September 7 11

Monday, September 7

NO SCHOOL —LABOR DAY

Tuesday, September 8

  • Have students names taped to their assign seats
  • On the projector:
    • Find your name and take a seat.
    • Take out your notebook for this class, write today's date, and then respond to the following:
      • My career thus far as an English student has been …
      • I like these parts of English classes (and why):
      • I don't really care for these parts of English classes (and why):
      • My favorite part of any English or Language Arts class ever was (and why):
  • Take attendance
  • Introductions — write 2-3 questions for me on the colored index cards. I will answer a couple a day over the next few weeks.
  • Go over the Class Procedures and Expectations PowerPoint and the English 10 Syllabus
    • Last page of syllabus and plagiarism policy with parent/guardian and student signatures are due on Friday, September 11.
  • Stretch
  • Introduce ID card exercise
    • The idea is for you to mind-map your interests, passions, and hobbies…who are you? We will get to know a little bit about you through your interests and activities and how you represent yourself in this mind-map.
    • ID Card Examples from the link above.
    • Workshop time in class today. Start by drafting your mind-map with pencil in your notebooks. When you get a draft you like, start working in marker on your cards. One person from each clump can retrieve a marker bin from the middle closet.
    • Bring these back to class tomorrow.
  • Materials Needed:
    • students' names for taping to chairs
    • Seating chart
    • PowerPoint of Warm-up questions
    • Attendance spreadsheet
    • regular-sized colored index cards
    • Copies of English 10 Syllabus
    • PowerPoint: Class Procedures and Expectations
    • 5"x8" or larger notecards
    • markers and colored pencils

Wednesday, September 9


Thursday, September 10

  • (10 minutes) Warm-Up Free write: What is beauty? How do you know? Is beauty important? Why or why not? In what ways do you think our society makes us feel that we are ugly?
  • (10 minutes) Housekeeping, announcements, and a few questions from your notecards. Introduce Memoir Unit.
  • (40 minutes) Lit focus: Autobiography of a Face, by Lucy Grealy — read aloud pages — When she starts Junior High, where do you think the hardest place in school will be for her to be? (then read excerpt from pages 124-125)
    • In your clump, please discuss (on powerpoint for week 1):
      • What phrases or words stick with you? Why do you think that is? How does the author, Lucy Grealy do this?
        • Why do you think people make fun of each other? How do you think it affects others? the victim? bystanders? The entire school? How many of us still remember something mean that someone said to us years ago?
      • In the large group, report small group discussion highlights.
      • Focused Free write time: Turn to a new page in your notebook and write 'Bullying' at the top of your page. Skip a line and write about something you've done, experienced, or have seen happen. Start with the idea of bullying and go where the writing takes you. 10 minutes.

Get up and stretch

  • (30 minutes) Application Activity: Grammar/Mechanics Thursday
    • Capital Letters are Very Important Things — introduce Editor's Checklist
      • When do we capitalize? List on board
      • Now, go back to your notebooks. We are going to edit the free write we have just completed. Put up a transparency of my free write and model editing process. Express Lane edits — we are just going to look for capitalization errors. First read through line by line — note any errors at the bottom and how they should be (or were) fixed. Then, read through word by word doing the same. Then, read it backwards, word by word. If you are 100% certain you have no errors after doing the above, write "I read through this 3 times and I am 100%, absolutely certain I have no capitalization errors." and then sign it.
  • Materials Needed:
    • Capitalization Conventions Wall Sign
    • Transparency of a free write about bullying to edit.
    • Copy of Autobiography of a Face
    • Week 1 Warm-Ups Powerpoint

Friday, September 11

  • (10 minutes) Warm-Up Free write: The author of today's text writes that difficult situations bring out the worst in people. Do you agree with that idea? Why or why not?
  • (10 minutes) Housekeeping, attendance, and a few questions from your notecards.

2nd Hour Announcements

  • (40 minutes) Lit focus: Take turns reading "The Uprooting of a Japanese-American Family" pages 298-311 in Anthology. Explain reading participation points.
  • Application Activity: In your notebook, mind map the writer's purpose — what do you think her purpose is? Write this in the middle in a circle or square — then spoke out from there the details that she includes that support that purpose, or lead you to think that is her purpose — from there spoke out how that detail supports her purpose. Model this on the board. You can do this with a partner if you choose, but you each need to have a mind map in your notebook.

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