--Pick up the document from the front table. Read the directions and complete the task at hand quietly and independently.
--When you finish, place your document in the black basket on the front table. Then, take out both your copy of To Kill a Mockingbird and the “Purposeful Reading Guide” that corresponds with it. Several students have suggested we spend our time finishing the story so that you can "firm up" your ideas for the End-of-Course Assignment. Once you are situated, engage in purposeful/active reading quietly and independently for the next 30-45 minutes.
S. the C.
Independent Purposeful Reading -- Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird pages 199-237
--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.
Transition -- form groups of 2-3 people
Discussion -- Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird pages 3-199/End-of-Course Assignment
--in your groups, discuss the following:
- what you have read thus far as per the reading guide and your Post-its
- the status of your End-of-Course Assignment
- Structurally, what are you thinking (Classical? Toulmin? Rogerian? Your own "recipe"?)?
- Do you have a hook in mind?
- What is your tentative thesis statement/claim?
- How are you going to incorporate the "other" novel?
- Specifically, what sources are you using in addition to the two novels? Summarize what you have read in these sources and explain how you will use the contents to bolster your claim.
Transition -- re-column the desks
Ticket-Out-the-Door -- Status Check: End-of-Course Assignment
--On a sheet of lined paper, write until the bell rings providing me as much information as you can about your End-of-Course Assignment. (See the list above for ideas of what I need to see from you!)
--When the bell rings, leave your paper on your desk.
HW (Class Preparation)
--Purposefully/actively read pages 199-237 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 past discussions, 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 scheduled for full blocks with computer access on the following days: Tuesday, 5/24; Wednesday, 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.
- BRING YOUR END-OF-COURSE ASSIGNMENT MATERIALS TO CLASS DAILY, INCLUDING YOUR COPY OF TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD AND THE READING GUIDE. YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN THESE MATERIALS MIGHT BE NECESSARY!
--Try to find some time to read your free reading book between now and next class. ALWAYS BRING YOUR FREE READING BOOK TO CLASS!