Thursday, February 9, 2017

English 10 Honors--2/10/2017

Jump Off
--Pick up a copy of the "Reading Comprehension Practice (Reading Literature)" document from the front table. After purposefully reading the directions at the top of the document, complete the task at hand until I hand you another document and instruct you to move forward with the multiple choice.
--The following students must SEE ME before leaving class today:
  • Emily W
S. the C.
--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...?

--finish reflecting upon your performance on the writing pieces--Q & A
  • Reminder: Those of you who have yet to write a response about Inside Out have an appointment after school--I'll see you then! :)
  • FYI: If you did not submit your AoWs on time, I have yet to read your work...sorry!  (Maybe I can sneak a few readings in during today's class?)
--go over/discuss the multiple choice prompts--how did you do?

--Pick up a copy of the "Lord of the Flies Unit: CHAPTER ONE--Discussion (continued) Preparation" sheet from the front table.  After reading the directions, complete the task at hand quietly and independently for the next 10-ish minutes of class.  If you finish early, look through your purposeful/active reading notes and study guide for CHAPTER TWO and plan some contributions for today's discussion, bearing in mind the following:

In our circle discussions, you need to...
  • ask questions that probe reasoning and evidence from your teacher and peers
  • offer contributions that are strong and well-supported by the text (e.g., On page 42, the text states, "Jack turned fiercely" toward Piggy.  This suggests that...)
  • provide detailed anecdotes/references if making connections between the text and real life/other works.
--What is your favorite television show?  Place yourselves in the circle alphabetically accordingly.  Bring to the circle the following items:
  • notes pertaining to the prompt/question with which you dealt on the halfsheet the last two classes
  • notes from today's first transition
  • your notebook
  • your purposefully/actively Post-ited copy of Lord of the Flies
  • your study guide
Discussion -- LotF CHAPTER ONE and CHAPTER TWO (until 10-ish mins. remaining)
--Reminder: Bear in mind the "Discussion Contribution Rating Scale"
--engage in high-level discussion:
  • prompts/questions from the last two classes
  • today's first transition
  • purposeful reading Post-its as per the "What to Look for in Lord of the Flies" list 
  • active reading Post-its (e.g., questions, connections to personal experiences, favorite lines or sections, etc.) 
  • study guide
Transition -- return to your desks (2-3 mins.)

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

--consider the following question:
  • How might you change, improve, add to, etc. your current answer to the Essential Question based on our discussion of the excerpt from Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels, our last two discussions of Lord of the Flies, and anything else that has passed through your brain since you last put a claim on paper (e.g., the video about the Asch Conformity Experiment)?
    • urge you to make a new and improved poster to replace the one that you currently have hung on the greenboard, bearing in mind that you must address counterclaims as part of your final argument.
--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, 2/16.  If you fail to appropriately train between now and the administration of Vocabulary Quiz #5, you will not be permitted to take the quiz until you catch up (see the "Membean Routine" document).
HW (Class Preparation)
--Next class (Tuesday [2/14]) and Thursday (2/16) of next week, you will be taking an examination that mirrors the New York State Regents Examination in English Language Arts (Common Core).  Please come prepared!
--Review your materials pertaining to LotF in preparation for an upcoming assessment.
--Purposefully/actively read CHAPTER THREE through CHAPTER SIX of Lord of the Flies by our first day back from February Break as preparation for analysis/discussion/(an assessment?).
--Consider reading 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.
--Work toward achievement of your S.M.A.R.T. Goal?
--Enjoy the weekend--you only get so many of 'em!