Monday, August 31, 2015

English 9--9/10/2015

In the Door (1 min.)
--sit in the same desk as last class block (alphabetical order)

Jump Off (10-15 mins.)
--concept of the Jump Off explained again as a reminder

  • Turn in your signed sheet/slip by placing it in the black basket on the front table.
  • Pick up a copy of the "Day 1 Review - You betcha vs. Nah, not so much" sheet from the front table.  Complete the task at hand quietly and independently--this is your assessment.  Good luck!
--HW policy reminder

S. the C. (5 mins.)
--agenda/HW (Class Preparation)
--information about blog as a reminder

Instruction -- Important Information Document (25-30 mins.)
--go over policies in depth via the "Day 1 Review – You betcha vs. Nah, not so much" sheet

Transition (2 mins.)
--Pick up two lined index cards from the front table.

Looking Ahead -- Establishing Our Classroom Environment: Commitments & Rule of the Room/Consequences (5 mins.)
--Follow the directions on PowerPoint for creating commitments and establishing classroom consequences quietly and independently.  The brainstorming you do today will be used next class in order to engage in discussion and make some important decisions.

Transition (1 min.)
--When finished, place your index card on the front table and pick up the "English 9--Article of the Week #1 (9/7-9/11)--2015-2016 School Year" document that we did not get to last class.

Literacy Activity -- Article of the Week (20-25 mins.)
--share rationale behind the Article of the Week (PowerPoint)
--purposeful oral reading of Article of the Week #1 (LZ Granderson's "We Need Year-Round School to Compete Globally") in order to answer the following closure question:
  • What is LZ Granderson's main claim?  In other words, what is the author of the text ultimately trying to argue?
  • Write your name at the top of the lined side of your second index card.  Then, answer the italicized question above in one-two complete sentences.  Good luck!
  • As soon as you have completed your best work, submit it to me at the front table along with your Article of the Week document, which we will continue working with in the future.
HW Time (remainder of class)
--set parameters for work time
--work on your "Letter to Mr. Martin" assignment

HW (Class Preparation)
--Complete the "Artifact Bag" assignment as directed to turn in at the beginning of class next time (Monday, 9/14).  I am looking forward to taking "breaks in the action" the next few weeks in order to use these bags for teambuilding!
HW (Take-Home Assessment)
--Complete the "Letter to Mr. Martin" assignment as directed to turn in at the beginning of class on Monday, 9/14.  Make sure to do your best work!
--Make sure to SEE ME if you have any questions about anything from today's class!
--Remember that my classroom is available until 3:30ish each day if you would like to stay after and work on homework!