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Career Aptitude Normalizing Tuesday

It’s my daughter’s birthday today! She’s three years old!

Standard:

  • ELAGSE9-10SL6 Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate. (See grades 9–10 Language Standards 1 and 3 for specific expectations.)

Learning Target: I will take use technology to play “brain games” that will help me determine my aptitudes and what careers might interest me.

Opening Session: A little satire, courtesy of The Simpsons!

Work Session: Everyone grab a laptop and continue where you left off yesterday! You should finish the test today – when you get done, if you have time, you can take the optional assessments as well. I’m so excited to see your results!!

The first half of the test will take the first half of class. After you finish, you should continue working on your Metamorphosis essay that we started last Friday. That essay will be due today at the end of class after you finish the second half of the YouScience test.

Closing Session: Check your laptops back in with me and make sure they’re back on the cart!

Differentiation: YouScience exam is self-differentiating; essay may be modified (process, product).

Assessment: YouScience is self-graded; essays will be a major grade.

YouMonday

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend and if you went to prom I expect to see pictures!!

Standard:

  • ELAGSE9-10SL6 Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate. (See grades 9–10 Language Standards 1 and 3 for specific expectations.)

Learning Target: I will take use technology to play “brain games” that will help me determine my aptitudes and what careers might interest me.

Opening Session: This is a kickoff video for the activity we’re going to do today and tomorrow – YouScience! You might be doing this in your World History classes too 🙂

https://vimeo.com/188143452/a6de9713ed

Work Session: Jump on the laptops and let’s get everyone signed up for a YouScience account! This will probably take a few minutes, but as soon as your account is created you’re good to go and begin the test. I hope you enjoy it!

The first half of the test will take the first half of class. After you finish, you should continue working on your Metamorphosis essay that we started last Friday. That essay will be due tomorrow at the end of class after you finish the second half of the YouScience test.

Closing Session: Check your laptops back in with me and make sure they’re back on the cart!

Differentiation: YouScience exam is self-differentiating; essay may be modified (process, product).

Assessment: YouScience is self-graded; essays will be a major grade.

Essay Friday!

Standard:

  • ELAGSE9-10W1 Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

Learning Target: I will compose an argumentative essay, citing evidence from the text to back up my claims.

Opening Session: Argumentative Essay by Shmoop

Work Session: Welcome to class! Today we’re going to be continuing the essay we began yesterday. We are down in Ms. Gelston’s room (203) to type using the laptops, and you’ll have all class to work on your essay. We can also send people two or three at a time upstairs to get textbooks as needed.

You will have all class period to work, as well as the second halves of Monday and Tuesday. We will be in this room all three days.

Good luck!

Closing Session: Put your laptops back and return your textbooks; essay check-in

Assessment: Formative checks for understanding; essays will be graded

Differentiation: Process (scaffolded essay prompts, frameworks); product (modified essay length)

Brainstorm Thursday

Standard: 

  • ELAGSE9-10W1 Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

Learning Target: I will begin brainstorming and collecting quotes for my argumentative essay on The Metamorphosis.

Opening Session: Finishing Alien from yesterday!

Work Session: Ok y’all, let’s get into writing your essay for this unit! Yaaaaay…..

Here’s the skinny:

Metamorphosis Close Reading Essay

Prompt:

Throughout the unit as we have read The Metamorphosis, we have discussed two possibilities for what is going on in the story: either Gregor has really transformed into a monster, or it is all in his head. For this essay, you will choose either “Team Transformation” or “Team Insanity” and argue your side using evidence from the story (quotes) to support your point. You must use at least four quotes from the story. As a reminder, all quotes must have a lead-in (no quote should stand on its own!) and your paper should focus on a single argument (do not switch sides!).

Requirements:

  • MLA Format (MLA heading, size 12 Times New Roman, double spaced)
  • 4 quotes from the story with MLA parenthetical citations
    • All quotes need a LEAD-IN!
  • MLA Works Cited (we will go over this in class)
  • At least 750 words
  • DUE TUESDAY, MARCH 21ST.

The first thing we need to do for this essay is write a thesis statement. This is one clear, strong sentence where you state what you’re arguing about and what side you’re on. You can use this stem to help you:

  • In Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, it is clear that the character Gregor (has/has not) actually transformed into a monster, and in fact he is _________________________ ____________________________________________________________.
    • (Examples for the blank:
      • “a giant monstrous vermin, as he is described in the book.”
      • “insane and his troubles are the result of extreme stress.”
      • “nothing more than an overworked and deranged man who has not transformed at all.”
      • “truly experiencing a great, mysterious, and tragic transformation that his family must now learn to cope with.”

Of course, you’re not required to use that stem at all!

After you have your thesis statement, I want to talk about lead-ins. This was an issue with our last essay! I saw a lot of this:

  • Dissatisfaction plays a major role in why communism has reached its high. “When any form of government, whether capitalist or communist, fails to meet the basic needs of its people, civil unrest is bound to follow.” (Why Didn’t Communism Work in Eastern Europe?). The quotes simplifies the basic reason why dissatisfaction from society prevents any form of communism to takeover completely in America.

The problem with that excerpt is that the quote is just sorta hanging out there. There’s an explanation after it, which is good, but it would be a billion times BETTER if we used a proper lead-in:

  • Dissatisfaction plays a major role in why communism has reached its high. Simply put, the basic reason why dissatisfaction from society prevents communist takeover in America is that “when any form of government […] fails to meet the basic needs of its people, civil unrest is bound to follow” (Why Didn’t Communism Work in Eastern Europe?).

Here is a super cool guide that should refresh your memory:

http://olympia.osd.wednet.edu/media/pagefiles/3189.tlq.pdf

One more thing for today: We need to do our MLA Works Cited!! It should look like this, everyone copy it down…

Kafka, Franz, and Stanley Corngold. “The Metamorphosis.” Prentice Hall Literature: World Masterpieces, Penguin ed., Pearson Education, Boston, MA, 2007, pp. 1066–1108.

For the rest of class, we’re going to collect your four quotes and write the lead-ins for them. Tomorrow you’ll be actually drafting your essays – we’re going to be downstairs in room 203 (that’s Ms. Gelston’s room!) using the laptop cart!

Closing Session: Share a lead-in with a partner and check that they’re doing it correctly!

Assessment: Formative checks for understanding, essay brainstorming grade

Differentiation: Process (modified/scaffolded essay); product (varied length of essay, modified quote requirements).

Testing Tuesday!

Standard:

  • ELAGSE9-10RL1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

Learning Target: I will demonstrate my knowledge on a comprehensive unit test.

Opening Session: 5 minutes of chill before your test…no stress, just Oddly Satisfying!

Work Session: Today you will be taking your Metamorphosis unit test….GOOD LUCK!!

Closing Session: Unit reflection – what could have been better, what was good, what did you like, what did you dislike?

Assessment: Tests will be graded

Differentiation: Specialized instruction as needed, Process (annotated text), product (modified requirements for writing sections, etc.).