--Take out your "Reading Nonfiction Document" for "The Death of the Author" and scan back through your responses. Is there anything that you would like to share and/or ask about today in order to wrap up your work with this essay? If so, take note. Then, place your work in the black basket on the front table.
--Spend a few minutes reflecting upon your "life to date," your years from birth to the present:
- When you were "little", what did you want to be when you "growed up"?
- What memorable experiences have you had?
- Is there a past experience that you can completely and totally visualize (a flashbulb memory, if you will) when you close your eyes?
- What is the most important lesson you have learned? How did you learn this lesson?
- What has been the overall climax?
- What problems have you faced?
- What has been the most difficult experience so far?
- What individuals have impacted you, and how?
--wrap up "The Death of the Author" via a Q & A as per the Jump Off
Teambuilder/Intertextuality Unit Introduction--Part 1 -- Live Wire
- to create a visual illustration of your life
- Pick up materials from the front table (up to four pipe cleaners).
- Use materials to construct a visual illustration of your "life to date": the significant trends, patterns, and events of your years thus far (think about your brainstorming from the Jump Off!).
- Once your "Live Wire" is finished, engage in free reading until everyone has finished.
--Pick up the "Intertextuality Unit--Paulo Coelho's 'Four Obstacles' Philosophy" document from the front table. Read the directions and have at it! (Feel free to work together "anchored in" to the "Compact for Group Work"!)
Purposeful Reading/Discussion -- Paulo Coelho's "Four Obstacles" Philosophy
--engage in a share-out/discussion by completing the notes template on the front board
Teambuilder/Intertextuality Unit Introduction--Part 2 -- Live Wire
- to encourage attentive listening
- to promote inclusion
- Plan a brief "presentation" of your "Live Wire" in which you do the following for your peers:
- describe your design
- explain the rationale behind your design
- apply any or all of Paulo Coelho's "Four Obstacles" to your visual illustration
- Form a circle out of the desks.
- Each students shares his or her "Live Wire" with the rest of the class as per the three bullets above.
- After each student shares, others may ask questions, express mutual feelings/concerns, etc.
--Re-column the desks and pick up the Ticket-Out-the-Door document from the front table.
Closure (remainder of class)
--After carefully reading the directions for the Ticket-Out-the-Door, complete the task at hand and submit your best work based on the time permitted prior to leaving class.
HW (Class Preparation)
--Finish the "Ticket-Out-the-Door--Unit Introduction Reflection Questions" document if you do not finish during class.
--Take a "chunk" out of your free reading book between now and next class, as you will be receiving a copy of The Alchemist along with reading assignments, thus limiting your (I assume?) already diminished time. ALWAYS BRING YOUR FREE READING BOOK TO CLASS, and remember that Hooked on Books starts on Friday!
Miscellaneous (optional, but highly encouraged!)
--Attend the Winter Formal this coming Saturday, 12/19. High school only lasts so long--soak in opportunities such as this one!