Friday, November 6, 2015

English 9--11/24/2015 (1/2 Day)

Jump Off
--Pick up a copy of the feedback analysis document from the front table.
--Spend the first five minutes of class preparing for the forthcoming "Stage 4 Comprehension and Purposeful Reading Quiz."  Please recall that you will be allowed to use notes when taking the quiz, but you will not be able to use your copy of the text itself.

S. the C.
--Reminder: The End-of-Mini-Unit Assessment Writing Prompt reads as follows:

Write a well-developed paragraph in which you support a meaningful and complex theme statement for Karen Russell's "St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves."  Use at least three pieces of strong textual evidence spanning the entire text, and be sure to tie back to your theme statement often.


Assessment -- Stage 4 Comprehension and Purposeful Reading Quiz
--complete the assessment quietly and independently
--When you finish the assessment, place your work in the black basket on the front table.  Then, back at your desk, make a list of "pros and grows" as you process through the feedback that I provided on your Mid-Mini-Unit Assessment/Writing Assignment.  Call me over if you need clarification!

Self-Reflection/Writing Workshop -- Mid-Mini-Unit Assessment/Writing Assignment--Feedback Analysis
--REMINDER: With assessments such as these, I aim to...
  • assess your skills and arrive at a fair score or set of scores to report
  • provide feedback that helps you move forward
  • , ultimately, take what I hope is your best work and then do my best work in order to make your best work better.
--continue making a list of "pros and grows" as you process through the feedback that I provided
--share out: a piece of feedback and/or a plan for improvement
  • As this occurs, I will organize your contributions via "The Four Cs of Quality Academic Writing" in order to continue helping you compartmentalize writing skills.
HW (Class Preparation--MANDATORY)
--Re-read Stage 5 of "St. Lucy's..."  Then, write a complex and meaningful theme statement for Karen Russell's story.  You are strongly advised to analyze the body of your annotations and consult your theme notes page from the beginning of the unit.  Be prepared to share your theme statement out loud with the class next time that we meet (Tuesday, 12/1).
HW (Class Preparation--OPTIONAL)
--Strongly consider planning, gathering evidence, outlining, etc. for the End-of-Mini-Unit Assessment/Writing Piece.  This final assessment for "St. Lucy's..." will take place in class our class after next (Thursday, 12/3), and you are free to use any planning/outlining that you bring with you to the test site.  If you are interested in staying after the day before the assessment for additional help, I will make myself available to anyone who shows up.  We can discuss the story more deeply, doublecheck the meaning and complexity of your theme statements, talk more specifically about writing skills as per the feedback that you received today in class, etc.
--Read your free reading book for at least 15 minutes between now and next class.
  • One-pagers are due at the end of class our class after next (Thursday, 12/3) for those students who have yet to complete one. We will use some class time on this particular Wednesday to complete one-pagers. Students who have already submitted a one-pager will engage in free reading during this time. ALWAYS BRING YOUR FREE READING BOOK TO CLASS.
--For what are turkeys thankful?......

Enjoy the break!