Thursday, December 10, 2009

AGENDA 12/10

Introductory Activity: Success

Silently and individually complete the pre-ranking sheet and number the individuals on the sheet from 1-7, with 1 being "most successful" and 7 being "least successful."

Get into groups of 4-5 and arrange desks contiguously. Then, take turns reading aloud the short bios of the successful people on the various colored slips. Next, as a group, rank the individuals from 1-7 in terms of how successful you think they are now that you have more information. Discuss your thinking as a group and be prepared to report out for your group.

When your group has sorted the individual bios, send a representative up to the board to tape them up in order along the continuum of success.

Using the Bag of Destiny, we will call on people to share out various aspects of the group's thinking: Who is most successful? Least successful? How should we define success? Which people were hard to sort? What made some people fall in the rankings?

Exit Slip: flip initial ranking sheet over and answer the following questions:
1) What are your views of success after the group activity?
2) How did the activity change your initial opinions?
3) What does this activity suggest about individual versus societal views of success?

Turn in exit slip.

HW: Continue to work on research paper. Final draft due by 12/17!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


Vocabulary Quiz over The Crucible words Acts I-IV

HW: Continue to work on research paper! Final draft due by 12/17.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009


Grammar Practice: Pronoun Ambiguity #2

How to Build a Monster Body Paragraph (synthesize evidence from multiple sources in one big body paragraph, in support of one claim)

Black Monster Body Paragraph graphic organizer

HW: Complete Two-Fer Tuesday vocabulary handout in preparation for tomorrow's quiz. Continue to work on research paper by writing a "monster" body paragraph, due tomorrow. Final draft of research paper due 12/17!

Monday, December 7, 2009


Computer Lab work day

Students may type up introductions or body paragraphs or counterarguments from their graphic organizers, may create their Works Cited Lists, or may revise existing paragraphs to make them more clear or more well-developed.

HW: Continue to work on research papers! Final drafts due 12/17. Study for Wednesday's vocabulary quiz over The Crucible Acts I and II and III and IV.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


Work Day - prepare for computer lab tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


Grammar Practice - Pronoun Consistency #2
Handling counterarguments:

1) Refute - to disagree entirely
2) Concede - to yield or admit a point, but maintain your ground
3) Qualify - to limit and describe the circumstances under which each side is true

Blank counterargument graphic organizer and sample graphic organizer and counterargument paragraph