Tuesday, October 25, 2016

English 9--10/28/2016

  • In my absence, today is an "extra" class block for ACE students.  I am flip-flopping which letter day leads my schedule, so moving forward, BDF day classes will be taught first.

Jump Off (15-20 mins.)
--Please pick up your copy of the "Soft Skills Self-Assessment" from the black basket on front table.  Spend as much time as you need working quietly and independently on finishing up, bearing in mind the desired level of specificity modeled last class.
  • When you finish, place your self-assessment in the black basket on the front table, read the information below, and "have at it"!
--Last class, you were informed about the purpose of today's class block, which is an "extra" day, so to speak.  Please take out or pick up whatever it is you plan to work on.  Following attendance, the agenda, expectations, and homework will be clarified.

S. the C. (5-8 mins.)


"Study Hall"/DEAR/Enrichment (remainder of class)
--Below, you will find the rules for today in Room 203:
  • Students must remain silent.
  • Students have the following options in terms of what to do:
    • work on class preparation/homework for English and/or other classes
    • engage in free reading of a book or Upfront newsmagazine--the last two issues of Upfront are located in a stack on the front table
    • work on "Grammar Hammer" enrichment--a packet is located in a stack on the front table within which students can pick and choose exercises to complete based on "gaps in understanding" identified on the "Parts of Speech--Post-test" that took place recently in class
    • appropriately access electronics as per the "Yellow Zone" parameters (SEE BELOW)
  • The following behaviors are not permitted:
    • talking
    • sleeping
  • Bathroom/locker trips are limited to no more than five minutes.  Students must bring a wood block pass (located on the univent next to the bookshelf by the door) with them to either location.
  • Lack of compliance with anything defined above results in a referral for central detention.

Yellow Zones--Limited Use of Electronics

  • Students may have limited use of electronics in study halls as determined by the staff member overseeing the study hall.
  • Student use of any electronic device, including cell phones, on school grounds is prohibited, and deemed inappropriate, if such use is not in compliance with the student acceptable use agreement.
--complete class preparation/homework, engage in free reading, and/or complete necessary grammar work until class ends

HW (Class Preparation)
--Finish preparing for a formal assessment next class (Tuesday, 11/1) about Karen Russell's "St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves" that aims to assess your ability to hit the following target:
  • 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.
--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.