Sunday, October 18, 2015

English 10 Honors--10/21/2015

Jump Off (3-5 mins.)
--Pick up an index card from the front shelf.  Write your name at the top of the lined side.  Then, respond thoughtfully and in approximately three complete sentences to the following prompt:
  • I get the most scared when I think about...
--Take out your copy of "The Masque of the Red Death" and your notes from the re-read/discussion that we began last class.
--Once you have accomplished both of the tasks above, form a circle out of the desks.

S. the C. (3-5 mins.)
--list of students needing to revise for the Cumulative Writing Portfolio shared

Community Circle/Story #1 -- “The Masque of the Red Death” (40-45ish mins.)
--"warm up" via sharing thoughts from the Jump Off--you have the Right to Pass
--a few questions/conclusions from "The Final Countdown" shared
--reminder--beginning with the end in mind (culminating assignment):
  • Following today's discussion and application activity, you will be asked to craft a well-developed paragraph in which you argue how Edgar Allan Poe uses a device or technique (e.g., allegory, diction, etc.) to develop an aspect of the story (theme, mood, etc.).
--continuation of oral re-reading of story paragraph-by-paragraph, focusing on both comprehension and the culminating assignment--students share annotations from close reading--Mr. Martin encourages a "deeper dig" via prompting, follow-up questions, etc.
--What is a controlling idea?--transition into next agenda item

Application Activity -- Controlling Idea Practice--"The Masque..." and "Appointment" (10-15 mins.)
--Feel free to sit on the floor in the "cookie jar!"
--purposeful oral reading of "Appointment," an adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham's short story in picture book form
  • Your Purpose: Come up with a controlling idea sentence or sentences for our two most recent works.
--share out

Transition (5 mins.)
--Re-column the desks.  Then, on the back of your index card from earlier in class, thoughtfully respond to the following questions:
  • When working in groups in class to complete challenging, meaningful assignments, what kinds of group members do you appreciate?  What behaviors do "good" group members exhibit?
  • Leave your index card on your desk at the end of the class block. 
DEAR -- Free Reading Books (time permitting)
--students without books will read Upfront newsmagazine

HW (Class Preparation)
--Read your free reading book for at least 15 minutes between now and next class. ALWAYS BRING YOUR FREE READING BOOK TO CLASS.
HW (Writing)
--The due date for submitting a revised Thematic Writing Assignment--Partner Interviews essay for the Cumulative Writing Portfolio is November 13th (just under one month from today)--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.
--Continue writing your short story and argumentative paragraphs. The final draft of the assignment is due on Thursday, 10/29, which is next week already!  Remember that I am available to discuss your ideas, read sections of your drafts, etc. so long as you take the initiative to work with me.