Tuesday, September 8, 2015

English 9--9/16/2015

In the Door (1 min.)
--please sit in your assigned seat

Jump Off (2 mins.)
--concept of the Jump Off explained again as a reminder
  • If you are any of the following individuals, or if one of the "Artifact Bags" on the front table belongs to you, please see me at the front table:
    • Bobby Waterstraat
  • If, for some reason, I do not yet have your "Artifact Bag," write your first and last name on a Post-it Note, stick the Post-It to your bag, and place your bag in the appropriately labeled box located at the front of the classroom.
  • If, for some reason, I do not yet have your "Letter to Mr. Martin" assignment, place it in the black basket on the front table.
  • The due date for completion of your "Diagnostic Test" has been extended to next class!
  • Pick up the "Free Reading Course Component--Overview Document" from the front table.  After taking care of some old business, we will take a look at this document together in order to understand one of the ways in which we read as part of English 9.
--HW policy reminder 

S. the C. (5 mins.)

Transition (3 mins.)
--Pick up the Article of the Week #1 document from the front table.  Purposefully read only the information located in the box at the top of the page and be ready to discuss your understanding of the text.  Also, check out my comments to you!

Literacy Activity (cont.) -- Article of the Week (15-20 mins.)
--take a look at the check system defined on PowerPoint as I return work from two classes ago (Block 1 and Block 2)
  • Block 3 students have not yet received or read the Article of the Week.
--distinguishing between different aspects of an author's purpose, such as topic, key points, rhetorical questions, and main claim--which of these student responses from last class is best?

What is LZ Granderson's main claim?  In other words, what is the author of the text ultimately trying to argue?

"American children aren't smart enough."

"LZ Granderson thinks that the U.S. isn't working hard enough for a summer vacation."

"LZ Granderson's main claim is students in the U.S. compared to students in other countries are not as educated.  While the percentages drop for the U.S. students, they still get the summer off."

"LZ Granderson's main claim is why are the students of America taking the summer off if we are ranked 25th in math out of 34 nations?"

"The author wants the readers to believe that the U.S. needs to have school all year."

"LZ Granderson is trying to get readers to believe that if the government enforces year-round schooling, the U.S. would benefit greatly."

"LZ Granderson's main claim is that our country needs year-round schooling to compete against other countries' students and boost our economy."

Looking Ahead -- Free Reading (10 mins.)
--oral reading of the "Free Reading Course Component--Overview Document", stopping along the way for reflection and Q & A time (or a quick overview depending on time)
--If time permits today following Library Orientation, browse for a book, and if you find one, sign it out!


HW (Class Preparation)
--The "Diagnostic Test" for our vocabulary program is due at the beginning of next class block.  Do not look up any of the words as you complete the assessment--it is a pre-test meant to diagnose your current knowledge and understanding.  The assessment will be reported based on completion, not how you actually perform.  Thank you for your cooperation!
--If you have a book at home that you are reading or would like to begin reading for our free reading course component, bring the book to class next time (and daily between now and when you finish the book or the end of the two-marking period block, whichever comes first).  Otherwise, make time to sign a book out either from our classroom library or the high school library.