Tuesday, May 10, 2016

English 10 Honors--5/12/2016

Jump Off
--Block 4 students: Pick up outlining pages for different approaches to argumentation from the front table.
--Pick up a copy of Thomas C. Foster's How to Read Literature Like a Professor and an index card from the front of the classroom.  Then, turn to page 7 and engage in a gist reading of the chapter titled "Nice to Eat with You: Acts of Communion."  This reading is intended to help you further understand and appreciate Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird and has the potential to deepen your understanding of Lord of the Flies (if you make the connection!).  Jot down notes capturing the gist of the chapter on your index card.
--When you finish, do one of the following:
  • look through/add to your TKaM materials as preparation for today's discussion
  • begin tonight's reading assignment
  • engage in free reading
S. the C.
--quickly go over the homework ("Completing the Sentence" exercise on pages 115 and 116) three-in-a-row style, sharing both words for all three and context clues for one

--Return your copy of How to Read Literature Like a Professor (unless you are intrigued and want to read more--if so, sign out a copy!).
--Pick up three wadded up sheets of paper from the basket on the front table.
--Spell your last name backwards and think about how to pronounce it.  (Mine would be Nitram...it pretty much sounds the way it looks!)  Then, form an alphabetical circle using your "last names".  Bring to the circle the following items:
  • your notebook
  • your (Post-ited?) copy of To Kill a Mockingbird
  • your reading guide
Discussion -- To Kill a Mockingbird through page 99
--What should we make sure to address during today's discussion, bearing in mind both the final novel assessment and the End-of-Course Assignment?

--some notes about today's discussion:
  • I need a volunteer to capture and organize notes on the front board as our discussion occurs--any takers?!
  • In order to contribute to the discussion, you must raise your hand with one of your wadded up sheets of paper.  I will do my best to select contributors based on the order of hands raised, but, if possible, I would like for us to "exhaust a thread" of the conversation before moving on to something new.  
  • After making a contribution, throw your piece of paper at the recycling bin in the middle of the circle.  If you make a shot, 1 bonus point is added to the class participation score that you earn for your contributions!
  • Contributions, as in the past, will be assessed via the "Discussion Contribution Rating Scale".  Does anyone need to see the scale as a reminder of the expectations?
  • No one can make a third and final contribution until everyone has made one contribution.
--engage in high-level discussion--taking notes is strongly encouraged!

Transition -- re-column the desks

HW Time (Independent Purposeful Reading) -- Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird pages 99-134 (time permitting)
--Purposefully/actively read as many of the assigned pages as you can by working through the “Purposeful Reading Guide.”  Remember that your End-of-Course Assignment pertains to arguing about human nature and includes both Lord of the Flies and To Kill a Mockingbird.  You might want to take additional notes (on Post-its?) accordingly.

HW (Class Preparation)
--Finish preparing for the Unit #9 vocabulary quiz, which will take place at the beginning of class next time (Monday, 5/16).  Make sure to familiarize yourself with the "Whimsical Words."
--Finish purposefully/actively reading pages 99-134 of To Kill a Mockingbird by working through the “To Kill a Mockingbird Novel Study--Purposeful Reading Guide.”  Remember that your End-of-Course Assignment pertains to arguing about human nature and includes both Lord of the Flies and To Kill a Mockingbird.  You might want to take additional notes (on Post-its?) accordingly.  Review your purposeful/active reading notes and notes from today's discussion, as an assessment is "fair game" at any point in time between now and when we finish the novel.
--Continue progressing through your End-of-Course Assignment.  Do not let the end of the school year unnecessarily creep up on you!  We are tentatively scheduled for library time after the vocabulary quiz on Monday, 5/16 and definitely scheduled for full blocks with computer access on the following days: Tuesday, 5/24Wednesday, 6/1; and Friday, 6/3.  Plan accordingly!  The written portion of the End-of-Course Assignment is due at the beginning of class on Tuesday, 6/7, which will also be the first day of in-class presentations.
--Try to find some time to read your free reading book between now and next class.  ALWAYS BRING YOUR FREE READING BOOK TO CLASS!