World Lit: It’s Textbook Time!

Standard: ELAGSE9-10L6 Acquire and use accurately general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.

Learning Target: I can identify and analyze the skills and knowledge required to complete Embedded Assessment 1 successfully.

Opening Session: After we complete our 20 minutes of Independent Reading, we’re going to first assign textbooks! I’m going to assign you a numbered book, but this book is YOURS, so feel free to decorate it any way you like. Sharpies work best – washable markers will smear all over. Note: We may not have textbooks yet! If not, we will pull up the activities online and work from there.

After we get textbooks, we’re going to flip to page 4 and complete activity 1.1, Previewing the Unit, and preview our Cultural Identity unit, as well as the first Embedded Assessment.

Work Session: After we finish 1.1 in the text, we’re going to continue on to 1.2, discussing how our cultural identity creates a lens through which we see the world.

This cultural identity stuff is really important, because it is going to become the basis of your first major essay, and actually part of your final exam grade in this class. I know – it’s day 3 and we’re starting the final already?!

This semester you will complete a project called the sophomore capstone, or as I like to call it, the Sophstone. The Sophstone is a project consisting of three essays and one presentation, which we will work on over the course of the semester. The focus of the essays will be on YOU and issues that affect you and your culture.

I will have more information about the capstone for you on Friday, but today, let’s start by doing a little freewriting on the Constructed Response prompt in your Springboard book. Use this as a jumping off point (or a springboard, if you will) to start thinking about your cultural identity and considering how you view yourself in this world.

Closing Session: We will end today with the final bit of activity 1.2, and discuss our classroom norms (aka rules). Effective communication is important, and I want each of your voices to be heard in class!

Differentiation: Process (scaffolded essay); product (modified essay length).

Assessment: Constructed Responses may be graded.

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