Wednesday, January 6, 2016

English 10 Honors--1/14/2016

Jump Off (2 mins.)
--Pick up the "Vocabulary Units--Exercise Check" halfsheet from the front table. Write your name on the line and open your vocabulary book to page 65.

S. the C. (15-20 mins.)
--quickly complete exercise check--when finished, pass up facedown
--go over the homework ("Choosing the Right Word" exercise on pages 65 and 66) three-in-a-row style, sharing words for all three and context clues for one
--Reminder: the "incentive plan" (it is in place this week!)

--Reminder: Keep the "Intertextuality Unit--The Alchemist and The Old Man and the Sea Culminating Essay Assignment" document in mind, as this is where we are headed as we continue working through our current literature unit. Do you have any potential ideas in mind already? (Frankly, you should!)
--Reminder--Speaking and Listening Standards: English 10 Honors students can participate effectively in a collaborative discussion, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively. This includes:

  • coming to the discussion prepared, having read and researched the material under study and explicitly drawing on that preparation by referring to evidence from the text and additional reading/research to stimulate a thoughtful, well-reasoned exchange of ideas.
  • propelling conversations by posing and responding to questions that relate the current discussion to broader themes or larger ideas; actively incorporating others into the discussion; and clarifying, verifying, or challenging ideas and conclusions.
  • responding thoughtfully to diverse perspectives, summarizing points of agreement and disagreement, and, when warranted, qualifying or justifying their own views and understanding and making new connections in light of the evidence and reasoning presented. THIS MULTI-PART STANDARD WILL BE ASSESSED TODAY VIA THE "DISCUSSION CONTRIBUTION RATING SCALE."

Transition (2 mins.)
--Get back in partnerships/groups from last class and take out your "Joseph Campbell's Monomyth--Background, Instruction, and Application" document.

Application Activity (Novella Closure) -- Joseph Campbell's Monomyth (flex time)
--"anchor in" to the "Compact for Group Work" via the poster located in the front of the classroom
--finish working on applying the monomyth template to The Alchemist as preparation for today's discussion

Transition (2-3 mins.)
--Form a circle out of the desks by birth order from youngest to oldest ending with me (I am 34, and my birthday is in October!).
--Keep/Take out the following items: your monomyth document, your notebook, your copy of the novella, your active/purposeful reading notes, and any additional discussion ideas.

Circle Discussion (Novella Closure) -- The Alchemist up to the End (flex time)
--engage in discussion as per the protocol--contributions will be assessed via the "Discussion Contribution Rating Scale"

Potential items for discussion:
  • Application of the monomyth template to The Alchemist--so what?!
  • What is magical realism? What are magical realist authors "up to"?
  • How does Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist "fit the magical realism bill", so to speak?
  • Connections between Paulo Coelho's life and the novella 
  • Application of new terms/concepts (e.g., dilemma, fable, foil) to the novella
    • For example, you might attempt to answer this question: What characters in the novella serve as foils to each other? How so? What is Coelho's potential purpose?
  •  Active/purposeful reading notes
Transition -- re-column the desks (1 min.)

Closure -- Final Thoughts (time permitting)
--In your notebook, jot down a one-sentence final thought.

HW (Class Preparation)
--Finish preparing for the Unit #5 vocabulary quiz, which will take place at the beginning of class next time (Tuesday, 1/19). Don't forget about the "Whimsical Words."  REMEMBER THAT WORDS FROM PREVIOUS UNITS ARE "FAIR GAME" ON ANY VOCABULARY QUIZ THEREAFTER (EXCLUDING PAST "WHIMSICAL WORDS"), and don't forget about the incentive plan!
--Remember that I reserve the right to conduct a reading assessment at any time. It would be in your best interest to continuously review your reading notes for The Alchemist and any related materials. Remember, too, that you are expected to both understand and apply your understandings of certain terms/concepts to your reading of the novella (in addition to the typical terms/concepts such as setting, symbolism, theme, etc.): allegory, aphorism, dilemma, everyman, fable, foil, genre, interior monologue, leitmotif, magical realism, monomyth (hero's journey), motif, myth, paradox, and quest. A sample assessment question/prompt, then, might look like the following:

  • How is Paulo Coelho's novella The Alchemist a blending of several literary modes/genres? Consider using any or all of the following terms in your response: genre, allegory, fable, and magical realism. What is one likely purpose Coelho was looking to fulfill when he decided to tell such a story?
--Try to find some time to read your free reading book between now and next class.  ALWAYS BRING YOUR FREE READING BOOK TO CLASS!
--Enjoy the weekend--you only get so many of 'em!
--Work toward achievement of your S.M.A.R.T. Goal?!
On the backburner:
  • Paraphrasing Mini-Lesson as preparation for culminating assignment (based on observations while assessing the "Reading Nonfiction Document"s)
  • ACT nonfiction passages and multiple choice questions