Wednesday, January 2, 2013

First week of 2nd Semester Plan

Focus: Goal setting for the semester and motivation to start strong
2nd half of the week: Begin Transcendentalism.

Read aloud To a Bright Kid with Trouble(s) . Have printed copies available for students to follow along with. Provide the link on Edmodo because there are resources listed at the end of the post.

  • Ask students to freewrite for 5 minutes about any thoughts they had while I read associated with the blog. Students share at their tables and then allow anyone who would like to whole class share to share. 
  • Tell students that the ante is being upped for Freewriting this semester. Ask them to count their words and place the count at the bottom of the freewrite. Also ask them to date the freewrite.
This activity is based on this blog post
  • Hand out the Words of Intention Word Bank, 3x5 notecards, and art boxes. 
  • Ask students to think about the concept of New Year's Resolutions. Look at the word bank with that in mind and choose a word that best fits what you want to be in 2013. 
  • Write the word on one side of the card and illustrate it. Then on the back, write 2 or 3 sentences about how you plan to accomplish this goal. 
  • Put your name on the card either on the back or the front. 

Design the perfect English Class
What kinds of activities would you do with students if you were asked to teach an English class. 
We're going to focus on reading the first half of this semester, what would you do to make yourself a better reader?

Transcendentalism Anticipation Guide
Intro the transcendentalist ideals

Walt Whitman poem: Annotation of poetry
Introduce and model Cornel Note taking while viewing the film
Begin viewing Dead Poet's Society

Excerpt from Walden 
Viewing of Dead Poet's Society

**Having looked at this again, with my plan book in front of me, I know I have too much crammed in to this first week. So, I'll be spreading it out and update later with how I manage that. 

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