I post here daily about what we accomplished in class each day, including handouts and links available to students on my CANVAS site.
This post also contains Friday's update. Scroll down to view class activity for Friday.
Day 64, Sem. 1
Today we started class with a 30-minute window for students to catch up (and finish) any notes from last week's research that were incomplete for any reason. Students who were finished with all notes were able to use that time to read independently (all students should have or have ordered the Holocaust/WWII book for lit circles by now). After filling in all the notes, we were ready to begin the process of planning the body paragraphs. I guided students through the planning guide/outline for the body paragraphs (handout on Canvas) and gave them additional time to write out as much of their paragraph plan as they could in class. The rest of the outline is due for homework.
Homework: Finish outline/planning guide for both body paragraphs
Day 63, Sem. 1
We started class where we left off on Thursday, following the process of analyzing our notes to create claims for the body paragraphs of the research paper. Each research group was responsible for creating at least six claims from their three strongest areas of notes. I demonstrated the process using information that answered the research questions about a trickster's motivation/call to action. Once the groups had their claims written out, they needed to choose a trickster tale that could support two of the claims. Each group member must have a unique trickster from a different world (non European-American) culture. I explained that they could choose a story first and then decide which two claims to pair with the story or they could choose their claims and then skim multiple stories until they found a compatible one. In either case, once they found the story, they needed to read it and take notes on the story using the Literary Source Note Card guided notes page (handout available on Canvas). By the end of class, each student should have two claims to use as topic sentences in their body paragraphs and notes on a trickster tale. Anything unfinished must be finished for homework.
Homework: Complete trickster tale notes on Literary Source note card and write your two claims on your outline/planning guide for the body paragraphs.
Allison Houck, MAT