I post here daily about what we accomplished in class each day, including handouts and links available to students on my CANVAS site.
We made it to the end of our first week! I told all my classes today that I think having a 5-day week for the first week of school is criminal. So, kudos to all of us who made it all 5 days. Of course, if you're checking this blog entry, it's probably because you did not -- so here's what you need to know.
After 10 min. of reading (do this at home if you were absent!), we spent most of the class working on ACES analysis. First, we discussed transitions and where they are most needed in the ACES paragraphs: to begin each C sentence and to begin the S sentence. We looked at the various transitions listed in the Writer's Reference handbook (pages 8-9) and which ones would work best for cited evidence. I gave everyone a chance then to add or revise transitions in their ACES written to turn in today. Next, we looked at two student example ACES paragraphs (responding to a different prompt from our homework assignment) and evaluated them by labeling the ACES elements, identifying successful elements and those that needed improvement. Finally, students each revised one of the two sample paragraphs to demonstrate their understanding of what we had discussed. I collected the homework ACES and the classwork ACES analysis before the end of class.
Right at the end of class, I played either a song or a video (see below) to get everyone thinking about our topic for next week: heroes. While listening to the song/video, they did some brainstorming about what associations/definitions they have for the concept of hero and recorded those on a brainstorming handout.
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Allison Houck, MAT