Guten Morgen, Monarchs!
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Monday, November 6, 2017
It’s vocabulary day! We will begin the day by taking our vocabulary quiz on Schoology. Then, you will create your Week Nine Study Guide in the vocabulary section of your notebook.
You no longer need to set up your vocabulary study guides as foldable as described in the video. Instead, you may set up each page in your notebook to look like the template above.
Watch the video below to add the words and definitions to your study guide.
It’s vocabulary day! We will begin by taking the weekly vocabulary quiz on Schoology. Then, you will create your Week Nine Study Guide in the vocabulary section of your notebook. Your words for the week are below:
It is ACT and ASVAB Study Day! We will begin with a review of the vocabulary words that often appear on placement exams. Today is Adrianna and Elijah S.’ day to present their vocabulary game for last week’s words. Once we’ve finished the game, please copy and define next week’s words into your notebook.
These words we address in ACT/ASVAB Prep will not only help you to prepare for these important placement exams, but they will also help you use more precise diction when analyzing texts and discussing individuals motivations and behaviors. They will also be organized by meaning, making this an excellent reference for you to use throughout the school year.
- Terra Incognita
Tuesday and Wednesday, November 07 – 08, 2017
Essential Questions: How can I be better at managing my time in order to be more successful in school?
Option 1 – Reprieve Day: Today will be a continuation of reprieve week under one condition: every student in the class must agree to work silently on whatever they need to catch up on. If any student is off task or talking to another student, the reprieve will end and we will continue with the original lesson plan for the week.
Option 2 – Level Three Questions: If every student does not agree to the reprieve day, or if the class loses the reprieve privileges by not keeping up their end of the bargain, you will instead write level three questions about Of Mice and Men with your group. These level three questions must follow the four-step process outlined in the level three questions video, and they must connect the events and abstract concepts from Of Mice and Men to modern society.
Essential Question: How can participating in academic conversations help you to deepen your analysis of a text?
It’s Socratic seminar day, Monarchs! Last week you created cue cards and used the Zwiers Cueing Protocol to discuss some big ideas about Othello. Today, we will continue to exercise those discussion skills through a Socratic seminar. Then, on Thursday, you will have a timed writing on Othello in which you will answer one of the questions from last week’s discussions.
We will have three rounds for this Socratic Seminar with 1/3 of the class sitting in the inner circle and 2/3 of the class sitting in the outer circle. The inner circle students will be the discussers, and the outer circle students will be either the cue givers or the critiques. The roles will rotate throughout the seminar, so you will all fill each role at least once during the seminar.
The questions for the seminar are below. The first inner circle group may only discuss the orange questions, the second inner circle group may only discuss the blue questions, and the third inner circle group may only discuss the purple questions.
- Should Othello be pitied for being manipulated by Iago, or should he be blamed for his actions after such manipulation?
- What role does Desdemona serve towards the development of the theme of the play?
- Is this a play about the fatal flaws of jealousy and envy or is it a more complex cultural critique? What are Shakespeare’s motives?
- Has justice been served by the end of the play?
- What can we learn from Othello? Why has it continued to be read and celebrated for so many centuries?
- Are any of the characters justified in their acts of revenge? When is revenge justified? How is revenge different from vengeance?
You will be graded on my observations and on the critiquer’s notes. You must provide a meaningful contribution to the discussion in order to earn points. The more meaningful contributions you provide, the higher your group’s seminar grade will be.
Essential Questions: The essential questions are those that you wrote in your groups and can be found here.
Today will be a silent reading day. You will have the entire period to finish reading chapters seven, eight, and nine. By the end of the chapter, you must have nine high-quality dialectical journal entries on the essential question of your choice. Remember, you are to choose an essential question from the document we worked on as a class last week.
Thursday and Friday, November 09 – 10, 2017
Essential Question: Of Mice and Men and “The Lottery” both portray the idea of death as being unfair. Evaluate how the unfair deaths in the stories affect the main characters.
Today you will read “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson. You will not keep a dialectical journal on the text. Once you finish reading the text, you will have the second half of the period to write an essay answering the essential question above. You must have evidence from both texts in your essay.
Essential Questions: (1) Throughout the entirety of the play, we get to know three very different women. How does Shakespeare portray these women? How do you feel about his portrayal of these women? How does this contribute to the outcome of the play? (2) Which abstract concept from Othello has the most significance to our society today? What can we, as 21st century American citizens, learn from the play? (3) The Tragic Hero Archetype has been used since before the written word was invented. What is the purpose of the Tragic Hero Archetype? In other words, why has it persisted in so many cultures for such a long time? (4) One of the biggest obstacles that Othello must continually cope with is oppressive nature of racism. How does the tragic hero archetype highlight how racist stereotypes can turn into a self-fulfilling prophecy?
You have the entire class period to write an essay answering one of the questions below using Google Docs. Your essay must have an introduction, two or three body paragraphs, and a conclusion. To effectively organize your ideas within your essay, you may use the timed-writing guidelines handout as a guide. You may also use your notes, the book, and your iPad for support, however all ideas presented in your essay must be your own. You may not talk to the other members of your group during the timed-writing.
- Throughout the entirety of the play, we get to know three very different women. How does Shakespeare portray these women? How do you feel about his portrayal of these women? How does this contribute to the outcome of the play?
- Which abstract concept from Othello has the most significance to our society today? What can we, as 21st century American citizens, learn from the play?
- The Tragic Hero Archetype has been used since before the written word was invented. What is the purpose of the Tragic Hero Archetype? In other words, why has it persisted in so many cultures for such a long time?
- One of the biggest obstacles that Othello must continually cope with is oppressive nature of racism. How does the tragic hero archetype highlight how racist stereotypes can turn into a self-fulfilling prophecy?
Before typing your essay, I highly suggest you share your Google Doc with me so you do not need to worry about turning it in later. Since I will be printing these to grade them, be sure to put your name, the date, and your class period in the top left corner of the page.
Essential Question: How can strong introduction paragraphs enhance a reader’s understanding of a thesis statement and support your overall argument?
Today we will talk about how to write stronger introduction paragraphs and thesis statements in preparation for your next timed writing on The Jungle.
First, watch the video below. Then, we will look at the introduction paragraphs you wrote for your last timed writing for The Jungle, and you will have an opportunity to revise your introductions and your thesis statements.