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 with 15 minutes of reading time in students' WWII books. I also took a few minutes at the beginning of class to distribute the form for parents to complete about student transportation home on the day of our EOC, 1/23. Students who have written parental permission turned in by 1/11 may leave campus after the exam session (ends at 11:48) if they provide their own transportaion. Buses will run at the regular dismissal time (2:18pm). All students must submit the form stating their intention to leave early or ride the bus home. Then, students had 25 minutes to work (with a partner) on written work for Part I of the book (all written work for Part I is due on Thursday, 1/5). For the final 15 minutes of class, we worked on a review activity for research skills. Research skill quiz is on Friday, 1/6.
Homework: Continue working on written assignments for Part I of WWII book -- you should be done with about half of the written work by tonight. Get EOC dismissal form signed by parent. Prepare for research skill quiz on Friday.
Academic Class: We started with an EOC review activity -- we will complete one of these most days between now and the EOC exam day. Students read a passage (fiction, non-fiction, or poetry) and then answered questions about the passage and we reviewed the answers together. Next, the whole class reviewed the elements of a synthesis paragraph for the research paper: topic sentence, transitions between elements, introductions to quotes, parenthetical citations, elaboration/explanation of research, and concluding sentences. I returned outlines to students and grouped them according to those who were ready to write a body paragraph; those who needed to complete the outline by adding citations or additional researched material; and those who did not submit an outline by 12/21 (due date). Those who were ready to begin writing could check out a laptop and begin writing any body paragraph of their choice from the outline. (All students must outline a complete paper, but each student will only write one body paragraph along with a thesis/introduction.) Other groups worked on completing outlines or submitting them to me via Google docs. Once all laptops were checked out, I assigned students a partner to assist in writing the paragraph from the outline. Those partners will switch places tomorrow and work together to write the other student's paragraph.
Allison Houck, MAT