Sunday, January 3, 2016

English 10 Honors--1/6/2015

Jump Off (1 min.)
--See me at the front table so that I can return your 60/40 assessment from the beginning of last class.
--Sit in your new seat, which was assigned at the beginning of last class.
--Take out your notebook and date the page (1/6/2016).  At the start of class today, we will bounce back and forth between me giving you a prompt and you doing some writing (hence the need for lined paper!).

S. the C. (5-8 mins.)

Thinking, Writing, and Speaking Activity -- Time Machines and S.M.A.R.T. Goals
Part 1--Time Machines (30-35 mins.)
--write for 3-5 minutes in response to each of the four related prompts
--Transition--pick up a highlighter from the front table
--purposefully reread, highlighting all clear, specific details that you included
  • If you don't have anything to highlight, carrot in a specific sentence or two.
--Transition--return highlighters and form partnerships
--partner share (30 seconds per partner)
--Transition--return to desks
--whole-class share-out (10 seconds per volunteer)
--When we finish this part of the activity, draw a line in your notebook underneath your writing.  Then, label the next section of your notes "S.M.A.R.T. Goals".
Part 2--S.M.A.R.T. Goals (20-25 mins.)

--How many of you know someone who set a New Year's resolution last week?  How many of you set one yourself?
--link the concept of New Year's resolutions to both Part 1 of today's activity and setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals

  • S.M.A.R.T. Goal acronym explained/notes written on front board
--set three S.M.A.R.T. Goals for 2016 that relate to Part 1 of today's activity
  • As you work, I will write some of my S.M.A.R.T. Goals on the front board in the hopes that seeing a few will help you out!
--Transition--pick up an index card from the front table and form partnerships
--partner share (30 seconds per partner)
Closure (5 mins.)

  • Write your first and last name at the top of your index card.  Then, select one of your three S.M.A.R.T. Goals that you will focus on during the month of January.  Write that goal down on your index card.  When you finish, place your index card in the black basket on the front table and pick up a copy of the "Missing comma(s) with a nonrestrictive element" document.  Please be aware that I will return your index card in approximately one month in order to see what progress you've made with regard to your goal!
Transition (1 min.)
--After a ceremonial dropping of the grammar hammer by Cameron V. (Block 2)/Rachael H. (Block 4), we will purposefully read through the top two thirds of the first page of the grammar hammer document together.

Instruction -- Missing Comma(s) with a Nonrestrictive Element (remainder of class)
--purposeful reading
--mindful completion of the PRACTICE

--go over the PRACTICE
--For HW, if you feel it is necessary, read through the packet of additional information pertaining to this error and complete PRACTICE #4 (located in a manila folder in the "Grammar Hammer Extras" area of the classroom). These instructional materials and practices are meant to help you master the standards listed below. A quiz about this error will take place next class.

English 10 Honors students...

  • demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar, usage, and punctuation.
  • apply knowledge of language to make effective choices for meaning or style.
  • strengthen writing as needed by editing or trying a new approach.
  • use punctuation (commas, parentheses, dashes) to set off nonrestrictive/parenthetical elements.
HW Time (time permitting)

HW (Class Preparation)
--If you feel it is necessary, read through the packet of additional information pertaining to today's common grammar error and complete PRACTICE #4 (located in a manila folder in the "Grammar Hammer Extras" area of the classroom).  A quiz about this error will take place next class (Friday, 1/8).

--Try to find some time to read your free reading book between now and next class.  ALWAYS BRING YOUR FREE READING BOOK TO CLASS!
HW (Class Preparation/Take-Home Assessment)
--Read up to pg. 104 of The Alchemist by the beginning of next class (Friday, 1/8).  Demonstrate your best skill level in reading actively/purposefully via the Post-it Note strategy, and expect any or all of the following to occur on Friday:
  • collection of your Post-its for assessment purposes
  • a "60/40" reading assessment
  • a discussion geared around your Post-its 
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