Students participated in a different way of revise/editing an essay called Revise/Edit Musical Chairs!
Students were to come to class prepared with a full rough draft of their Christmas Carol Argumentative Essay.
See below directions for the activity:
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Students practice the CLOSE reading strategy to improve comprehension. Students completed a graphic organizer, 4 MCQs, and a constructed response.
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Welcome back! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday break. We are jumping right into our unit with Unit 3 Pre-Assessments (on Commonlit.org) & the Reading Plus Bench Mark Assessment.
I will be sending up the Reading Plus reports next week for students and parents/guardians to see how their student has been growing in the program. We have seen significant gains in fluency, comprehension, vocabulary, as well as the 9 reading skills: Close Reading, Main Ideas & Themes, Interaction of Ideas Unsorted, Use of Language, Text Structure, Point of View, Image Scaffolds, Reasoning & Rhetoric, and Comparative Reading.
Students will continue to have weekly Reading Plus lessons that are due every Sunday by 11:59 P.M (except Holiday Breaks).
Below is the introduction to our unit. Please read through each slide for make-up work assignments.
Students walked around to each poster and reflected on the image/quote above it. Students analyzed each photo in order to make connections to our Unit 3 theme. After writing their responses to each poster and responding to classmates, each student wrote a reflection and turned it in for a grade.
Stand Up/Hand Up/Pair Up
After reading parts of the original story and participating in Reader's Theater (reading a script), students analyzed the differences between the three. Students were given a viewing guide along with directions to their Socratic Seminar and Argumentative Essay.
Students will participate in the Socratic Seminar on the two half days of school before break. If you are ABSENT on those days, you MUST make-up the seminar by answering the 6 questions you created to ask your peers during the seminar. For further details/explanation, please see the attachment below.
"A CHRISTMAS CAROL" BY CHARLES DICKENS
Students will analyze the following-
Point of View
Tone & Mood
3rd & 5th period will be reading the script and participate in "Reader's Theater"
4th, 6th, & 7th will be reading the original story that was published in 1843.
At the end (on Early Release), all students will participate in a Socratic Seminar to debate which of the three ghosts is the most influential on Scrooge's character development.
Here are a few videos to help with understanding some of the skills that will be assessed on your test. In addition, you should practice using context clues to figure out the meaning of unknown words as well as comprehension, i.e read a short text and write as much of it you can remember on paper, then compare the text to what you remembered. Practicing these skills daily (on Reading Plus/Read Theory) will help improve you reading skills.
Understanding the Different Levels of Questioning
Students in 6th and 7th period are focusing on how the lymbic system in the brain is hypersensitive during adolescence while 3rd, 4th, and 5th period are focusing on the development of the prefrontal cortex. Students will complete a film analysis using, "Inside Out", as they focus on how adolescents manage their emotions, stress, learning, and memory.
In addition to the film analysis, students will complete a mini project.
Rough drafts of projects are due Dec. 3rd & 4th
After completing the brain WebQuest, students will begin a film analysis of , "A Brilliant Young Mind", to connect their studies and make inferences based on their studies. Students will be watching portions of the film in class to complete the film guide. In addition, students will complete a project that allows students to apply their understanding in an analytical way. Students should have a ROUGH DRAFT of both assignments by Dec. 4th/5th.