I post here daily about what we accomplished in class each day, including handouts and links available to students on my CANVAS site.
Day 81, Sem. 1
I had a few administrative things to talk about at the beginning of class regarding parental permission forms for early dismissal on Jan. 17 after the English II Exam (EOC) and EOC practice classwork/homework due dates, etc. After getting that business out of the way, groups spent approximately 30 minutes in discussion for sections 3 and 4 of their WWII books. At the end of the discussion time, each group member completed a final reflection writing and a peer/self evaluation for today's discussion. Then, students compiled their body of work for this unit to submit for a classwork grade: 4 written prep documents, 3 reflections, and 2 evaluations. With the remaining time, groups discussed how to approach the book talk assignment and assigned parts and responsibilities.
Homework: Work on EOC Literary/Informational text packet and book talk assignment.
Day 30, Sem. 1
We began class with the Grammar Style unit quiz on parallel structure, active v. passive voice, and sentence variety. Students worked on that quiz for approximately 45 minutes. Those who finished more quickly had time to read or work on the EOC poetry packet due tomorrow. After the quiz, I went over the Book Talk assignment with the class. Students received the assignment sheet and rubric before the inclement weather, so they had time to familiarize themselves with the assignment the the grade expectations before today. However, I emphasized certain aspects of the assignment and answered questions. With just a few minutes remaining in class, they had a little time to discuss their ideas for the presentation today. They will have additional time on Tuesday for discussion and then most of the class on Wednesday to write the presentation and practice it. Presentations take place on Thursday in class (major assessment grade).
Homework: Prepare for tomorrow's discussion of sections 3-4 of your lit circle book. Complete the EOC poetry practice packet to turn in tomorrow (except for the ACES question on pg 1).
Allison Houck, MAT