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 DRAFT

OPENING CEREMONY/SPRING DAY (20ish minute class blocks)

--exercise check

English 10 Honors--5/25/2017 DRAFT

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

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:

  • 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) to turn in before leaving
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.  We will head to the library again next time (Thursday,  5/25) so that

--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



Sunday, May 21, 2017

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

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

S. the C.
--The Divergent items on today's agenda address the following standards (which also align with two 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.
--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 ___ (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 (3-5 mins.)
--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."

--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 group work purposes.

Presentation Preparation -- Purposeful Reading of Faction Manifestos (10 mins.)
--purposeful reading directions shared:
  • objectively summarize your faction’s manifesto
  • cross-reference the information in your faction’s manifesto with any textual evidence related to your faction
    • What similarities exist?
    • Any contrasts/contradictions 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
Informal Presentations -- The Five Factions (15-20 mins.)
--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"?
Transition

Closure -- So What!?
--"You can find the meaning of life in a book." (Everything, Everything, by Nicola Yoon)

Video -- “On the Streets: He Is Getting His PhD – And Is Homeless” (8-10 mins.)
--view the video linked below as one final real-life connection intended to help you make your final “rational decision”:


--your thoughts?!

Ticket-Out-the-Door -- Your Final Decision
--On the back of your index card, make your final decision:
  • Abnegation
  • Amity
  • Candor
  • Dauntless
  • Erudite
  • Divergent (only if your original self-assessment indicated Divergence OR if your flowchart indicated Divergence OR if your self-assessment and flowchart results do not match)
  • Factionless
Submit your card, and pick up materials accordingly.

HW Time (time permitting)

HW (Class Preparation)
--Begin preparing for the Unit #9 vocabulary quiz, which will take place on Friday, 5/13.  REMEMBER THAT WORDS FROM PREVIOUS UNITS ARE "FAIR GAME" ON ANY VOCABULARY QUIZ THEREAFTER.
--Bring your vocabulary book to class next time.  PLEASE DO NOT FORGET!
--Purposefully/actively read up to the end of Chapter 10 of Divergent.  This includes taking detailed notes on your "Factions Organizers" page (which potentially changed since last class) as well as completing three or more Post-its as per your assigned "Notice & Note" task (which also potentially changed since last class).  Review your purposeful/active reading notes, as an assessment is "fair game" at any point in time between now and when we finish the novel.
--Try to find some time to read your free reading book between now and next class.  ALWAYS BRING YOUR FREE READING BOOK TO CLASS!
--Reminder: Assigned "Notice & Note" strategies:
  • EVERYONE: CONTRASTS & CONTRADICTIONS
  • ABNEGATION: AHA MOMENT
  • AMITY: TOUGH QUESTIONS
  • CANDOR: WORDS OF THE WISER
  • DAUNTLESS: AGAIN & AGAIN
  • ERUDITE: MEMORY MOMENT




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!


HW (Class Preparation)

--Continue progressing through your essay-writing process in whatever manner you see fit.  (It would be in your best interest to finish compiling evidence.)  The final version of your essay (your absolute best effort) is tentatively due at the beginning of class on Friday, 4/15.
--Try to find some time to read your free reading book between now and next class.  ALWAYS BRING YOUR FREE READING BOOK TO CLASS!
Miscellaneous
--As always, whatever we do not finish in class today, you can expect to finish next class!





FACTION MANIFESTOS/PAWPRINT
VOCABULARY--LAST UNIT?!
  • Share quote about teamwork from CHAPTER TWELVE:
    • TRIS: "'Teamwork doesn't seem to be a Dauntless priority'" (Roth 143).
    • FOUR: "'It's supposed to be a priority.  It used to be'" (Roth 143).
  • Juxtapose above quotes again "Work as a Team" digit from Pawprint
    • eventually, run all of the pawprint up again Faction Manifestos (on quiz result/Faction Manifesto day--work with manifestos based on quiz results, then select at the end of class)
      • Share quote about manifestos from CHAPTER SIXTEEN:
        • PASSAGE FROM PAGE 206: "'Have you ever read the faction manifestos?' says Will...

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