Sunday, January 3, 2016

English 9--1/5/2015

Jump Off (2 mins.)
--If you have not already done so, turn in your fully completed "Romeo and Juliet Unit--'The Cask of Amontillado'--Purposeful/Close Reading Assessment Questions" by placing the document in the black basket on the front table.
--Take out your notebook and date the page (1/5/2016).  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.)
--list of students that need to see me ASAP:
  • Cage
  • Mud Trucker
  • Person from Whom I Do Not Have a Nickname
  • Pink
  • Skittles
  • St2
  • Yaya Toure is My Spirit Animal
--list of students needing to revise for the Cumulative Writing Portfolio shared:
  • Would anyone like to schedule a meeting for a time slot during my office hours (posted on the front board)?
  • The due date for submission is Friday, 1/15 (10 days from today!) 


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 "English 9--Article of the Week #5 (1/4-1/8)--2015-2016 School Year" 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!
Old Business -- Article of the Week #4 (8-10 mins.)
--What is an academic argument really?
--What is the purpose of the "They Say" Template?
  • discuss "the moves"
--exemplary AoW #4 paragraph derived from template shared:

The general argument made by Josh Barro in his work titled “A $15 Minimum Wage.  But Why Just for Fast-Food Workers?” is about how raising minimum wage for only fast-food workers is not the best plan.  More specifically, he argues that raising the minimum wage will result in business owners figuring out ways to work around paying $15 an hour to their employees.  This is apparent when he writes, “A business owner who previously ran chain fast-food franchises might choose instead to open independent stores to avoid the wage requirement.”  In conclusion, Barro’s belief is that a higher general minimum wage is better than exclusively raising minimum wage for just fast-food workers.

Looking Ahead -- Article of the Week #5 (8-10 mins.)
--view the video clip located at the following web address:
--consider the following question:
  • What should the United States do in response to ISIS?
--whole-class share-out (30 seconds per volunteer)

HW Time (time permitting)
--Purposefully read the directions in the box at the top of the page of the Article of the Week. What questions do you have?
--Q & A
--get started!

HW (Take-Home Assessment)
--The due date for submitting a revised "'St. Lucy's...' End-of-Mini-Unit Assessment/Writing Assignment" for the Cumulative Writing Portfolio is Friday, 1/15 (10 days from today!).  Your improved writing piece must be typed in proper MLA format and highlighted as per the Cumulative Writing Portfolio protocol.  Remember that YOU MUST schedule a meeting with me to go over your revisions; simply handing in the revisions is unacceptable as per the protocol. When time permits, meetings can/will occur during class time (but don't count on it!).
--Complete Article of the Week #5, which is due at the beginning of class on Monday, 1/11.  This task will include purposefully reading the directions in the box at the top of the page and completing your best work with regard to the directions. 
HW (Class Preparation)
--Try to read your free reading book for at least 10 minutes between now and next class.  Your book must be finished by mid-March.  ALWAYS BRING YOUR FREE READING BOOK TO CLASS!

On the backburner:
  • MLA format instruction
  • Highlighting modeling for Cumulative Writing Portfolio revisions
  • A Paragraph's a Paragraph's a Paragraph instruction (if necessary)
  • Break down model paragraph together (if necessary)