Monday, November 7, 2016

English 9--11/8/2016 & 11/9/2016

Jump Off (2 mins.)
--Pick up the "The Simple Sentence" document from the front table.  The following individuals need to drop the hammer!:
  • Emma T.
  • Mary N.
  • Anthony M.
  • Marcus L.
*During this time, I will return your last grammar quiz.  If you received a score lower than 70% on the grammar quiz, you must take a requiz before the end of the day this Thursday (11/10).  Please make arrangements with me ASAP.  Additional preparation materials are located on the shelf by the bulletin board below the “Grammar Hammer Extras” sign.  I am more than willing to help you out one-on-one!*

S. the C. (8-10 mins.)
--You should leave class today with...

  • knowledge of what the subject of a sentence is
  • knowledge of what a verb is
  • the ability to look at a sentence and appropriately label its subject and verb
  • a deeper understanding of theme in literature as evidenced by your ability to answer the five focus questions below:
    • What is a theme?
    • How can a reader determine what themes exist in a text?
    • What is a theme statement?
    • How does a mere theme differ from a theme statement?
    • How can a reader turn a theme into a theme statement?

Review Activity/Instruction -- The Grammar Hammer--The Simple Sentence (30-40 mins.)

--oral reading of Part A directions (3-5 mins.)
--complete PRACTICE 1 #1-3 quietly and independently (3 mins.)
--check for understanding via a drawing of cards (3-5 mins.)
--oral reading of
Part B directions (3-5 mins.)

--review our Compact for Group Work and "anchor in" (1 min.)
PRACTICE 2 #1-3 in pairs (3 mins.)
--check for understanding via a drawing of cards (3-5 mins.)
--oral reading of
Part C directions (3-5 mins.)
PRACTICE 3 and PRACTICE 4 #1-3 for each in groups of up to four (5 mins.)
--check for understanding via a drawing of cards (3-5 mins.)

--Next class, you will take a quiz in which you are asked to identify the subject and verb within each of the sentences provided.  Prepare accordingly!  Consider completing the rest of the practice items that we did not complete in class today and checking your work against my answer key.

Notetaking/Application Activity #1 -- P.D. Eastman's "The Best Nest": Determining Emergent Themes (10-12 mins.)

--take out your theme notes page and halfsheet pertaining to "The Best Nest" from last class
--come up with theme words as a whole group by sharing Tasks A, B, and C--you are strongly advised to copy the t-chart from the front board into your notebook!
--directions on back of the page read/clarified (if necessary)

Application Activity #2 -- P.D. Eastman's "The Best Nest": Theme Statements and Strong and Thorough Textual Evidence (10-15 mins.)
--review (again!) our Compact for Group Work and "anchor in"
--mindfully complete the back of the theme notes page (gather strong and thorough textual evidence from and develop a rough theme statement for "The Best Nest") independently or in groups of no more than three people (randomly selected via a drawing of cards)
  • If necessary, you can access the video on my computer or on your phones while gathering evidence.
--share out--you are strongly advised to copy the theme statements shared on the front board into your notebook!

Transition (2 mins.)
--Pick up the "Theme/Theme Statement (RL.2) Ticket-Out-the-Door" halfsheet from the front table.

Closure (remainder of class [time permitting])

--After carefully reading the directions, complete the task at hand and submit your best work based on the time permitted prior to leaving class.

HW (Class Preparation)
--Prepare for the grammar hammer quiz, which will occur next class (Thursday, 11/10 [BDF] or Monday, 11/14 [ACE]).  You will be asked to identify the subject and verb within each of the sentences provided.  Also, with each new Grammar Hammer assessment administered, I reserve the right to "check on" your understanding of anything grammar-related that we have already worked on this school year.  Please keep this in mind when preparing! :)
--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.