Wednesday, October 1, 2014

English 10 Honors--10/6/2014

Jump Off (10-12 mins.)
--Pick up the "Free Reading Course Component--Overview Document" from the front table and give the document a gist reading back at your desk.
--Open your vocabulary book to page 24. Look through the list of words and put a mark next to all of the words that you are pretty confident about knowing already. Also, make sure that you familiarize yourself with the "Whimsical Words."

S. the C. (15 mins.)
--pronounce each of the Unit #2 vocabulary words (pages 24-26) and the "Whimsical Words"
--For HW, begin preparing for the Unit #2 quiz, which will take place this Tuesday, 10/14. Make sure to familiarize yourself with the “Whimsical Words.”

Looking Ahead -- Free Reading (15-20 mins.)
--Q & A time
--two sample "one-pagers" presented
--browsing time--see me with questions about any titles

Transition (5-8 mins.)
--Take out your Article of the Week #4 document.  After looking at your active reading performance for Article of the Week #3, spend five minutes actively re-reading AoW #4, adding any necessary annotations.  When you finish, submit your actively read AoW #4 by placing your work in the black basket on the front table.

Old Business/Looking Ahead -- Articles of the Week (#4 and #5) (25-30 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: The greater majority of Livonia High School students have a fixed mindset toward learning.
--show your position
--cold-calling--students randomly selected to briefly explain their stand (no more than three sentences)
--Closure Question--How can the key understandings gleaned from this article help us in English 9 over the course of the next 35 weeks?
--view the following video clips from in order to build background related to this week's article:
  • "Crisis in Syria"
  • "ISIS's Goals for Iraq and Syria"
--view and discuss John Cole's political cartoon from The Scranton Times-Tribune (8/30/2014) via PowerPoint slide
--another Take a Stand--The claim: President Obama's decision to authorize airstrikes in Syria was a wise move, as these airstrikes will swiftly end the turmoil in the Middle East.

Transition/HW Time (remainder of class)
--Pick up the "English 10 Honors--Article of the Week #5 (10/6-10/10)--2014-2015 School Year" document from the front table.  Then, purposefully read the first and last page of the document with this question in mind: What do I need to do this week in order to succeed on this assignment?
  • Q & A time
  • Work time
--Begin preparing for the Unit #2 vocabulary quiz, which will take place this Tuesday, 10/14. Make sure to familiarize yourself with the “Whimsical Words.” It might be a good idea to read "Fashion Victims" on pages 22 and 23 as a starting point, especially since next class, we will work together on using context clues to determine meaning, a skill practiced/built when purposefully reading these provided pieces of nonfiction.
--Bring your vocabulary book again next class.
--If you have a book at home that you are reading or would like to begin reading for our free reading course component, bring the book to class next time (and daily between now and when you finish the book or the end of the quarter, whichever comes first).  ALWAYS BRING YOUR FREE READING BOOK TO CLASS.
--Begin your work with Article of the Week #5, which is due at the beginning of class on Tuesday, 10/14. This task will include purposefully reading the directions in the box and other information on the first page and completing your best work with regard to the directions.  The following videos will likely prove helpful since we did not have a chance to watch the two videos planned for today's class:
--FYI: We will pick back up with Foster's chapter next class.