Tuesday, October 25, 2016

English 10 Honors--10/27/2016

Jump Off (10-15 mins.)
--Take out your copy of "The Masque of the Red Death" and pick up your "Final Countdown" document from the front table.  Please read and respond to anything that I have written to you.  When you finish, flip your document over and respond to the questions below, consulting your original analysis sheet, the front of your "Final Countdown" document, and your marked-up copy of the text:

Based on our analysis of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Masque of the Red Death", what seems to be Poe's "thesis" about human nature?  Does he suggest that humans are inherently good or evil or...?  Do you agree or disagree with Poe?  For what reasons? 


S. the C. (3-5 mins.)

Transition #1 (2 mins.)
--form an alphabetical-by-mom-or-dad's-first-name circle out of the desks

Literary Analysis Activity/Discussion (cont.) -- “The Masque of the Red Death” (flex time)--Next class, a multiple choice and short-ish answer assessment will take place.  The assessment aims to measure the following:
  • your ability to hit the targets inherent within the "Reading Literature Like a Champ!" Framework
    • For example, the framework notes that "English 10 Honors students...comprehend... [the] basic plot" of stories studied.  A "fair game" multiple choice question, then, might ask the following (providing four options from which to choose):
      • What happens when Prince Prospero confronts the masked figure?
    • Additionally, the framework notes that "English 10 Honors students...notic[e] literary devices, techniques, concepts, etc. in action and draw... conclusions about potential authorial purpose(s)."  The framework also notes that "English 10 Honors students...create truly complex theme statements (central ideas)."  A "fair game" short answer question, then, might ask the following:
      • How does Edgar Allan Poe use allegory to develop a theme of the story?
  • how well you closely read and re-read the story
  • how well you engaged in our whole-group close reading and discussion of the story
--Q & A about assessment
--finish oral re-reading of story paragraph-by-paragraph--students share annotations from close reading and "mark up" the text projected on the SMART Board--I encourage a "deeper dig" via prompting, follow-up questions, etc. related to our "Reading Literature Like a Champ!" Framework

Transition #2 (2 mins.)
--Re-column the desks 

Closure -- The Final Countdown (5 mins.)--DID NOT DO
--In the time permitted, finish your "Final Countdown" document having now finished our work with "The Masque of the Red Death" (fill in remaining sections of triangle, finish response on the back, etc.).

Transition #3 (2 mins.)--DID NOT DO
--Turn in your "Final Countdown" document by placing it in the black basket on the front table.

Self-Assessment -- 1st Marking Period Soft Skills (remainder of class)
--re-familiarize ourselves with the framework and changes/"anchor in" via PowerPoint
  • Defining "consistent"
  • Defining "inconsistent"
  • A few sample "students" analyzed
    • Category/categories?
    • "Score"?
--Transition--pick up a copy of the "Mr. Martin's English--Soft Skills Self-Assessment" document from the front table--STUDENTS HAD THE OPTION TO PICK UP AND COMPLETE
--sample self-assessment shared in order to demonstrate desired level of specificity
--What do you want first: the good news or the bad news?
--complete the "Mr. Martin's English--Soft Skills Self-Assessment" document quietly and independently as directed

  • GPAs/my soft skills "red-flags" (if any) shared
--When you finish, place your self-assessment in the black basket on the front table and engage in free reading until everyone has completed the assessment.

DEAR -- Free Reading Books (time permitting)
--students without books will read Upfront newsmagazine

HW (Practice/Take-Home Assessment)
--Complete a total of 45 minutes of Membean training as directed before 11:59 PM on Thursday, 11/3.  If you fail to appropriately train between now and the administration of Vocabulary Quiz #3, you will not be permitted to take the quiz until you catch up (see the "Membean Routine" document).
HW (Class Preparation)
--Prepare for the assessment about "The Masque of the Red Death", which will take place at the beginning of class next time (Monday, 10/31).  Please see the information listed earlier in this agenda and take the initiative to see me if necessary!
--The final draft of the "Short Story Assignment #1" writing piece is due at the beginning of class next time (Monday, 10/31).  Please take the initiative to see me if necessary!
--Read your free reading book for at least 15 minutes between now and next class.  ALWAYS BRING YOUR FREE READING BOOK TO CLASS!  You have up until the first week of December to finish your book.