Friday, May 20, 2016

English 9--5/23/2016

Jump Off
--Find your name card and sit in the corresponding desk.
--Pick up the grammar quiz from the front table.  Carefully read the directions; then, carefully complete the quiz quietly and independently.  Good luck!
--When you finish with the assessment, read either Divergent or your free reading book until everyone has finished taking the assessment.

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.
--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?

  • The due date for submission is Monday, 6/6 (two weeks from today).
  • Remember that today's grammar quiz aims to assess your mastery of a component of the language standard that reads as follows: English 9 students demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing (L.1).
  • Additionally, we will work on RL and SL standards today.  Who can summarize some of the components of these standards?!
--Pick up a copy of the notes page from the front table, which consists of our discussion notes from a few classes ago.  Once everyone has returned to desks, I will model for you what I would like you to do with the notes page.

Discussion Preparation -- Divergent Chapters 1-21

  • Read through the notes from all three classes in order to respond thoughtfully to the following prompt: Pick out a direct quotation from Chapters 17-21 that "builds upon" something that came up in discussion last week.  Then, answer the following questions as preparation for sharing your ideas/thoughts with some of your peers:
    • What came up in discussion last week that your direct quotation addresses?
    • What is your direct quotation?  (Make sure to properly parenthetically reference your quotation by including the author's last name and page number[s]!)?
    • How does your direct quotation "build upon" what was discussed prior?
    • So what?!
--Directions executed (a model):
  • In Block 2, the theme of jealousy was discussed when taking a look at why Peter stabbed Edward in the eye near the end of Chapter 16.  Someone suggested that Peter's violent act may have been spurred by him being jealous of Edward's success.
  • "She gets up and stands behind the members sitting in the doorway.  In a second, her serious expression is gone, but I still feel rattled by what she said, half confused by the idea of Four being 'nice' and half wanting to punch her for no apparent reason" (Roth 214).
  • In this direct quotation, Tris is talking about Shauna.  Shauna has just told Tris that Shauna and Four both went through Dauntless initiation together, and Four taught Shauna how to fight because she was awful at it.  When I first read about Four helping Shauna, I remember thinking to myself the following: Huh...kind of like he's taking a special interest in Tris right now?!  I would imagine Tris was thinking the same thought, feeling jealous, and therefore desiring to "punch [Shauna] for no apparent reason."  The reason seems to be jealousy.
  • It is important to now notice that two radically different characters, Peter and Tris, both experience jealousy while undergoing Dauntless initiation.  Perhaps Veronica Roth wants her readers to realize that all people, regardless of the society in which they live or their temperament or how they then respond to the emotion are naturally jealous beings.  A society, then, that attempts to rid its people of qualities considered undesirable, such as jealousy, will never fully succeed, as it is human nature to experience jealousy.  Roth likely wants us to realize, if we have not already, that the society she depicts for her readers is far from perfect.
--quiet and independent work time
--desks paired up for "speed dating" discussion

Discussion -- Divergent Chapters 1-21 "Speed Dating"
--"date" format:
  • east-side student shares first for up to one minute
  • west-side student briefly summarizes what he/she heard for up to thirty seconds
  • west-side student shares second for up to one minute
  • east-side student briefly summarizes what he/she heard for up to thirty seconds
  • west-side students rotate south/east-side students remain stationary
--engage in "speed dating" process for at least three "dates"

Closure -- Whip Around
--Think of one "thing" you learned in class today.  (If you need to write your key learning down so that you don't forget, please do so!)
--Toss the ball around the classroom from one to another sharing learnings.

HW Time (time permitting)

HW (Class Preparation)
--Purposefully/actively read up to the end of Chapter 24 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.  It would make logical sense for me to give an assessment that mirrors today's discussion activity! :)
--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 (two 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, in circumstances where I have not already done so, 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.

On the backburner:
  • portfolios?
  • connect also to essential question