Thursday, December 22, 2016

English 9--1/5/2017 & 1/6/2017

Jump Off (2 mins.)
--Lexi M./Betsy M./Tatum S./Owen F.: Please grab the grammar hammer from the front of the room and give it a drop.  Then, make sure that all of your classmates have a copy of the document titled "Common Error: Missing or misplaced possessive apostrophe".

S. the C. (5-8 mins.)

Grammar Hammer Instruction -- Missing or Misplaced Possessive Apostrophe (flex time [up to the midway point of the block-ish])
--purposefully read through the top half of the first page of the grammar hammer sheet together--I will instruct, model, share additional notes, etc.
--independently complete the PRACTICE
  • *During this time, I will return your last grammar quiz so that you can reflect upon your performance.*
--go over the PRACTICE together
--For HW, prepare for an assessment about anything grammar-related that we have already worked on this school year and the possessive apostrophe--HOW?!

Public Speaking Activity/Free Reading/HW Time (flex time [half a block-ish])
--any students who are ready to recite the prologue in its entirety are invited to do so at the beginning of this block of time
--engage in quiet and independent reading of free reading books or Upfront newsmagazine
--with 10-15 minutes remaining in class, either keep reading or work quietly and independently on one of the following assignments:
  • memorizing the prologue
  • preparing for the grammar assessment taking place next class
HW (Class Preparation/Class Participation)
--Memorize the first five lines of the Prologue by the beginning of class on Wednesday, 1/11 (BDF) or Thursday, 1/12 (ACE), and be ready to demonstrate your memorization in class that day when I draw cards for oral recitations.  Remember that if you are able to recite the entire Prologue early, an additional 100% quiz score will be factored in to your Marking Period 3 GPA, and your "Initiative" soft skills report will be positively impacted!
HW (Class Preparation)
--Prepare for an assessment about the possessive apostrophe, which will take place at the beginning of next class (Monday, 1/9 [BDF] or Tuesday, 1/10 [ACE]).  These are the directions that you will find on said assessment:

  • For each of the following sentences, which are about a debate in high schools in the United States, choose the word that correctly fills in the blank in order to demonstrate your mastery of the possessive apostrophe.
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 at least 5-10 pages of your free reading book between now and next class. Your book must be finished by mid-March. ALWAYS BRING YOUR FREE READING BOOK TO CLASS.
--Consider working toward achievement of your S.M.A.R.T. Goal.  Do something great this year!
--Enjoy the weekend--you only get so many of 'em!