- Welcome, you superb seniors!
When You Come In
1. Please find your seat—with your pink sticky note on it.
2. Please initial next to your name on the clipboard. Thanks!
- Let’s play an exciting game called, “What Do YOU Think We’re Going to Learn?”
- All of you have had me for a teacher one or more times in your high school career, so you should DEFINITELY be able to tell me what you think I’m going to teach you. :-)
- Based on the title of this class, what skills do you think we’re going to be working on this term?
1. Reading closely
7. Academic Discussion
8. Thinking—I put this last, but really, let’s not forget to think—deal?
In Your Journal
I used a reading strategy called phrasing, or chunking, where you break a long, complex sentence or paragraph into smaller, more manageable bits, to try to understand it better.
“The process of reading is not a half-sleep,
but, in highest sense, an exercise, a gymnast’s struggle;
that the reader is to do something for himself,
must be on the alert,
must himself or herself construct indeed the poem,
the text furnishing the hints,
the start or frame-work.” --Walt Whitman
Ending About: 12:16-ish
How Can You Respond in this Journal?
- CONNECT Make a connection between something in this quote, and something you already know.
- COMMENT Agree or disagree, to various degrees
- CLARIFY Say something you didn’t understand. Try to unpack it. Say why you didn’t understand.
- QUESTION Ask something about a piece of the quote. Ask a bigger question the quote makes you consider.
- When I stop you, review your journal. What did you mostly do in your reaction?
- Write it at the top of your paper, and put a box around it.
Journal Response Explanation
1. Here is how you can respond to your partner today. Based on his/her journal, you can comment on...
a. the most meaningful thing you learned
b. a connection you made
c. questions you have
d. something that bothers you
e. anything else you want to discuss
NOW: Trade journals, read and discuss them, then write a note to the writer.
a. Write at least two detailed sentences in response. Use the orange suggestions above for help.
b. Sign it with your first and last name.
2. Make sure your name, date and “Walt Whitman Reading Quote” are at the top of your paper.
3. Read your comments from your partner.
4. Turn this in in the class drawer.
- Listen to them in trios, and write a synonym or definition on your trio’s shared paper.
- Get on quizlet, and check your answers!
More Vocab Work
- Join my quizlet class, then play!
Homework = None