We will start today with our book club meetings. I am going to move SSR to the end of class so students can read their dystopian novels if they want to.
Additionally, I will ask each group to create a folder to store all of their work. I will have them label these folders with their names and will give them an extra copy of the assignment sheet to fill in so I know who will be responsible for each role during each meeting. I will have groups hand these folders in after each book club meeting so I can grade all of their individual work and so nothing gets lost. This will also help with organization in case students are absent from any meetings.
As students work, I will wander around to make sure that everyone is participating in the discussions and to listen in to their dialogue. I will also answer questions if needed. I am going to try really hard to not ask questions because I want to make sure that I am not giving away too much information about books I have already read and/or step on the toes of my team leaders.
Once the book clubs have had a chance to meet and discuss everything, I will ask each group send a representative up with their folders. I will ask the rest of the students to return their desks to rows and, on their way back to their assigned seats, ask them to grab a Chromebook computer so we can work together on getting their blogs set up on schoology.com.
I will project my computer screen and walk them through each step by modeling. Students will need to create an account and then join our course before they have access to the discussion prompts that are posted.
Once we are in, I will ask students to explore and to start thinking about what they can/will write for their initial blog post under the totalitarian prompt, which states: What is the totalitarian regime in this novel? How does such a regime attain, maintain, and increase power? Discuss how the author uses Dystopian elements to warn against such a regime.
I am asking them to respond to this specific prompt first as it aligns nicely to the dystopian elements we discussed yesterday and to our initial discussion prompt from last week's group planning and character research day.
Blogging is such a cool and current writing style for students to play with. The majority of online writing is written in this personalized style and will likely be a format that students will read of write post graduation. Additionally, these blog posts will be shared with all of the 10th grade core classes, which means that all 450 students and eight teachers will be working as an authentic audience (W.9-10.6). I will remind students of this and encourage them to be responsible with their posting habits moving forward.
We will end class with ten minutes of reading time. I will read with the students or assist those who might need extra help getting their schoology account up and running.