Friday, December 19, 2014

English 9--1/5/2015 & 1/6/2015

Jump Off (3-5 mins.) 
--Pick up both a highlighter and the pretest from the front table.  Back at your desk, complete the pretest quietly and independently.

S. the C. (15-20 mins.)
--list of students needing to complete i-Ready shared--You will have class time with computer access soon and can work on completing i-Ready; however, this time with computers is really meant for essay revisions.
--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 (ACE) or Friday, 1/16 (BDF)--approximately two weeks 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.
Instruction #1 -- The Grammar Hammer--The Eight Parts of Speech (8-10 mins.)
--discuss the "grammar hammer"--rationale and necessity of parts of speech mastery
--ceremonial dropping of the hammer
--discuss application of parts of speech mastery to our work with vocabulary
--go over the Jump Off and define each of the eight parts of speech on the front board--copy down each of the definitions on the back of your pretest so that you have a document from which to study

Transition (8-10 mins.)
--Pick up an index card from the front table. On the index card, write the three sentences below. Finally, label the verb (V) of each of the sentences. 
  • I go walking in my sleep.
  • You are another day older.
  • They'll tell you I'm insane.

--FYI: Our main focus today during the next part of the agenda is on the following standard:
English 9 students:
  • develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience. Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of English 9 grammar hammer rules.

Instruction #2 -- The Grammar Hammer--Missing Comma After An Introductory Element (20-25 mins.)
--go over the work completed during the Transition by labeling the verb (V) of each of the provided sentences on the front board
--FYI: The subject of a sentence is the person, place, thing, or idea that is doing or being something.  If you have found and labeled the verb (V) of a sentence, the subject (S) can be found to the left.
  • Label the subject (S) of each of the sentences on your index card.
--label the subject (S) of each of the provided sentences on the front board
--Transition--pick up the "Missing comma after an introductory element" document from the front table--read the instructions, add commas to the sample sentences, and model rule/tips with sample sentences above
--complete PRACTICE
--go over PRACTICE, reiterating rule/tips

Application Activity/Writing Workshop -- The Grammar Hammer/"St. Lucy's..." End-of-Mini-Unit Writing Assignment (10-15 mins.)
--for each of the check marks in the lefthand margin, see if you can find and fix the errors pertaining to Control of Conventions
  • I will model RE-READING vs. re-reading on the SmartBoard before you begin and encourage you to RE-READ for any missing commas after introductory elements in your own writing. 

Looking Ahead -- Article of the Week #8 (remainder of class)
--view a clip from the trailer of Season 2 of the television show "NY Med": (0:00-0:58)
--Momentarily, I will pose a question:
  • If your response to the question is "yes," STAND UP next to your desk.
  • If your response to the question is "no," SIT ON THE FLOOR next to your desk.
--My question: Should the makers of this television show have to get consent from the family members of patients such as the man who went into cardiac arrest before airing footage?
--show your response
--cold-calling--students randomly selected to briefly explain their thoughts (no more than three sentences)
  • Pick up a copy of the "English 9--Article of the Week #8 (1/5-1/9)--2014-2015 School Year" document from the front table.  Purposefully read the directions in the box on the first page and the written response prompt on the last page. When you have finished reading, put your head down on your desk.
--Q & A

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

--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 (ACE) or Friday, 1/16 (BDF)--approximately two weeks 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.
--I will be after school this Wednesday, 1/7 in order to help students work on hook and thesis statement improvements.  Be proactive and attend this session if it pertains to you!
--Prepare for the parts of speech post-test/missing comma after an introductory element assessment, which will take place next class.  See me if you would like additional materials to help you prepare.
--Begin your work with Article of the Week #8, which is due at the beginning of class on Friday, 1/9 (ACE) or Monday, 1/12 (BDF). This task will include purposefully reading the directions in the box at the top of the page and completing your best work with regard to the directions.
--One-pagers are due at the end of class on Tuesday, 1/20 (ACE) or Wednesday, 1/21 (BDF) for those students who have yet to complete one.  We will use some class time on that Tuesday/Wednesday to complete one-pagers.  Students who have already submitted a one-pager will engage in free reading during this time.  ALWAYS BRING YOUR FREE READING BOOK TO CLASS.