I post here daily about what we accomplished in class each day, including handouts and links available to students on my CANVAS site.
Honors Classes: We started class today with a review of capitalization rules as a beginning to our next grammar unit (Punctuation). Since capitalization is not a new concept for our students, I have placed a Google slides document on Canvas as a tool to review rules they might not have known as we went through our capitalization pretest. The Grammar Bytes website and Study Island both have good exercises that students can use to self-test to make sure they know these rules. Next, we reviewed our Benchmark skills assessment from a few weeks ago as preparation for tomorrow's midterm skills assessment. Skills assessments are hard to "study for" since the students will encounter new reading selections and questions specific to comprehension of those readings. We focus instead on looking at the types of questions and what strategies they should use to answer those types of questions, like revisiting the context of quotes used in questions or answer choices, looking at robust vocabulary for known roots/bases, etc. Finally, students worked in groups on notes from Part I chapters for characters, culturally defining topics, and passages for analysis. Homework: Use Study Island pretest results to determine an area for additional practice before the midterm tomorrow. Then, find the class assignment for modules related to that area (literary texts, informational texts, or writing) and complete one or more module as practice for the midterm. Continue reading and annotating chapters 11-13 (due Thursday) in Things Fall Apart.
Academic Class: We also started class with a review of capitalization rules combined with a review of sentence types. I then had the students complete a "take 2" of our sentence type quiz from last week, which I discovered had several errors that made it a bad assessment. This redo of the grammar quiz is available on Canvas for anyone who was absent today. It must be completed by Friday because the grade must be included in the 1st quarter average. Next, we looked at summary presentations as a way of continuing our emphasis on tragic hero characteristics. Finally, students worked on properly introducing quotations in their paragraphs for the tragic hero essay. Homework: Use Study Island pretest results to determine an area for additional practice before the midterm tomorrow. Then, find the class assignment for modules related to that area (literary texts, informational texts, or writing) and complete one or more module as practice for the midterm. Continue working on paragraph in tragic hero essay if needed.
Allison Houck, MAT