Reflection: Routines and Procedures Recapping Act II & Moving Into Act III - Section 1: Latin Roots Warm Up

 

Almost every day, my students start class with a Latin Roots warm up.  They pick up their journals from the back of the room, look up at the SmartBoard (where there are two roots listed) and start to generate words.  Sometimes, we skip the warm up, but not usually.  And I tried doing some different warm ups during another unit, but usually, it's Latin roots.

In my experience, routine is a really important element in the middle school classroom.  When I taught high school (10th and 11th grade,) we had routines, but they were more flexible.  The students responded well to shifts and appreciated diversion. In middle school, consistency is key.  I have even had students each year who complain about how much I move the desks.

Having the warm up in the same place, done in the same way, has a calming effect on the kids.  Sneaking in the vocabulary study at the beginning of each class also satisfies a CCSS Language Standard 8.4, relating to students using multiple strategies to figure out word meanings.

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Recapping Act II & Moving Into Act III

Unit 8: Twelfth Night, or What you Will
Lesson 7 of 14

Objective: SWBAT review key plot elements of Act II, and begin reading in Act III.

Big Idea: Can YOU remember all that has happened in this crazy play?

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