World Lit: Bookmarks!

Welcome back to day 2, everyone!

Standard: ELAGSE9-10RL10 By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 9-10 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

Learning Target: I can learn how to use the media center effectively to find a book that suits my interests and challenges my reading capabilities.

Opening Session: Syllabus collection! If you returned your signed syllabus, give it to me so I can give YOU some extra credit!

Work Session: Today I want to give you guys some time to make a VERY important item you’ll need for the rest of this semester – a BOOKMARK! For this bookmark, we’re going to do a little activity called Illuminated Initials.

An Illuminated manuscript is one of those big fancy books with all the frilly illustrations around the edges of the page, and the BIG capital letter at the beginning of the chapter with all those decorations. Today, you’re going to write your own initials (now’s the time to get out those brush pens, handwriting geeks) on a paper bookmark and decorate and illustrate them in any way you feel like represents you. As you finish, I’d like you to write a short (1-paragraph) explanation on the back of your bookmark. At the end of class, I’ll take volunteers to share their bookmark, then I’ll collect them all to be laminated.

You can also finish your letter of introduction if you need to!

After we finish our bookmarks, we are going to head down to the Media Center for the second half of class. I want you to pick out a book to read for your first independent reading book! Remember, you can read anything you like – magazines and newspapers are OK, mangas are fine, whatever. So use this time in the library today to find something that *truly* interests you, because you will be reading it every day in class!

After you’ve chosen and checked out your book, you can hang out and read at the media center tables until it’s time to go.

Closing Session: Share out your illuminated bookmarks!

Differentiation: Process (free reign on making bookmarks); product (volunteers to share).

Assessment: Letters of introduction are graded; bookmarks will contribute to participation.

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