Thursday, August 25, 2011

Thursday, August 25, 2011


When You Come In
1.      Find your seat (the one with a post-it note with your name on it), and drop off your stuff.
2.     Initial next to your name on my clipboard for attendance (on my desk).

Book Selection
1.      Roam around the room, and find TWO books you think you might like to read. 
2.     Take the books back to your assigned seat.

How to Have a Conversation (Use every day, all term long.)
1.      Look the person in the eye.
2.     Use his or her name.
3.     Speak in polite language.

Pair-Share, then Class Discussion
Question:  How or why did you choose the books you did?
1.      Turn to the person next to you, and tell each other your answer.
2.     Talk about any other reasons you’ve chosen books to read in the past.
3.     When I call your name, loudly tell the class WHY or HOW you chose the book you did.  (Hold the book up while you’re talking, so we can see the front of it.)
4.     I’ll keep track of your answers on the Big Screen.

What’s the Purpose of This Class?
…to help you become a strategic reader.
·       You think about reading in ways that enhance learning and understanding.
·       You read proficiently.
·       You have a plan of action that moves you towards your goal or purpose for reading.
·       You stop periodically in order to keep track of your understanding.

Why Read?
·       Readers get better at reading by reading.  J
Every day, you will have thirty minutes of uninterrupted time to read a book you choose.  You can read the one you picked up today, or you can re-shelve that one and select another.  Your book needs to be a “just right” book.

Kind of Books
·       Easy
·       Just Right
·       Challenge

New Vocabulary
It’s the single biggest factor in comprehension/understanding.  If you don’t have the vocabulary, you don’t understand.
·       Novice
·       Adversity

Read and Relax
·       We only read for about fifteen minutes today.


When You Come In
·       Please find your seat—with your sticky note on it.
·       Please initial next to your name on the clipboard on my desk.
·       Thanks!

In Your Journal
“The process of reading is not a half-sleep, but, in highest sense, an exercise, a gymnast’s struggle; that the reader is to do something for himself, must be on the alert, must himself or herself construct indeed the poem, argument, history, metaphysical essay—the text furnishing the hints, the clue, the start or frame-work.”
--Walt Whitman

Class Structure
1.      We will read about, think about, talk about and write about ONE topic for about a week. 
2.     Each day when you come back from lunch, you will have a quote to respond to on the week’s topic or focus.
3.     On Fridays, or at the end of our five-to-seven day week, you will share (with a different person each week, until you’ve talked to everyone) any or all of the following:
·       the most meaningful thing you learned
·       a connection you made
·       questions you have
·       something that bothers you
·       anything else you want to discuss
4.     Every Friday, you will select ONE journal entry you want me to read—more about that next Friday!

Online Business
5.     Wiki!  Grab an iBook, and we will all get signed in to the wiki for this class—woo-hoo!  J
·       It allows everyone an equal chance to speak and be "heard".
·       It encourages listening--you have to read each other's comments.
·       It provides for continuation of or preparation for class discussions.
6.     Post a sticky note that tells the class THREE things you want out of this class:
·       Let’s talk about these!  What are our individual hopes for class?  What are our collective goals?
7.     Here’s my blog, a place for a recap of what we’re doing in class, as well as a place to find links we’ll use both in and out of class:
8.     Read the Harvard article:  #2:  Annotate.
9.     In your Journal, under the Heading “Harvard #2,” write a two or three sentence reaction to what you read—something you learned; a question you had; something you agreed/disagreed with.
10.   Go to the circle table, and pick up a book for class, and pop it in your binder.
11.    Browse it!
12.   Put your iBook neatly back in the cart, please.
13.   Homework:  None

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