Friday, May 26, 2017

English 10 Honors--5/30/2017

Jump Off
--Please pick up each of the following items from the front table: 
  • a lined 3 X 5 card
  • the halfsheet about the Regents exam
--Open your notebook to a clean page and put the date (5/30/2017) in the margin.  Then, jot down responses to the following question:
  • Having now almost finished an AP course and taken an AP exam (or observed peers/friends go through the experience), I'm sure you have all sorts of opinions.  What are the pros and cons of AP classes?
*AS YOU WORK, I WILL RETURN ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHIES FROM LAST CLASS BLOCK THAT I SCORED AND COMMENTED UPON.*
--Please SEE ME before leaving class today:
  • Zena W.
S. the C.
--FYI: I have a few monomyths left to read.  I will finish up and return your writing pieces next class.  Thanks for your patience (and the breaks from English 9 essays)! :)
--agenda/HW

Instruction -- The Regents Examination in English Language Arts (Common Core): A "Game Plan"

--oral reading of halfsheet
  • Q & A
--rough "game plan" shared--consider jotting down notes!
  • Q & A
--Closure
  • How can you prepare for the Regents exam?
  • What more do you want from me moving forward?
Writing Workshop #1 -- End-of-Course Assignment (Outlining)
--Outlining Tip: Use the Classical Approach to organize your ideas into a cohesive argument! 
--MODELING of outlining tip via a "think-aloud"--consider jotting down notes!
  • What is my rough claim?
  • What do I "have" in support of my claim?
  • How can I logically group what I "have" into paragraphs?
  • What is the purpose of each of my paragraphs?
    • STRONGLY CONSIDER USING THE "A PARAGRAPH'S A PARAGRAPH'S A PARAGRAPH" TEMPLATE!
  • What is/are the main counterclaim(s) those who disagree with me would make?
  • What do I "have" to show the counterclaim(s) exist?
  • What do I "have" to "poke holes" in the counterclaim(s)?
Writing Workshop #2 -- End-of-Course Assignment (Counterargument)
--During this portion of the lesson, we will work together using our brains, an article, and some additional materials to craft a counterargument paragraph about AP classes.  By the end of this block of time, you should be better equipped to counterargue both on the Regents exam and within your End-of-Course Assignment!
--create a t-chart on the front board in response to the question from the "Jump Off"
--Transition--pick up a copy of the article titled "AP Classes Are a Scam" from the front table
--prereading
  • What should we do before we even start reading this article?
    • "take care of business" as per our brainstorming
--purposeful oral reading
  • What is John Tierney's claim?
  • What are some of the counterclaims that can be made in response to Tierney's claim?
    • Consider both our purposeful reading of the article and our t-chart from earlier in the block.
--discuss the article via volunteers (and, if necessary, a drawing of cards)
--visit the link below--engage in purposeful reading in order to create a counterargument paragraph template for use in the final step of this portion of the lesson--consider jotting down notes!

Counterargument Paragraph
  • What should the topic sentence(s) include?
  • What details should/might exist?
  • What questions might explanatory tiebacks aim to answer? 
https://writingcenter.fas.harvard.edu/pages/counter-argument

--after voting upon a claim that our "essay" aims to support, form groups of three via a drawing of cards
--"anchor in" to the "Compact for Group Work"
--spend 10 minutes brainstorming and fleshing out a counterargument paragraph that refutes Tierney's claim made in "AP Classes Are a Scam" (which, of course, does not "mesh with" our claim)
  • Feel free to conduct research to find evidence for our paragraph (but consider source reliability!). 
--share out via volunteers (and, if necessary, a drawing of cards) so as to write a class counterargument paragraph in GoogleDocs
  • I will share our finished product via email so that you have it as a reference!
Closure -- Ball Toss (time permitting) 
  • "Today, I learned/realized/concluded that..."
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 An Ordinary Man.  The expectation is that your card consists of at least two potential contributions for discussion.  Our discussion of An Ordinary Man will be driven by all of you via a drawing of name cards.  This assignment is to be completed by our first class next week (Monday, 6/5).
--Following each section of reading of An Ordinary ManI 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 on our last day of class (Friday, 6/9):
  • Reflect upon your performance on the Annotated Bibliography Checkpoint assignment and move forward accordingly (e.g., find additional sources).
  • Finish gathering, interpreting, and synthesizing your evidence (if necessary)
    • Don't forget that paraphrasing and summarizing is expected!
  • Finish outlining.
    • Strongly consider working on your counterargument as per today's lesson.
  • Begin drafting.
*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!).*
--End-of-Course Assignment mini-presentations will take place in class on both Wednesday, 6/7 and Friday, 6/9.  You will receive more information about this component of the assignment next class block.
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.