I post here daily about what we accomplished in class each day, including handouts and links available to students on my CANVAS site.
Day 30, Sem. 1
We started class with vocabulary review, using the following techniques: creating a vocab jingle, a word play sentence, a motion that shows the definition, and/or a word category using other vocabulary terms (previous lists). Each group was assigned a word and created a review activity for that word to share with the class. This is a study strategy that can/should be used for our vocabulary as well as learning terms for any class. The different activities work for different learning styles, but all are ACTIVE strategies that require more thinking and creativity than looking at a list. I try to incorporate many different types of study strategies into my lesson plans to help students find/choose ones that work for them. Sophomore year is often a year when gifted, straight A students find that they must study to be as successful as they have been in the past. This is one more tool for their toolbox to help with that.
The rest of class involved half of the group participating in a Socratic seminar to discuss the big ideas and questions from Oedipus while the other half worked on our new ACES prompt/writing assignment. Socratic seminar is one of my favorite class activities and a fantastic alternative assessment tool. Students talk to one another in response to open-ended questions that get at the core issues of a text. I am not involved in the discussion; I only pose questions to get them started and a good group will really take it from there.
Students who did not participate in the seminar today will do so tomorrow. All students will work on the ACES #3 writing assignment between now and Friday -- both in and out of class.
On Thursday, we will have a double quiz: vocabulary and an overall quiz on Oedipus and the specific content we learned for this unit (characteristics of Greek drama and tragedy, including Aristotle's definition of a tragic hero, motifs and symbols and examples of irony from the text, etc.) I have posted a study guide for the quiz on Canvas.
Homework: Study vocab. and review relevant items for the double quiz on Thursday. Draft of ACES #3 due on Friday in ACES Portfolio (Google doc).
Allison Houck, MAT