Since there were several students with unfinished tests from the last lesson, I am giving them 15-20 minutes during the "DO Now" to finish up while the rest of the students were reading their self-selected texts (SSR) or studying literary terms. I am choosing to allow them to finish during class because of the number of students that needed more time. If you decide to do something else before the Jeopardy game, you should definitely tell your students that you will be playing. This can be a a nifty incentive for good behavior. Students want to play, so they will pretty much mop the floors and wash the windows in order to play (if you ask them to)! This is also a great time for them to review their knowledge of literary terms using the foldables study guide they created in the lesson on "The Scarlet Ibis."
At the start of the jeopardy game, I group students in groups of 4 or 5 and give each group small white board and marker. I ask each group to select a group name, and write it at the top of the board. They also select a team captain who will write their responses on the white board and hold it up on my signal. The group name must remain on the board for the scorekeeper throughout the game. I ask for a student who will volunteer to keep score for the class.
I chose to play the jeopardy game today because it is a fun way to decompress after an assessment and it is a way to see whether or not they will be able to discuss literature by using the language of literature, as well as determine their understanding of figurative language (L.9-10.5). This game is also aligned to the speaking and listening standards (SL.9-10.1 and SL.9-10.1b) of the CCSS because the students have to come to a consensus about the answers and they have to participate by defending their answers within their group. Throughout the year, I am hoping that students will be able to discuss and write about literature intelligently using the specialized vocabulary that is unique to literary analysis, and this is a start to getting us there.
I chose this particular jeopardy game because of the cool sound effects and because the terms are ones that we have discussed in class (for the most part). There are a few that we haven't discussed, but it will be great to see if they already know them. I found the game on jc-schools.net/tutorials/literary-terms.ppt .
The groups will take turns selecting a category and dollar amount BUT every group can get points by writing the correct answer on their white boards. In order to do this, they must have participation and cooperation in order to win the game. In other words, they will practice the Common Core skill of initiating discussions with group members on literary topics using what we have learned and what they may have experienced in other ELA classes. This might also include defending their answers to their group members in order to earn the points. After I have read the questions aloud, they have 15 seconds to write their answer on the whiteboard. The scorekeeper checks each board to see if they have the right answer and awards points appropriately.
At the end of the game, I will have students list any new terms that they learned by playing the game. This will help them as we continue to discuss literary terms throughout the year. They will also explain how they will incorporate them into their writing and discussions about literature.