Tuesday, May 9, 2017

English 9--5/12/2017 & 5/15/2017

Jump Off
--As you come into the classroom, please populate the "Dos and Do Nots" t-chart on the front board with items you wrote down and/or remember from last class.  (I, too, plan to add a few items!)
--All three of the "sentences" written on the front board (created by Caleb Martin! :)) are punctuated incorrectly.  Please identify and fix the issues present in each "sentence".  (You can do this in your head or in writing in your notebook.)
  • I had two carrots, my mom gave me twenty more.
  • I had baseball, I had soccer on the same night.
  • Six raccoons sat in the woods, two foxes came along.
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: As part of today's class, we will work on demonstrating command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing (L.1).  THIS STANDARD WILL BE SELF-ASSESSED IN CLASS TODAY AS PART OF THE GRAMMAR HAMMER MINI-LESSON AND OFFICIALLY ASSESSED NEXT CLASS VIA A QUIZ AND WITHIN YOUR FINAL END-OF-UNIT ESSAY.

--Pick up the "Common Error: Missing comma in a compound sentence/unnecessary comma with a coordinating conjunction" sheet from the front table.  Purposefully read the instructions and carefully complete the task at hand quietly and independently.  I will be around to check for understanding on the task at hand and ask a few of you to write your sentences up on the front board.

Mini-Lesson -- GRAMMAR HAMMER: Missing Comma in a Compound Sentence (before a FANBOYS)/Unnecessary Comma with a Coordinating Conjunction (FANBOYS)
--view 0:00-1:12 and 3:32-End of the following video from TEDEd: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/comma-story-terisa-folaron
--essential questions for going over today's grammar work with the comma:
  • If compound sentences are formed by combining two complete sentences, what constitutes a complete sentence?
  • When do writers need a comma before a FANBOYS word?
  • When do writers not need a comma before a FANBOYS word?
--answer essential questions/work with sample sentences on the front board
  • contextualize today's grammar work with the comma:
    • A comma rule that should be mastered at this point is the following: Comma splices are bad! A comma alone is not strong enough to combine two complete sentences!
      • Five useful methods exist for fixing comma splices. Using all of these sentence combining methods within your writing creates sentence variety (which improves the "Style [Language Use]" aspect of your writing!).
      • One such method of combining sentences is adding a coordinating conjunction (FANBOYS word) after the comma in order to create a compound sentence.
        • Two common errors exist when it comes to using FANBOYS words. Avoid making these errors by learning the rules (which improves the "Control of Conventions" aspect of your writing!)!
  • answer the following essential question/work with paragraph projected up on the front board: How can I RE-READ and edit/revise for FANBOYS errors?
--For HW, prepare for the quiz based on today's grammar work, which will take place at the beginning of next class.  You will be presented with a paragraph that contains both of the common errors pertaining to FANBOYS words and asked to find and fix the errors.

--Take out the printout of your best effort with regard to the End-of-Unit Essay.

Writing Workshop -- The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet End-of-Unit Essay (Editing/Revising)
--RE-READ your essay and edit/revise for FANBOYS errors (8 mins.)
  • If time permits, RE-READ and edit/revise for commas with introductory elements as well.
--Transition--pick up a copy of the assignment sheet and grading sheet from the front table
--oral re-reading of the assignment sheet
--oral reading of the front of the grading sheet
--Q & A
--purposefully read through the back of the grading sheet as per the following questionWhat distinguishes a "4" from a "5" in each of the five rubric categories?
  • I will MODEL with both the "Meaning" and "Language Use" categories.  (Of course, you should also be considering the other columns on the chart!)
 --Q & A
--Transition--pick up a blank grading sheet from the front table
--purposefully read an End-of-Unit Essay, looking for the "Dos and Do Nots", arriving at a "score", and editing/revising accordingly
  • Though you can complete the aforementioned task with your own work, you are strongly advised to work with a peer's work.
Closure (time permitting)
--What questions do you still have? I want to make sure that you are set up for success!

HW Time -- Veronica Roth's Divergent CHAPTER EIGHTEEN-CHAPTER TWENTY: Oral "Gist" Reading (time permitting)

HW (Class Preparation)
--Prepare for the quiz based on today's grammar work, which will take place at the beginning of next class.  You will be presented with a paragraph that contains both of the common errors pertaining to FANBOYS words and asked to find and fix the errors.
--"Gist" read up to the end of page 260 of Divergent.  Though you are not required to do anything other than read the next 33 pages of Divergent--you do not need to take notes--, expect a "Did You Read?" assessment about this section and the previous three sections of reading as part of class next time (Tuesday, 5/16 [ACE] or Wednesday, 5/17 [BDF]).  If you have completed successful "gist" readings, said assessment should not be challenging at all! :)
  • FYI: If you have kept with the reading, you are already more than halfway through the book!  (If you have not kept up, use this weekend to get back on track!)  Beginning next week, you will be assigned more deliberate reading purposes with an awareness of what you will be asked to write about on the English 9 Final Examination.  We will start actually discussing the novel as well.
--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 (Writing)
--The FINAL version (I promise!) of your essay is due in the form of a printout at the beginning of class next time (Tuesday, 5/16 [ACE] or Wednesday, 5/17 [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.
--You should strongly consider the following:

  • fully 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
  • purposefully re-reading the grading sheet one last time and making sure that your essay aligns