November 2 6 Contemp Lit

November 2-6

Monday, November 2

Benchmarks
11.7.9.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis and reflection

Activities

  • Free Write:
    • Explain Morrie’s philosophy about family (91-93). What kind of rapport does he have with his own family?
    • What is Morrie trying to tell Mitch about family … what is his advice to Mitch?
    • Explain whether you do or do not agree with Morrie’s philosophy.
  • Quiz
  • Vocab Packet 5
  • Small group discussion and writing: In your small groups, choose one of the following questions to respond to with one solid quote sandwich paragraph:
    • Explain what you think Morrie means by the aphorism, “Once you learn how to die, you learn how to live.”
    • Who is Mitch’s brother? What is their relationship? Why do you think Mitch includes the flashback about their childhood?
    • What animal would Morrie like to be if he were reincarnated? Why do you think he chooses this animal?

For tomorrow: read pages 109-129 and write one double entry journal entry, focusing on Morrie's aphorisms

Vocab packet 5 is due on Friday
Vocab test 5 is on Friday

Assessment

  • Quiz
  • small group discussion and writing
  • Free write

Tuesday, November 3

Benchmarks
11.11.6.6 Acquire and use accurately general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level.

Activities

  • Free write: How does Morrie think a person should approach emotion (p. 103)? How does this contrast with the way Mitch feels? Explain which approach is the closest to the way you deal with emotion.
  • Make flashcards for this weeks vocabulary words! 15 points! If you all as a class can average a B+ (17.5 out of 20) on the test, I will bring in treats the last day of class (November 13).

For tomorrow: read pages 130-141 and write one double entry journal entry, focusing on Morrie's aphorisms

Vocab packet 5 is due on Friday
Vocab test 5 is on Friday

Assessment

  • Free write
  • Questions about book and small discussion
  • Vocab flashcards and packets

Wednesday, November 4

Benchmarks
11.11.2.2 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

Activities

  • Lecture/powerpoint on comma usage
  • Comma work — choose sentences from today's free write to rewrite in a way that demonstrates each type of comma usage.
  • Divide into groups of 3-4 and begin work on the aphorism poster project

For tomorrow: read pages 142-159 and write one double entry journal entry, focusing on Morrie's aphorisms

Vocab packet 5 is due on Friday
Vocab test 5 is on Friday

Assessment

  • Free Write
  • Comma sentence examples
  • aphorism posters
  • double entry journal

Thursday, November 5

Benchmarks
11.4.2.2 Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and communicate that analysis in writing.

Activities

  • Free Write:
  • Work on aphorism poster project

For tomorrow: read pages 160-178 and write one double entry journal entry, focusing on Morrie's aphorisms

Vocab packet 5 is due tomorrow
Vocab test 5 is tomorrow

Assessment

  • Free Write
  • aphorism poster work and discussion

Friday, November 6

Benchmarks
11.4.2.2 Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and communicate that analysis in writing.

11.11.6.6 Acquire and use accurately general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level.

Activities

  • Vocab packet 5 due
  • Vocab 5 Test
  • Groups present aphorism poster project
  • Introduce graded discussion expectations
  • Introduce unit essay

For Monday: read pages 179-end (199) and write one double entry journal entry, focusing on Morrie's aphorisms

Assessment

  • vocab test
  • poster project and discussion
  • vocab packet
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