Friday, October 31, 2014

English 9--11/5/2014 & 11/6/2014

Jump Off (10 mins.)
--Pick up a copy of the "Theme/Theme Statement Review" halfsheet from the corner of the side table located by the door.  After mindfully reading the directions, complete the task at hand quietly and independently.  Good luck!

S. the C. (15-20 mins.)
--You should leave class today with:
  • a deeper understanding of theme in literature, as we will review via the five focus questions below:
    • What is a theme?
    • How can a reader determine what themes exist in a text?
    • What is a theme statement?
    • How does a mere theme differ from a theme statement?
    • How can a reader turn a theme into a theme statement?
  • a better idea of the various insights into the human condition (theme statements) author Karen Russell attempts to convey in "St. Lucy's..."
  • a revised theme statement for Karen Russell's "St. Lucy's..." or the ability to revise your current rough theme statement
  • the Quarter 1 Free Reading Course Component completed or almost completed
--share-out as per the Jump Off

Application/Looking Ahead Activity -- Theme Statement Analysis (20-25 mins.)
--write your theme statement from the homework assignment due today on either the chalkboard or the whiteboard.  Keep in mind that we have 24 students, so choose an appropriate font size!
--take a look at the "Theme Statements--The Dos and The Do Nots PowerPoint
--analyze/revise some theme statements together based on our collective knowledge from last class and today--roughly support some theme statements as well, perhaps?
Transition (as quickly as possible!)
--two sample one-pagers shared--which of the two is more effective and why?
--quick overview of the one-pager options
--pick up a one-pager from the table if you have yet to complete one

"Assessment"/DEAR -- Free Reading Books (remainder of class)
--students without books who have already completed one-pagers will read Upfront Magazine

--Come to class next time with a stronger theme statement for Karen Russell's "St. Lucy's..." than you had at the start of class today.  SEE ME IF YOU WOULD LIKE A COPY OF THE POWERPOINT SLIDES FROM TODAY'S ACTIVITY.
--One-pagers are due at the end of the day on Friday (11/7/2014) for ALL students.  ALWAYS BRING YOUR FREE READING BOOK TO CLASS.  We will use some class time soon to pick out free reading books for Quarter 2!
--Article-of-the-Week will return next week (November 10th-November 14th)!

Backburner Goals (Mr. Martin's Note-to-Self):
  • Revisit methods for finding key details in nonfiction (use notes from last class later in school year)
  • Review the parts of speech as introduction to our grammar work/in order to aid in vocabulary study