--Open your vocabulary book to page 34. Look through the list of words and put a mark next to all of the words that you are pretty confident about knowing already.
*AS YOU WORK, I WILL RETURN YOUR UNIT #2 VOCABULARY QUIZ WITH THE ROUGH GOAL YOU SET STAPLED TO IT. ALSO, I WILL GIVE YOU ANOTHER HALF-INDEX CARD SO THAT YOU CAN SET ANOTHER ROUGH GOAL.*
S. the C. (8-10 mins.)
--pronounce each of the Unit #3 vocabulary words (pages 34-36)
--reflect upon your performance on the Unit #2 vocabulary quiz one last time and set a rough goal for the Unit #3 quiz on your half-index card
Transition (2 mins.)
--When you finish the last task described above, turn in your half-index card and your Unit #2 vocabulary quiz to me at the front of the classroom.
Application Activity #2 (continuation of last class block) -- P.D. Eastman's "The Best Nest": Theme Statements and Strong and Thorough Textual Evidence (30-35 mins.)
--directions on back of page read/clarified (if necessary) (Block 2 and Block 3)
--review our official Compact for Group Work (all blocks)
--mindfully complete the back of the theme notes page (gather strong and thorough textual evidence from and develop a rough theme statement for "The Best Nest") independently or in groups of no more than three people (Block 1 [reconvene and finish up], Block 2, and Block 3)
- If necessary, you can access the video on my computer or consult the hard copy of the story while gathering evidence.
*AS YOU MEET, I WILL COME AROUND AND RETURN YOUR TICKETS-OUT-THE-DOOR FROM THE END OF LAST CLASS BLOCK*
--take a look at the "Theme Statements--The Do Nots and Dos PowerPoint--after each item is shared, check/discuss your group's work and revise/improve as necessary (all blocks)--share out--you are strongly advised to copy the theme statements shared on the front board into your notebook! (all blocks)
--Activity Closure (3-5 mins.)
- After carefully rereading the directions, complete the task at hand and submit your best work based on the time permitted.
--Pick up the "Feedback Analysis: Standards Assessments (RI.2, RI.3, RI.4, RL.2, W.2, and W.4)" document from the front table. After spending some time familiarizing ourselves with the document, its purpose, and how to use it, you will receive your last two standards assessments.
Self-Reflection/Skills and Writing Workshop -- Standards Assessments--Feedback Analysis and Improvements (RI.2, RI.3, RI.4, RL.2, W.2, and W.4) (remainder of class)
--rationale ("GROWTH Mindset" and "Continuous Improvement Cycle" slides shared/summarized/discussed)
--With assessments such as these, I aim to...
- assess your skills and arrive at a fair score to report
- provide feedback that helps you move forward
- , ultimately, take what I hope is your best work and then do my best realistic work in order to make your best work better.
- Pick up both a colored pencil and your assessments from the front table. When you arrive back at your desk, do the same "thing" that I just modeled with your own work.
--process repeated for the rest of the first assessment
--familiarize ourselves (again!) with the four writing categories that will frame our writing work this school year (Content and Analysis; Command of Evidence; Coherence, Organization, and Style; and Control of Conventions) via PowerPoint slide
--exemplar shared for the second assessment
--continue making a list of "pros" and "grows" as you process through feedback that I provided--attend to at least one comment in colored pencil
*I WILL CIRCULATE THROUGH TO ASSIST AND LOOK FOR EVIDENCE OF GROWTH*
HW (Class Preparation)
--Begin preparing for the Unit #3 vocabulary quiz, which will take place this Friday, 10/30, bearing in mind your rough goal set during today's class. It might be a good idea to read "A Polar Controversy" on pages 32 and 33 as a starting point in the manner that we read prior to last unit in order to continue working on using context clues to determine meaning. Next time that we meet, we will continue working with this week's words, and if you already have some of the words mastered, you will be in good shape! REMEMBER THAT WORDS FROM PREVIOUS UNITS ARE "FAIR GAME" ON ANY VOCABULARY QUIZ THEREAFTER!
--If you struggled on either the Unit #1 or the Unit #2 quiz, take the initiative to meet with me during homeroom or after school so that we can put together a plan of action!
--Bring your vocabulary book again next class--please do not forget!
--Read your free reading book for at least 10 minutes between now and next class. ALWAYS BRING YOUR FREE READING BOOK TO CLASS. You have up until the first week of December to finish your book.