Monday, September 21, 2015

English 9--9/22/2015

Jump Off (2 mins.)
--Take out your vocabulary book and open to page 17.
--Place your free reading book on the floor next to your desk so that I can easily see it in order to copy down the title later during today's class block.
--The following students need to see me before the end of class today:
  • Gunnar D.
  • Robert L.
  • Kiara S.
S. the C. (3-5 mins.)

Looking Ahead -- Vocabulary Unit #1 (8-10 mins.)
--go over the correct responses to the 50/50 exercise three-in-a-row style
  • How did you do?
  • What words have you yet to master?
  • How might you go about preparing for the assessment?
Transition (1 min.)
--Take out your Article of the Week.

Literacy Activity (cont.) -- Article of the Week #1 (15-20 mins.)
--another key reason why we do Article of the Week shared: purposeful and active reading practice!
--What was our purpose when we read the beginning of this article?--EXEMPLARY WORK SHARED VIA POWERPOINT (Block 3 only)
--What is our purpose when we re-read the beginning of this article along with reading the rest of it? (Block 3 only)

--What is our purpose again when we finish reading the rest of this article?--discuss the second of the italicized questions above/model via the SmartBoard (Block 3 only)
--independent active re-reading finished
--brief whole-group share--mark up document on SmartBoard
--FYI: We are going to forego the writing portion of this particular Article of the Week.  Expect to outline and/or write a paragraph next time!

Transition (5 mins.)
--establish parameters for speakers and listeners
--form an alphabetical-by-first name circle out of the desks

Teambuilding Activity -- Artifact Bags (until 2 minutes remain in class)
--I hand a paper bag to a random student--he/she then displays items from the bag one at a time, briefly describing what he/she is seeing
--guess who?!
--owner of bag further describes, explains, and shares an anecdote as a form of introduction to teacher/peers

Transition (remainder of class)
--re-column the desks using the signs as a guide

HW (Class Preparation)
--The Unit #1 vocabulary assessment will take place at the beginning of next class (Thursday, 9/24). Finish preparing! (What study strategies have brought you success in the past?)

Assessment Format--Multiple Choice

  • Part of Speech
  • Synonym
  • Antonym
  • Definition
  • Completing the Sentence
--Read your free reading book for at least 10 minutes between now and next class. ALWAYS BRING YOUR FREE READING BOOK TO CLASS.