Friday, December 7, 2012

Friday, 12/7/2012

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.
3.     Sign in.

Santa’s Helper Letter—You are taking on the PERSONA of an elf!  J
(This 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.

Small Group Prep
·      Expectations for Leaving the Room, and Being in Small Groups
·      Handout:  Small Sharing Group Prep Worksheet
·      Paper pass-back and folder log in!

Small Sharing Groups--How They Work; Why We Use Them; What I Expect
We 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.

Questions 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.

1.    Fill out the bottom part of your worksheet.
2.   Write your name on it.
3.   Put it in the drawer.
4.   Put back any pieces you took out of the drawer to read.
5.   Put all your papers back in your manila folder
6.   Put your manila folder in the folder holder.


·     Portfolio  (Due Friday, January 11th—7 days after we come back from break; 17 days from today)

Day 26
College-Prep Reading

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:
1.      Vocabulary Quiz
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. 

For Monday
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 Period.
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 Period”. 
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. 
g.     Share your notes with me by classtime Monday.

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