Tuesday, December 6, 2016

English 10 Honors--12/9/2016

Jump Off (2 mins.)
--Please pick up the following from the front table: 
  • both a blue and a pink highlighter
  • a copy of the document titled "COMMENT BANK FOR REPORT CARDS"
  • a copy of the document titled "Poetry Writing Assignment #1" 
--Sit in your new assigned seat and wait for further directions.
--Please SEE ME before leaving class today:
  • Nate C. (CWP, M)
  • Abi D. (CWP)
  • Jason D. (CWP)
  • Kiki F. (CWP)
  • Alex F. (CWP)
  • Tanner H. (CWP, M)  
  • Bethany S. (FR)
  • Alyssa S. (CWP)
  • Emily W. (CWP)
  • Adrienne W. (CWP)
S. the C. (8-10 mins.)
--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...
  • two thoughtful comments selected for your Marking Period 2 report card
  • clarity in terms of what you are expected to write poem-wise
  • 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.
  • selection of comments MODELED
    • Highlight in blue two comments that demonstrate your strengths this marking period in English class.
    • Highlight in pink two comments that demonstrate your areas for growth this marking period in English class.
    • Of your four total comments, pick the two that best capture your performance this marking period.  Next to the highlighted comments, write a brief (yet specific) explanation for your selections.
Self-Reflection -- Marking Period 2 (10 mins.)
--complete comments document quietly and independently as per the model and turn in when finished
  • rough GPAs shared
--When you finish, take out your "Poetry Analysis Practice" document from last class.  Look back through your mark ups/notes in preparation for discussion and to see if there is anything that you can add.

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 (25-30 mins.)

--oral gist reading of "Short Story #1 Writing Assignment" sheet--any questions that I can answer?
--Q & A
--instruction/discussion 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 Time (time permitting)

HW (Practice/Take-Home Assessment)
--Complete 45 minutes of Membean training as directed before 11:59 PM on Thursday, 12/22.  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).
--Continue/begin brainstorming some ideas for your poem.  The final draft of the assignment will be due before you know it!
HW (Class Preparation)
--Read 5-10 pages of your free reading book between now and next class.  ALWAYS BRING YOUR FREE READING BOOK TO CLASS!

--Enjoy the weekend--you only get so many of 'em!