Thursday, October 6, 2016

English 9--10/14/2016 &10/17/2016

Jump Off (8-10 mins.)
--Pick up a highlighter and the "Parts of Speech--Post-test" from the front table.  Complete the assessment quietly and independently back at your desk.  Good luck!
--When finished with the assessment, come up to the front table and return your highlighter.  Then, engage in free reading until everyone has finished the assessment.
--The following students need to SEE ME before leaving class today:
  • Lizzie P.
  • Taylor S.
S. the C. (10-12 mins.)
--trade and grade
--return quizzes to rightful owners--reflect on performance and note still-not-mastered parts of speech (especially VERB, PREPOSITION, and CONJUNCTION)--I will collect quizzes momentarily
--Reminder:  In most blocks last class, we briefly discussed the RL.2 standard, noting that the last part of said standard drives today's lesson.  As a result of those discussions, the following target emerged:
  • After reading fiction, I can...
    • write a plot summary that... 
      • is no more than five sentences in length
      • does not include any unnecessary plot details
      • does not include any of my own opinion.
--Today's class consists of an RL.2-driven mini-lesson with an assessment of RL.2 skills as closure.  Today's class also presents an opportunity to apply standard SL.1 by aiming to participate effectively in a collaborative discussion.

Mini-Lesson -- The Gist and Plot of P.D. Eastman's "The Best Nest" (40-45 mins.)

--during the initial reading/viewing of the story, simply look to "get the gist" (What does this directive mean again?)-- be ready to share out once we've watched the entire video
--share out--create a bulleted list on the front board of items that resonated when reading/viewing for the gist
  • Why did each item resonate?
--Transition: Pick up the "Plot Review and RL.2 Ticket-Out-the-Door" document from the front table.  Then, define as many of the specific plot element terms as you can from memory (Exposition, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Denouement/Resolution).
--independent thinking/writing time--Which of the five basic plot elements can you define from memory?
--take out your notebook and date the page (10/14/2016 [ACE] or 10/17/2016 [BDF])--label the page "Plot Review--'The Best Nest'"
--create definitions of each of the plot elements and label the plot diagram drawn on the front board accordingly--take notes!
--move items from bulleted list into appropriate areas on the plot diagram (plot review)--add additional items to the diagram as appropriate--take notes!
  • What can we "cut out"?
  • How can we further shorten or combine items?

--ClosureWhen reading a piece of fiction for the gist, what are you essentially doing?

--Complete the task described on the back of your halfhseet and be ready to share what you have written with the class.
--pair/share (time permitting)

HW (Class Preparation)
--Bring your vocabulary book to class next time.  PLEASE DO NOT FORGET!
--Read your free reading book for at least 10 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.