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! :)

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

--Spell your last name backwards and think about how to pronounce it.  (Mine would be 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, ... 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.