Monday, May 1, 2017

English 9--5/10/2017 & 5/11/2017

Jump Off (1-2 mins.)
--Take out your notebook, open to a new page, and put the date in the lefthand margin (5/10 [ACE] or 5/11 [BDF]). Then, label the page "R & J Essay--Dos and Do Nots".  Finally, draw a t-chart in your notebook as directed.
--Please SEE ME before leaving class today (preferably down in the Computer Lab while working):
  • Noah F.
  • Mackenzie G.
  • Mike H.
  • Jasmine M.
  • Jake O.
  • Carter P.
  • Jordan P.
  • Alyssa P.-A.
  • Bryanna R.
Writing Workshop #1 -- The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet End-of-Unit Essay Notes/Mini-lessons/Dos and Do Nots (flex time--as quickly [but as meaningfully] as possible)
--take notes/complete mini-lessons as per PowerPoint slides--this information will prove helpful when finishing and revising your writing pieces!
  • after each section of slideshow, add to Dos and Do Nots t-chart
--Closure (time permitting)

  • What questions do you still have? I want to make sure that you are set up for success!
Transition (2-3 mins.)

--head down to the Computer Lab and sit at computers assigned via a drawing of cards

Writing Workshop -- The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet End-of-Unit Essay (Drafting) (remainder of class block)
--What do you think of this agreement?:


  • Talking should be very limited
    • When talking must occur, get peer's attention first and stay on task.
    • Teacher will use the consequence system in place for lack of compliance.
  • Listening to music via headphones is acceptable. 
--work block
  • SEE ME if you need an instructions page for MLA format.
--meetings as per the order established on the white board in the lab

HW (Class Preparation)
--"Gist" read up to the end of page 226 of Divergent.  This might include completing one or both of the following tasks: 
  • asking yourself the "Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How" questions every five pages and jotting down related notes on lined paper
  • jotting down notes on Post-its related to important characters, plot events, contrasts and contradictions, etc. and sticking the Post-its to the corresponding pages in the book
--Though you are not required to do anything other than read the next 37 pages of Divergent--you do not need to take notes--, expect a "Did You Read?" assessment about this section and the previous two sections of reading at the beginning of class next time (Friday, 5/12 [ACE] or Monday, 5/15 [BDF]).  If you have completed a successful "gist" 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 if time permits you to do so.  ALWAYS BRING YOUR FREE READING BOOK TO CLASS!
HW (Class Preparation/Writing)
--Your absolute best effort with regard to the End-of-Unit Essay must be printed out and brought to class on Friday, 5/12 (ACE) or Monday, 5/15 (BDF).  Don't settle for anything less than your best!  Please also keep in mind our classroom policy for meeting due dates of long term assignments.  (What is the policy again?!)
--You should strongly consider:
  • doublechecking the directions for MLA format and making sure that your document aligns
  • RE-READING your work in order to demonstrate control over the conventions of standard written English
  • having someone with skills superior to your own read your work and offer you suggestions
On the backburner:
  • Rubric handed out and "analyzed"
  • continuing to address board items for the essay
  • analyzing results of self-assessment
  • zeroing in on Divergent reading purposes