Tuesday, September 27, 2016

English 10 Honors--9/29/2016

Jump Off
--Submit your Article of the Week #1 work by placing it in the black basket on the front table.
--I have often heard people say the following (and I imagine you have, too): "It's human nature."  What exactly does this mean?  After thinking/jotting down ideas on your own for a moment, you will have some time to touch base with a peer.  Good luck!

S. the C.
--pair/share as per the "Jump Off" in order to clarify the definition of "human nature"--add to your notes accordingly!

Anticipatory Set -- "Building a Bridge" Between English 9 and English 10 Honors: Human Nature in Veronica Roth's Divergent
--purposefully view two clips from the film version of Veronica Roth's Divergent in order to answer both of the following questions:
  • What is Jeanine Matthews suggesting about human nature?  What does she seem to think people are really like?
    • pair/share responses to the questions above
--Let's support the following claim together: Most fiction writers are philosophers.
  • pair/share support 
  • answer the following question:
    • Ultimately, what does Veronica Roth's "thesis"/philosophy about human nature seem to be?
      • pair/share responses to the question above
--Take out your copy of the terms/concepts document and find your definition for "fable".  Be prepared to share your entire definition or aspects of it with the class as we build toward a common understanding together.

Mini-Lesson -- Fable as a Genre and Human Nature in Aesop's "The Scorpion and the Frog"
--By the end of this mini-lesson, you should be able to...
  • define the term "fable"
    • apply the definition to an actual fable (e.g., determine the fable's moral lesson)
  • begin formulating and giving voice to your own ideas about human nature.
--via a whole-class share-out, build an appropriately complex definition of "fable" on the whiteboard--add to your notes accordingly!
--Transition--pick up a copy of the "Fable as a Genre and Human Nature in Aesop's 'The Scorpion and the Frog'" document from the front table
--after purposefully reading the directions, complete the task at hand quietly and independently
  • As soon as I set the stopwatch and instruct you to do so, you will form an alphabetical-by-first-name circle out of the desks without talking.  This should take no more than two minutes!
  • "Ready...set...GO!!!"
Closure/Looking Ahead
--engage in discussion with regard to the "Fable as a Genre and Human Nature in Aesop's 'The Scorpion and the Frog'" document
--share the essential question explored throughout the entirety of the course (the "human element" mentioned on Day 1 of the course!):

What are human beings really like?  By nature, are human beings inherently evil or good or...?

--pass around the "End-of-Course Assignment--2017--Assignment Preview" document and engage in an oral gist reading
--Q & A as per gist reading

Teambuilding Activity -- Artifact Bags (time permitting)
--I hand a paper bag to a random student--he/she then displays items from the bag one at a time, briefly describing what he/she is seeing
--guess who?!
--owner of bag further describes, explains, shares anecdotes, etc. as a form of introduction to teacher/peers

HW (Practice/Take-Home Assessment)
--Complete a total of 45 minutes of Membean training as directed before 11:59 PM tonight (Thursday, 9/29).  If you fail to appropriately train between now and the administration of Vocabulary Quiz #2, you will not be permitted to take the quiz (see the "Membean Routine" document).
--The Thematic Essay Writing Assignment--Partner Interviews essay (your best effort) is due at the beginning of class next time (Monday, 10/3) typed in proper MLA format.
--Read your free reading book for at least 15 minutes between now and next class. ALWAYS BRING YOUR FREE READING BOOK TO CLASS.