I blog each day about what we did in class. If you're absent, you can find out what you missed here. If you're merely absent-minded, you can re-live class here. :-) Homework is listed as well.
Friday, December 7, 2012
Friday, 12/8/12; Day Twenty-Seven
When You Come In
1.Throw your Christmas list in the drawer, please.
2.Grab your manila folder.
Helper Letter—You are taking on the PERSONA of an elf!J
project is top secret.Tell no one.Trust no one.
1.Finalize your name and job.
2.Fill out the top part of the Santa’s Helper Prep Worksheet.
·Expectations for Leaving the Room, and Being in
·Handout:Small Sharing Group Prep Worksheet
·Paper pass-back and folder log in!
Sharing Groups--How They Work; Why We Use Them; What I Expect
are going to get into small sharing groups, and here’s why:
1.It’s sometimes daunting to read your work in front of the whole
class.But reading to three or four
other people can be a lot easier, more relaxed.
2.Hearing your work out loud can change the way you view it—you hear things
you aren’t aware of when you’re simply reading over it in your head.
3.Your classmates have written some powerful pieces, some funny pieces,
some thoughtful pieces.I think it’s
important that they have an audience (more than just me) for these pieces.
What to do
in your small sharing group:
1.Let the leader lead.
2.Have someone else keep track of what is shared on the handout I give you.
3.Start with someone, anyone.
a.That writer tells the group WHAT he/she is reading, and WHY he/she has
chosen to read it.
b.Then the writer reads!
c.Group members listen carefully.
d.When the author finishes, applaud, and then have each person in the group
make one positive, specific comment about the work.
4.Now the next person in the circle share a piece, and so on, until
everyone has shared once.Start the
circle again with piece #2, then piece #3, then piece #4, if time allows.
5.Have someone responsible for getting the whole group back in the room by
__________ regardless of whether or not you’re finished sharing.
before you get into your groups:
1.Have you reminded yourself to treat everyone with
the utmost courtesy and respect?
2.Do you have your yellow checklist?You need it, because it’s where you listed
what you’re sharing today, and why.
WHENYOU RETURN FROM SMALL GROUPS
out the bottom part of your worksheet.
your name on it.
it in the drawer.
back any pieces you took out of the drawer to read.
all your papers back in your manila folder
your manila folder in the folder holder.
IMPORTANT REMINDER! THINK ABOUT YOUR PORTFOLIO THIS WEEKEND! :-)
·Portfolio (Due Friday, January 11th—7
days after we come back from break; 17 days from today)
When you come in
1.Please sign in.
2.Prezis due by 3:20 today (links on google drive)
You have the block to complete the following, in order:
2.Myth Mid-Term w/Cards
a.Make a copy of the mid-term on google drive.
b.Format it any way you like.
c.Share it with me when you’re finished.
3.Put your cards on the heater—your name on the top one,
please—after the test.
1.Review the directions for the Wordle (on google), then finish the
project by classtime Monday.
2.Dark Ages Viewing
a.Pull out your Early
Periods of Literature page (foundational, blue).
b.We’ve been in The
Classical Period (1200 BCE – 455CE), specifically the Homeric or Heroic Period.
c.Read what happens in
the Classical Greek Period, the Classical Roman Period, and the Patristic
d.Rome will fall to the
barbarians in 455CE, ushering in what many call “The Dark Ages”.On your Early Periods of Literature page, you
will see this listed as “B.The Medieval
e.Because we’re taking a
chronological approach to literature for the remainder of the term, we’re going
to whiz through The Dark Ages by watching a History Channel overview of this
time.In this way we will begin to see
how all the pieces fit together.
f.For Monday, watch the
four segments listed below (forty minutes), and take notes about the important
milestones, turning points, people and dates.