., Clarissa H., and Sara O.
  • Danielle B., Billy H., and Casey P.
  • Josh B., Sarah H., and Riley S.
  • Nick C., Claudia K., and Michelle T.
  • Madi D., Franz L., and Hannah T.
  • Skyler E., Ronald L., and Nick V.
  • Donald F., Conor M., and Audrey W.
Small-Group Discussions -- Applying Foster's Work to Coelho's Work (remainder of time prior to going to the library)
--draw connections between Foster's "list of 18" and the beginning of Coelho's novel/closely read the beginning of The Alchemist


--The due date for submitting a revised Thematic Writing Assignment--Partner Interviews essay for the Cumulative Writing Portfolio is November 17th (approximately 2.5 weeks 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.
--Expect an assessment of your knowledge and understanding regarding the exposition of Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist soon. Consider the concepts that we have discussed in our circles/small-group discussions. What are some logical questions/prompts that I could use for assessment purposes?
--Bring your vocabulary book next time just in case we need it.  Please do not forget!
--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.
--Enjoy the weekend—you only get so many of ‘em!

  • hand out end-of-unit writing assignment (clarity in terms of where we’re headed)