Thursday, December 11, 2014

English 9--12/12/2014 & 12/15/2014

Jump Off
--If you have yet to submit the final draft of your well-written "'St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves' Mini-Unit--End-of-Mini-Unit Assessment/Writing Assignment" essay typed in MLA format, please do so now by placing both your essay and all of your notes, outlines, etc. in the black basket on the front table. Staple the clean copy of your essay on top.
--Spend the first 3-5 minutes of class rereading/reviewing your active reading of either "Should the U.S. & Canada Merge?" or "The Sixth Extinction?".  After going over the agenda for today and the homework assignments due next week, today's class will begin with a multiple choice quiz about the key ideas of the article that you chose to actively read. This quiz is intended to assess your understanding of these ideas and, thus, the quality of your annotations.

S. the C.
  • The following policy is in place in our classroom as per the "Important Information" document that you read and had signed at the beginning of the school year:
    • Long-term assignments (essays, presentations, projects, etc.) will be graded ten (10) points (or 10%) lower per day late, not per class day late.If you do not have a writing assignment completed on time, you will be required to come in for homeroom detention with me the following day to get assistance and work on completing the assignment.I expect you to continue coming in during homeroom until the assignment is completed.Failure to stay for homeroom(s) will result in a central detention.If after five days you still have not submitted a late long-term assignment, you will receive a “0” (though teachers in the English department have agreed to occasionally use our discretion here).


--put away your materials and pick up an AoW multiple choice assessment from the front table

Assessment #1 -- "Should the U.S. & Canada Merge?" or "The Sixth Extinction?" Multiple Choice (Active Reading)
--complete the assessment quietly and independently--good luck!
--When you finish taking the assessment, please place your quiz in the black basket on the front table and pick up a half-index card (more on the purpose of the card later).  Then, open up your vocabulary book to page 52 and begin familiarizing yourself with the Unit #4 vocabulary words.  In order to actively engage, you should be: 
a.) writing the words on the lines for each of the sentences
b.) putting a star next to "foreign" words (those that will definitely need to be studied).

Instruction/Goal-Setting -- Vocabulary Unit #4
--go over the Unit #4 word list (pages 52-54)--word read aloud, students repeat the word, and then the part of speech/definition/sample sentence(s) read--repeat this process for the entire list
--the SMART Goal concept roughly explained
--reflect upon past two performances and set a rough SMART Goal for the Unit #4 vocabulary quiz on your half-index card

--When you finish the task described above, submit your half-index card and your past two quizzes to me at the front of the classroom.
--Pick up a copy of the "Rilke (Informational Text) and Mitchell (Literature) Mini-Unit--Mid-Mini-Unit Standards Assessment--RI.2, RI.3, and RI.4" document from the front table.
--Take out your copy of the "'Letter One' of Rainer Maria Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet" document and your "RI.2 Ticket-Out-the-Door" from two classes ago.  I WILL COME AROUND AND RETURN YOUR "RI.4 TICKET-OUT-THE-DOOR" FROM LAST CLASS.  (All I looked for was whether or not you identified an acceptable tone word.

Assessment #2 -- Rilke (Informational Text) and Mitchell (Literature) Mini-Unit--Mid-Mini-Unit Standards Assessment--RI.2, RI.3, and RI.4
--complete the assessment quietly and independently--good luck!
--When you finish taking the assessment, please place your work in the black basket on the front table.  Engage in free reading for the remainder of the class block!

DEAR -- Free Reading Books (time permitting)
--students without books will read Upfront Magazine

--The Unit #4 vocabulary quiz will take place on Thursday, 12/18 (ACE) or Friday, 12/19 (BDF).  Begin preparing, bearing in mind your rough SMART Goal set during today's class.  You might want to consider completing each of the exercises in the vocabulary book.  REMEMBER THAT WORDS FROM PREVIOUS UNITS ARE "FAIR GAME" ON ANY VOCABULARY QUIZ THEREAFTER!
--Bring your vocabulary book again next time.Please do not forget!
--Read your free reading book for at least 15 minutes between now and next class. Your book must be finished by late-January. ALWAYS BRING YOUR FREE READING BOOK TO CLASS.
--i-Ready should really be finished before break. See me if you need a pass to the lab or if you would like to see your results.
--Enjoy the weekend--you only get so many of 'em!