Sunday, October 30, 2016

English 9--11/2/2016 & 11/3/2016

Jump Off (3-5 mins.)
--Pick up an index card from the front table.  Label the index card as follows: "Moving Forward with AoW". 
--Take out your notebook, open to a new page, and put the date in the lefthand margin (11/2 [BDF] or 11/3 [ACE]).  Label this section of your notes "Mexico: Image vs. Reality".  Then, write freely in response to the following question:

What image do you think most Americans have of Mexico?


--Finally, consider the following question: When working on reading nonfiction, what are some of the targets you should be trying to hit?

S. the C. (5-8 mins.)
--Reminder: When we do Article of the Week, we are aiming to grow our nonfiction reading skills and related writing skills.  Today's work, then, pertains to the following targets:

When reading nonfiction, I can...
  • pick out the author's main point
  • pick out the important details that the author uses that connect back to his/her main point
  • write a summary that...
    • is no more than five sentences in length
    • does not include any unnecessary details
    • does not include any of my own opinion.
  • use context clues to figure out what unfamiliar words and phrases most likely mean
  • look up unfamiliar words to confirm their likely meaning or when context clues "fail" me.
  • decide together when to take a "brain break"
Old Business -- Article of the Week #2 (12-15 mins.)
--During this portion of the class block, jot down notes on your index card.  Think of this card as a "to-do list" for when you complete AoW #3.
--"think-aloud" conducted so as to model active/purposeful reading (title-paragraph 3)
  • perhaps challenge the author's argument a bit?
--exemplary AoW #2 active reading pointed out--please note...
  • that the reader annotated the directions
  • how the reader used both of the active/purposeful reading strategies as well as a few others (e.g., jotting the gist, questioning the text, and challenging the author's ideas)--In the future, I'm truly looking for a little of everything when you converse with text (though this time around, I was focused on how well you did what was asked of you!)
  • the correlation between high-quality active/purposeful reading and effective academic writing--this student earned a highly effective score on his/her template!
--exemplary components of AoW #2 "They Say" template shared
  • Claim identified
    • More specifically, Granderson argues that year-round schooling should be required by the U.S. government so students' academic levels rise.
  • A few quality pieces of evidence/details in support
    • "Instead of year-round school as curiosity, I think it's time it becomes a government-enforced standard."
    • "[W]e have one of the shortest school years of the countries tested.  South Korea, for example, has 220 school days, and a No. 2 ranking in math.  Finland is first in math and science at 190 days."
--pair/share with regard to index cards
  • discuss in pairs first
    • I am drawing cards today so that I can hear as many voices as possible, so make sure that you're "ready to rock"!
  • cold-calling--students randomly selected to briefly share a "to-do list" item
Looking Ahead -- Article of the Week #3 (20-25 mins.)
--pair/share with regard to the "Jump Off"
  • I'll capture notes on the front board for use later in the class block.
--view Diego Casaras' profile at in order to respond to the following questions in your notebook (add responses underneath your writing from the "Jump Off"):
  • How do Diego's dreams for the future and the opportunities available to him compare with those of teens here in Livonia?
  • How well does what we have written on the board reflect Diego's reality?
--pair/share with regard to the video

Transition (10-15 mins.)
--Pick up the "English 9--Article of the Week #3 (10/31-11/4)" document from the front table.  Staple your index card to the document.  Back at your desk, purposefully read the directions in the box on the front page. What questions do you have?
--Q & A
--active/purposeful reading directions modeled for the first three paragraphs

HW Time (remainder of class)

HW (Take-Home Assessment) 
--Complete Article of the Week #3, which is due at the beginning of class next time (Friday, 11/4 [BDF] or Monday, 11/7 [ACE]).  This task will include purposefully reading the directions in the box on the front page and completing your best work with regard to the directions.  When you finish, spend a few minutes reading back through your annotations and potentially adding a few more annotations.  Next class, expect me to check the quality of your annotations.  Keep in mind that I am available during "Office Hours" and more than happy to help students who take initiative! :)
HW (Class Preparation)
--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.
--Enjoy the weekend--you only get so many of 'em! :)