I greet students at the door, reminding them they need their textbook today.
Once students have settled in at the bell, I remind them that it is Veterans Day, and I ask they thank a veteran. We do not have many vets on staff, but there are a few, and the kids mostly know who they are. In order to give a bit of background about Veterans Day, I share this History Channel Veterans Day video with the class. After the video, I ask students if they have any thoughts or veterans' stories they'd like recognized.
The main purpose of addressing Veterans Day, as with all Daily Holidays, is to continue building the sense of trust and community in my classroom. Veterans Day, however, has a bit more gravitas to it, which is why I took the additional minutes to share the video.
I give students five minutes to return their desks to where they belong and address the homework, as over the course of the class, the shifting from group-to-group will have created chaos in regards to where the desks and students' belongings end up.
After the desks have been returned to rows, I note the homework (also written on the board): please complete anything that was not finished on the reading of Poe's biographical sketch and in their notes, journal/brainstorm what pops into their heads when they think of Edgar Allan Poe.