I post here daily about what we accomplished in class each day, including handouts and links available to students on my CANVAS site.
Day 9, Sem 1
Happy Friday! This short week has gone by fast. Today we had extra independent reading time in class (15-20 minutes depending on the class), and then I introduced students to the first short-term writing assignment of a long-term portfolio project. Over the course of first quarter, students will practice and refine their writing skills using the ACES paragraph format with a variety of prompts/topics. They will keep all writing and revision in a single Google document, shared with me, that will become their complete portfolio by the end of the quarter. Today, students downloaded the portfolio template (a Google document), renamed it and shared it with me to get everything set up. I then gave them the writing prompt, based on our reading of three essays about heroism over the course of this week. I assigned them the planning of the paragraph for this weekend, with the ACES paragraph to be completed in the portfolio document by the end of Tuesday, 9/12.
After solving all technological problems and setting up all portfolios, we then moved on to vocabulary, with students presenting the definitions and discussing meanings, synonyms, and antonyms. By the end of class, we had just enough time to read the first section of The Epic of Gilgamesh, "The Death of Enkidu." They had one question to answer on our reading guide for the beginning of the epic. Those who did not finish can access the text PDF on Canvas and answer the question by Monday's class.
HW: Complete the planning for the Hero Definition ACES on the planning guide. Begin writing the paragraph in the portfolio once planning is complete. Full paragraph due in portfolio document by midnight on 9/12.
Allison Houck, MAT