Week 1 - 08.14 - 08.17

posted Aug 14, 2012, 7:37 AM by Kevin Chow   [ updated Aug 17, 2012, 8:28 AM ]
Focus: Welcome to West Adams High School and to your first day of high school. For this first week, we're going to focus on:
  • getting to know each other and the school, 
  • establishing classroom rules and procedures, 
  • taking stock of our resources and making plans on how to best use them
  • beginning our first unit, "Comparative Writing"
Tuesday
  • Seating arrangements, gradebook entries
  • Team introductions: elect a (temporary) team leader
    • team leaders aren't "bosses" : their job is to get the job done together.
  • Save the Last Word: Teacher introduction, values: KBC and asynchronous learning
  • Team leaders bring materials to teams
  • Explanation of web resource: calendar, bell schedule, syllabus
  • Explanation of 5-week parent letter, student of the month (teacher's choice)
  • Student survey
  • Student Q&A; excess time is for writing student "Letter to the Teacher": describe what your 8th grade English experience was like last year. Did you enjoy it? What did you do most of the time? Do you feel you learned a lot? Did you ever do anything fun? Who was helpful to you? If you graduated, who do you feel you thank the most? 
  • R180==================
  • Explanation of how R180 works: what it is, what its goal is, and your teacher's history with it
  • Explanation of Workshops and Rotations
  • Explanation of Rbooks and homework
  • Student appointments
    • Name
    • Key Question
  • Students share their appointment notes with their table teams
  • Discuss SA activity: what are some important skills we practiced during this activity?
Wednesday:
  • Explanation of what will be on the board each day, of Cornell Notes packet procedure
  • Warmup: What is violence? Warmups must be written in complete sentences. 
  • Student Appointments activity in anticipation of Controversial Topics unit
  • Cornell Notes: precise claim, counterclaim (CN)
    • Discuss whether some of these responses in 9 and 12 were precise claims. 
  • Precise claim and counterclaim activity: Save the Last Word for Me 
    • Video Games and Violence | Nature vs. Nurture Violence
  • Watch Video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Z74W_KY0fw Students should write down two precise claims made during the video. (CN)
  • Discuss points made in the video. 
  • T-Chart : claims regarding gun rights 
  • Read: "What Gun Control?"
  • HW: Identify essay's Precise Claim, Counterclaim. List four reasons why the author believes more gun control is necessary. You can do this on the back of your Cornell Notes sheet. If you need an additional piece of paper, staple it to your Cornell Notes sheet. 
  • Student Survey
R180===========
  • Warmup: What is violence? Warmups must be written in complete sentences. 
  • Student Appointments activity in anticipation of Controversial Topics unit
  • Cornell Notes: precise claim, counterclaim (CN)
    • Discuss whether some of these responses in 9 and 12 were precise claims. 
  • Precise claim and counterclaim activity: Save the Last Word for Me 
    • Video Games and Violence | Nature vs. Nurture Violence
  • Watch Video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Z74W_KY0fw Students should write down two precise claims made during the video. (CN)
  • Discuss points made in the video. 
Advisory===========
  • Cornell Notes requirement for each week
  • All core subject areas must be covered: Math, Science, English
  • Reflections do not necessarily have to be about your classwork, but it must be related to your learning experience. 
  • You will be required to make an Edmodo account.
  • You will be required to make a Gmail account. 
  • You will be required to create projects to share what you've learned with other students across grades and classes. 
Thursday:
  • Explanation of what will be on the board each day, of Cornell Notes packet procedure
  • Warmup: What is violence? Warmups must be written in complete sentences. 
  • Student Appointments activity in anticipation of Controversial Topics unit
  • Cornell Notes: precise claim, counterclaim (CN)
    • Discuss whether some of these responses in 9 and 12 were precise claims. 
  • Precise claim and counterclaim activity: Save the Last Word for Me 
    • Video Games and Violence | Nature vs. Nurture Violence
  • Watch Video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Z74W_KY0fw Students should write down two precise claims made during the video. (CN)
  • Discuss points made in the video. 
  • T-Chart : claims regarding gun rights 
  • Read: "What Gun Control?"
  • HW: Identify essay's Precise Claim, Counterclaim. List four reasons why the author believes more gun control is necessary. You can do this on the back of your Cornell Notes sheet. If you need an additional piece of paper, staple it to your Cornell Notes sheet. 
  • Student Survey
Read180=========
  • Discuss the high school experience.
  • Orientation Crossword
  • Repair computers = prepare for SRI
Friday:
  • R 9.1 - 9.3: Reading, analyzing, summarizing
  • Warmup: Which sentence in "What Gun Control" best expresses the author's Central Idea (also known as Main Idea, or Thesis)?
  • Notes: Central Claim (thesis), Supporting Claim
  • Summarizing Quiz: tables write a summary of "What Gun Control" in less than 250 words. 
R180============
  • "Juanes" P.10 & 11 in RBook, whole group
  • Library Workshop
  • Computers workshop - students make Gmail accounts.
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