Thursday, September 29, 2016

Reading #3

We began the day with a some says/means/matters practice and then read about half of Reading #3 (pp. 49-68). Students should finish that reading with dialectical journal entries for tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Tuesday & Wednesday

Tuesday we began the day with a short reading quiz on the end of reading #2 (which was homework). We then reviewed some of the major characters and events from the first section of the novel and wrapped up with a summary of the 1st marking period in their writer's notebooks. Frames for the summary are located on the back of the Speak handout.

Wednesday we focused on some of the issues, symbols and themes from Speak by filling out the top part of the Speak handout (below). We then reviewed and shared a few of the quotation analyses (i.e. says/means/matters) from the students DJs (aka Writer's Notebooks). By now, they should have at least 4 of these.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Revisiting the Argument Essay

After a brief reflection on Speak, we spent the period revisiting the argument essay from last week. After looking at student model or two, students had the rest of the period to finish/revise their essays. A few students chose to complete this process at home.
For homework tonight, students should finish reading #2 (pp. 24-46) in Speak which they started on Friday in class. They should be sure to complete the dialectical journal entries as well. (They have a handout for this.)

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Starting Speak

We began the day talking about some issues facing teens today, then moved on to starting Speak, reading a bit and ending the period with a bit of analytical writing.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Essay Drafting

Today students spent the whole period working on an essay based on the notes and prewriting we've been doing in class. They were collected and we will revisit them next week.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Essay Prep

Today we continued our preparations for the argument essay, slides 19 and 20, which we will write in class tomorrow. We also checked out copies of Speak, but won't start it until Wednesday.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Discussion Rubrics & Claims

Today we started with a look at the class discussion rubric and then began to focus on the claim for our writing next week (slides 13 through 16).