Wednesday, May 11, 2016

English 9--5/13/2016

Jump Off
--Pick up the Unit #9 vocabulary quiz from the front table.  Make sure to carefully read all of the directions.  Complete the quiz quietly and independently at your new assigned seat. Good luck!
--When you finish with the assessment, place your work in the black basket on the front table.  Then, begin tonight's reading assignment for Divergent.

S. the C.
--Reminder: It is important for you to stay caught up with regard to all of your coursework.  It would behoove you to check the blog and SchoolTool often.  Additionally, if you have an "NG" for a Marking Period, following up with me ASAP is in your best interest.
--agenda/rationale ("Continuous Improvement Cycle" slide shared again)/HW
--list of students needing to revise for the Cumulative Writing Portfolio shared

--Take out your notebook, open to a new page, and put the date in the lefthand margin (5/13). Then, label the page "The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet End-of-Unit Essay".

Writing Workshop -- The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet End-of-Unit Essay Notes/Mini-lessons
--take notes/complete mini-lessons as per PowerPoint slides--this information will prove helpful when revising your writing pieces!
--Transition--pick up the document titled "End-of-Unit Essay--Feedback Analysis"
--scored writing pieces returned--on your document, make a list of "pros" and "grows" as you process through feedback that I provided-- I will model if necessary
--What questions do you still have? I want to make sure that you are set up for success!

--Pick up three wadded up pieces of paper from the front table.  Take out the following materials:
  • "Factions Organizers" pages
  • "Notice & Note" Post-its/notes
  • general Post-its/notes
  • question(s)/prompt(s) considered during "Discussion Preparation"  block that took place last class
Discussion -- Veronica Roth's Divergent Chapter 1-Chapter 12
--some notes about today's discussion:
  • I need a volunteer to capture and organize notes on the front board as our discussion occurs (much like I did for us the two days we discussed "The Lottery")--any takers?!
  • In order to contribute to the discussion, you must raise your hand with one of your wadded up strips of paper.  I will do my best to select contributors based on the order of hands raised, but I would like for us to "exhaust a thread" of the conversation before moving on to something new.  
  • After making a contribution, throw your strip 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

Transition -- re-column the desks

HW Time (time permitting)

HW (Class Preparation)
--Purposefully/actively read up to the end of Chapter 16 of Divergent.  This includes taking detailed notes on the page related to your faction/group as well as completing three or more "Notice & Note" Post-its and any additional Post-its related to anything worth discussing.  Review your purposeful/active reading notes, as an assessment is "fair game" at any point in time between now and when we finish the novel.
--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 (Writing)
--The due date for submitting a revised The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet End-of-Unit Essay for the Cumulative Writing Portfolio is Monday, 6/6 (just over three weeks from today)--YOU MUST schedule a meeting with me to go over your revisions; simply handing in the revisions is unacceptable as per the protocol.  In fact, you can expect me to ASSIGN meeting times if necessary to "get the ball rolling". When time permits, meetings can/will occur during class time.