Week 10: 10.15 - 10.19

posted Oct 15, 2012, 8:06 AM by Kevin Chow   [ updated Oct 17, 2012, 10:37 AM ]
Focus: CAP (previously known as SPA) Test #1: persuasion. Also, begin essay construction part of Courage unit. 

List out what they've found out about their potential subjects. Introduce CAP prompt. Introduce CAP organizer. Teams discuss who & what they think they might write about individually. Students develop their emerging ideas into CAP organizer. Teams pair-share their organizers before end of class. Homework: Revise CAP organizer so that it includes all the proper aspects:
  • Hook sentence to get reader's attention: can be question, interesting fact, statement of perspective. 
  • Thesis: directly answers the prompt
  • Concrete Detail / Supporting Claim #1: A reason, and evidence to support that reason.
  • Concrete Detail / Supporting Claim #2: A reason, and evidence to support that reason
  • Concluding Claim: A sentence that reconnects the reader to the original thesis
  • Final Thought: A sentence that leaves the reader feeling like the essay is complete (optional for the organizer - you can leave this for when you actually write out your rough draft) 
Discuss Courage organizer from yesterday. Review Courage prompt again - focus on part about conveying to readers the significance of that person of courage in author's life. WU is checklist instead (based on rubric). Students then are given an SCR prompt: In our class, we've discussed the meaning of courage. Based on what you  understand and believe, is it possible for a person who doesn't help anybody except himself or herself to be considered courageous? Provide an example or detail from your experience to support your argument. 
Class then uses rubric to score SCRs. 
  • HW: Correct own SCR so that it is at least a "3"
  • Obj: Using prior knowledge and their Courage Organizer, students synthesize an SCR relating to their Courage Organizer with at least a "3" on the SCR rubric. 
  • WU: In our class, we've discussed the meaning of courage. Based on what you  understand and believe, is it possible for a person who doesn't help anybody except himself or herself to be considered courageous? Provide an example or detail from your experience to support your argument. 
PSAT. Classes are only 32 minutes long. Students norm the SCRs from yesterday in their teams. The goal is to see where their essays fall short of the "4" score. Rubrics are provided to each student. 
For the remainder of the period, students read the articles in the CAP test. 
HW: Edmodo discussion question. Revise SCRs. 


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