Tuesday, October 20, 2015

English 10 Honors--10/23/2015

Jump Off (3 mins.)
--Below, you will find three simple sentences (the first of which is as simple as a complete sentence can possibly get!).  After reading the sentences to yourself, do your best to answer the italicized question that follows.  Good luck!

  • Jonah waited.
  • Jonah waited for the bus.
  • The bus was late.
In order for a string of words to be a complete sentence/independent clause, then, what does the string of words need?

S. the C. (8-10 mins.)
--list of students needing to revise for the Cumulative Writing Portfolio shared
--prior to continuing or focus on literary analysis, our focus today is on the following standard and goals:

English 10 Honors students can...
  • 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 all grammar hammer rules.

You should leave class today...

  • knowing the elements of a complete sentence/independent clause and having mastered the ability to pick the elements out in a piece of writing
  • knowing the comma rule for introductory elements and transitional phrases and having mastered the ability to use tips to apply this rule to a piece of writing
  • with a plan of action for how to master the two bullets above in order to demonstrate mastery on the assessment occurring next class, which will ask you to
    • proofread in order to add commas as necessary to set off introductory/transitional phrases in error-ridden sentences
    • label subjects and verbs of main independent clauses
    • circle prepositions used in prepositional phrases serving as transitions
    • craft your own properly punctuated sentences using both common introductory elements and prepositional phrases serving as transitions 
--ceremonial dropping of the hammer

Instruction -- The Grammar Hammer--Missing Comma After an Introductory Element (20-25 mins.)
--answer the italicized question from the "Jump Off"

--label the necessary components (S/V) for each of the provided sentences, linking to parts of speech work from earlier in the course
--Transition--pick up the "Common Error: Missing comma after an introductory element" document from the front shelf--read instructions, add commas to the sample sentences, model rule/tips with sample sentences above (which are written on the whiteboard)

--complete PRACTICE
--go over PRACTICE, reiterating rule/tips
--For HW, prepare for the "Missing comma after an introductory element" assessment--you must really “know your way around” this error and fixing it in order to be successful on said assessment.  Also, as you work on improving your most recent essay for the Cumulative Writing Portfolio, RE-READ based on your understanding of today's lesson and see if you can make any improvements in the Control of Conventions category!

Mini-Lesson/Discussion Preparation -- Title and Point of View Analysis: Edgar Allan Poe's "The Masque of the Red Death" (20-25 mins.)
--a prepositional phrase in a different context (title analysis)
  • How does a prepositional phrase function again?
  • draw conclusions about the prepositional phrase in the title
--view the following video clip:
Below, you will find the first sentences of five of Edgar Allan Poe's most famous short stories.  "Can you tell me which [sentence] is not like the others?"  (And, can you tell me why the sentence is different?)
  • "During the whole of a dull, dark, and soundless day in the autumn of the year, when the clouds hung oppressively low in the heavens, I had been passing alone, on horseback, through a singularly dreary tract of country; and at length found myself, as the shades of the evening drew on, within view of the melancholy House of Usher."--"The Fall of the House of Usher" (1839)
  • "The 'Red Death' had long devastated the country."--"The Masque of the Red Death" (1842)
  • "I WAS sick--sick unto death with that long agony; and when they at length unbound me, and I was permitted to sit, I felt that my sense were leaving me."--"The Pit and the Pendulum" (1842)
  • "For the most wild, yet homely narrative which I am about to pen, I neither expect nor solicit belief."--"The Black Cat" (1843)
  • "The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge."--"The Cask of Amontillado" (1846)
  • Pick up the "What is 'point of view'?" page from the front of the classroom and attend to my handwritten directions.  You will benefit greatly from taking out your copy of "The Masque of the Red Death" (if you don't have it out already) and rereading sections of the text and your annotations.  Feel free to work productively in pairs!
--discussion preparation time

Transition -- form an alphabetical-by-middle-name circle out of the desks

Story #1 -- “The Masque of the Red Death” (10-15 mins.)
--reminder--beginning with the end in mind (culminating assignment):

  • Following today's final discussion, 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.).
--discuss conclusions drawn during previous portion of the block and potential theme statements

Transition (remainder of class)
--Re-column the desks.  Then, on the back of your index card from last 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.
HW (Class Preparation)
--Prepare for the "Missing comma after an introductory element" assessment.  You must really “know your way around” this error and fixing it in order to be successful on said assessment.
--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 (three weeks 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.
  • As you work on improving your essay, RE-READ based on your understanding of today's grammar hammer lesson and see if you can make any improvements in the Control of Conventions category!
--Continue writing your short story and argumentative paragraphs. The final draft of the assignment is due on Thursday, 10/29, which is less than a week  from now!  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.
  • As you work on your argumentative paragraphs, bear in mind that I am scoring the Control of Conventions demonstrated within, so write and RE-READ accordingly.