Friday, May 26, 2017

English 10 Honors--5/30/2017 DRAFT

--Please SEE ME before leaving class today:

  • Zena W.

--half sheet about Regents exam
  • Q & A
--Regents exam "game plan"
--pros and cons of taking an AP course and test

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

English 9--5/30/2017 DRAFT

--exercise check
--vocabulary review (BINGO)
--reading block
  • oral (Divergent)
  • independent (Divergent and/or free reading)

English 9--5/26/2017 (SPRING DAY--20-minute Class Block)

Jump Off (1-2 mins.)
--If you have not yet turned in your Parsons text and have it with you today, please turn it in by placing it on the front table.
--Pick up the "Vocabulary Units--Exercise Check" slip from the front table. Write your name on the line and open your vocabulary book to page 93.
--Please SEE ME before leaving class today:
  • Jasmine M.
  • Bryanna R.
S. the C. (5-7 mins.)
--Reminder: It is important for you to stay caught up with regard to all of your coursework.  It is in your best interest to check the blog and SchoolTool often.  Additionally, if you have an "INC" for a Marking Period, following up with me ASAP would be wise!
--FYI: I am still working through both English 9 and English 10 Honors writing pieces.  Please continue being patient! :)
--quickly complete exercise check--when finished, pass up facedown (2-3 mins.)
--agenda/HW
  • Members of Dauntless, get ready!
Informal Presentations -- The Five Factions
--While presentations occur, be asking yourself these questions:
  • What is Veronica Roth's "thesis" about human nature as per the story she tells?
  • How do Roth's depictions of the factions, both their ideals and what members/ex-members actually think, say, feel, and do, help her convey her "thesis"?
Abnegation
Amity
Candor
Dauntless
Erudite

Closure -- So What!?
--Below, you will see the Pawprint to Success that serves as the touchstone (the manifesto, if you will) for our high school.  Consider the Pawprint (our lives), the controlling quotations shared last class block, and the conclusions we drew in our circles in order to answer the "so what?!" question. 
  • What does this all mean?
  • How does it all connect?
  • How can we use this book to help us "get there" in our understanding of life?
  • SO WHAT?!



HW Time (time permitting)

HW (Class Preparation)
--Finish preparing for the Unit #7 vocabulary quiz, which will take place next class (Wednesday, 5/31 [ACE] or Thursday, 6/1 [BDF]).  Strongly consider completing the rest of the exercises.  REMEMBER THAT WORDS FROM PREVIOUS UNITS ARE "FAIR GAME" ON ANY VOCABULARY QUIZ THEREAFTER!  Don't forget about the incentive plan!
--Purposefully read up to page 425 of Divergent by following the directions on the halfsheet titled "Divergent Unit--Purposeful Reading Tasks".  These reading tasks are aligned with the writing sections of the English 9 Final Examination!  You should also consider jotting down any notes that...
  • help you get the "gist"
  • build upon anything that has come up in discussion.
--Following each section of reading of DivergentI still reserve the right to administer "Did You Read?" assessments similar to those that you have been taking.  If you have completed a successful reading of each section, said assessments should not be too terribly challenging! :)
--Aim to read at least 5-10 pages of your free reading book between now and next class if time permits you to do so.  ALWAYS BRING YOUR FREE READING BOOK TO CLASS!
--If you have made arrangements to reassess regarding FANBOYS, make sure to follow through.
--The English 9 Final Examination will take place on Tuesday, 6/20 during the 11:10 AM - 2:10 PM time slot.  Begin preparing for a successful performance via the review sheet, materials in your binder, etc.

English 10 Honors--5/25/2017

Jump Off
--Please pick up a lined 3 X 5 card from the front table.
--Is anyone planning on using Animal Farm as a source in the End-of-Course Assignment?  If so, let me know today in the library.  I have your Animal Farm writing assessments from way back when if you think taking a peek would be helpful!

S. the C.
--FYI: I am still working through both English 10 Honors and English 9 writing pieces.  Please continue being patient! :)
--agenda/HW

Transition
--journey on over to the library

LIBRARY


Checklist:

  • take Membean quiz
  • finish finding sources (if necessary)
  • finish creating your Works Cited page (seven sources minimum [as per assignment sheet])
  • type and include your annotations for two nonfiction sources as part of your Works Cited page
  • print two copies of your Works Cited page (one for me and one for Mrs. Donohue)
    • YOUR WORKS CITED PAGE COPIES ARE DUE BY THE END OF THE CLASS BLOCK IN THE BLACK BASKET.
  • gather, interpret, and synthesize your evidence
    • TIP: Put proper parenthetical references next to each of your pieces of evidence.
  • begin outlining
HW (Class Preparation)
--Complete 45 minutes of Membean training as directed before 11:59 PM on Thursday, 6/1.  If you fail to appropriately train between now and the administration of Vocabulary Quiz #7, you will not be permitted to take the quiz until you catch up (see the "Membean Routine" document).
--Complete a "UB Discussion Card" while/after reading up to the end of page 180 of An Ordinary Man.  The expectation is that your card consists of at least two potential contributions for discussion.  Discussions about An Ordinary Man will be driven by all of you via a drawing of name cards.  This assignment is to be completed by next class (Tuesday, 5/30).
--Following each section of reading of An Ordinary Man, I reserve the right to administer a "Did You Read?" assessment similar to those we have taken in the past.  If you have completed a successful reading, said assessment should not be challenging at all! :)


HW (Class Preparation)/Writing
--Continue moving forward with regard to the End-of-Course Assignment, which is due the week after next:
  • Finish gathering, interpreting, and synthesizing your evidence.
  • Begin outlining.
*I AM AVAILABLE AFTER SCHOOL PRETTY MUCH DAILY FROM NOW UNTIL THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR AND AM MORE THAN HAPPY TO WORK WITH INDIVIDUALS ONE-ON-ONE (ESPECIALLY THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE STRUGGLING WITH THIS ASSIGNMENT--BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF AND TAKE INITIATIVE!).*

Miscellaneous
--Don't forget about your free reading book. ALWAYS BRING YOUR FREE READING BOOK TO CLASS. See me if you have finished reading your book and need a one-pager.

On the backburner:
  • Paraphrasing AoW as preparation for culminating assignment
  • Counterargument lesson/AoW as preparation for culminating assignment
  • ACT nonfiction passages and multiple choice questions

Sunday, May 21, 2017

English 9--5/24/2017 & 5/25/2017

Jump Off
--If you have not yet turned in your Parsons text and have it with you today, please turn it in by placing it on the front table.
--Open your vocabulary book (if you brought it today!) to page 90. Look through the list of words and put a mark next to all of the words that you are pretty confident about knowing already.
--Please SEE ME before leaving class today:

  • Alex B.
  • Brooklyn K.
  • Jasmine M.
  • Cara M.
  • Bryanna R.


*I WILL BE AROUND TO RETURN UNIT #6 VOCABULARY QUIZZES.*

S. the C.
--FYI: I am still working through both English 9 and English 10 Honors writing pieces.  Please continue being patient! :)
--The Divergent items on today's agenda address the following standards (which also align with some of the writing tasks on the English 9 Final Examination!):

English 9 students can...
  • analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.
  • determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide and objective summary of a text.
  • cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
--agenda/HW

Looking Ahead/HW Time -- Vocabulary Unit #7
--pronounce each of the Unit #7 vocabulary words (pages 90-92)
--The incentive plan...
  • pertains to Block 1 for Unit #6 (candy handed out)
  • is in place again this unit! :).
--reflect upon your performance on the Unit #6 vocabulary quiz (which I will then re-collect)
--spend 5 minutes getting started on the class preparation/take-home assessment assignment due next class

Transition
--a few controlling quotations for the remainder of today's class block:


      "'Have you ever read the faction manifestos?' says Will.
      The faction manifestos were written after the factions formed.  We learned about them in school, but I never read them...
      ...Maybe Dauntless was formed with good intentions, with the right ideals and the right goals.  But it has strayed far from them.  And the same is true of Erudite, I realize.  A long time ago, Erudite pursued knowledge and ingenuity for the sake of doing good.  Now they pursue knowledge and ingenuity with greedy hearts.  I wonder if the other factions suffer from the same problem.  I have not thought about it before." (Veronica Roth's Divergent, pg. 206).



      "[Tris says,] 'Teamwork doesn't seem to be a Dauntless priority.'
      Four says, 'It's supposed to be a priority.  It used to be.'" (Veronica Roth's Divergent, pg. 143)


      "Olly: why do you like books so much?...
      Madeline: You can find the meaning of life in a book.
      Olly: life has meaning?
      Madeline: You're not serious.
      Olly: it's possible
      Olly: what book can you find the meaning of life in?
      Madeline: OK, maybe not just a single book, but if you read enough you'll get there." (Nicola Yoon's Everything, Everything, pg. 89)



--If you did not turn in your faction 3 X 5 card before leaving class last time, please do so now.
--"Choosing Ceremony"
  • When your name and faction is called, please head to the corresponding area of the classroom.  Am I missing anyone?
  • By faction, pick up Faction Manifestos from the front table.  If necessary, some factions will be further subdivided for teamwork purposes.

Presentation Preparation -- Purposeful Reading of Faction Manifestos
--purposeful reading directions shared:
  • objectively summarize your faction’s manifesto
  • cross-reference the information in your faction’s manifesto with any Divergent textual evidence related to your faction
    • What similarities exist?
    • What contrasts/contradictions exist revealing a reality about your faction that might not initially “meet the eye”?
  • create a brief informal presentation about your faction, including its ideals and realities, to share with the rest of the class (summary and no less than three direct quotations from your manifesto and/or the Divergent text)
--after "anchoring in" to the "Compact for Group Work", complete the task at hand
--I will "wander through" both to observe your team dynamics and assist.

Transition
--Form a circle out of the desks by faction.
Informal Presentations -- The Five Factions
--While presentations occur, be asking yourself these questions:
  • What is Veronica Roth's "thesis" about human nature as per the story she tells?
  • How do Roth's depictions of the factions, both their ideals and what members/ex-members actually think, say, feel, and do, help her convey her "thesis"?
Abnegation
Amity
Candor
Dauntless
Erudite

Transition
--re-column the desks

Closure -- So What!?
--Below, you will see the Pawprint to Success that serves as the touchstone (the manifesto, if you will) for our high school.  Consider the Pawprint (our lives), the controlling quotations shared earlier in the class block, and the conclusions we just drew in our circle in order to answer the "so what?!" question. 
  • What does this all mean?
  • How does it all connect?
  • How can we use this book to help us "get there" in our understanding of life?
  • SO WHAT?!



HW Time (time permitting)

HW (Class Preparation/Take-Home Assessment)
--Carefully complete the Choosing the Right Word ("50/50") vocabulary exercise (pages 93 and 94).  As you do so, underline the specific context clues within each sentence that help you arrive at your selections.  Expect me to check your work next class (Friday, 5/26 [ACE] or Tuesday, 5/30 [BDF]).
HW (Class Preparation)
--Begin preparing for the Unit #7 vocabulary quiz, which will take place on Wednesday, 5/31 (ACE) or Thursday, 6/1 (BDF).  This is the last vocabulary quiz of the school year!  REMEMBER THAT WORDS FROM PREVIOUS UNITS ARE "FAIR GAME" ON ANY VOCABULARY QUIZ THEREAFTER!  Don't forget about the incentive plan!

--Bring your vocabulary book to class next time.  PLEASE DO NOT FORGET!
--Purposefully read up to page 396 of Divergent by following the directions on the halfsheet titled "Divergent Unit--Purposeful Reading Tasks".  These reading tasks are aligned with the writing sections of the English 9 Final Examination!  You should also consider jotting down any notes that...
  • help you get the "gist"
  • build upon anything that has come up in discussion.
--Following each section of reading of DivergentI still reserve the right to administer "Did You Read?" assessments similar to those that you have been taking.  If you have completed a successful reading of each section, said assessments should not be too terribly challenging! :)
--Aim to read at least 5-10 pages of your free reading book between now and next class if time permits you to do so.  ALWAYS BRING YOUR FREE READING BOOK TO CLASS!
--If you have made arrangements to reassess regarding FANBOYS, make sure to follow through.

English 10 Honors--5/23/2017

Jump Off
--Please pick up a lined 3 X 5 card from the front table.
--Please also pick up a copy of the "Writing Skills--A Handbook" document from the front table.  Preview the contents of the document quietly and independently.  We will spend the first part of today's class block working with this document in order to create a handbook that you can use when working on completing your End-of-Course Assignment (and similar assignments in future English courses both here at Livonia and beyond!).

S. the C.
--FYI: I am working through both English 10 Honors and English 9 writing pieces.  Please be patient! :)
--agenda/HW

Writing Workshop #1 -- End-of-Course Assignment (Writing Skills--A Handbook)
--my first handbook--a walk down memory lane...
--direct instruction--put together your personal copy of "A Handbook"

Brain Break -- The Shoe Game

Transition
--Pick up a copy of the "Nonfiction Source Annotations" document from the front table.

Writing Workshop #2 -- End-of-Course Assignment (Purposeful Reading of Sources/Gathering Evidence)
--purposeful oral reading of "Nonfiction Source Annotations" document
  • Q & A
--a few controlling quotations for the remainder of today's class block:
  • "At this point [of gathering evidence], you want to include anything, anything, that might be useful, and you also want to avoid the temptation to arrive at definite conclusions about your topic. Remember that one of the qualities that makes for a good interpretation is that it avoids the obvious. You want to develop complex ideas, and the best way to do that is to keep your ideas flexible until you've considered the evidence carefully. A good gauge of complexity is whether you feel you understand more about your topic than you did when you began (and even just reaching a higher state of confusion is a good indicator that you're treating your topic in a complex way)."
  • "A thesis is the result of a lengthy thinking process. Formulating a thesis is not the first thing you do after reading an essay assignment. Before you develop an argument on any topic, you have to collect and organize evidence, look for possible relationships between known facts (such as surprising contrasts or similarities), and think about the significance of these relationships. Once you do this thinking, you will probably have a 'working thesis,' a basic or main idea, an argument that you think you can support with evidence but that may need adjustment along the way."
--set the parameters for today's work block (environment, goals, etc.)

  • Today, you are...
    • gathering evidence/crafting an extended list of evidence
    • determining what sources you still need in order to "firm up" your argument
    • preparing to write your annotations at the library next class block. 
--work block
--meetings as per the order established on the front board


HW (Class Preparation)
--Complete 45 minutes of Membean training as directed before 11:59 PM on Thursday, 5/25.  If you fail to appropriately train between now and the administration of Vocabulary Quiz #6, which will take place in the library next class (Thursday, 5/25), you will not be permitted to take the quiz until you catch up (see the "Membean Routine" document).
--Complete a "UB Discussion Card" while/after reading up to the end of page 152 of An Ordinary Man.  The expectation is that your card consists of at least two potential contributions for discussion.  Discussions about An Ordinary Man will be driven by all of you via a drawing of name cards.  This assignment is to be completed by next class (Thursday, 5/25).
--Following each section of reading of An Ordinary Man, I reserve the right to administer a "Did You Read?" assessment similar to those we have taken in the past.  If you have completed a successful reading, said assessment should not be challenging at all! :)


HW (Class Preparation)/Writing
--Continue moving forward with regard to the End-of-Course Assignment.  We will head to the library again next time (Thursday,  5/25) so that you can...
  • finish finding sources (if necessary)
  • finish creating your Works Cited page
  • type and include your annotations for two nonfiction sources as part of your Works Cited page
  • print two copies of your Works Cited page (one for me and one for Mrs. Donohue).
--In terms of moving forward, strongly consider gathering the rest of your evidence.  In class next week, you will have some class time to look through all of your evidence and make some decisions about what evidence you will actually end up using (though you should probably do this on your own prior to next week so that you do not fall behind). A document from The Writing Center at UNC Chapel Hill exists titled "Evidence".  Please visit the following link, as this document is extremely helpful:

http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/evidence/


Miscellaneous
--Don't forget about your free reading book. ALWAYS BRING YOUR FREE READING BOOK TO CLASS. See me if you have finished reading your book and need a one-pager.
On the backburner:
  • Paraphrasing AoW as preparation for culminating assignment
  • Counterargument lesson/AoW as preparation for culminating assignment
  • ACT nonfiction passages and multiple choice questions


Thursday, May 18, 2017

English 9--5/22/2017 & 5/23/2017

Jump Off
--If you have your Parsons text with you today, please turn it in by placing it on the front table.  If you do not have the book today, please turn it in next class.
--Pick up the following items from the front table: 
  • the final exam study guide
  • an index card
--On your desk, you will find the following items:
  • your FANBOYS quiz
  • your last two Divergent quizzes
  • your self-assessment
--Please SEE ME before leaving class today:
  • Alex B.
  • Owen F.--SAW ME ON 5/22
  • Austin H.--SAW ME ON 5/22
  • Brooklyn K.
  • Cara M.
  • Bryanna R.--MISSED CLASS ON 5/22
S. the C.
??????????
--Reminder: It is important for you to stay caught up with regard to all of your coursework.  It is in your best interest to check the blog and SchoolTool often.  Additionally, if you have an "INC" for a Marking Period, following up with me ASAP would be wise!
--FYI: I am working through both English 9 and English 10 Honors writing pieces.  Please be patient! :)
--agenda/HW

Looking Ahead -- The English 9 Final Examination
--oral reading of final exam study guide
  • Q & A
Review -- GRAMMAR HAMMER: Missing Comma in a Compound Sentence (before a FANBOYS)/Unnecessary Comma with a Coordinating Conjunction (FANBOYS)
--go over the grammar hammer quiz on the SMART Board
--Please SEE ME about reassessing after class today.

Discussion Preparation -- Veronica Roth's Divergent CHAPTER ONE - CHAPTER TWENTY-FIVE
--determine results of self-assessment as per PowerPoint slides
--after writing your name at the top of the lined side of your index card, respond to the following questions:
  • According to your results, for what faction are you best suited?
  • Do you agree with your results?  Why or why not?
  • On the unlined side of your index card, choose your faction.  As the factionless man says at the conclusion of CHAPTER THREE, "Choose wisely."
--Reminder: Today's discussion is a continuation of the discussion we started having two classes ago.  (SHARE TOPICS VIA PICTURE)
--as final preparation for today's discussion, bear in mind...
  • the writing prompt topics on the final exam
  • that "good" contributions always refer specifically to evidence from the text.
--look at quizzes and engage in self-reflection/finish preparing for discussion

Transition
--Spell your last name backwards and think about how to pronounce it.  (Mine would be Nitram...it pretty much sounds the way it looks!)  Then, form an alphabetical circle using your "last names".

Discussion -- Veronica Roth's Divergent CHAPTER ONE - CHAPTER TWENTY-FIVE

--some notes about today's discussion:
  • I need a volunteer to capture and organize notes on the front board as our discussion occurs--any takers?!
  • Contributions, as in the past, will be assessed via the "Discussion Contribution Rating Scale".  Does anyone need to see the scale as a reminder of the expectations?
  • No one can make a second contribution until everyone has made one contribution.
--engage in discussion

HW Time (time permitting)

Ticket-Out-the-Door -- Before Your Leave, ...
--...place your index card and Divergent quizzes in the black basket on the front table.

HW (Class Preparation)
--Purposefully read up to the page break on page 360 of Divergent by following the directions on the halfsheet titled "Divergent Unit--Purposeful Reading Tasks".  These reading tasks are aligned with the writing sections of the English 9 Final Examination!  You should also consider jotting down any notes that...
  • help you get the "gist"
  • build upon anything that has come up in discussion.
--Following each section of reading of DivergentI still reserve the right to administer "Did You Read?" assessments similar to those that you have been taking.  If you have completed a successful reading of each section, said assessments should not be too terribly challenging! :)
--Aim to read at least 5-10 pages of your free reading book between now and next class if time permits you to do so.  ALWAYS BRING YOUR FREE READING BOOK TO CLASS!
--If you have made arrangements to reassess regarding FANBOYS, make sure to follow through.

English 10 Honors--5/19/2017

Jump Off
--Pick up a lined 3 X 5 card from the front table.

S. the C.
--Where are we?  Where should we end up?
  • share out via a drawing of cards
--review our "Compact for Work Time" (with provisions)
  • Computers assigned via a drawing of cards
  • 5 minutes off task
--agenda/HW

Transition
--journey on over to the library

LIBRARY

HW (Class Preparation)
--Complete 45 minutes of Membean training as directed before 11:59 PM on Thursday, 5/25.  If you fail to appropriately train between now and the administration of Vocabulary Quiz #6, you will not be permitted to take the quiz until you catch up (see the "Membean Routine" document).
--Complete a "UB Discussion Card" while/after reading up to the end of page 124 of An Ordinary Man.  The expectation is that your card consists of at least two potential contributions for discussion.  Discussions about An Ordinary Man will be driven by all of you via a drawing of name cards.  This assignment is to be completed by next class (Tuesday, 5/23).
--Following each section of reading of An Ordinary Man, I reserve the right to administer a "Did You Read?" assessment similar to those we have taken in the past.  If you have completed a successful reading, said assessment should not be challenging at all! :)
--Aim to read at least 5-10 pages of your free reading book between now and next class.  ALWAYS BRING YOUR FREE READING BOOK TO CLASS!
HW (Class Preparation)/Writing
--Continue moving forward with regard to the End-of-Course Assignment.  We (might?!) head to the library again on Thursday,  5/25.  More on this next class block!

On the backburner:
  • Paraphrasing AoW as preparation for culminating assignment
  • Counterargument lesson/AoW as preparation for culminating assignment
  • ACT nonfiction passages and multiple choice questions

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

English 9--5/18/2017 & 5/19/2017

Jump Off
--Spend the first five minutes of class preparing for today's "Did You Read?" quiz.

S. the C.
--agenda/directions/HW

Transition
--Pick up a copy of the "Divergent Unit--CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE - CHAPTER TWENTY-THREE--Did You Read? Quiz" from the front table.

Assessment -- Divergent Unit--CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE - CHAPTER TWENTY-THREE--Did You Read? Quiz
--complete the quiz--good luck!
--When you finish, place the assessment on the floor next to your desk.  Then, begin reading the next section of Divergent.

Transition
--trade and grade--scored assessments returned to test-takers for self-reflection purposes--scored assessments collected

Film -- Neil Burger's Divergent
--view the film

HW (Class Preparation)
--Purposefully read up to the end of page 332 of Divergent by following the directions on the halfsheet titled "Divergent Unit--Purposeful Reading Tasks".  These reading tasks are aligned with the writing sections of the English 9 Final Examination!  You should also consider jotting down any notes that...
  • help you get the "gist"
  • relate to anything that came up in discussion last class.
--Following each section of reading of DivergentI still reserve the right to administer "Did You Read?" assessments similar to those that you have been taking.  If you have completed a successful reading of each section, said assessments should not be too terribly challenging! :)
--FYI: We will continue our discussion of Divergent next class block.
--Aim to read at least 5-10 pages of your free reading book between now and next class if time permits you to do so.  ALWAYS BRING YOUR FREE READING BOOK TO CLASS!

English 10 Honors--5/17/2017

Jump Off
--Write your name on the back of the picture that you printed out for the south wall of the classroom.  Place your picture in the black basket on the front table.  (This, of course, only pertains to you if you did not submit a second picture in the library last class block.)
--Pick up a lined 3 X 5 card from the front table.
--Take out your notebook and date the page.  Label this section of your notes as follows: "Notes from Last Library Block".

S. the C.
--brief modeling of the south wall as helpful ("think aloud")
--jot down notes as notes are shared
  • Am I forgetting anything?
--review our "Compact for Work Time"
  • How did we do on Monday?
--agenda/HW

Transition
--journey on over to the library

LIBRARY

HW (Class Preparation)
--Complete a "UB Discussion Card" while/after reading up to the end of page 98 of An Ordinary Man.  The expectation is that your card consists of at least two potential contributions for discussion.  Discussions about An Ordinary Man will be driven by all of you via a drawing of name cards.  This assignment is to be completed by next class (Friday, 5/19).
--Following each section of reading of An Ordinary Man, I reserve the right to administer a "Did You Read?" assessment similar to those we have taken in the past.  If you have completed a successful reading, said assessment should not be challenging at all! :)
--Aim to read at least 5-10 pages of your free reading book between now and next class.  ALWAYS BRING YOUR FREE READING BOOK TO CLASS!
HW (Class Preparation)/Writing
--Continue moving forward with regard to the End-of-Course Assignment.  We (might?!) head to the library again next class (Friday, 5/19).

On the backburner:
  • Paraphrasing AoW as preparation for culminating assignment
  • Counterargument lesson/AoW as preparation for culminating assignment
  • ACT nonfiction passages and multiple choice questions

Thursday, May 11, 2017

English 9--5/16/2017 & 5/17/2017

Jump Off
--Place the printout of the FINAL version of your End-of-Unit Essay in the black basket on the front table.  Please keep in mind that if you do not have your essay today, you must stay after school as per policy in order to continue wrapping up the writing process.
--Please pick up a copy of the "The Grammar Hammer--Comma Usage with Coordinating Conjunctions (FANBOYS)" document from the front table.  Before you get started, please give me a few minutes of your time in order to... 
  • assign new seats
  • model the directions for the quiz 
  • model the directions for what to do after the quiz (colors and knife throwing scene)
  • answer any questions that you have in the event that either set of directions is unclear.
--When you finish with the quiz, place your work in the black basket on the front table and prepare for today's discussion.  (Wave me over if the directions are still unclear!)

S. the C.
--agenda/HW
--directions given for quiz and discussion preparation

Assessment -- The Grammar Hammer: Comma Usage with Coordinating Conjunctions (FANBOYS) Quiz
--after directions, complete the quiz--good luck!

Transition
--turn in quiz when finished

Discussion Preparation -- Divergent up to Page 260
--prepare for today's discussion as per the directions below:
  • Pick something from pages 1-260 that you want to talk about today.
  • As soon as you have something, add it to the list on the front board.
  • Spend about ten minutes using your copy of Divergent to pursue both your item and one other item from the list:
    • What specific textual evidence can you find that relates?
    • What conclusions are you drawing?
    • Is there anything worth looking up on your smartphone (if you have one) that might deepen our understanding?
*AS STUDENTS ARE PREPARING, REVIEW THE "DISCUSSION CONTRIBUTION RATING SCALE"*
Transition
--Pick up a copy of the "Divergent Unit--Purposeful Reading Tasks" halfsheet from the front table.
--Take all of your materials and place them around the perimeter of the classroom so that we can make a circle out of the desks.
--Once the desks have been circled, we will populate the desks via a drawing of cards.

Discussion -- Divergent up to Page 260
--oral reading of halfsheet and modeling so as to clarify the expectations for reading Divergent moving forward
  • Q & A
--engage in discussion via a drawing of cards
  • If you would like to contribute to the discussion before your card is drawn (e.g., if you have something to add to a contribution that has just been made), simply raise your hand.  I will take your card out of the stack after you have contributed.
  • You may not make a second contribution to today's discussion until everyone has contributed once.
Transition
--With approximately ten minutes left, re-column the desks and pick up a copy of the "Divergent Unit--CHAPTER ELEVEN-CHAPTER TWENTY--Did You Read? Quiz" from the front table.  Back at your assigned seat, complete the quiz, placing your work in the black basket on the front table when you finish.

HW Time -- Veronica Roth's Divergent CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE - CHAPTER TWENTY-THREE: "Gist"/Purposeful Reading (time permitting)

HW (Class Preparation)
--Purposefully read up to the end of page 300 of Divergent by following the directions on the halfsheet titled "Divergent Unit--Purposeful Reading Tasks".  These reading tasks are aligned with the writing sections of the English 9 Final Examination!  You should also consider jotting down any notes that...
  • help you get the "gist"
  • relate to anything that came up in today's discussion.
--Following each section of reading of DivergentI still reserve the right to administer "Did You Read?" assessments similar to those that you have been taking.  If you have completed a successful reading of each section, said assessments should not be too terribly challenging! :)
--Aim to read at least 5-10 pages of your free reading book between now and next class if time permits you to do so.  ALWAYS BRING YOUR FREE READING BOOK TO CLASS!