Tuesday, December 6, 2016

English 10 Honors--12/7/2016

Jump Off (5-8 mins.)
--Find your name card and settle in to your new assigned seat!
--Pick up a copy of the document titled "Poetry Analysis Practice" from the front table.  After purposefully reading the directions, complete the task at hand until you are instructed to stop.

S. the C. (8-10 mins.)
--list of students needing to revise for the Cumulative Writing Portfolio shared
  • Would anyone else like to meet with me today during class?  Would anyone like to schedule a meeting for a time slot during my office hours (posted on the front board)?  Available times are quite limited at this point!

--Reminder: Beginning with the end in mind!--the Essential Question that overarches our course:

What are human beings really like?  By nature, are human beings inherently evil or good or...?

--You should leave class today with...
  • the Marking Period 1 and Marking Period 2 Free Reading Course Component completed
  • a better sense of what you might face when taking the NYS ELA Regents Examination in June of 2017
  • knowledge of a test-taking strategy that you might consider implementing when taking the Regents (and other multiple choice assessments such as the ACT)
  • some poetry analysis practice under your belt as we head in to the next phase of the Short Story/Poetry "Unit"
  • ideas of how you might change, improve, add to, etc. your current answer to the Essential Question

Transition (as quickly as possible!)
--sample completed one-pagers shared--which is stronger and why?
--quick overview of the one-pager options
--pick up a one-pager from the front of the classroom if you have yet to complete one

"Assessment"/DEAR -- Free Reading Books (30-35 mins.)
--complete one-pagers
--Students who have already completed one-pagers will do one of the following:
  • Quietly look for a new novel-length work in our classroom library
  • Engage in free reading of a novel-length work
  • Engage in free reading of Upfront newsmagazine
--When finished, turn in your one-pager and...
  • quietly look for a new novel-length work in our classroom library
  • engage in free reading of a novel-length work
  • engage in free reading of Upfront newsmagazine.
Transition (3 mins.)
--form a circle out of the desks from lowest number to highest number based on the number of total vowels in both your first and last name (e.g., I have a total of 4: O, A, A, I.)

Instruction/Discussion -- The NYS ELA Regents Examination, Test-taking, and Poetry Analysis (until 8-10 mins. remaining in class)
--rationale shared
--test-taking strategy modeled--"setting up" the poem for purposeful reading!
--brief discussion
  • Reminder: "Discussion Contribution Rating Scale"
  • Before anyone else can contribute today, the six individuals whose names are on the whiteboard must contribute.
  • share mark ups/notes in order to draw conclusions with regard to each of the prompts--continue marking up the text and jotting down notes underneath each prompt
--Transition--pick up the "Poetry Analysis Practice--'We Are One' Multiple Choice" halfsheet from the front table
--go through the prompt choices together with our conclusions in mind--do any obvious "matches" exist?

  • draw logical conclusions together for prompts where our earlier conclusions do not match, too

  • What did you take away from the experience in which we just engaged that you can apply to the "Reading Comprehension" section of the NYS ELA Regents Examination?
Transition (1-2 mins.)
--re-column the desks
--Pick up an index card from the front table and write your name at the top of the lined side.

Closure -- Before You Leave... (8-10 mins.)

--Take a look again at the list of "You should leave class with..." items.  Then, in the form of no more than one specific sentence, show me that you are indeed "leaving with" something important from today's lesson.
--consider the following question:

  • How might you change, improve, add to, etc. your current answer to the Essential Question based on today's discussion of Pablo Neruda's "We Are Many"?
    • If it is necessary to do so, make a new and improved poster to replace the one that you currently have hung on the greenboard.

--Place any necessary materials pertaining to the End-of-Course Assignment in your manila folder for future reference.

HW (Practice/Take-Home Assessment)
--Complete 45 minutes of Membean training as directed before 11:59 PM tomorrow (Thursday, 12/8).  If you fail to appropriately train between now and the administration of Vocabulary Quiz #4, you will not be permitted to take the quiz until you catch up (see the "Membean Routine" document).
--The due date for submitting a revised Thematic Writing Assignment—Partner Interviews essay for the Cumulative Writing Portfolio is this Friday, 12/9 (just a few days from today!)--YOU MUST schedule a meeting with me to go over your revisions; simply handing in the revisions is unacceptable as per the protocol.
--Begin brainstorming some ideas for a poem.  In the near future, you will receive a poetry writing assignment, and the final draft of said assignment will be due before you know it!HW (Class Preparation)
--You are expected to select your next free reading book by the beginning of class next time (Friday, 12/9).  See me if you would like help and/or a recommendation!  ALWAYS BRING YOUR FREE READING BOOK TO CLASS!