Tuesday, December 16, 2014

English 9--12/16/2014 & 12/17/2014

Jump Off
--Pick up both a small paper scrap and an index card from the front table.
--Come up with a random nickname for yourself that I can use to convey information to the class in a non-threatening manner (e.g., Jonah Martin--"AI3"). Write both your first and last name and the nickname on the small paper scrap.  I will be around to collect your nicknames momentarily.
--Number the index card 1-20 as per the model on the front board.
--Open your vocabulary book to page 52. Spend the first five minutes of class quietly and independently looking over the words, as we will spend the first portion of today's class reviewing.

S. the C.
--Review activity goals:
1.) Leave class mostly familiar with the meaning of and able to pronounce the Unit #4 vocabulary words
2.) Leave class with a sense of which words to further study in preparation for the vocabulary quiz next class
--Today, we will also work on:
  • developing and strengthening writing as needed by revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.
  • writing routinely over extended time frames, including time for reflection and revision.

--new information regarding the Cumulative Writing Portfolio shared--revisions as Quarter 2 component
--list of students needing to revise for the Cumulative Writing Portfolio shared--Would anyone like to schedule a meeting for a time slot during my office hours?
--The due date for submission is Thursday, 1/15/2014 (ACE) or Friday, 1/16/2014 (BDF)--approximately one month from today!
--Reminder: Any writing piece that has already received a score of 80% or higher can be given back to me for submission today if the writer of the piece chooses not to revise.

Review -- Vocabulary Unit #4
--PowerPoint slides shared--use word list on front board/write answers on card--check knowledge/understanding as we go, making note of which words to study more closely
--For HW, finish preparing for the Unit #4 vocabulary quiz, which will take place at the beginning of next class.

Transition -- pick up the sheet titled "Feedback Analysis: "St. Lucy's..." End-of-Mini-Unit Writing Assignment" from the front table and read the directions

Writing Workshop -- Feedback Analysis: "St. Lucy's..." End-of-Mini-Unit Writing Assignment
--briefly review Content and Analysis; Command of Evidence; Coherence, Organization, and Style; and Control of Conventions framework (The Four Cs of Quality Writing) via explanations on PowerPoint and brainstorm what fits in each category--create a list on the front board next to each of the categories
--after reading the directions aloud, use of the sheet modeled with a student essay
--writing assignments returned (along with AoW #6) for quiet and independent feedback analysis
--independent work time--during this time, students with specific questions can meet with me as per the order established on the front board
--whole-group share-out ("I wrote...in the category...")/Q & A ("For the category, I wasn't sure what you meant by...")--notes/"mini-lessons" added to the sample halfsheet on the front board--TAKE NOTES EITHER IN YOUR NOTEBOOK OR ON THE FRONT/BACK OF YOUR HALFSHEET

Transition -- when finished, submit your writing assignment (if you are not required/do not intend to make revisions)

Closure -- "When I complete my revisions OR On my next writing assignment, I will make sure to..."
  • Based on today's self-reflection, specifically complete the sentence-starter above on the back of your index card from the vocabulary review activity.
  • You must properly use at least one Unit #4 vocabulary word somewhere within what you write
DEAR -- Free Reading Books (time permitting)
--students without books will read Upfront Magazine

--The Unit #4 vocabulary quiz will take place at the beginning of next class (Thursday, 12/18 [ACE]) or Friday, 12/19 [BDF]). Finish preparing, bearing in mind your rough SMART Goal set during last class. Accomplish something before break! REMEMBER THAT WORDS FROM PREVIOUS UNITS ARE "FAIR GAME" ON ANY VOCABULARY QUIZ THEREAFTER!
--The due date for submitting a revised "'St. Lucy's...' End-of-Mini-Unit Writing Assignment" for the Cumulative Writing Portfolio is Thursday, 1/15/2014 (ACE) or Friday, 1/16/2014 (BDF)--approximately one month from today!  Remember that 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.
--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.