Friday, December 9, 2016

English 9--12/13/2016 & 12/14/2016

Jump Off (3-5 mins.)
--Please do the following at the front table before settling in at your most recent assigned seat:
  • pick up a copy of the "Theme Statements--The Do Nots/The Dos" document
  • receive a copy of one of your peer's theme statements from me
--Please SEE ME before leaving class today:

  • Flynn
  • Jordan P.
S. the C. (8-10 mins.)
--You should leave class today with...
  • a better understanding of what a theme statement is and what makes a theme statement meaningful and complex
  • a better idea of the various insights into the human condition (theme statements) Russell attempts to convey in "St. Lucy's..."
  • a stronger theme statement for your End-of-Mini-Unit Writing Assessment than you have at the start of the class block (or, at the very least, ideas for how you can strengthen your theme statement
  • a clearer idea of how "St. Lucy's..." connects to real life, which might help you "zero in" on a theme statement if you are still struggling to form a meaningful and complex one
  • a reminder of what constitutes a deftly-written paragraph.

Mini-Lesson -- "St. Lucy's..." Theme Statement Analysis (35-40 mins.) AT 55 MINUTES!
--take a look at the "Theme Statements--The Do Nots/The Dos" PowerPoint:
  • The Do Nots
    • share a row and "St. Lucy's..." example from whiteboard--check peer's theme statement
    • repeat process for remaining rows/examples
  • The Dos
    • share a row and work together to improve "St. Lucy's..." example
    • repeat process for remaining rows/examples
    • provide feedback on peer's theme statement for how he or she can move forward
--"anchor in" to the "Compact for Group Work"
--Transition--get into pre-formed groups
--share the work that you just completed with each other in order to...
  • get a better idea of the various insights into the human condition Russell attempts to convey in "St. Lucy's..."
  • craft stronger theme statements for your End-of-Mini-Unit Writing Assessment.
--Transition--re-column the desks
  • three theme statements shared out for "quality assurance"--if necessary, whole group works together to complete final revisions
Enrichment Discussion Preparation -- Prince EA's "Why I Think This World Should End" (5-8 mins.)
--view the brief film found at the link below with these two questions in mind:
  • What is an appropriate theme statement for the brief film?
  • How does the theme conveyed in this film relate to Karen Russell's "St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves"?
--You might want to write some of your ideas down so that you do not forget them when we discuss this film during the last few minutes of class!

Enrichment Circle Discussion/Looking Ahead -- Prince EA's "Why I Think This World Should End"/Writing a Deft Paragraph (remainder of class)
--discussion protocol shared/"Discussion Contribution Rating Scale" reminder
--engage in discussion as per protocol--you are strongly encouraged to capture any notes that end up on the whiteboard during this discussion!
--MODELING--outlining a paragraph about the theme of the film

HW (Class Preparation)
--Finish planning, gathering evidence, outlining, etc. for the End-of-Mini-Unit Writing Assessment.  Strongly consider using the "Writing Paragraphs" document that you received last class.  This final assessment for "St. Lucy's..." will take place next class (Thursday 12/15 [BDF] or Friday, 12/16 [ACE]), and you are free to use any planning/outlining that you bring with you to the test site.
--Read 5-10 pages of your free reading book between now and next class.  ALWAYS BRING YOUR FREE READING BOOK TO CLASS!