Saturday, November 28, 2015

English 10 Honors--12/4/2015

Jump Off
--Pick up the vocabulary assessment from the front table. Complete the quiz quietly and independently. Good luck!
--When you finish, place your quiz facedown underneath your desk.  Then, pick up a copy of the "Mr. Martin's English--Soft Skills Self-Assessment" document from the front table.  After scanning through the document to "anchor yourself back in" to the task (which you've completed before), begin completing the document quietly and independently as directed.

S. the C.
--trade and grade
--return quizzes to rightful owners--reflect on performance and note still-not-mastered words in vocabulary books--I will collect quizzes momentarily

--The following students need to see me before leaving class today:
  • Morgan H.
  • Lauren T.
Self-Assessment -- 2nd Marking Period Soft Skills
--sample self-assessment shared in order to demonstrated desired level of specificity
--finish completing the "Mr. Martin's English--Soft Skills Self-Assessment" document quietly and independently as directed
  • rough averages/my soft skills "red-flags" (if any) shared
--When you finish, place your self-assessment in the black basket on the front table and engage in free reading until everyone has completed the assessment.

--Please pick up a copy of the ACT READING TEST from the front table, which is "an excerpt from a short story titled 'Buckthorne' by the 19th-century American author Washington Irving."  (This particular copy of the test does not have choices for each prompt.)
--Form a circle out of the desks.

Instruction/Looking Ahead -- ACT READING TEST Practice
--rationale shared
--test-taking strategy modeled (the reason for no choices present on this version!)--"set up" passage for purposeful reading
--purposeful oral reading/discussion--stop and draw conclusions together and jot down notes underneath each prompt
--Transition--pick up the next copy of the ACT READING TEST from the front table (the copy with choices for each prompt)
--go through the prompt choices together with our conclusions in mind--do any obvious "matches" exist?
  • draw logical conclusions together for prompts where our earlier conclusions do not match, too
  • What did you take away from the experience in which we just engaged that you can apply to the purposeful reading section of your upcoming Short Story Unit Exam?
Transition -- re-column desks

DEAR -- Free Reading Books (time permitting)
--students without books will read Upfront newsmagazine

HW (Class Preparation)
--Finish purposefully reading either "Love and Loss" (Block 2) or "The Wight of the Black Rocks" (Block 4) prior to the beginning of class on Tuesday, 12/8.
--Begin preparing for the Short Story Unit Exam, which will take place on Thursday, 12/10.  I will give you a review sheet as soon as I possibly can!
HW (Take-Home Assessment)
--Complete the "Unit Exam Component: Unifying Theme Statement Paragraph" as directed.  Bear in mind that this is part of your unit exam for the Short Story Unit and will be scored using the "The Four Cs of Quality Academic Writing" framework.  This assignment is due at the beginning of class on Tuesday, 12/8.