I hope that each of you had a fantastic break, and I hope you were able to truly relax and enjoy your time off! Well, we are back at it again officially. We only have 6-7 weeks before finals, so let make them count.
Below is the proposed agenda for the week:
Common Core Standards:
L.9-10.1, 2, and 5.
W.9-10. 1.A, 1B, 2, 7, 8, 10.
SL.9-10. 1A, 1B,1C, 1D, and 4.
RI.9-10.1, 2, 3, 5, 6, and 8.
What does good vs great writing look like?
How can be better argumentative writers?
How can text be used to enhance our thesis statements and overall arguments?
Monday: SSR, vocabulary, Toulmin’s Model: basic argumentative writing 101, and murder mystery assignment. Overview: Today students will begin learning about Toulmin’s model of argumentative writing. They will learn the basic terms and concepts associated with the model, as well as begin putting it into practice. Outcomes: Students will be able to identify and use begin crafting their own arguments using Toulmin’s model. Homework: None.
Tuesday: SSR, vocabulary review continued, Toulmin’s model continued: learning the second half of the model 101, and begin argumentative writing. Overview: Today students will continue building upon what they learned yesterday, as they learn about the second half of Toulmin’s model. Students will begin using what they have learned to continue crafting their arguments using the text. Outcomes: Students will demonstrate their understanding of Toulmin’s model as they continue to craft their own arguments using their text. By the end of class, students should have the first draft and revision of their arguments complete. Homework: None.
Wednesday: SSR, Grammar Focus: independent and dependent clauses, reading focus: informational text, and research 101: understanding sources. Overview: Today will be a rather diverse and action focused class as we will focus on grammar, understanding informational text, and sources. There is a lot to get through today, so we will be chunking this information in bits. Outcomes: By the end of class, students will be able to identify and cite an informational text, as well as judge what is a good source and a bad source. In addition, they will begin to have a base understanding of independent and dependent clauses, and how they affect writing. Homework: Review notes from class today.
Thursday: SSR, Grammar Focus independent and dependent clauses continued, informational text and research 101 continue, and second revision of students’ crafted arguments. Overview: Today students will continue their lesson from yesterday, as well as revisit their arguments from Tuesday. Students will begin putting together all the terms, ideas, research, and concepts to revise their arguments. Outcomes: By the end of class, students will be able to clearly identify and use correct grammar with independent and dependent clauses. Students will also finish writing their arguments. Homework: Review for vocabulary quiz and grammar quiz tomorrow.
Friday: Vocabulary Quiz, grammar quiz, ssr, review benchmarks, and discuss benchmarks next week. Overview: Today students will be assessed on their understanding of vocabulary and grammar as they are quizzed on both. In addition, students will also review their 2nd benchmarks again, as we discuss how to do better on the final benchmark next Monday. Outcomes: By the end of class, students will have demonstrated their understanding of their increased vocabulary and grammatical skills. Students will also be more prepared for the final benchmarks which take place next week. Homework: Review for the final benchmark.